Little Black Book

We’re no fan of career guides on the whole but Otegha Uwagba has produced something a bit different with the Little Black Book. She won’t ask you to work out who moved your cheese or what colour your parachute is, hallelujah. Instead, this is robust, sensible and calm advice. We love her idea that “being really good at what you do” is the best possible brand. A networker of note, she has garnered advice from creative women we would like to emulate, not least the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Penny Martin, editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman magazine. We’ve been thinking a lot recently about Martin’s suggestion that you need to choose whether your professional or personal life is going to be more high-octane and which is going to be more restorative. And whilst nothing Uwagba suggests will exactly seem like rocket science, this is a useful and digestible guide to developing the creative career that will most suit you.

£5 in all good bookshops, £4.55 via Hive
— Alex Peake-Tomkinson
20th June 2017