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QUIZ: Match the industry expert to the summer read

We asked a handful of top private fund insiders which books they have at the top of their summer reading lists this year. Can you guess which book belongs to which expert?

Summer is finally here. Half-year results have come and gone and every third email is greeted with a chirpy out-of-office declaring the recipient out of action until September.

Having spent 10 months ensuring the private funds industry functions like a well-oiled machine, those at the coalface finally get the chance to open that book they were given for Christmas. 

We asked a handful of the industry’s most influential insiders – lobbyists, academics, chief executives, legal eagles – which books they have at the top of their summer reading lists this year. Can you guess which titles they chose? 

Give it your best shot, and email your answers to nicole.m@peimedia.com by August 24. 

The person with the most correct answers wins a book of their choice from the PEI bookstore

1. Bela Szigethy, co-chief executive, Riverside
2. Denise Voss, chairman, Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry
3. Josh Lerner, professor, Harvard Business School
4. Kate Ashton, partner, Debevoise 
5. Kate Hodson, partner, Ogier
6. Kate Simpson, partner, Proskauer 
7. Michael Collins, incoming chief executive, Invest Europe
8. Mike Byrne, chair of the Jersey Funds Association and partner at PwC Channel Islands
9. Mike Sommers, president and chief executive officer, American Investment Council
10. Réal Desrochers, managing investment director, CalPERS Private Equity
11. Robert Rice, former SEC chief counsel, partner at Clifford Chance 
12. Tim Hames, director general, BVCA

THE READING LIST

Heat and Dust, 
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
“This is a well-written book that explores Anglo-Indian relations through the power of romance” says an Amazon customer

The Girl in the Spider's Web, 
David Lagercrantz
“There may still be arguments about whether continuation novels should be written at all, but Lagercrantz could not have fulfilled the commission any more efficiently,” says The Guardian

When Breath Becomes AirPaul Kalanithi
“Part of this book’s tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath. And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to him,” says The New York Times

The Fractured Republic, 
Yuval Levin
“The book makes a modern case for dismantling the federal state, imagining a radical overhaul in which virtually all of the major institutions of the federal government built in the twentieth century are rolled down to the state level and shrunk so that local and private entities can take them over,” says The Boston Review

Aeneid Book VI,
 Seamus Heaney
“It is a lovely rendition of one of the most stylistically rich books of the ‘Aeneid’,” says The Wall Street Journal

Picasso: The Monograph 1881-1973, 
Brigitte Leal, Christine Piot and Marie-Laure Bernadac
“This is the book worth of having in your collection if you are artist, historian, collector or enthusiast about art and Picasso,” says an Amazon customer

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, 
Malcolm Gladwell
“Innovation is one of Gladwell’s favorite topics, and the book makes you think differently about what it takes to be innovative” says The Scholarly Kitchen  

La folie des banques centrales, Patrick Artus
“Patrick Artus, Natixis chief exconomist, explains the dangerous games played by central banks and how this will lead to the next crisis, which promises to be worse than the previous one,” says Les Echos

Roy Jenkins, 
John Campbell
“To do Roy Jenkins justice is a tough challenge for any biographer, but John Campbell has pulled it off,” says Prospect magazine, of the “best Prime Minister Britain never had”

Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea,
 Barbara Demick
“The overwhelming impression one gains from the book is of a country mired in poverty and repression, but also of resilience and a will to survive,” says The Guardian

The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness, 
Peter Matthiessen
“A man trying to lace a football in the dark might make a pattern rather like Mr Matthiessen's transits of South America,” says The New York Times

The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson
“Johnson has made just one trip in his life to North Korea, but he's managed to capture the atmosphere of this hermit kingdom better than any writer I've read,” says The Guardian