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Zoe Langdell reports on An Adventure in Good Taste

I know my favourite places to eat, drink and shop for any eating occasion, any Londoner worth their salt (Maldon, of course) knows that we have available a plethora of ever-evolving worldwide cuisine choices, suitable for all palates and pockets. So what could An...
Posted by Zoe Langdell

Charles Fernyhough on The ‘I’ and ‘He’ of Memory

In his 2010 Booker-shortlisted novel, In A Strange Room, the South African author Damon Galgut plays an unsettling trick with perspective. The book is a triptych of stark, stripped-down fictions about travel, each centred on a character named Damon. For the most part, Damon’s actions, thoughts and feelings...
Posted by Charles Fernyhough

Nick Southgate reviews How to Thrive in the Digital Age by Tom Chatfield

Although one might dispute that societies have always progressed, they have certainly always changed. The Digital Age brings changes to our society on a daily basis. The speed and extent of this change seem to divide commentators into two camps. There are those that...
Posted by Nick Southgate

Justin Mahboubian-Jones on Changing the World, Changing Yourself

It’s one of the most difficult decisions we can make: in order lead a fulfilling life should we conform and initiate change from within the system, or rebel against conventionalism and all the sacrifices that entails? Even after making a decision, we can often find ourselves pining...
Posted by Justin Mahboubian-Jones
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David Waters reviews How To Stay Sane by Philippa Perry

Not so long ago psychoanalyst Adam Phillips - a man not shy of expressing complex ideas - wrote these alarming words about the definition of sanity in his book, Going Sane, ‘… it [sanity] has never been systematically studied or defined’. His argument said if...
Posted by David Waters

Jinny Blom on What Makes A Therapeutic Landscape

When we stop to consider the towns and cities that we have built around us, it is astonishing how abominable most public landscaping is and how detrimental to the human spirit. How is it that we have we come to a collective agreement to accept it? Why do...
Posted by Jinny Blom

Alain de Botton on Self-Help Books

Anyone wanting to damage their intellectual credentials at a stroke need only do one simple thing: confess they read self-help books. There's no more ridiculed genre in the literary canon – and you can see why. Most self-help books are written by Americans of the...
Posted by Alain de Botton

Turning Off to Turn On: the Role of Mindfulness in the Creative Process

Try to imagine yourself sitting quietly and not thinking about anything. Probably after a second or two of blankness a thought will pop up. Then another. And another. Suddenly you’re thinking again. Our brains seem desperate to keep themselves busy. So much so that neuroscientists have defined a...
Posted by Ben Martynoga

Jules Evans on How Ancient Philosophy Saved My Life

It was around this time of year, just over a decade ago, that I had a breakdown. During my three years at university, my mental health had got worse and worse. It started with panic attacks, that arose out of nowhere like tornadoes. Then...
Posted by Jules Evans
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist,  I’ve been studying for the last few years to become a lawyer, and I feel terribly out of touch with my creative side. I used to paint, draw and dance, but now I simply don’t have time. I am worried that I...
Posted by Ella Berthoud

Roman Krznaric on The Future of Travel

Why do we spend so much of our precious holiday time queuing up to see famous paintings like the Mona Lisa, even if we are not that interested in art? And why do we drag ourselves to all those cathedrals, museums and monuments...
Posted by Roman Krznaric

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