How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division (Paperback)

The powerful, pocket-sized manifesto

Elif Shafak

The Booker Prize-shortlisted author on how staying optimistic can make our world better

'Elegant ... calm and generous' Mary Beard, Guardian

The must-read, pocket-sized Big Think book of 2020

One of the Guardian's 'Best Books to Inspire Compassion'
One of Independent's Books of the Month

A Cosmopolitan 'Revolutionary Read'

Ours is the age of contagious anxiety. We feel overwhelmed by the events around us, by injustice, by suffering, by an endless feeling of crisis. So, how can we nurture the parts of ourselves that hope, trust and believe in something better? And how can we stay sane in this age of division?

In this powerful, uplifting plea for conscious optimism, Booker Prize-nominated novelist and activist Elif Shafak draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to bring us together. In the process, she reveals how listening to each other can nurture democracy, empathy and our faith in a kinder and wiser future.

Publication date: 27/08/2020

£4.99

ISBN: 9781788165723

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Current Affairs, Health & Wellbeing, Politics & Economics

How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division (Ebook)

The powerful, pocket-sized manifesto

Elif Shafak

The Booker Prize-shortlisted author on how staying optimistic can make our world better

'Elegant ... calm and generous' Mary Beard, Guardian

The must-read, pocket-sized Big Think book of 2020

One of the Guardian's 'Best Books to Inspire Compassion'
One of Independent's Books of the Month

A Cosmopolitan 'Revolutionary Read'

Ours is the age of contagious anxiety. We feel overwhelmed by the events around us, by injustice, by suffering, by an endless feeling of crisis. So, how can we nurture the parts of ourselves that hope, trust and believe in something better? And how can we stay sane in this age of division?

In this powerful, uplifting plea for conscious optimism, Booker Prize-nominated novelist and activist Elif Shafak draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to bring us together. In the process, she reveals how listening to each other can nurture democracy, empathy and our faith in a kinder and wiser future.

Publication date: 27/08/2020

£3.99

ISBN: 9781782837282

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B083JMK177

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Current Affairs, Health & Wellbeing, Politics & Economics

How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division (Audiobook)

The powerful, pocket-sized manifesto

Elif Shafak

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The Booker Prize-shortlisted author on how staying optimistic can make our world better

'Elegant ... calm and generous' Mary Beard, Guardian

The must-read, pocket-sized Big Think book of 2020

One of the Guardian's 'Best Books to Inspire Compassion'
One of Independent's Books of the Month

A Cosmopolitan 'Revolutionary Read'

Ours is the age of contagious anxiety. We feel overwhelmed by the events around us, by injustice, by suffering, by an endless feeling of crisis. So, how can we nurture the parts of ourselves that hope, trust and believe in something better? And how can we stay sane in this age of division?

In this powerful, uplifting plea for conscious optimism, Booker Prize-nominated novelist and activist Elif Shafak draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to bring us together. In the process, she reveals how listening to each other can nurture democracy, empathy and our faith in a kinder and wiser future.

Publication date: 27/08/2020

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782837824

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Current Affairs, Health & Wellbeing, Politics & Economics

Reviews for How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division

'One of the best writers in the world today'

Hanif Kureishi 

'Sharp and elegant ... I did find myself hoping that Facebook and Like (or whatever they are now called) might one day come across this little book - and thinking that its calm and generous view of the world might give them back some part of the optimism that had greeted their arrival.'

Mary Beard Guardian

'A calmly rational response to extraordinary circumstances ... there is comfort in having a voice like Shafak's to guide us'

 The i Paper

'Insightful and very moving'

John Harris Guardian

'A deeply thought-provoking delight'

 Independent

'Fortifying and optimistic'

 Net-a-Porter Magazine

'One of the most important writers at work today'

 Independent

'Shafak's writings are an embodiment of radical remembrance; with existential fervour, they pull together the past and future to bring forth a fully realised present that feels all the more urgent'

 Dazed

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PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS:
'Expect vibrant, vivid and eye-opening descriptions of Middle Eastern life propelled by a tender storyline, all in Shafak's haunting, beautiful and considered prose'

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 Vanity Fair

'Incredibly sensuous and poetic and evocative'

Pandora Sykes The High Low

'Richly uplifting... truly beautiful writing'

Nicola Sturgeon 

'Simply magnificent, a truly captivating work of immense power and beauty, on the essence of life and its end'

Philippe Sands 

'A vivid carnival of life and death, cruelty and kindness, love, politics and deep humanity. Brilliant!'

Helena Kennedy 

'Beautifully written ... a complex vision of how emotions interact with political life'

Devi Sridhar Lancet

'Beautifully written ... calls for the importance of centring knowledge, storytelling, empathy, and wisdom in our lives.'

Devi Sridhar Lancet