How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division

Author(s): Elif Shafak


The Booker Prize-shortlisted author on how staying optimistic can make our world better.

The must-read, pocket-sized Big Think book of 2020.

It feels like the world is falling apart. So how do we keep hold of our optimism? How do we nurture the parts of ourselves that hope, trust and believe in something better? And how can we stay sane in this world of division?

In this beautifully written and illuminating polemic, Booker Prize nominee Elif Shafak reflects on our age of pessimism, when emotions guide and misguide our politics, and misinformation and fear are the norm.

A tender, uplifting plea for optimism, Shafak draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to reveal how writing can nurture democracy, tolerance and progress. And in the process, she answers one of the most urgent questions of our time.


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A compelling look at the perils of our existing political and social systems. This manifesto is brimming with insight and compassion, shedding light on the lack of agency provided to the marginalised and censored within our communities. Shafak reminds us that if we listen and demonstrate kindness we can shift towards a more inclusive, egalitarian way of life. I hope everyone reads this, it filled me with hope and provided clarity on many of the quandaries humanity faces.

- Ramona

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  • : 9781788165723
  • : Profile Books Limited
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : 0.079
  • : October 2020
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  • : Elif Shafak
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 302
  • : 96