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Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing by [Parks, Tim]
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“Tim Parks has written an intensely personal response to a confrontation with that most dreaded of terrors: the indications of a potentially fatal medical condition. Parks gives a clear-sighted, thoughtful and strangely moving account of his own experiences, and brings to them an uncommon blend of wit, lightly-worn scholarship, and heartbreaking candour. A remarkable book.”--Miranda Seymour

"a cool, sceptical observer of the human condition... Teach Us to Sit Still deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness"--J M Coetzee

“A mystery story written with extraordinary nerve and eloquence, Teach Us To Sit Still traces the contradictions in the author’s character and his attempt to bring body and mind together and escape from a seriously debilitating condition. The result is harrowing, mordant, and unforgettable.”--David Shields

“This is a startlingly brave book – embarrassing health problems don’t usually make comfortable friendships with philosophy, art and history, seasoned with a dash of Buddhist meditation. But since Tim Parks writes so wonderfully well and is so genuinely clever it works. It works very well indeed. Sensible, lyrical, wide ranging, generous hearted and in places very touching."--Sarah Maitland

“A brilliantly clear book on matters that are still far from clear to us.”--George Szirtes

“A searingly honest, viscerally vivid, darkly comic self-examination of the connections between writing, personality and health. Once I started reading it, I didn’t want to stop.”--David Lodge

"(it) made me laugh; it made me cry; and it made me seriously think about taking up Vispassana meditation"--The Times

"Parks writes wonderfully well about his body as he is reluctantly reconciled to its existence alongside his mind."--Daily Express

"Parks is an excellent writer, capable of writing wittily and with great beauty about the near indefinable."--Seven (Sunday Telegraph)

"funny, painful and quietly profound book"--The Scotsman

"beautifully written and painfully honest... a fascinating, perceptive and rewarding read"--The Big Issue

"Teach Us to Sit Still is a small triumph of narrative artistry, luxuriantly written and full of bone-dry humour."--The Spectator

"A movingly honest book that is about a great deal more than breathing and meditation."--The Lady

"A lovely, well-told story... Parks is a conscientious and expert companion whom it is hard not to like."--The Observer

"Its no easy read. But Teach Us To Sit Still is about facing up to mortality, and we cannot have too many honest reports of that"--Evening Standard

"Tim Parks' account of curing his ill health through meditation is intensely engaging."--The Sunday Times

"[a] wonderful, paradoxical book"--The Guardian

"Even those free of illness will find Parks's journey gives us much to ponder about the effects of modern living"--Metro

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An inspiring and entertaining true story of a sceptic's journey into the world of meditation and alternative health.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1963 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX6XTI
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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