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TED's list of 68 books to inspire, a moving account of how quick-thinking school staff saved a boy's life, and helping the class of 2020 meet life's challenges.

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TED's holiday book list: 68 reads that will inspire you


When it came to putting together a holiday reading list, the team at TED turned to the people that underpin the organisation’s slogan of  ‘ideas worth spreading’.

They asked TED speakers, educators and podcasters a simple but powerful question: ‘What books have inspired you?’

The result is something for everyone, a reading list spanning BusinessBiographies and memoirsChildren’s booksCookbooks and designCurrent eventsEssays and books on writingFictionGraphic novelsHistoryScience, psychology and self-help.


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I'll never forget the day my son's school saved his life

(Ranjana Srivastava, The Guardian)

It’s the call the turns you cold. It’s the school, and there’s a medical emergency involving your child.

This is what happened to the author, herself a doctor. An observant teacher had noticed something wrong with the author’s son. The school nurse got involved.

‘He is unwell,’ the nurse told her, ‘and I have the EpiPen ready.’

Dr Ranjana Srivastava is Australian oncologist, award-winning author and Fulbright scholar, who has been featured on The Parents Website talking about her book, What it takes to be a doctor.

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Class of 2020, the world is yours

(John Pesutto, The Age)

After the upheavals of this year, notes the author, our graduating Year 12s must be wondering what sort of world they are entering into.

He offers some valedictory observations, hoping they will ‘help shape your thoughts as you enter a world you never imagined would be so significantly changed in the blink of an eye.’

He goes on to list and explore five qualities and attributes, including resilience and humility.

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