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  • Published: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784872595
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $9.99

Calm

Vintage Minis


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Vintage Minis bring you the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human – from birth to death and everything in between

How do we find calm in our frantic modern world? Tim Parks – lifelong sceptic of all things spiritual - finds himself on a Buddhist meditation retreat trying to answer this very question. With brutal honesty and dry wit, he recounts his journey from disbelief to something approaching inner peace and tackles one of the great mysteries of our time – how to survive in this modern age.

Selected from the book Teach us to Sit Still by Tim Parks

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.
A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human
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Motherhood by Helen Simpson
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Liberty by Virginia Woolf

  • Pub date: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784872595
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Tim Parks

Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. He lives in Milan.

He is the acclaimed author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, In Extremis, A Season with Verona, Teach Us to Sit Still and Italian Ways. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the John Florio Prize and the Italo Calvino Prize.

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Praise for Calm

“Teach us to Sit Still made me laugh; it made me cry; and it made me seriously think about taking up Vispassana meditation”

Will Self, The Times

“Imagine our joy when Vintage announced that it is publishing a collection of easily digestible books from the world’s most celebrated writers on the experiences that make us human… They look good and read well. That’s win/win in our book.”

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