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The Optimist

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The hilarious story of one man's search for optimism - the perfect antidote to the January Blues

About the Author

Laurence Shorter worked in the business world for a decade before making the move into writing and comedy in 2001. Since then he has done a one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival, written for the BBC, Channel 4, the Independent, Observer and opendemocracy.net, and toured some of the capital's finest pubs as a comedy dancer. With his focus on the world of therapy and spiritual development he is taken seriously by a growing number of cultural commentators, including his father, his father's girlfriend and their brain-damaged cat. Laurence was born in New York and raised in Edinburgh. Today he lives in South London, though he was recently seen trying to escape on a small bicycle.


* If you're feeling pessimistic about the year ahead, this book does cheer you up. Sunday Times * Witty writer ... restore[s] a little faith in humanity's future. Financial Times 20090110 * Shorter is a snappy writer - fast, compelling, sympathetic and seemingly honest. Observer 20090125 * Deliciously quirky and enormously funny, it brims over with the sort of joie de vivre that would brighten the darkest day. Good Book Guide * Amusing and intriguing. Mail On Sunday * Learning how Richard Branson remains eternally cheerful or how a Buddhist monk became known as 'the happiest man in the world' is pretty inspiring. Metro * [An] anti-misery memoir. Evening Standard * Funny and inspiring ... a book that's a reason to be cheerful in itself. Waterstone's Books Quarterly 20090101 * Shorter is a snappy writer - fast, compelling, sympathetic and ... honest. Observer * After depressing himself listening to the news, Laurence Shorter resolves to save the world and his sanity by reinventing optimism. Sunday Herald 20100110

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