Up until around 2003 I had read the majority of books that had been published on NLP (well, when I say read, I mean skimmed in most instances). From then, I have to be honest, I have lost touch a little with what has come out. I still keep an eye open for new books on the subject, but most of them seem to tread over old ground, or focus on specific applications of NLP. So, instead, I have been looking around for “non-NLP” books that have the attitude of NLP and seeing what these can do to inform my (and your) NLP practice. Here are three that I think are well worth the read.

1. james joyce  – ulysses

I have already spoken at some length about Ulysses in this blog post here, so I won’t repeat myself too much. Suffice to say, if you want to learn about language, metaphor and the nature of reality this is the book. Often considered the best book ever written it isn’t an easy read, but it is well worth it.

2. neil stephenson – snow crash

I have only recently been introduced to this book (big thanks to Jon), it doesn’t refer to NLP specifically (as some reviews suggest), but Neil really understands the analogy of the human mind as a supercomputer and language as the software. It updates some of the metaphors of NLP to the internet/personal computer age.

3. grant morrison – the invisibles

OK, this isn’t a book, it is a graphic novel series. But  Grant Morrison’s magnus opus covers everything from linguistics, to magick, to conspiracy theories, time travel, the nature of reality and the end of the world (to name just a few things). Like Ulysses, it is a multilayered work that demands and inspires multiple readings, each time you will go deeper and deeper.

Maybe one, or more of these books would make an ideal Christmas gift for the NLPer in your life?!