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2016-09-14 06:00

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Touch
Author: Claire North

CLAIRE North is swiftly making a name for herself as the queen of high-concept storytelling. Her plots not only read like pitches for the next Chris Nolan movie, they also go deep into the effect and consequences the book’s idea would have on the world around it.

In Touch, we meet someone who can take over people’s bodies merely by touching them. Need cash? Steal the body of the rich woman shopping next to you. Want to get to another country? Head over to the airport and touch whoever is going in the direction you want. Wondering what it would be like to live as the world’s most famous celebrity? No problem - the power is limited only by your imagination.

Sadly for our protagonist, the fun and freedom of jumping between bodies for centuries is suddenly threatened when an organisation dedicated to locating and killing such people makes her their next target.

Despite its problems, Touch’s travelogue (of even historic events), lightning-fast plot and terrifying villain make it worthy of a recommendation. Yes, it’s hampered by a condemnable premise, a lacklustre finale, and a painful wait for the reveal (which I’ve begun attributing to formulaic storytelling). Still, you’ll find in it a satisfying exploration of a world you can only imagine.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Author: Phil Knight

After convincing Japanese businessmen that his company was perfectly positioned to sell their shoes in the United States, Phil Knight thought it would probably be a good idea to fly back to America and start such a company.

Such was the wild ride that led to the founding of Nike, arguably the most recognisable and respected sporting brand in the world today.

Fortunately, this long-awaited memoir is everything we hoped it would be – a more human and less corporate tale about a group of passionate runners who stopped at nothing to revolutionise the shoes people ran in, the surface they ran on, and the perception they had of themselves while running, a pastime once seen as solely for Olympians in training.

Informative, engaging and often humorous, Shoe Dog is a worthy addition to every story about a group of ordinaries who came together to build something larger than themselves. - Omar Sayed.

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