This is not about how we messed things up. This is about what kind of world we want to live in now, and the joy we can take in finding our dignity again.
‘If I had to choose just one book that I want everybody of any age to read at this moment in time, this would be it’ Brian Eno
‘Delightful’ Yanis Varoufakis
In 2020 protest movements across the world revealed the inequalities sewn into the fabric of society. The wildfires that ravaged Australia and California made it clear we are in the middle of a climate catastrophe. The pandemic showed us all just how precarious our economies really are, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the US election proved the same of our democracies. Those in charge do not have the answers. In fact, those in charge, more often that not, are the problem.
So, what do we do? In Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now, award-winning political commentator Ece Temelkuran puts forward a compelling new narrative for our current moment, not for some idealised future but for right now, and asks us to make a choice. To choose determination over hope; to embrace fear rather the cold comfort of ignorance; to save our energy for an unwavering attention on those in power and the destructive systems they uphold, rather than wasting time spewing out anger and outrage online.
Above all, this book asks you to choose to have faith in the other human beings we share this planet with.
‘I am giving Temelkuran’s Together to everyone I know. So clear-eyed, frank, wise and joyous! An obligatory book for any human on earth today’ Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less
About the author
Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator, whose journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book award for her novel Women Who Blow on Knots, and the Ambassador of New Europe Award. She has been twice recognised as Turkey’s most-read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media (with three million twitter followers).Her non-fiction, including How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps From Democracy to Dictatorship, has received international critical acclaim.
- Praise for Together: 10 Choices For A Better Now:
- ‘Temelkuran writes gorgeously about the human situations – from Turkey to Croatia – that demand new thinking. The insights of this book, whose tone is a potent mix of fierce urgency but unyielding calmness, make Togetheran important contribution to how polities will evolve in the era of a pandemic’ Irish Times
- ‘Suffering a sorrow that we can overcome. Longing for a freedom that we don’t yet have. For as long as I can remember, these have been the sensations Beethoven’s music planted into my soul. More recently, reading Ece Temelkuran’s delightful Together gave me the same sensations’ Yanis Varoufakis
- ‘Temelkuran is a brilliant writer, finding humour, hope and humanity in the darkest corners of our current malaise.It lifted my heart and my spirits’ Brian Eno
- ‘If you read only one book this year, then this must be it. Magnificent’ Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man
- ‘I am giving Temelkuran’s Together to everyone I know. So clear-eyed, frank, wise and joyous! An obligatory book for any human on earth today’ Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less
- ‘In this elegant, beautifully written book, [Temelkuran] offers something like an ethics of how to live in this world’ Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire
- ‘Her genius is to dismantle the power with unexpected irony, to bring you inside the understanding of the present by giving you a scalpel and a flower. Read this book: you will bleed and you will feel protected at the same time. It’s the magic of Ece Temelkuran’ Roberto Saviano, author of Gamorrah
- ‘Justly famous as an anatomist of so much that is wrong in the modern world, Ece Temelkuran here turns her attention to what is right – and it’s wonderful to discover that her arguments are not just as clear-sighted, but just as convincing’ Jonathan Coe, author of Mr Wilder and Me