Anthony Seldon - Author

About the Author

Sir Anthony Seldon is the former Headmaster of Wellington College in Berkshire, now at the University of Buckingham. He is arguably the best-known Headmaster in the country and is particularly well-known for introducing happiness and wellbeing classes into the school in 2006. He co-founded Action for Happiness with Richard Layard in 2011.

Featured books by Anthony Seldon

Beyond Happiness The Trap of Happiness and How to Find Deeper Meaning and Joy

Beyond Happiness The Trap of Happiness and How to Find Deeper Meaning and Joy

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

As Britain's best-known headmaster, Sir Anthony famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College. In 2011, he co-founded Action for Happiness, a body to raise awareness of the discovery of happiness and reduction of depression, whose influence is growing rapidly in Britain and across the world. In this book Anthony Seldon distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy, and offers an original 8-step approach on how to make our lives far more meaningful and rewarding. The pursuit of happiness can all too easily become a trap which seduces us into thinking there is no more to life than being happy. In fact, the author is highly critical of 'positive psychology' and other dominant schools of thought. In fact, we need to reach beyond this if we are to access the deepest levels of human experience open to us, and find our own unique path in life. The author offers a further 5 steps, which point the way to accessing these deeper levels of experience, which alone result in the joyful life which is our birthright. Paradoxically, as this book demonstrates, stepping off the happiness treadmill will ultimately make for a happier and more fulfilled life. It is time to go beyond happiness.

Other books by Anthony Seldon

Public Schools and the Great War The Generation Lost

Public Schools and the Great War The Generation Lost

Author: Anthony Seldon, David Walsh Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/08/2018

The book examines the impact which the Great War had on the Public Schools and the sacrificial contribution made to the victory which came in 1918. The war consumed about a fifth of all the public schoolboys who fought, while the survivors were scarred by the loss of so many friends. Based largely on source material from school archives and histories, it moves from the naive excitement of the summer of 1914 to the many moving stories that emerge from the carnage of the Western Front. It looks at school life in those war years, boys with their futures on hold and the prospect of death always very close, Headmasters and staff devastated by the loss of so many young lives. About one distinguished Headmaster, who died in January 1919, it was said that the War killed him as straightly and surely as if he had fallen at the front . The book ranges across many topics including the selflessness and pride of Public Schools across the British Empire and in Ireland; the role of the Officers Training Corps in militarising a generation; the letters written from the Front to teachers; the pride taken by schools in the Victoria Crosses etc won by Old Boys; the statistical terms in which the Public Schools contribution can be measured; the ways in which schools commemorated the war, and still do so today. Finally the legacy of the war is examined, both the effect on the schools themselves but also the contribution made by writers and artists to the disillusionment of the inter-war years.

The Fourth Education Revolution Will Artificial Intelligence liberate or infantilise humanity?

The Fourth Education Revolution Will Artificial Intelligence liberate or infantilise humanity?

Author: Anthony Seldon, Oladimeji Abidoye Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2018

The prediction that in the near future all jobs may be replaced by intelligent robots has so far not been felt by those professions involved with personal interaction. The education sector is about to start to feel the impact. The effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already started with the improvement in educational technology; roll-calls, lesson enhancement, marking, and assessing have all been made easier. But AI will all too quickly develop adaptive data from such activities, exploiting statistics to mimic human reasoning to personalise the needs of an individual student - and then AI will morph into the role of intelligent tutor. Artificial Intelligence will move from better courseware to increasing levels of interaction with the learner. The impact of Artificial Intelligence has hardly begun but its effect will become all too apparent over the next few years and nowhere more so than in education. It is a revolution but one which will provide huge benefits to education.This books looks at the first three educational revolutions before turning to examine the impact of AI education for Primary Schools to Universities.

