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  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781846047169
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $37.00

The Shoemaker and his Daughter

Beloved spiritual leader offers his guidance on using our mind for change and the right kind of action to save the planet and ourselves.

'The monk who taught the world mindfulness' Time

In this masterful work, one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today shares his wisdom on how to be the change we want to see in the world.

In these troubling times we all yearn for a better world. But many of us feel powerless and uncertain what we can do. Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) is blazingly clear: there's one thing that we have the power to change-and which can make all the difference: our mind. How we see and think about things determines all the choices we make, the everyday actions we take (or avoid), how we relate to those we love (or oppose), and how we react in a crisis or when things don't go our way.

Filled with powerful examples of engaged action he himself has undertaken, inspiring Buddhist parables, and accessible daily meditations, this powerful spiritual guide offers us a path forward, opening us to the possibilities of change and how we can contribute to the collective awakening and environmental revolution our fractured world so desperately needs.

  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781846047169
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Thich Nhat Hanh

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, the School of Youth and Social Service and the Plum Village Buddhist community and meditation centre in France, where he lived for many years. He is the author of many acclaimed books including Peace is Every Step, Old Path White Clouds and Fear, which have sold millions of copies around the world. He lives at the Tu Hieu Temple in Vietnam where he was first ordained when he was sixteen years old.

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Praise for The Shoemaker and his Daughter

An absolutely terrific book - moving, informative, an extraordinary story beautifully written.

</i>Martin Fletcher, former foreign correspondent and foreign editor of <i>The Times

Takes us into the hidden heart of Soviet Russia... an illuminating combination of history, politics, geography and humanity that's personal and close... An arresting and evocative story, brought alive through a host of characters, not least, the vast, hostile, secretive Russia herself.

</i>Keggie Carew, author of <i>Dadland

Brilliant! Conor O'Clery shows more about how people really live in the former Soviet Union than any foreign writer before him. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know about today's Russia.

</i>Fred Coleman, author of <i>The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Empire

Conor O'Clery's latest book is a tour de force - a sweeping account of the turbulent decades of the Soviet Union and the new Russia, told through the prism of a Russian-Armenian family. The story features love, politics, murder, wars, and the fracturing of ties, personal and ethnic, brought about by Stalin and his Kremlin successors. O'Clery is a gifted writer. His subject is one he knows well: his wife's father, mother and relatives, as they make their own sure-footed journey through a treacherous twentieth century.

</i>Luke Harding, #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i> Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House

Conor O'Clery is a legend among foreign correspondents. Over four decades - in Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia - he has established himself as a voice of wit, close observation, and sane good sense. His new book will be welcomed by everyone who cares about good writing, and about the human stories that enable us to understand the great movements of world history.

</i>Richard Lloyd Parry, author of <i>Ghosts of the Tsunami

A fascinating way to illuminate a century of Russian history. Conor O'Clery uses the story of his Russian-Armenian in-laws to explore the reality of life in Russia and the Soviet Union.

Martin Sixsmith

This is not a book about heroic dissidents or murderous fanatics, but about everyday people trying to navigate a system that frustrates them yet provides them with priceless opportunities...Enchantingly written, thoughtfully structured and a model for all the other journalists who pass through Moscow.


Transcends the confines of a mere family history... With his easy humour, engaging style and innate sympathy for the little guy, O'Clery shows how events and decisions in Moscow affected millions of Russians in myriad life-changing ways.

Financial Times

A moving testament to these decent people whose ordinary lives coincided with extraordinary times and testing circumstances.

Irish Independent

[O'Clery] is an elegant and scrupulous writer. His consistently excellent reportage is further enriched by Zhanna's memories.

Irish Times

[A] superb, illuminating book ... A memoir of great power and poignancy.

Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

An often brilliant exploration of nearly a century of Soviet and post-Soviet history ... highly readable, deeply informed telling of an ordinary, extraordinary story.

Sunday Times, Ireland

Highly readable, deeply informed telling of an ordinary, extraordinary story.

Sunday Times

An unusual chronicle of the end of the Soviet Union, seen through the eyes of an extended family... O'Clery tells their story with tender clarity.

Xan Smiley, Literary Review

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