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  • Published: 29 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241959442
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $26.99

The World Beyond Your Head

How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction




Drawing on moral philosophy, cognitive science, the work lessons of craftsmen and his own life lessons as an academic and mechanic, he shows how each of us can learn to live in the world around us.

From 'one of the most influential thinkers of our time' (Sunday Times): how to respond to today's demands on our attention
In this brilliant follow-up to The Case for Working with Your Hands, Matthew Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. With ever-increasing demands on our attention, and with capitalism increasingly invading every space, how do we focus on what's really important in our lives?
Exploring the intense focus of ice-hockey players, the flow of a cook in their element, and the inherited craft of building pipe organs, Crawford argues that in order to flourish, we need to return to lives where we establish meaningful connections with objects and the people around us.

  • Published: 29 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241959442
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $26.99

About the author

Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford is the author of The Case for Working with Your Hands: Or Why Office Work Is Bad For Us and Fixing Things Feels Good and The World Beyond Your Head: How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction, which have been translated around the world. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Wall Street Journal as well as numerous magazines and journals. Matthew is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, lectures internationally and runs a motorcyle repair shop.

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