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


February 18, 2018



Here is the Bulgarian edition of the Existentialist Cafe.

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!

The Incredible Shrinking Man

July 2, 2017


Incredible Shrinking Man

On Tuesday 11 July, London’s Barbican Cinema is screening The Incredible Shrinking Man – a brilliant fable of 1950s existential anxiety that takes in everything from atomic dust-clouds to monstrous spider battles to the dizzying infinity of the cosmos. I’m doing a brief introduction.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see it on the big screen – book here.


May 19, 2017


Anywhere near Sydney next week? Come to the Sydney Writers Festival on 22-28 May!

I’ll be talking about At the Existentialist Cafe on Sunday 28 May at 10.00 am, though this event is now sold out.  And on Thursday 25 May at 11.00, I’m on the Curiosity stage sharing my enthusiasm for Bambi – the existentialist hero.  Just turn up on the day for that one – and it’s free!


Στο καφέ των υπαρξιστών

March 23, 2017


Wonderful to see the Existentialists arriving in the homeland of philosophy: the Greek translation of At the Existentialist Cafe is now out, published by Alexandria.

To go with it, here is an article published in Το Βήμα last weekend.

The Existentialist Paperback

March 5, 2017



Good news: At the Existentialist Cafe is now out in Vintage paperback, published in the UK on 2 March 2017 and available from all reputable booksellers (and perhaps some disreputable ones, too).

A night out in Hamburg

March 5, 2017


Further details are now available for the event at the Literaturhaus in Hamburg on 22 April 2017 – here they are.

Munich soiree

February 23, 2017


cafederexistelntialistenAlso, if you’re in Munich, do come along to: Das Cafe der Existenzialisten – a soiree mit Sarah Bakewell, at the Literaturhaus, Sunday 12 March at 5.00pm.  The conversation will be in English, with readings from the book in German.

Another such evening is coming up in Hamburg on Saturday 22 April – more details to follow soon.