Writer, broadcaster and voice of the Slow Movement.
After working with street children in Brazil, I covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications.
My first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.”
My second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing - and offers a blueprint for change. It was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.”
My third book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for short-term quick fixes.
My latest book, Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives, explores ageing – how we can do it better and feel better about doing it. It’s also a manifesto against ageism.
Published in 35 languages, my books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. In Praise of Slow was serialised on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. It also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentina’s version of Big Brother and a TV commercial for the Motorola tablet. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.
I featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which I helped frazzled, over-scheduled people slow down. I also presented a television show called Frantic Family Rescue on Australia’s ABC 1. I host a podcast called The Slow Revolution.
On top of writing, broadcasting and researching the benefits of deceleration, I rush (slowly, of course!) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops.
I am an advisor to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sit on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City. I live in London.
While researching In Praise of Slow, I was slapped with a speeding ticket ....