Seeking Wisdom A Spiritual Manifesto

Seeking Wisdom A Spiritual Manifesto

Author: Anthony Seldon, Larry Culliford Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2018

A skilled physician and psychiatrist has turned his gifted attention to the ailments of society. Where is humanity heading, towards misery and destruction or a far more glorious future? How can we - as individuals - make a difference? These are among the most timely questions addressed by this boldly reasoned Spiritual Manifesto. Part 1 (Rationale) examines the human predicament in terms of both intellectual understanding, and spiritual experiences that are both deeply personal and universal. Progress towards wisdom and maturity occurs in recognizable stages involving not despair but growth in the face of inevitable misfortune, threats and losses as life proceeds. Healthy grieving allows emotional pain to be healed through a reliable natural process, comparable to the healing of wounds. Part 2 (Commentary) follows, offering incisive and coherent remarks on `Politics', `Leadership', `Religion', Education', `Health, Mental Health and Social Care', and `Capitalism - Economics, Banking and Business', highlighting especially a correctable imbalance between rational, left-brain dominated, `worldly' attitudes and ambitions, and intuitive, right-brain derived, `spiritual' values. Part 3 (Seeking Wisdom) continues seamlessly, revealing a simple, constructive way forward, recommending personal Spiritual Development Plans (SDP's) that reduce the destructive power of the false `everyday ego', and increase the highly beneficial influence of the true `spiritual self'. Wisdom, compassion and love are thus restored to primacy above more worldly, self-orientated, materialistic aims and attachments like power, fame and possessions. In this way, generation by generation, society itself will evolve. Whenever one individual commits to Seeking Wisdom, the future for all is improved.

The Cabinet Office 1916-2016 The Birth of Modern Government

The Cabinet Office 1916-2016 The Birth of Modern Government

Author: Anthony Seldon, Jonathan Meakin Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2016

Since its creation in the depths of the Great War in December 1916, the Cabinet Office has retained a uniquely central place in the ever-changing political landscape of the last century.While the revolving door of 10 Downing Street admits and ejects its inhabitants every few years, the Cabinet Office remains a constant, supporting and guiding successive Prime Ministers and their governments, regardless of their political leanings, all the while keeping the British state safe, stable and secure.It has been at the centre of everything - wars, intelligence briefings, spy scandals, disputed elections, political crises - and its eleven Cabinet Secretaries, ever at the right hand of their political masters, have borne witness to them all. The true 'men of secrets', these individuals are granted access to the meetings that determine the course of history, trusted with the most classified information the state possesses.Written with unparalleled access to documents and personnel by acclaimed political historian, commentator and biographer Anthony Seldon, this lavishly illustrated history is the definitive inside account of what has really gone on in the last 100 years of British politics.

Cameron at 10 The Verdict

Cameron at 10 The Verdict

Author: Anthony Seldon, Peter Snowdon Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2016

The most intimate account of a serving prime minister ever published, this is the gripping inside story of David Cameron's government as told by senior figures, including the Prime Minister, George Osborne and Boris Johnson. Spanning the early days of the coalition to a bitterly contested general election, and ending with the astonishing EU Referendum story, `Cameron at 10' tells the full story of a momentous premiership. From riots in London to the withdrawal from Afghanistan to the gambles of two seismic referenda - the youngest prime minister since 1812 faced an exceptionally turbulent period in British politics. With insights into his relationships with EU leaders, the Brexit camp and Barack Obama, this is the essential blueprint for understanding the rise and fall of the Cameron government.

Beyond Happiness The Trap of Happiness and How to Find Deeper Meaning and Joy

Beyond Happiness The Trap of Happiness and How to Find Deeper Meaning and Joy

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

As Britain's best-known headmaster, Sir Anthony famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College. In 2011, he co-founded Action for Happiness, a body to raise awareness of the discovery of happiness and reduction of depression, whose influence is growing rapidly in Britain and across the world. In this book Anthony Seldon distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy, and offers an original 8-step approach on how to make our lives far more meaningful and rewarding. The pursuit of happiness can all too easily become a trap which seduces us into thinking there is no more to life than being happy. In fact, the author is highly critical of 'positive psychology' and other dominant schools of thought. In fact, we need to reach beyond this if we are to access the deepest levels of human experience open to us, and find our own unique path in life. The author offers a further 5 steps, which point the way to accessing these deeper levels of experience, which alone result in the joyful life which is our birthright. Paradoxically, as this book demonstrates, stepping off the happiness treadmill will ultimately make for a happier and more fulfilled life. It is time to go beyond happiness.

