Ian Leslie lives in London where he combines careers in advertising and writing. His book Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit was hailed as 'consistently startling and fascinating' by the Daily Mail and was BBC Radio 4's 'Book of the Week'. He writes about ideas, culture, and politics for a wide range of publications including Intelligent Life, the New Statesman, and the Guardian, and is the creator and presenter of the BBC radio comedy, Before They Were Famous.
I would never have guessed that so slim a volume could so richly pique my curiosity about curiosity. Stuffed with facts, ideas, questions, quotes, musings, findings, puzzles, mysteries, and stories, this is a book-as Montaigne said of travel-with which to 'rub and polish' one's brain. It's the most delightful thing I've read about the mind in quite some time - New York TimesAn inspiring read that gives lie to the old saying that ignorance is bliss - Good Book GuideA lovely, erudite exploration of what it is that makes us human - Independent on SundayLeslie . . . writes convincingly . . . about the human need and desire to learn deeply and develop expertise - Wall Street Journal