Sorrows Box Set

A box set of two essays to help deal with the (inevitable) sorrows of love and work.

Satisfaction in life depends on getting two things right: Love and Work. These are also the hardest elements to sort out. These two essays take us on a fascinating and yet oddly consoling tour of some of the greatest sorrows we are likely to encounter in our quest for fulfilled working and love lives. The point isn’t to sadden us; it is to illuminate where some of the problems tend to lie, and to guarantee that we will feel less alone with, less confused by, and less sorrowful about the challenges that stand in the way of securing more satisfying occupations and relationships.

These books are also available individually: The Sorrows of Love, The Sorrows of Work.

On The Sorrows of Love

Love has, quite unfairly, come to be associated with being happy. However, it is also one of the most reliable routes to misery. We tend to treat our sadness individually, as if it were unique and shameful. But, as this book explains, there are some solid reasons why love should be highly sorrowful at times. The good news is that, by understanding our romantic troubles and griefs, seeing them in their proper context and appreciating their prevalence, we will cease to feel so alone and so cursed. This essay is not a study in despair; it is a guide to a more consoling, humane, and in its own way, joyful perspective on the complexities of love.

On The Sorrows of Work

Work can be a route to creativity, excitement and purpose. Nevertheless, many of us end up confused, discouraged and beaten by our working lives. The temptation is often to blame ourselves, and to feel privately ashamed and guilty. However, as this book lucidly explains, there is a range of well-embedded and intriguing reasons why work proves demoralising, including the evolution of modern work, the role of technology and the mechanics of the economy. This surprisingly cheering book offers us an invigorating perspective on our working lives – and what we might do at times when our work challenges us almost unbearably. 

2 hardback books in a box set | 122 x 119 x 27mm

Sorrows Box Set

£20.00
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