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How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division

Category: Psychology and Self-help
ISBN:   9781788165723
Publisher:  Profile Books
On sale: August 2020
List price: R147
Format: Paperback
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How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division


Elif Shafak


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

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

It feels like the world is falling apart. So how do we keep hold of our optimism? How do we nurture the parts of ourselves that hope, trust and believe in something better? And how can we stay sane in this world of division?

In this beautifully written and illuminating polemic, Booker Prize nominee Elif Shafak reflects on our age of pessimism, when emotions guide and misguide our politics, and misinformation and fear are the norm.

A tender, uplifting plea for optimism, Shafak draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to reveal how writing can nurture democracy, tolerance and progress. And in the process, she answers one of the most urgent questions of our time.


Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019, and her work has been translated into more than fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science, is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED global speaker. In 2019, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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