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John Murray is the Managing Director of Perennial Value. John is the Portfolio Manager for the Perennial Value Australian Shares Trust. 

The Who

Friday, January 25, 2019

I’m looking forward to reading two very different books, neither of which has anything to do with financial markets.  I’m keen to dive into these interesting biographies. These are:

I’ve always been inspired by the longevity of great bands like The Who and what enables these people to survive at the top of their profession for such prolonged periods of time.

“Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite”. What a fascinating title that gives not the faintest hint that this is the life story of the great Roger Daltry, lead singer of the legendary, iconic British rock band, The Who. Mr Kibblewhite was Daltry’s Headmaster who expelled him from school at the age of 15 in 1959 , telling Daltry as he walked out of the Headmaster’s office, “You’ll never make anything of your life Daltry”.

In time, he formed a band that became, along with the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and others, the creators of British rock and roll in the 1960’s. That Daltry, and indeed many of his peers, survived that era is a remarkable achievement in itself. I’ve always been inspired and fascinated by the longevity of great bands like The Who and what it is that enables these people to survive at the top of their profession for such prolonged periods of time.

The other book is “H is for Hawk”.

H is for Hawk is a true story written by Helen MacDonald. As a child, Helen wanted to become a falconer, learning the terminology and read many books on this ancient craft. Many years later, following the death of her father and struck by grief, she pursued her passion of training a goshawk, buying Mabel for 800 pounds on a Scottish quayside and taking her home to Cambridge. The Financial Times described the story as “dazzling…deeply affecting, utterly fascinating and blazing with love and intelligence.”

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