Everything is Extraordinary

True stories about how we live, love and pay attention

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Pub Date 7 May 2024 | Archive Date 30 Mar 2024
Hodder Faith | Hodder & Stoughton

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'Clive James raged against the dying of the light, as you would expect from a man who had punched out prose like a prizefighter all his life; yet he also showed grace and gratitude at being allowed to stay in that light for a little while longer. He saw beauty in even the smallest things. Every moment was potentially precious, because there were so few left. As his daughter Claerwen said, for him "Everything was Extraordinary."'

What if we could learn to live with such awareness long before the end? To appreciate every moment, and every encounter with another human or with the natural world around us? Might we, too, learn that everything is extraordinary? That we are interconnected and interdependent?

Each encounter we have with another person is potentially meaningful because our very humanity depends on being connected with others. As Desmond Tutu says: 'I couldn't be a human being on my lonesome, I wouldn't know what to do.'

In a set of lyrical meditations, award-winning writer and interviewer Cole Moreton takes us face-to-face with the famous, the infamous -- and others with insights to share -- from Scarlett Johansson, Tiger Woods and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Zahra, a refugee who crossed the Channel on a tiny, overladen rubber boat. We meet all of them as equals and each fascinating story tells us something about the way we live, love and reach out to find each other, whoever we are.

Everything Is Extraordinary builds into a mesmerising and lyrical meditation on the joy of being alive and open to the world. All we need to do is pay attention.

'Clive James raged against the dying of the light, as you would expect from a man who had punched out prose like a prizefighter all his life; yet he also showed grace and gratitude at being allowed...

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So, to me, this book is about connections, connections with each other and with the rest of the world and with nature... And these stories are proof that everything IS extraordinary, and that every everyone is important.
The author describes his encounters with others: an interview with Scarlett Johansson, getting to the funeral when Nelson Mandela died, trying to speak with Desmond Tutu and frightening him, the time he tried to crash the funeral of the Kray brothers' mother, even stories about his childhood friend and relatives... The stories are touching, emotional, and sometimes funny. When he talks to others, they talk about others who affected them too. It's great. Anyone reading this will feel more connected.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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