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Extract Loves Do Books

Extract Loves Do Books

Ever thought about doing 'something'? Sometimes, between thinking and doing, that something gets lost. Other times, we are so focused, so engrossed in the flow of our lives, we forget to take a moment to appreciate all that we do and have done.

One of our favourite publishers, Do Books, an off-shoot of the famous Do Lectures, is a collection of books for doers. Not quite self-help books, not quite business start-up books and not quite therapy, they’re educational books that just might help you to start the project you’ve had on the back burner for some time.

We’re sharing here some of the books which have helped us discover new pastimes, new ideas, and helped us rediscover forgotten passions and the inner voices we neglect.

We truly believe that there’s something for everyone in the Do Books series.

– Andrew Whitley

‘Do Sourdough is small but mighty. Andrew removes all the mysticism and guesswork. He tells you what to do and when to do it. My loaves are still a bit flat but getting there – and they’re beautiful to me.’ 

– Johnathan Rees

‘Do Protect been really helpful to me as one of my friends is planning to run his own business. We discuss things we learned in the book. Plus it helped me understand little bit more what some of our customers opening a new business are going through and just how much they have on their plates doing so.’

– David Hieatt

‘Ever thought about doing something? Do Purpose is sound, easy advice, and the kind of stuff you think you probably already know, but you just need to hear someone else say it to make it sink in and happen. Just do it. After reading Do Purpose, I finally bit the bullet and set up my blog #harrisonthehand [link to website here].’

– Anja Dunk, Jen Goss, Mimi Beaven

‘You can enjoy this little gem whether you’ve got an allotment, doorstep garden or fancy foraging on your lockdown walks! Favourite recipe this season so far: Rhubarb Cordial Up next: Poor Man’s Capers (once our nasturtiums have grown!)’

– James Sills

‘I’ve been lucky enough to sing around campfires with and join singing workshops led by James at The Do Lectures, and have enjoyed singing in The Sofa Singers virtual choir during lockdown. Do Sing really uncovers the link between singing and community – and the nudge we all need to rediscover our voices.’

– Gemma 

– Les McKeown

‘Chapter 2, four leadership styles. The ‘penny dropped’ when I read this and with it my continued commitment to, and understanding of, my fantastic fellow co-owners.’

– Gavin Strange

‘Reading Do Fly is like listening to an inner voice which you’ve silenced too long. I dip into this whenever I need to remind myself of the pastimes I love which make me happy (and parrot quotes to my self-employed partner if ever he’s having a dip in motivation… sorry ❤️!)’

– Robert Poynton

‘I’ve had DO Improvise on my shelf for a few years now. To be honest I was always a little afraid to pick it up and read it. I’m not a natural improviser. I love planning and strategy. With lockdown, I’ve had to adjust this personal process. I picked up Do Improvise back at the start of March and it’s been a faithful friend ever since helping me become more flexible in my mindset and dealing with changes.’


– David Hieatt

‘Along with Do Story by Bobette Buster & Do Purpose (also by David Hieatt), these three books are a must for marketers to really get under the skin of a purpose-driven business – and how to tell its story. Do Open is like an anchor point for what email marketing can and should be.’ 

For more information about the DO Lectures events, their talks articles and podcasts visit their website. For a round up of the Extract Coffee Roasters team's experience of the DO Lectures, a series of creative seminars with the same spirited nature as the DO Books.