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  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786331960
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $35.00

21 Letters on Life and Its Challenges




One of our leading thinkers considers the challenges that life and the future hold for us

Charles Handy is one of the giants of contemporary thought. His books on management – including Understanding Organizations and Gods of Management – have changed the way we view business. His work on broader issues and trends – such as Beyond Certainty and The Second Curve – has changed the way we view society.

In his new book, Handy builds on a life's work to glimpse into the future and see what challenges and opportunities the next generation faces. How will people cope with change in a world where the old certainties no longer apply? What goals will and should they set themselves? How will they find purpose and fulfilment in their lives? Clear-eyed and optimistic by turns, he sets out the questions that everyone needs to ask themselves, and points us in the direction of the answers.

  • Pub date: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786331960
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Charles Handy

Charles Handy is an independent writer, broadcaster and teacher. He has been an oil executive, an economist, a professor at the London Business School, the Warden of St. George's House in Windsor Castle and the chairman of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. He was born in Co. Kildare in Ireland, the son of an archdeacon, and educated in Ireland, England (Oxford University) and the USA (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His many books include The Empty Raincoat, Understanding Organizations, Gods of Management, The Future of Work and Waiting for the Mountain to Move. He and his wife Elizabeth live in London and Norfolk.

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Praise for 21 Letters on Life and Its Challenges

“21 Letters details [Handy's] personal and professional experiences with simplicity and warmth”

The Sunday Times

“A real spikiness alongside his generosity of spirit and openness to new ideas. 21 Letters on Life and Its Challenges takes the form of lessons handed down to his grandchildren – interwoven with touching tributes to his wife. The great tactician is still thinking three hoops ahead.”

Financial Times

“Some of the octogenarian management thinker’s most thought-provoking ideas . . . about how to humanise business, soften capitalism, and live life better.”

Essential Reads of 2019, Financial Times


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