A Book of Secrets

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Perhaps being happy is not the answer after all.

In this thoughtful and brilliant new book, the internationally bestselling author of HAPPY considers the value of friction in our lives.

In chapters revealing his own moments of anger and prejudice, anxiety and shyness, loneliness and loss, Derren Brown examines the means to a more rewarding life, be it saving yourself from small talk or navigating middle age. Referencing the ideas of some of the world’s great philosophers, he has to wonder if the Greeks were right – unless we tend to all aspects of our lives – our whole flawed natures – the snubbed secreted aspects of ourselves will wreak revenge. Perhaps we need to accept and experience complexity, and allow uncertainty? Is anxiety in fact a pointer for growth? Rather than being true to ourselves, might we instead prioritize better interaction with other people?

Considering these questions leads him to surprising sources of consolation and compassion.

© Derren Brown 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Enlightening, thought-provoking and illuminating. Derren Brown asks questions about the world, and his intelligent curiosity benefits us all.

    Elizabeth Day

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