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  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787633063
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $40.00

The Book of Secrets




The bestselling author of HAPPY and TRICKS OF THE MIND turns his back on the Stoics who informed his last book, in a new wonderfully wise and entertaining exploration of how we best live and grow.

Perhaps being happy is not the answer after all.
Turning his back on the Stoics whose ideas informed his last book, the ever-thoughtful Derren Brown continues his pursuit of what brings meaning to life and how best to muddle through it with reference to some of the world's great philosophers. Beginning with the ideas of Carl Jung and the notion that whatever we might try to hide and bury in our past will always come back to bite us, he has to wonder if the Greeks were right - unless we tend to all aspects of our lives and who we are, the snubbed secreted aspects of ourselves will wreak revenge. Rather than avoid disturbance perhaps it is essential for a healthy life. Perhaps we need to accept and experience complexity. Is anxiety in fact a pointer for growth? Is a good place only good because it sits between the twin pulls of wild happiness and distress? And what is the secret that lies in this good place?

  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787633063
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $40.00

About the author

Derren Brown

Derren began his UK television career in December 2000 with a series of specials called Mind Control. Since redefining the genre of magic for intelligent, modern audiences, he has become synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation. His TV shows have become must-see events. Amongst a varied and notorious career, Derren has played Russian Roulette on live television, convinced middle-managers to commit an armed robbery in the street, led the nation in a séance, stuck viewers to their sofas, successfully predicted the National Lottery, motivated a shy man to land a packed passenger plane at 30,000 feet, exposed psychic and faith-healing charlatans, and hypnotised a man to assassinate Stephen Fry. On top of this he tours the UK every year with a sell-out stage show.

He has published four books: Tricks of the Mind, Confessions of a Conjuror, Happy and a book of his caricatures, Portraits.

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