THE HIDDEN PLEASURES OF LIFE

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Theodore Zeldin

By the bestselling author of Conversation and An Intimate History of Humanity

A guide to new ambitions in work, relationships and learning


Winner of the Salon London Transmission Prize

What is the great adventure of our time?
What is a wasted life?
How can people lose their illusions about themselves?
What alternatives are there to being a rebel?
What can the poor tell the rich?
What could the rich tell the poor?
How many ways of committing suicide are there?
How can an unbeliever understand a believer?
How can a religion change?
How can prejudices be overcome?
How else can one think about the future, apart from trying to predict it or worrying about it?
Is ridicule the most effective form of non-violent protest?
How does one acquire a sense of humour?
What stops people feeling completely at home in their own country?
How many nations can one love at the same time?
Why do so many people feel unappreciated, unloved and only half alive?
How else might women and men treat one another?
What can replace the shortage of soul-mates?
Is another kind of sexual revolution achievable?
What can artists aim for beyond self-expression?
What is more interesting than becoming a leader?
What is the point of working so hard?
Are there more amusing ways of earning a living?
What else can one do in a hotel?
What more can the young ask of their elders?
Is remaining young at heart enough to avoid becoming old?
What is worth knowing?
What does it mean to be alive?
Where can one find nourishment for the mind?

Paperback - B-format - 416pp - £9.99 - 02/06/2016 - 9780857053695

"Scintillating . . . prophetic . . . engaging" Financial Times

"A masterpiece" The 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

"Without question the wisest book of the year . . . at once learned and delightful . . . a cure for the prevailing gloom, always on the side of joy, openness, enquiry and freedom . . . The guide we need to the art of living"  Canal+

"One of the best books of the year. An erudite and mouth-watering manifesto for a new art of living" Le Point Magazine

"Captivates by its brilliance and profundity" El Mundo

"Delightful and endlessly fascinating" Jewish Chronicle

"Theodore Zeldin, philosopher and author of many books, including "An Intimate History of Humanity" has many new ideas that can truly set you thinking . . . New mantras for this age" The Hindu

Elise Williams