Five books for a cosy winter
The Radio Times is packed with Christmas specials, but after a day or two, the relentless twinkles of TV might become too much to stomach. If you’re exhausted by all that jollity on the box, turn it off and curl up with a good book. Here’s our selection of reads for trainee CAs this year.
5. Theodore Boone: The Scandal, by John Grisham
This is the latest in the series of page-turners about the juvenile gumshoe lawyer. It gains a place on the list because the author John Grisham was an accounting major too. And it’s a great read! 13-year-old Boone finds himself thrust into the middle of a school exam cheating scandal and uses his keen instincts and skills to get himself out of a tight spot.
4. The GCHQ Puzzle Book
If you like spreadsheets and rock-hard logic (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then you’ll love this book of brain-teasers. These are the puzzles created by the code breakers on their days off. The archive has been opened up to reveal decades’ worth of codes, quizzes and conundrums.
3. A Rising Man (Sam Wyndham 1) by Abir Mukherjee
Accountant turned novelist Mukherjee has penned a gripping historical whodunit. Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective, arrives in Calcutta seeking a new start after the Great War. He is quickly caught up in a murder investigation that takes him to the sinister side of the British Raj.
2. Serious Sweet by AL Kennedy
In AL Kennedy’s book, a civil servant negotiates a relationship with a bankrupt accountant and both are grappling to do the right thing. Reviews say it’s poignant, funny and beautifully written. Get lost in the tale of two damaged people struggling to find morality and tenderness.
1. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
This is a story of siblings fighting to save the family money pot as their oldest brother threatens to lose it all. It’s a great read for anyone who has been involved with succession or inheritance planning. Not exactly charming, but you can’t help caring about the dysfunctional Plumb family.