Philosophical ideas at work in the real world - Polly Morland uncovers wisdom and insight in ordinary lives.
Most of us would like to change something about ourselves, although all too often we feel that we can't. But change is not an event - it is a process at which we are more skilled than we realise, a metamorphosis that lies within our grasp.
Why would a violinist become a policeman, or a monk fall in love? How does someone lose eighteen stone in as many months or a follower of radical Islam turn his back on holy war? When might taking a new name usher in a new life? And how does a family adapt to the brain injury that changes their son or brother beyond recognition?
Using complex ideas from psychology, philosophy and neuroscience, Polly Morland illuminates real life experiences to explore how we might live better, happier lives.
During fifteen years as a documentary maker, Polly Morland worked as producer/director for the BBC and Channel Four, as well as for PBS and the Discovery Channel. Her first book, The Society of Timid Souls, won a Jerwood Award and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. She lives in Chepstow.
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