Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing

Author(s): Tim Parks

Psychology/ Self-Help

Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, he confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. Teach Us To Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking and improbably entertaining story of Tim Parks' quest to overcome ill health.


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An inspiring and entertaining true story of a sceptic's journey into the world of meditation and alternative health.

"A small triumph of narrative artistry, luxuriantly written and full of bone-dry humor." The Spectator

"A searingly honest, viscerally vivid, darkly comic self-examination of the connections between writing, personality and health." David Lodge

"A mystery story written with extraordinary nerve and eloquence...The result is harrowing, mordant and unforgettable." David Shields

Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks moved permanently to Italy in 1980. Author of novels, non-fiction and essays, he has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His works include Destiny, Europa, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona.

General Fields

  • : 9780099548881
  • : Vintage
  • : Vintage
  • : May 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tim Parks
  • : Paperback
  • : 911
  • : 616.0472
  • : 352
  • : Illustrations, ports.