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Neel Burton
The Art of Failure: The Anti Self-Help Guide
Neel Burton, author

Adult; Self-Help; (Market)

We spend most of our time and energy chasing success, such that we have little left over for thinking and feeling, being and relating. As a result, we fail in the deepest possible way. We fail as human beings. This mind-bending, award-winning book, written by an Oxford psychiatrist and philosopher, explores what it means to be successful, and how, if at all, true success can be achieved.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10


Idea: The author delivers on the provocative and intriguing promise inherent in this work's title and subtitle. He provides a fascinating exploration of topics ranging from courage and death to madness  and ataraxia, offering the reader a meaty analysis of these subjects and more.

Prose: The author capably delves into the psychological science behind the weighty topics introduced. To keep interest high, he offers several engrossing case studies that captivate the reader. 

Originality: While certainly every aspect included in this work has been covered by others in some form, the author offers a different take collectively on the topics, bringing the reader a unique perspective.

Character/Execution: The author maps out a list of related topics in his exploration, moving logically and systematically from one subject to another, painting a clear picture for the reader.

Date Submitted: December 15, 2020