> Skip to content
  • Published: 8 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241294758
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

How to Be Human

The Manual




A practical and inspiring book by the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

With a little help from a monk, and a neuroscientist, Ruby Wax answers every question you've ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, kids, the future and compassion.

How to be Human is extremely funny, true and the only manual you'll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iPhone.

  • Published: 8 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241294758
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax's acting and presenting career has spanned stage and screen, and her writing talent has created some of our favourite television comedies, from Girls on Top to Absolutely Fabulous. With a Masters from Oxford in mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Ruby is now also a mental health campaigner and author.

Also by Ruby Wax

See all

Praise for How to Be Human

A guide to mindfulness that's as hilarious as it is useful

Arianna Huffington on 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled'

A three way encounter between a Monk, a neuroscientist and Ruby Wax sounds like the set up for a joke. Instead it's produced one of the most fascinating, intriguing and informative books about minds and bodies and brains and mindfulness I've ever encountered. A triangulation on what it means to be human. Utterly readable and surprisingly wise.

Neil Gaiman

A wonderful book full of passion and verve

Prof. Mark Williams on 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled'

As I expected its funny and thoroughly readable but what I hadn't expected was that it would change the way I think about how I think. Remarkable work from Miss Wax

Jennifer Saunders

How to Be Human is, without exaggeration, a lifeline; wise, practical and funny, it is a handbook for those in despair. It is actually for everyone alive, for the curious, or disillusioned or muddled or just plain happy. Ruby, the Monk and the Neuroscientist are today's Magi.

Joanna Lumley

Ready to laugh and cry as you dive deeply into what it means to be human? Guiding us across evolution, from the far past into the present and even preparing us for the future, Ruby Wax and her neuroscientist and meditating monk colleagues provide us with a science-informed, practical, and humorous guide that is as hysterical as it is profound. Be prepared to feel your way into well-being with this magnificent blending of entertainment and education into the nature of our minds' thoughts, feelings, and identity as you explore and expand who really you are.

Daniel J. Siegel

Ruby has beautifully fused neurology and spirituality and given us a means to cope with operating both a mind and a brain. If this mental upgrade works then all other books will become defunct as we repose in bliss.

Russell Brand

Ruby Wax has spent a lifetime trying to be human.... with this book, she's so very nearly there...

Dawn French

Ruby Wax is a stitch. And this stitch can make you laugh while showing you some exceedingly useful things to heal and transform your life. What she is pointing to is way too serious to take too seriously. Seriously!

Jon kabat-Zinn

This is a present for your head and your heart. Do yourself a favour and read it, you'll love it

Davina McCall

With this marvellous book, Ruby Wax has confirmed her position as one of the most readable, inspirational and engaging writers in the field of human mental health, happiness and fulfilment.

Stephen Fry

Enchanting, educational, enlightening

David Eagleman

How to Be Human reveals how to banish the devil on your shoulder and feel truly human again

Daily Mail

Related titles