Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling

I think probably every fan of Rowling’s work has read this little booklet – or else has seen her 2008 commencement speech on YouTube. As a great admirer of her work myself, I wanted to add Very Good Lives to my collection very badly. I loved her speech (in fact, I watched it all over again with my mum) and the book itself is a true collector’s item!IMG_0036Title | Very Good Lives. The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Author | J. K. Rowling
Published | 2015
Language | English
Pages | 80
Goodreads | ★★★★★
BookDepository | hardback editionIMG_0034Summary
In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force. (Goodreads)IMG_4075The book is beautifully illustrated by Joel Holland and the sales of the book benefit Lumos, the international charity founded by Rowling and works to end the institutionalisation of children around the world. Your money will be put to good use!IMG_4076If you haven’t yet seen her speech, than this book will perhaps contain some information of Rowling that you didn’t know already. One of the most horrid and yet also one of the most encouraging excerpts is when Rowling tells about one of her first jobs after graduation, when she worked at Amnesty International. It will convince you again and again of the dire necessity of such an organisation.IMG_4073I think this is all I should say of this book. I do however would like to conclude with this wonderful quote:

‘If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better.’


Have you seen/read Rowling’s speech yet?


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