Jack Monroe on Greed

Jack Monroe on Greed

Join the food writer and campaigner Jack Monroe as she explores life in consumer society.

Jack first came to public notice as the face of opposition to austerity Britain – a single mother who turned her experiences trying to feed her young son on benefits into a brilliant career as a food writer and campaigner. Then, following a breakdown, she talked openly about mental health, sexuality and gender issues in a way that broke taboos and reassured many of us that we were not alone. Now Jack Monroe comes to The School of Life to share her experiences and wisdom.

Jack is interested in our hunger to possess; what we commonly call ‘greed’. But rather than intone sternly against this, she wonders where our desires come from within us. She is alive to the idea that the less we know what we truly want, the more we will idly crave - and fall prey to the blandishments of advertising. We shop from an unhappiness we haven’t yet understood.

Jack wants to turn us into wiser, more thoughtful and more self-aware consumers. She has in mind a life of dignified simplicity which harks back to Epicurus, Rousseau and Thoreau. Understanding that we need to learn how to live in consumer society and that no one ever teaches us quite how to do this, Jack lays out her philosophy.

Join us for the final Sunday Sermon of the spring. There will be pop song hymns, a parish newsletter, and a unique icon of our times delivering a powerful new idea that you need to hear.


Since 2008 The School of Life has presented strictly secular Sunday Sermons exploring the values we should live by today. We ask maverick cultural figures to give us their take on the virtues to cling to or the vices to be wary of in our complex world. Expect persuasive polemics and pop-song hymns.


Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square

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