A Book of Secrets


There is a difference between happiness and living well. In this thoughtful book, Derren Brown, internationally bestselling author of ‘Happy’, considers the value of difficulty in our lives. Perhaps it is in those times when we are forced to cope with adversity that we find the most meaningful rewards. As he navigates middle age, love and small talk, he dispenses with self-help platitudes and wonders if perhaps we need to more comfortably embrace uncertainty. Is anxiety in fact a pointer for growth? In chapters that take us back to the scene of childhood humiliation, to lonely evenings on tour, to the high stress of a house move, Derren explores that when we feel most alone we are often most connected to others and the flow of life.

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.”Friction and struggle lead to growth.”

In A Book of Secrets, internationally bestselling author Derren Brown considers the value and benefit of having pain in our lives, asking:

Is it in those moments that we are faced with adversity that we find the most lasting rewards?
Do we spend so much time trying to make sense of our lives that we forget what makes us wonderfully us?
What are the secrets that show us how to meet challenging moments head on?

In thirteen fascinating chapters, Derren takes us back to his own scenes of childhood humiliation, to lonely evenings on tour, to being paralysed by shyness at a dinner party hosted by famous guests, to navigating middle age and to finding love. By sharing his own moments of anger, frustration, loneliness and loss, Derren reveals how it’s possible to find consolation and compassion in our most challenging times.

A Book of Secrets is a profound and practical guide to finding value in sadness and strength from what life throws at us – it is from the difficulty of life that we find meaning and grow.

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Weight 700 g
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 4 cm










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