This is not your average kind of advice book for self-isolation. Quite the reverse. Like his previous volume, this book emerged from personal disaster, as the author explains. Perhaps that is why both booksreek of joy in life. This time, the disaster is widely shared.
These are life lessons for self-isolation from the maverick and scepticalpsychologist – whose major task is to guard us all against psycho-babble and the blandishments of his profession.Yet it is also a pleasure to read, both funny and erudite, as he takes us on a journey including cutural edifices from Dickens to Derrida, via the Stoics, St Augustine, Alan Turing and the Jewish sage Hillel. Or from Wittgenstein and the Cynics to Ruth Rendell. In fact, being in the company of Craig Newnes during a global pandemic might even make it almost bearable.
“52 Ways to Change Your Life was all based on personal experience – things I did and didn’t do that may have accounted for my survival. This volume is similar. I imagine that many of the Ways listed here have, in some way or other contributed to my survival. Perhaps not. Either way, I’m still here….”