An indispensable guide to living a full life from the bestselling author of An Intimate History of Humanity
Winner of the Salon London Transmission Prize
The story of a search for a new art of living.
How can one escape from work colleagues who are bores and from organisations that thrive on stress? What new priorities can people give to their private lives? When the romantic ideal is disappointing, how else can affections be cultivated? If only a few can become rich, what substitute is there for dropping out? If religions and nations disagree, what other outcomes are possible beyond strife or doubt? Where there is too little freedom, what is the alternative to rebellion? When so much is unpredictable, what can replace ambition?
As a philosopher and a historian Zeldin defies convention and categorisation . . . There is certainly much prophetic in this engaging book - Financial Times
Zeldin is an engaging travel companion, flitting between biography and philosophy with an easy charm - Independent
Eclectic, ambitious and highly thought-provoking - Sunday Times
A challenge and a success . . . He is particularly good and funny on work and the apparently catastrophic affair we are having with management science - Literary Review
Theodore Zeldin is an Oxford academic, and the author of numerous works of non-fiction including Conversations and An Intimate History of Humanity. Amongst his awards and honours he is a Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a C.B.E., and has won the Wolfson Prize, Britain's top literary award for History.