* Prominent placement of an extract from the book in a national weekend magazine supplement. * Feature interview with the author in a key broadsheet like the Age or Australian. * Interviews with the author on prominent metropolitan and national radio programs like Late Night Live or Life Matters. * Extensive review coverage throughout national print media including the Sun Herald, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, West Australian, Daily Telegraph and Dominion Post. * Budget for bookseller catalogues * Featured in the Text newsletters to reading groups, general readers and to the book industry * Social media campaign including giveaway promotions
Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for the Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the What The Papers Say Feature Writer of the Year award. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, 'This Column Will Change Your Life', and has reported from London, Washington and New York. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Elle, GQ, the Observer and the New Republic. He was born in Liverpool in 1975. He holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.
This is a self-help book for cynics. Guardian feature writer Burkeman (Help!) makes the compelling observation that even with the mass production of books on attaining happiness, the collective mood has failed to rise. It has, if anything, fallen. Burkeman's aim is to endorse a "negative" path to happiness, a route in which happiness is no longer the final destination because serenity is not a fixed state, and trying so hard to be happy is part of what makes us so miserable. Burkeman balances the ideas of the deepest thinkers, thoughts on mortality, and his own foray into Buddhist meditation with tremendously funny anecdotes about the antics of motivational convention attendees and his humiliating attempts at stoicism on the London subway. The version of "happiness" that emerges has no clear set of steps, rather a calm (yet admirably comical) shift from the happy human being to the human who is, simply, being. None of this is new, but Burkeman's ability to present sentiments in fresh, delightfully sarcastic packaging will appeal to the happy, the unhappy, and those who have already found a peaceful middle ground. Agent: Claire Conrad, Janklow & Nesbit. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
'Burkeman isn't writing a treatise: his book is squarely aimed at those who can smell the snake-oil in self-help, and who are looking for alternatives. Burkeman advocates for a kind of serenity-a realistic happiness-rather than the fist-pumping exhilaration touted by the New Agers. Go Him.' Weekend Press / Dominion Post / Waikato Daily Times '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 '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 To Sell Is Human 'Addictive, wise and very funny. Burkeman never takes himself too seriously, but the rest of us should.' -- Tim Harford, author of Adapt and The Undercover Economist '[Oliver Burkeman's] thoughts about the perils of trying too hard to be happy, the art of confronting the worst-case scenario, and the lunacy of goal-setting make a lot of sense. The idea that embracing failure pessimism and insecurity may produce a more satisfying alternative to positive thinking may sound counter-intuitive, but it's liberating.' Herald Sun 'This is a refreshing book that has the ability to make a reader feel calmer about their own state of mind, if not, dare I say it? Happier.' Sunday Mail 'Erudite and liberating.' Men's Health 'This is a self-help book for people who don't like self-help books, and a thoughtful, eminently readable celebration of negative thinking.' Next 'This "antidote" is at once deliciously wry, winningly candid and happily liberating.' North & South 'Sharp, succinct and socially aware.' Yen