Books that influenced me

Nick Jefferson
Gyro London

Nick Jefferson is the managing director of the London office of gyro, the global ideas shop. He is a graduate of Oxford University, trained as a lawyer and has since worked in a variety of leadership roles, focusing on strategic insight.

1. APE & Essence
by Aldous Huxley, published by Chatto & Windus, 1948

Aldous Huxley's searing exploration of the timeless human themes of love, sex, governance and society is an electrifying 20th-century post-apocalyptic satire. The elegant, measured prose – a hallmark of Huxley's – only serves to render the devil-worshipping, graverobbing tribe of tumescent Californians that he describes even more shocking. A truly unique literary experience.

2. Life's a pitch
by Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity, published by Corgi 2008