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flyright Thu 12-Sep-19 23:03:56

Hi there,

I'm hoping the expertise of this group can help me.

In a couple of weeks I am sort of retiring from a small company and the 11 people there are all marvellous and I want to say goodbye to each person with a letter and book

They're all younger than me and there's something of a joke in the old school methods but I also feel it's a personal way to pass on my appreciation and in some cases guidance. I'm the 'boss' of all but one of them.

Some of them I have ideas for but a couple are tricky
- a new grad trainee who doesn't have much faith in herself but is really great and just needs to have confidence
- a manager who gets it wrong sometimes but his heart is in the right place
- a career changer who wants to run before she can walk etc

I'm looking for fiction books mainly I think. No cheesy self help stuff. Just good stories that can help people think about themselves, the human condition and how they fit in.

As I'm writing this I wonder if it's a stupid idea but I'd love to leave each one with a personal card and relevant book. Just need some inspiration on the right books. Be yourself and it all works out is probably the general message!

Any thoughts very welcome

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Clawdy Sat 14-Sep-19 14:37:19

What a lovely idea. My first thought was Anne Tyler novels, but there are so many to choose from! Or Nick Hornby, who happens to be a huge Anne Tyler fan!

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 14-Sep-19 20:25:29

No specific suggestions for the recipients, but have you had a look at The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin? It's a rather wonderful (IMO) A-Z of 'prescriptions' of novels for various aspects of the human condition and I think it would help you choose some great, appropriate books.

MillicentMargaretAmanda Sun 15-Sep-19 00:46:02

Look up Matt Haig. The Humans. How To Stop Time. The Radleys. All of them about the human condition. Lovely idea btw!

ritzbiscuits Sun 15-Sep-19 04:34:47

Tara Mohr Playing Big (if they're women?)

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