Accountancy reads for students
Your course materials will provide the information you need to complete your qualifications, but anyone looking to build their knowledge, ideas and skills even further will be interested our top six reads for CA students.
- Accounting Principles by Jerry J. Weygandt, Paul D. Kimmel, Donald E. Kieso (John Wiley & Sons) Looking at key issues raised by accounting students, including how to stay motivated, make key decisions and the tech that can assist learning.
- The Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Classic 1937 Edition by Benjamin Graham, Spencer Meredith, Spencer B. Meredith (HarperBusiness) This novel may be almost 80 years old but it’s still important as when it was first published. Benjamin Graham was as investment thinker, stock analyst, and mentor: this publication was used as an essential guide for accountants and financial services, and provides a great history of financial statements.
- Money: The Unauthorized Biography by Felix Martin (Vintage) Published in 2014, this work by former World Bank official, Felix Martin, looks at the financial crisis of 2008 and why this has led to moves to reform the economy.
- Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Harvard University Press)Another recent bestseller, Thomas Piketty, renowned French economist looks at income distribution in the US and EU from the 1700s to present day. His ideas for a wealth tax and reformed economy are based on a 300-year analysis!
- Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (Random House) For light relief during your down-time, look no further than fantasy and fiction master, Terry Pratchett. His Discworld series featured the Bursar (Dr. A. A. Dinwiddie); the accountant and treasurer for Unseen University, who has taken to eating dried frog pills to hallucinate his own sanity! He features in nine books; Eric, Moving Pictures, Reaper Man, Lords and Ladies, Soul Music, Interesting Times, Hogfather, The Last Continent, and The Truth. Accountants also crop in the Discworld Assassins’ Guild, namely Mr Winvoe; he has to deal with the Auditors of Reality who discover his book-keeping records to be out by over three million gold pieces (enough to give anyone the jitters!).
- Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (Voyager Bookers) And we can’t sign off without a nod to Game of Thrones, who have popularised the ‘Master of Coin’ as a powerful figure wielding immense influence over the kingdoms. The sixth televised series starts on 25 April 2016.