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News and olds from the author of Humanly Possible, At the Existentialist Cafe, How to Live, and other books about writers, adventurers and philosophers

Humanly Possible: UK events in April

March 13, 2023


I’ll be talking about Humanly Possible at various locations in the UK in April 2023. Here are the dates and venues:

Oxford Festival, Oxford. Sunday 2 April, 12.00. Details and booking here.

Daunts Bookshop, Marylebone High Street, London. Tuesday 18 April, 19.00. Details and booking here.

Toppings Bookshop, Edinburgh. Thursday 20 April, 19.30. Details and booking here.

Festival of Ideas, Waterstones, Bristol. Tuesday 25 April, 19.00. Details and booking here.

Toppings Bookshop, Bath. Wednesday 26 April, 19.30. Details and booking here.

Rosalind Franklin Lecture – tonight

March 8, 2023


Humanly Possible, Conway Hall

Tonight! Apologies for the short notice in posting this. I’m giving the Rosalind Franklin Lecture tonight in London, at Conway Hall, starting at 7.30 PM. Tickets available here – to attend in person, or to watch online. Hope to see you there!

Humanly Possible

November 28, 2022


A new book is coming soon – Humanly Possible: seven hundred years of humanist freethinking, inquiry, and hope.

It will be published on or around 28 March 2023, by Chatto & Windus in the UK, Penguin in the US, and Knopf in Canada. Read a little more about it here!

U egzistencijalističkom kafeu

April 12, 2019


The Serbian translation of At the Existentialist Cafe has just come through, with a charming cover illustration. It’s by Sara Bejkvel, and features Žan-Pol Sartr, Simona de Bovoar, Alber Kami, Martin Hajdeger, and Moris Merlo-Ponti.

Lithuanian and Slovenian existentialists

March 10, 2019


More translations of the existentialists have come through – V kavarni eksistencialistov, in Slovenian, and Egzistencialistų kavinėje, in Lithuanian. Lovely cover!

Korean existentialists

February 21, 2018


The Korean edition of the Existentialist Cafe is now out from Theory and Praxis Publishing Co., and check out this brilliant cover. Among the cocktail’s ingredients are Godzilla, Charlie Chaplin, and Keanu Reeves – and yes they’re all in the book.  (I have no link for it yet, but will update if/when I get more information.)


February 18, 2018



Here is the Bulgarian edition of the Existentialist Cafe.  Great cover!

Au café existentialiste

February 9, 2018


Cafe existentialiste


The existentialists are now in France!

Varoluşçular Kahvesi

January 7, 2018


Turkish Existentialists

The Turkish edition of At the Existentialist Cafe is now out.

Existentialists from Brazil to Sweden

October 21, 2017


Two more lovely translations of the Existentialist Cafe, into Brazilian Portuguese and Swedish.  The US and Canadian paperbacks are out too!

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