Developmental books

My favourite fiction developmental books. Click the title to go to a link at

The Clowns of GodMorris WestAcceptance
Cry the Beloved CountryAlan PatonRacism and liberation
The Heart is a Lonely HunterCarson McCullersLoneliness
The Heaven Tree TrilogyEdith PargeterCourage and integrity
I Never Promised You a Rose GardenJoanna GreenburgMental Illness
In the Spring Time of the YearSusan HillGrief
IslandAldous HuxleyAn utopian society
The Left Hand of DarknessUrsula Le GuinGender and society
The Member of the WeddingCarson McCullersAdolescence
The Mountain is YoungHan SuyinCompassion
Mr God This is AnnaFynnHoliness
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestKen KeseyIndividuality
PerelandraC S LewisGood and evil
The ProphetKhalil GibranPoems about life. The ones on “Children” and “Joy and Sorrow” are special.
The Well of LonelinessRadclyffe HallForbidden love and gay oppression

My favourite non-fiction developmental books. Click the title to go to a link at

The Art of EmpowermentRon Johnson and David RedmondEmpowering employees.
Caring Enough to ConfrontDavid AugsbergerManaging conflict with love
Change the world for a fiver: we are what we doVariousPractical and enjoyable things anyone can do to make the world a better place
Creative Problem SolvingDavid O’DellTools for solving problems
Fifth Discipline Field BookPeter Senge et alPractical strategies and tools for building a learning organisation
Flawless ConsultingPeter BlockConsulting skills
Freedom to LearnCarl RogersA learner centred approach to education
A Guide to the PerplexedE F SchumacherPhilosophy and spirituality
Honest BusinessMichael Phillips and Salli RasberrySuperior strategy for your own business
The Human SituationHarvey JackinsThe causes and cures for human irrationality
The Spirited BusinessGeorgeanne LamontSuccess stories of souls friendly companies
I’m OK You’re OKThomas HarrisInteractions between people
Learning to Fly. Practical lessons from one of the world’s leading knowledge companies.Chris Collison and Geoff ParcellKnowledge management
Long Walk to FreedomNelson MandelaLiberation from oppression
A Many Splendoured ThingHan SuyinHuman love between races
Maverick!Enrico SemlerA radically different way to manage an organisation
Nuts!Kevin and Jackie FreibergShows the business benefits of caring for and developing people
On Personal PowerCarl RogersThe power of being person centred
The Phenomenon of ManPierre Teilhard de ChardinEvolution and consciousness
Relate Guide to Better RelationshipsSarah LitvinoffIntimate relationships
The Sane SocietyErich FrommSociety
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleSteven CoveyPersonal effectiveness
Skills with PeopleElisabeth Sydney et alSkills with people at work
Small is BeautifulE F SchumacherEconomics for people
Time to Think (and More Time to Think)Nancy KlineHelping people in organisations think well together
A Way to DieRosemary and Victor ZorzaDeath and dying



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