Cameron at 10: The Inside Story 2010-2015

Cameron at 10: The Inside Story 2010-2015

Author: Anthony Seldon, Peter Snowdon Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2015

Five years in the making, 'Cameron at 10' is the gripping inside story of the Cameron premiership, based on over 300 in-depth interviews with senior figures in 10 Downing Street, including the Prime Minister himself.As dusk descended on 11 May 2010, David Cameron entered 10 Downing Street as the youngest prime minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. He stood at the head of the first Coalition government in 65 years, with the country in dire economic straits following a deep financial crisis.From the early heady days of the Rose Garden partnership with the Liberal Democrats to the most bitterly contested general election in years, 'Cameron at 10' highlights forty dramatic moments in an exceptionally turbulent period in British politics. The book contains all the highs and lows on the domestic front as well as providing revealing insights into the Prime Minister's relationships with foreign leaders, particularly the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama.With unprecedented access to the 'inner circle' of politicians and civil servants that surround the Prime Minister, from Chancellor George Osborne and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to all of Cameron's personal team, this is the most intimate account of a serving prime minister that has ever been published.

Cameron at 10 The Inside Story 2010-2015

Cameron at 10 The Inside Story 2010-2015

Author: Anthony Seldon, Peter Snowdon Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Five years in the making, `Cameron at 10' is the gripping inside story of the Cameron premiership, based on over 300 in-depth interviews with senior figures in 10 Downing Street, including the Prime Minister himself. As dusk descended on 11 May 2010, David Cameron entered 10 Downing Street as the youngest prime minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. He stood at the head of the first Coalition government in 65 years, with the country in dire economic straits following a deep financial crisis. From the early heady days of the Rose Garden partnership with the Liberal Democrats to the most bitterly contested general election in years, `Cameron at 10' highlights forty dramatic moments in an exceptionally turbulent period in British politics. The book contains all the highs and lows on the domestic front as well as providing revealing insights into the Prime Minister's relationships with foreign leaders, particularly the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama. With unprecedented access to the `inner circle' of politicians and civil servants that surround the Prime Minister, from Chancellor George Osborne and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to all of Cameron's personal team, this is the most intimate account of a serving prime minister that has ever been published.

The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015

The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

The British general election of May 2010 delivered the first coalition government since the Second World War. David Cameron and Nick Clegg pledged a 'new politics' with the government taking office in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Five years on, a team of leading experts drawn from academia, the media, Parliament, Whitehall and think tanks assesses this 'coalition effect' across a broad range of policy areas. Adopting the contemporary history approach, this pioneering book addresses academic and policy debates across this whole range of issues. Did the coalition represent the natural 'next step' in party dealignment and the evolution of multi-party politics? Was coalition in practice a historic innovation in itself, or did the essential principles of Britain's uncodified constitution remain untroubled? Fundamentally, was the coalition able to deliver on its promises made in the coalition agreement, and what were the consequences - for the country and the parties - of this union?

The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015

The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/03/2015

The British general election of May 2010 delivered the first coalition government since the Second World War. David Cameron and Nick Clegg pledged a 'new politics' with the government taking office in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Five years on, a team of leading experts drawn from academia, the media, Parliament, Whitehall and think tanks assesses this 'coalition effect' across a broad range of policy areas. Adopting the contemporary history approach, this pioneering book addresses academic and policy debates across this whole range of issues. Did the coalition represent the natural 'next step' in party dealignment and the evolution of multi-party politics? Was coalition in practice a historic innovation in itself, or did the essential principles of Britain's uncodified constitution remain untroubled? Fundamentally, was the coalition able to deliver on its promises made in the coalition agreement, and what were the consequences - for the country and the parties - of this union?

