This is not about how we messed things up. This is about what kind of world we want to live in now, and the joy we can take in finding our dignity again.
‘If I had to choose just one book that I want everybody of any age to read at this moment in time, this would be it’ Brian Eno
‘Delightful’ Yanis Varoufakis
In 2020 protest movements across the world revealed the inequalities sewn into the fabric of society. The wildfires that ravaged Australia and California made it clear we are in the middle of a climate catastrophe. The pandemic showed us all just how precarious our economies really are, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the US election proved the same of our democracies. Those in charge do not have the answers. In fact, those in charge, more often that not, are the problem.
So, what do we do? In Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now, award-winning political commentator Ece Temelkuran puts forward a compelling new narrative for our current moment, not for some idealised future but for right now, and asks us to make a choice. To choose determination over hope; to embrace fear rather the cold comfort of ignorance; to save our energy for an unwavering attention on those in power and the destructive systems they uphold, rather than wasting time spewing out anger and outrage online.
Above all, this book asks you to choose to have faith in the other human beings we share this planet with.
‘I am giving Temelkuran’s Together to everyone I know. So clear-eyed, frank, wise and joyous! An obligatory book for any human on earth today’ Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less
Praise for Together: 10 Choices For A Better Now: 'Suffering a sorrow that we can overcome. Longing for a freedom that we don't yet have. For as long as I can remember, these have been the sensations Beethoven's music planted into my soul. More recently, reading Ece Temelkuran's delightful Together gave me the same sensations' Yanis Varoufakis 'Temelkuran is a brilliant writer, finding humour, hope and humanity in the darkest corners of our current malaise.It lifted my heart and my spirits' Brian Eno 'If you read only one book this year, then this must be it. Magnificent' Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man 'I am giving Temelkuran's Together to everyone I know. So clear-eyed, frank, wise and joyous! An obligatory book for any human on earth today' Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less 'A wise, incisive, deeply generous book on how we might redeem ourselves from the trash fire of the moment, and build the beginnings of a better and more beautiful world' Molly Crabapple, author of Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian Civil War 'In this elegant, beautifully written book, [Temelkuran] offers something like an ethics of how to live in this world' Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire 'Her genius is to dismantle the power with unexpected irony, to bring you inside the understanding of the present by giving you a scalpel and a flower. Read this book: you will bleed and you will feel protected at the same time. It's the magic of Ece Temelkuran' Roberto Saviano, author of Gamorrah 'Justly famous as an anatomist of so much that is wrong in the modern world, Ece Temelkuran here turns her attention to what is right - and it's wonderful to discover that her arguments are not just as clear-sighted, but just as convincing' Jonathan Coe, author of Mr Wilder and Me 'An unvarnished manifesto for positive political and social change' Irish Times
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