Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is a bestselling author and keynote speaker who delves into the complexities of modern life and offers thought-provoking perspectives on success, happiness and productivity.

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Oliver Burkeman's Biography

Oliver Burkeman is a prominent British journalist and author celebrated for his insightful exploration of self-help, happiness, and productivity.

Armed with keen intellect and a passion for understanding human behaviour, Burkeman started his career at The Guardian. For many years, he wrote a popular weekly column on psychology called "This Column Will Change Your Life". His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Psychologies and New Philosopher. Burkeman has a devoted following for his writing on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment. He has also presented a number of programmes for BBC Radio 4, including "Oliver Burkeman is Busy", "Why Are We So Angry?" and "Living with the News".

A bestselling author, one of Oliver Burkeman's most notable works is his book "The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking," where he critiques the relentless pursuit of positivity and advocates for embracing life's uncertainties and challenges. The book reflects Burkeman's core belief that authentic happiness arises from a balanced acknowledgment of both positive and negative aspects of existence.

The title of his latest book "Four Thousand Weeks" is a reference to the average lifespan of a human. It is a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of 2021 by the Financial Times, The Times, The Observer, Audible, Time and Barnes & Noble. In the work, Burkeman explores why the central challenge of time management isn't becoming more efficient, but deciding what to neglect; why, in an accelerating world, patience is a superpower; and why, in conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges often beats keeping your options open.

Oliver Burkeman challenges conventional wisdom and encourages his audiences to question prevalent notions of success and happiness. His distinctive voice and knack for weaving together philosophy, psychology and personal anecdotes make his talks both engaging and impactful.


Four Thousand Weeks

Time Management for Mortals

The Antidote

Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking


How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done

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