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The Antidote Paperback – 3 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847678661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847678669
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent book; Burkeman makes us see that our current approach, in which we want happiness but search for certainty - often in the shape of material goods - is counterproductive. We're on a treadmill of disappointment. So Burkeman explores a better way, and tells us about the philosophers and thinkers who have inspired him" (***** Daily Telegraph)

"The Antidote is a gem. Countering a self-help tradition in which "positive thinking" too often takes the place of actual thinking, Oliver Burkeman returns our attention to several of philosophy's deeper traditions and does so with a light hand and a wry sense of humor. You'll come away from this book enriched - and, yes, even a little happier" (Daniel H. Pink author of DRIVE and A WHOLE NEW MIND)

"Quietly subversive, beautifully written, persuasive and profound, Oliver Burkeman's book will make you think - and smile" (Alex Bellos author of ALEX'S ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND)

"He has written some of the most truthful and useful words on [happiness] to be published in recent years. This is a marvellous synthesis of good sense, which would make a bracing detox for the self-help junkie" (Julian Baggini Guardian)

"If life can only have one destination, then, Burkeman argues, we should enjoy the journey as much as we can and deal with the terminus when it comes. It's a simple idea, but an exhilarating and satisfying one" (Observer)

"Addictive, wise and very funny. Burkeman never takes himself too seriously, but the rest of us should." (Tim Harford author of THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST)

"Does the pursuit of happiness make us miserable? In this elegant and erudite book, Oliver Burkeman explores the riddle of joy in the 21st century. This book doesn't set out to make you happy, but that may just be why it works" (Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works)

"This is a genuinely useful book; Burkeman is not in the business of pouring automatic scorn; he really does want us to become slightly happier . . . Help! is win-win. If you do find yourself with those problems which, though potentially tractable, are disproportionately aggravating, then you will find solace and good advice here. If you do not, or rather think you do not, then you will be amused anyway. Either way, you won't need to read another self-help book again." (Nicholas Lezard, Guardian)

"Wry, thought-provoking and often hilarious" (Irish Independent)

"[The Antidote] has performed a neat trick by appealing to both the self-help superfan and the self-help cynic... it's immensely readable and rewarding" (The Stylist)

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