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September 13, 2011

The books in the background

Filed under: Books and Culture, Lists — chriscroft @ 8:38 pm

Many people have asked whether the books in the background of my Passport video were significant, and I can say that yes they were

I chose a mixture of business books and others that reveal a bit about the real me.


Here is complete list of all of the books that were behind me during filming, along with Mr Creosote and the Talking Monkey Radio:


The Ashley Book of Knots

The Rolling Stone Album Guide

The seven habits of highly effective people

The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought

Bob Dylan – Chronicles

Understanding Variation – the key to managing chaos

The challenge of change (Arthur Koestler)

Doctor Bey’s handbook of strange sex

The seven sins of memory


Morphology of the Folktale

Surely you’re joking Mr Feynman

Just six numbers

Potter on Gamesmanship

JH Fabre – the life of the spider

Ian Carr: Miles Davis

The holy blood and the Holy Grail

The book of lists

The inside story of viz

Up the organisation by Robert Townsend

Born to Win, by James & Jongeward

Why things bite back

The creative mind

JB Priestly: the image men

Management Mole

A directory of discarded ideas

Accounts demystified

The Dice Man

John McEnroe – Serious

Impro by Keith Johnstone

I’m OK you’re OK

The encyclopaedia of Fungi

Foucault’s Pendulum

The one minute sales person

E emperor’s new mind

Time Management

The definite business plan

The ultimate visual dictionary

Martin Gardner’s colossal book of short puzzles

Richard Long – heaven and earth

Watching the English

James Gleick – Chaos

Rupert Sheldrake – seven experiments that could change the world

Kingsley Amis – that uncertain feeling


The curious incident of the dog in the night time

Ian Fleming – For your eyes only

The Celestine Prophecy

The Brotherhood by Stephen Knight

The Ice Museum

Into Thin Air

Is it just me or is everything sh1t?

Bizarre but true

Nick Leeson – Back from the brink

Incredibly Absurd adverts

How to fossil your hamster

Mad cows

Moon tiger

Napoleons Hill’s Unlimited Success

Roger’s Profanisaurus

Men are from Mars

Cool – the complete handbook

Normal sex

Glen Baxter – Blizzards of Tweed

Delia Smith’s Winter Collection

Man and Time

The ants are my friends



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