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How should I live? What is my purpose? Can I find happiness?

Ever felt as though life would be simpler if it came with an instruction manual? There are no easy answers to the big questions. And life does not follow a straight path from A to B. 

Since the beginning of time, people have asked questions about how they should live and, from Ancient Greece to Japan, philosophers have attempted to solve these questions for us. The timeless wisdom that they offer can help us to find our own path. 

In this insightful, engaging book, renowned existential psychotherapist and philosophical counsellor Antonia Macaro and best-selling philosopher Julian Baggini cover topics such as bereavement, luck, free will and relationships, and guide us through what the greatest thinkers to ever walk the earth have to say on these subjects, from the Stoics to Sartre.

Discover advice from the world's greatest thinkers on questions like:

Is there a right way to grieve? 

What is free will? 

How can we learn from past mistakes? 

Do we make our own luck?

©2020 Julian Baggini, Antonia Macaro (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Extremely Well Researched Compilation.

Great Book.Worth reading again and again to get the full import of what is compiled.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-21

Change title please

I bought this audiobook thinking it was Georges Perec’s most famous novel, that has the exact same title. It didn’t even cross my mind that the authors of the audiobook could appropriate such a title for something else. Feels almost like a scam..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-20

A-Z of Lessons of life which are very practicable.

Really loved this book and I am going to have listen once again for in-depth internalisation.

The narrator was also great.

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  • Mark
  • 07-08-20

Tedious drivel and utter tripe

The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is more revealing more interesting and entertaining than this nonsense. It’s a series of tedious quotes and asides.utter tripe and badly formatted for audio

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  • Annalie
  • 25-08-20

Most valuable reference book! Get it in hard copy!

This is a valuable book for anyone interested in the questions of how we humans are supposed to live our lives. The answers to those questions will be different for different people, but this book gives guidelines to most life situations, with references for more in depth reading. Very relevant, and an excellent overview of both ancient and modern philosophy, applied to modern life! Be sure to get the hard copy as well, almost essential for rereading and reference to wider reading. The narrator excelled, lovely to listen to!