Carpe Diem Regained

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About Carpe Diem Regained

Carpe Diem Regained is the first ever cultural biography of ‘carpe diem’, and a call to seize back the true meaning of ‘seize the day’.

In our age of distraction, carpe diem matters more than ever, but there’s a problem: this ancient ideal has been hijacked and reduced simply to the instant hit of one-click online shopping and the idea of living mindfully in the here and now.

In this thought-provoking and empowering book, leading popular philosopher Roman Krznaric unveils five very different ways humankind has discovered over the centuries to seize the day that we urgently need to revive, from the personal to the political.

Drawing on everything from the neuropsychology of regret and medieval carnival traditions to the carpe diem lives of nightclub dancers, war photographers and committed revolutionaries, the book unpacks the history, philosophy and modern-day applications of ‘seizing the day’. At the same time, it offers inspiration for anyone up for the daunting challenge of leading a meaningful life.

Carpe Diem Regained is published in the UK by Unbound and in the US by Penguin Random House. Other editions coming soon in Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Croatian.

Advance praise

"Inspiring, bracing, and elegant: a timely corrective to contemporary follies, from mindfulness to workaholism. Carpe librum!"  - Sarah Bakewell, author of At The Existentialist Café and How to Live: A Life of Montaigne

“I read this book with a mixture of wonder and recognition. The sound of the galloping hooves of the horses of oblivion have always stalked me like a rumour of something both awesome and terrible waiting in the wings in case, for a moment, I should be distracted by the temptations of a life lived passively. This has driven me to live and work as I do. In Carpe Diem Regained, Roman Krznaric has written a hugely important book for anyone who seeks to have agency in their life. It is, in short, a profound, playful book for wannabe grown-ups who love life.” - Sir Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project

“The media tells us that we are forever young, but this wise and uplifting book is the perfect reminder that life is short and fragile, and that we need to seize the day to avoid living with regret.” - Philippa Perry, psychotherapist and author of How to Stay Sane

“Insightful, inspiring, and instructive. Anyone who feels like time is moving too fast and things are out of their control will be reinvigorated by this thoughtful guide.” - John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"Stunningly good. Roman Krznaric has written a modern classic of contemporary philosophy. Seize it immediately". Julia Hobsbawm, author of Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload