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  • In association with our friends at Canongate we are giving away a free ebook of Laurence Shorter's The Optimist: One Man's Search for the Brighter Side of Life (PDF; 870kb):

    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. 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?

    You don't need any special software or hardware just click on this link to the PDF and start reading!

    (If you prefer, however, you can always buy the actual, real, paper and ink book!)


    1. Diana's avatar Diana

      ...and I didn't even have to drive to the bookstore. Thanks!!

      Posted Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:27
    2. Tye Parent's avatar Tye Parent

      Thank You

      Posted Wed, 15 Apr 2009 13:16
    3. Tina's avatar Tina

      Thank you so much! This book sounds so up my street! Brilliant!

      Posted Sat, 04 Apr 2009 18:19
    4. hua's avatar hua

      thank you. i look forward to reading it.

      Posted Sat, 04 Apr 2009 05:50
    5. Ruth's avatar Ruth

      I'm loving the book, thanks, and desperate for an e-bookmark - how do e-readers keep their place?

      Posted Fri, 03 Apr 2009 22:02
    6. Elena's avatar Elena

      Let's give my first e-book a try. Thank You!!

      Posted Fri, 03 Apr 2009 05:21
    7. AMANDA's avatar AMANDA

      As someone who hasn't read a newspaper, watched a news broadcast or listened to the news on the radio since December 2007 - this book began as though it were my own memory!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Guess what - I have never heard Gordon Brown speak as PM - bliss!!

      Posted Fri, 03 Apr 2009 00:46
    8. Lola's avatar Lola

      Thanks for my first e-book! I look forward to reading it.

      Posted Thu, 02 Apr 2009 09:41
    9. Louis Schembri's avatar Louis Schembri

      Thanks for the free e-book. Superb idea.

      Posted Thu, 02 Apr 2009 02:14
    10. Ruth's avatar Ruth

      Thank you for my very first e-book ...I'm looking forward to reading it :)

      Posted Wed, 01 Apr 2009 20:57
    11. K Ayl's avatar K Ayl

      Good call looking forward to reading :)

      Posted Wed, 01 Apr 2009 12:27
    12. Beverly Clark's avatar Beverly Clark

      What a novel idea. Thank you. I can buy this for a friend if I enjoy it.

      Posted Wed, 01 Apr 2009 03:39
    13. Janet Klaar's avatar Janet Klaar

      Thanks for my first e-book. Looking forward to trying this out!

      Posted Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:10
    14. Gill Ashby's avatar Gill Ashby

      Now this is a great idea. I have downloaded and saved this for a rainy day when I need cheering up.

      Posted Tue, 31 Mar 2009 02:49
    15. H Lawless's avatar H Lawless

      looking forward to seeing the book. If I enjoy I can buy it as a present for friends. Great idea.

      Posted Sun, 29 Mar 2009 05:52
    16. Massimiliano's avatar Massimiliano

      My first free e-book! I'm sure it will be a nice reading. Thank you

      Posted Sun, 29 Mar 2009 03:06
    17. Ander Egiluz Beramendi's avatar Ander Egiluz Beramendi

      Thanks for the free e-book... actually, i'm thinking of buying an e-book portable reader; the optimist could be the first archive in it :) Thanks again!

      Posted Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:53
    18. Carmen Serracino Inglott's avatar Carmen Serracino Inglott

      looking forward to reading this book when pessimism reigns in the world. A perfect read for today's times. C. Serracino Inglott

      Posted Mon, 30 Mar 2009 03:32

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