Introducing Happiness in the Twelve Days of Kindle Sale

Introducing Happiness
Introducing Happiness: A Practical Guide

I’m very pleased to say that my little book on the philosophies of happiness, Introducing Happiness, A Practical Guide is available in the Twelve Days of Kindle sale, where—if you live in the UK at least—you can snap up a Kindle copy for a mere ninety-nine pence.

The offer is on until the end of the seventh of January. The link to the book is here. Apologies to non-UK visitors: the offer, as far as I can see, is limited to the UK (although do check by clicking[amazon_link id=”B006NZKB46″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]here[/amazon_link]).

Happy reading!

Therapeutic Philosophy and the Pharmacopoeia of Humankind

Some time ago, I attended a conference — I won’t say where the conference was — at which a certain speaker was talking about what he called the “fundamental conditions of human existence”. The speaker was a tall, rather distinguished looking Norwegian academic; and as he spoke, he laid out what he believed these conditions to be. “Existential loneliness,” he said. “Consciousness of impending mortality. Exposure to the terror of existence…” At the end of the paper, there was a chance for questions. I raised my hand. But unfortunately, time being limited, and I didn’t get a chance to ask my question; and what with one thing and another, I didn’t get round to asking the speaker in person. The question, however, has stayed with me; and so I’ll raise is here instead. The question is this: are these things — existential loneliness, consciousness of impending mortality, terror, exposure, etc. — the fundamental conditions of human existence, or are they instead the fundamental conditions of Norwegian existence? Read more

Updates, Interviews and Readings

A few small bits and pieces… First of all, for those of you who have not yet read it, there’s a long interview with me on the blog of the tireless blogger and writer, Morgen (“Morgen with an ‘e'”) Bailey, published last week. The interview is here if you would like to have a read.

Secondly, I’ve updated this site to the shiny new WordPress 3.5 and updated the theme as well. There shouldn’t be any problems or glitches, and things should be functioning a bit more smoothly after the update, but let me know if there are any problems.

And finally, I’ve just put up a post on my events page for a reading I am doing in February of next year at the Cultural eXchanges festival, with poet Alan Baker. We’ll be talking about the Yijing 易經, about poetry, about divination and about storytelling. It should be a fun event, so do come along if you are in Leicester.

US Launch of The Descent of the Lyre

For those in the USA, my novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] should be released over the other side of the water tomorrow, on the 11th December. So some time during the next week, news of its availability should have filtered through to your favourite bookseller: just in time for Christmas…

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