Books: Recommended Reading

Book Recommendations: PR, Marketing and Social Media Matt Silver

Book recommendations, I can’t get enough of them – Here’s a list of some of my favourites:

I often find myself asking people in my network for book recommendations, and as something of an avid reader myself, I too frequently find myself recommending books to friends, family and colleagues.

With that in mind I thought it would be nice to create this page – a little library of books I’ve read, enjoyed, taken something from and recommend to you.

I’ve broken these down into categories for ease of use but if you work in public relations, study the subject, or are just interested in the PR industry, I’m sure there will be something here to suit you.

If you think I’ve omitted anything or have a recommendation for me – especially if it’s authored by a woman, as this list is rather male heavy – feel free to ping me a tweet or drop me an email.

(Disclosure: This post makes use of affiliate links as detailed here.) 

*Updated January 2018*

Books For PR Students


Exploring Public Relations РRalph Tench & Liz Yeomans

The Public Relations Handbook – Alison Theaker

How to get a job in PR – Sarah Stimson

The New Rules of Marketing & PR РDavid Meerman Scott

Practical PR Guides & Advice


The PR Masterclass: How to Develop a Public Relations Strategy That Works – Alex Singleton

Crisis, Issues and Reputation Management – Andrew Griffin

Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals – CIPR Social Media Panel

Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals –¬†CIPR Social Media Panel

Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age – Gini Dietrich

The Public Relations Strategic Toolkit РAlison Theaker & Heather Yaxley

My #PRStack РMultiple Contributors

My #PRStack 2¬†–¬†Multiple Contributors

FuturePRoof – Multiple Contributors

PR and Social Media Books


Brand Anarchy – Stephen Waddington & Steve Earl

Brand Vandals –¬†Stephen Waddington & Steve Earl

The Social Media Manifesto – Jed Hallam

Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years – Tom Standage [Review]

Dark Art: The Changing Face of Public Relations – Tim Burt

The Art of Perception: Memoirs of a Life in PR – Robert Leaf

The Business of Influence: Reframing Marketing and PR for the Digital Age – Philip Sheldrake

From Survival To Significance – Jeremy Waite

Public Relations’ Digital Resolution¬†–¬†Stella Bayles

Myths of PR: All Publicity is Good Publicity and Other Popular Misconceptions – Rich Leigh

The Reputation Game: The Art of Changing How People See You РRupert Younger & David Waller

General Business Books


Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street – John Brooks

Confessions of an Advertising Man – David Ogilvy

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell

Trust Me, PR Is Dead – Robert Phillips [Review]

Cluetrain Manifesto –¬†Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls & David Weinberger

Sprint How to solve big problems and test big ideas in just five days – Jake Knapp

The Flat White Economy: How the Digital Economy is Transforming London –¬†Douglas McWilliams



All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class РTim Shipman

Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem – Tim Shipman

Order, Order: The Rise & Fall of Political Drinking – Ben Wright

Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit – Craig Oliver

Fake News


Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It Evan Davis

Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back – Matthew D’Ancona

Post Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World – James Ball

Personal Development Books


Debrett’s Handbook

How to be Brilliant: Change your ways in 90 days! – Michael Heppell

Thinking, Fast and Slow –¬†Daniel Kahneman

Industry News & Insight


The Holmes Report

PR Week

The Drum

CIPR Influence

PR Blogs Worth Following

Further Reading


Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years – Jared Diamond

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind –¬†Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow –¬†Yuval Noah Harari

The Prince –¬†Niccol√≤ Machiavelli

Manhood for Amateurs – Michael Chabon