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Very Good Lives – J.K. Rowling

April 17, 2015.


Very Good Lives
J.K. Rowling
Little Brown, 2015
[wordery isbn=9781408706787][/wordery]

In 2008, J.K. Rowling was invited by Harvard University to deliver a commencement speech. In her speech, Rowling provided inspirational advice for anyone at a turning point in life, telling her own stories of her own post-graduate years. That speech is now published in book format, as an illustrated version by Joel Holland (Mr. Holland is who made The Casual Vacancy cover art, too).

With beautiful illustrations, the hardcover book is presented in a way in which Holland’s artwork accompanies J.K. Rowling’s words. The full speech (24 minutes) was converted into 80 pages that make this book a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys tales of reward. Since now, the book will be the home of one of the most inspirational quotes from our favourite author:

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

If that is not enough for you, sales of the book will benefit Lumos, a charity organisation founded by Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.

You can preorder the book [wordery isbn=9781408706787]on Wordery for £10.66/$16.44, including free worldwide delivery[/wordery]. Or you can wait a few days because we will run a giveaway and give a copy for free! Stay alert to our Facebook page and our Twitter account.


You can see the speech below, but our recommendation is to wait until you have the book. Even if you already saw it or not, let yourself be surprised with J.K. Rowling’s advice for life.

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