Public Schools and the Great War

Public Schools and the Great War

Author: Anthony Seldon, David Walsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2013

The book examines the impact which the Great War had on the Public Schools and the sacrificial contribution made to the victory which came in 1918. The war consumed about a fifth of all the public schoolboys who fought, while the survivors were scarred by the loss of so many friends. Based largely on source material from school archives and histories, it moves from the naive excitement of the summer of 1914 to the many moving stories that emerge from the carnage of the Western Front. It looks at school life in those war years, boys with their futures on hold and the prospect of death always very close, Headmasters and staff devastated by the loss of so many young lives. About one distinguished Headmaster, who died in January 1919, it was said that 'the War killed him as straightly and surely as if he had fallen at the front'. The book ranges across many topics including the selflessness and pride of Public Schools across the British Empire and in Ireland; the role of the Officers Training Corps in militarising a generation; the letters written from the Front to teachers; the pride taken by schools in the Victoria Crosses etc won by Old Boys; the statistical terms in which the Public Schools' contribution can be measured; the ways in which schools commemorated the war, and still do so today. Finally the legacy of the war is examined, both the effect on the schools themselves but also the contribution made by writers and artists to the disillusionment of the inter-war years.

Churchill's Indian Summer The Conservative Government, 1951-1955

Churchill's Indian Summer The Conservative Government, 1951-1955

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2010

Winston Churchill was seventy-six when the Conservative Party won the 1951 General Election. At the third attempt since the end of the Second World War he had finally been returned to power by the will of the people. A lifetime's ambition had been achieved after nearly half a century in Parliament. In Anthony Seldon's own words, 'the most controversial element in the book is likely to prove the reassessment of Churchill's contribution as a peacetime premier. The title Churchill's Indian Summer is not intended to be sensational, but it is meant to be combative. I do not suggest he was as fit or as brilliant as he had been during the war. He clearly was not. The characteristic of an Indian Summer is that the temperature is cooler than at the height of the season: indeed, a feature one would expect of a man a month off his seventy-sixth birthday on his return to Number Ten. Yet despite his failing powers, he was, I believe, right to remain in office, at least until his major stroke in the summer of 1953, and a good case can be made for his retention of power until the autumn of 1954. Only in his last six months in office was he not fully up to the task.' The book though is not just about Churchill. In an approach more thematic than chronological Anthony Seldon also gives a detailed analysis of each major Government department, its ministers and especially the civil servants who in many cases not merely implemented policies but determined them too. On the whole, it was an emollient administration somewhat to the left of both the Conservative and Labour Parties of today. Nor was it unsuccessful be it on the home front or in foreign policy. Anthony Seldon's book, first published in 1981, was the first to cover this still slightly forgotten Government. 'Mr Seldon has used an historical method which provides flesh and blood: he has talked to some 200 surviving politicians and civil servants and it is remarkable how little their views and recollections diverge. . . It is a gigantic exercise in oral history, and it is a triumph.' John Colville, Sunday Telegraph 'Here is a massive, excellently researched and very readable account of Winston Churchill's only Prime Ministership in peacetime, from 1951 to 1955. . . There is plenty of shrewd analysis, particularly of character and much balanced and generally charitable personalisation. A valuable book, in fact, and a first-class account of those four years in which Britain was still thought of as ''Great'. One is left with a sense of abiding gratitude to the author as well as his subject.' Terence Prittie 'So much has been made of Churchill's infirmities in these years that too little attention has been given to his final, and extraordinary achievement, and it is the outstanding achievement of Mr Seldon that, although no slavish adulator, he recognizes that little of this would have been possible without that spirit of humanity and warmth and faith which radiated from the Prime Minister. . . . There are few histories of a single Government so competent and reasoned as this.' Robert Rhodes James

Blair's Britain, 1997-2007

Blair's Britain, 1997-2007

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2007

Tony Blair has dominated British political life for more than a decade. Like Margaret Thatcher before him, he has changed the terms of political debate and provoked as much condemnation as admiration. At the end of his era in power, this book presents a wide-ranging overview of the achievements and failures of the Blair governments. Bringing together Britain's most eminent academics and commentators on British politics and society, it examines the effect of the Prime Minister and his administration on the machinery of government, economic and social policy and foreign relations. Combining serious scholarship with clarity and accessibility, this book represents the authoritative verdict on the impact of the Blair years on British politics and society.

Blair's Britain, 1997-2007

Blair's Britain, 1997-2007

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2007

Tony Blair has dominated British political life for more than a decade. Like Margaret Thatcher before him, he has changed the terms of political debate and provoked as much condemnation as admiration. At the end of his era in power, this book presents a wide-ranging overview of the achievements and failures of the Blair governments. Bringing together Britain's most eminent academics and commentators on British politics and society, it examines the effect of the Prime Minister and his administration on the machinery of government, economic and social policy and foreign relations. Combining serious scholarship with clarity and accessibility, this book represents the authoritative verdict on the impact of the Blair years on British politics and society.

