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BOOK OF THE WEEK; QUIET - SUSAN CAIN PENGUIN, PS8.99.

What is the difference between an introvert and an extrovert? Why does this matter? Susan Cain, author of Quiet, thinks that whichever personality type you are, it will have many positive and negative qualities.

However, she believes the introvert - your colleague more likely to be deeply involved in the task in hand than throwing an office party - is vital to society's wellbeing.

Without introverts we would not have Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Google, the Cat in the Hat, or the theory of relativity.

Quiet is a rallying cry to the meek to put their talents to good use, even though they have been ignored in recent years by the media and business.

Cain's book is a mixture of psychology and philosophy, management theory and autobiography.

It explains how US society shifted its focus from virtue and honour towards mass consumerism and self-presentation.

There are warnings too, about risk-taking extroverts like those who caused the banking crash in 2008.

Cain touches on subjects as diverse as civil rights heroine Rosa Parks and the cut-throat Harvard Business School.

If you want to discover whether you are an introvert or extrovert, this book tell you within its first few pages; and the answer may just surprise you. By Michael Wilkie BOOK CHART 1 Natural Causes James Oswald PS7.99 Penguin Books 2 Simp-Lee The Best Lee McCulloch PS17.99 Black & White 3 Edinburgh Frame by Frame Brian Gallagher and Ann-Marie Nimmo PS4.99 Daily Record 4 Laidlaw William Mcilvanney PS7.99 Canongate Books Ltd 5 Standing In Another Man's Grave Ian Rankin PS12.99 Orion Publishing Company 5 Skagboys Irvine Welsh PS7.99 Vintage Publishing 7 Stonemouth Iain Banks PS7.99 Little, Brown 8 The Blackhouse Peter May PS7.99 Quercus 9 The Lewis Man Peter May PS7.99 Quercus 10 The Gruffalo In Scots Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler James Robertson PS6.99 Black & White Publishing IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 19, 2013
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