The Optimist: One Man's Search for the Brighter Side of LifePaperback
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- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 28mm | 363g
- Publication date: 22 January 2009
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 184767061X
- ISBN 13: 9781847670618
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Sales rank: 568,738
When it comes to bad news, we've never had it so good. Today we face a greater range of potential disasters than ever before. Laurence Shorter is feeling anxious. Every time he turns on the radio or opens a newspaper he finds another reason to be tearful. It's time to make a change. "The Optimist" charts Laurence's quest for inner happiness. Can Desmond Tutu bring a smile to Laurence's face? Will he ride out the tide of pessimism with California's famous Surfing Rabbi? Or will it fall to the ultimate icon of optimism, Bill Clinton, to show Laurence the brighter side of life?
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Laurence Shorter is a stand-up comedian and writer. He has been writing and performing since 2001 when he was selected for the Old Vic Theatre's prestigious 'New Voices' programme. His work has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, the Observer, Independent and opendemocracy.net as well as at the Edinburgh Festival and London theatres.
'A delightfully quirky journey of self-discovery that will make your spirits soar, and possibly lead you to enlightenment. Possibly.' Mick Brown