Blair

Blair

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2005

Rejecting the constraints of formal biography, Anthony Seldon has produced a profile of the Prime Minister that rewrites the bibliography of Blair studies. Focusing on the interplay between the key episodes of his life and career and the key personalities with whom he has surrounded himself, it assesses the Blair psychology in all its forms and explains the motivation of the man destined to be the last British Prime Minister to command a world stage. It also draws on previously unpublished diaries and documents and is based on 600 original interviews with those who have known and worked with Blair, including many at the heart of government. Gripping and revelatory, it is a major book about the man who has shaped modern Britain.

Recovering Power The Conservatives in Opposition Since 1867

Recovering Power The Conservatives in Opposition Since 1867

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2005

The Conservative Party's periods in opposition have been of crucial importance. They have seen major changes in direction, and often been the springboard for recovering power. There have also been leadership crises and bitter divisions, and recovery was never inevitable. In the first study to examine the topic as a whole, leading authorities present new evidence and interpretations. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the Conservative Party and of opposition in modern British politics.

Recovering Power The Conservatives in Opposition Since 1867

Recovering Power The Conservatives in Opposition Since 1867

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2005

The Conservative Party's periods in opposition have been of crucial importance. They have seen major changes in direction, and often been the springboard for recovering power. There have also been leadership crises and bitter divisions, and recovery was never inevitable. In the first study to examine the topic as a whole, leading authorities present new evidence and interpretations. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the Conservative Party and of opposition in modern British politics.

The Conservative Party

The Conservative Party

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2004

The Conservative Party is Britain's most successful political party. For large parts of modern British history it has been the dominant party, though it has always suffered from internal division and periods of defeat. This colourful account of the Party's history since the late 18th century takes the reader on a voyage of discovery.

The Blair Effect

The Blair Effect

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2001

THE BLAIR EFFECT is a collection of authoritative and (reasonably) unpartisan commentaries on the first administration of Tony Blair as it approaches a General Election. The authors demonstrate that it is possible to write contemporary history about even the most recent past in an accessible yet scrupulously objective manner. How much has changed since the landslide election victory of May 1997? What was prompting the changes, and to what extent were they the fruit of number 10's intentions? How far might they have happened anyway? How effective has the Blair effect been? Peter Riddell, Vernon Bogdanor, Dennis Kavanagh and a host of other star analysts pose these questions and do their best to answer them.

Britain under Thatcher

Britain under Thatcher

Author: Anthony Seldon, Daniel Collings Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/11/1999

This concise, accessible, and balanced historical analysis of the Thatcher years and their consequences analyzes many controversial aspects of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, including the Falklands War, the miner's strike, bitter relations with Europe and the ill-fated poll tax. Books in this Seminar Studies in History series bridge the gap between textbook and specialist survey and consists of a brief Introduction and/or Background to the subject followed by a substantial and authoritative section of Analysis focusing on the main themes and issues. There is a succinct Assessment of the subject, a generous selection of Documents and a detailed bibliography.

Conservative Century The Conservative Party since 1900

Conservative Century The Conservative Party since 1900

Author: Anthony Seldon Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/1994

The Conservative Party has been the dominant force in twentieth-century British politics. On its own or as the predominant partner in a coalition it has held power for more than sixty years since 1900. Despite this it has been the most neglected and misunderstood of all the main parties. This book is the first systematic attempt to survey the history and politics of the Conservative Party across the whole of the twentieth century from the 'Khaki' election of 1900 to John Major's victory of 1992 and beyond. Traditional boundaries between history and political science have been ignored, with each of the authoritative team of contributors pursuing an important theme within three main areas; the composition and structure of the Party; its ideas, policies and actions in government; and its public image and sources of support in the country. The essays are based upon new research, in particular in the Conservative Party archives. Conservative Century will be essential reading for both students and specialists, and it offers a mine of fascinating information for anyone interested in British politics.

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