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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447245741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447245742
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new series of books from Alain de Botton's School of Life does for Hobbes, Freud, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Byron and Bergson what de Botton's books have done for classical philosophers and Proust. They are short, snappy reads, reminiscent of Maria Popova's Brain Pickings blog - aphoristic digests from history's great minds (New Statesman)

thoroughly welcoming and approachable ... [Life Lessons from Byron is] a ringing affirmation of the power of poetry to reach down tot the essence, or at least the essences, of life ... If the six books in the Life Lessons series can teach even a few readers to pay passionate heed to the world - to notice things - they will have been an unquestionable success (John Banville Prospect)

The book is written out of this sense of intimacy with Byron which never seems forced or mannered. I get the impression that Dr Bevis must be an excellent teacher ... What I liked about this little book, and I liked it a lot, is that it treats Byron as a grown-up - and Byron was very much a grown-up (amongst other things of course). Bevis moves naturally from letters and journals to the poems and to comments by those who knew Byron well. I often read things written about Byron and do not recognise Byron in them, but here, all the time, is the presence of a thinking, feeling, sensitive, witty, modest, very odd, but always vital man who engages his readers with unusual directness and is always, as he claimed, essentially a moral poet ... I wish someone would give this book to Melvyn Bragg or Rupert Everett or even Fiona McCarthy. They would learn a thing or two from it about Byron. But any reader, new to Byron, or familiar with him would enjoy this superb little volume (Professor Bernard Beatty The Byron Journal)

there is a good deal to be learned from these little primers (Observer)

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Essential life lessons from Byron, one of life's Great Thinkers

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Marsland on 16 Feb. 2014
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In this small volume author Matthew Bevis shows how the poet Byron's life and work can guide us to a more fulfilling existence. With chapters on how to become yourself, how to laugh, how to go astray, how to hope and how to say goodbye amongst others, Bevis guides us through Byron's philosophy of life, using by way of example short excerpts of the poet's and other writers' thoughts on these matters. a quick look at how a Romantic attitude to existence might aid us in our own lives
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