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The School of Life: Small Pleasures

"This beautiful bijou book shares 52 small pleasures that might just have a big impact on one’s quality of life."

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Part of the Lessons for Life series from The School of Life, Small Pleasures is an edifying book that’s great to self-gift and give to your nearest and dearest as a refreshing tonic. 

Presenting 52 small pleasures that have the potential to deliver big joy and add big value to our lives, it encourages readers to “build a philosophy of appreciation”. Underpinned by the idea that the pursuit of pleasure is a skill to learn and hone, each of the 52 chapters puts a very particular context, situation or experience under a magnifying spotlight, encouraging us to slow down to observe small details in the moment. 

For example, the book opens with a visit to a fish shop, reframing it as a “place of enchantment” rather than simply as a place to buy fish. This is done through contemplating the alien physical details of the displayed fish, imagining their origins, and picturing the dishes they might be transformed into.

Each small pleasure source — from holding a child’s hand and sunbathing, to midnight walks and daisies — is presented in a way that centres the reader in multi-sensory fashion. Your eyes are directed, your ears alerted, your thoughts provoked by suggestion and a tone that’s both meditative and direct.

Evocative and engaging, Small Pleasures leads readers on a journey from finding magic in everyday activities to feeling their longer-lasting, incremental benefits. 

Joanne Owen

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