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CARPE DIEM REGAINED
Bibliophile price: £2.50
Sub-titled 'The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day', this sweeping cultural biography is a call to seize back the true meaning of the phrase. It unveils five different ways that humankind has discovered over the centuries, ones that we urgently need to revive, from the personal to the political. Wise and uplifting, it is the perfect reminder that life is short and fragile, and the book is set to become a modern classic of contemporary philosophy. Inspiring and instructive, it touches on stories like 89 year old Bernard Jordan, a former British Naval Officer determined to go to Normandy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings with other WWII veterans. In 2014 he was trapped in a care home in Hove without permission to travel but made up a cunning plan to escape to go on the trip. Actress Judi Dench had CARPE DIEM tattooed on her wrist for her 81st birthday. The strategies include looking at opportunity, hedonism, presence, spontaneity and the often ignored or forgotten politics, such as taking to the streets to topple a dictator or mobilising a social movement to tackle climate change. It is an important historical moment to seize the day because for all our handy gadgets and fast food, we seem to be failing to deliver personal wellbeing and mental illness is still on the rise. Thought provoking. 286pp, illus.

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