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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life


Published: 27th September 2016
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For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Mark Manson, however, doesn't sugar-coat or equivocate: "F**k positivity," he says in his wildly popular internet blog. "Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it."

Backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, Manson makes the argument that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. It's time to recalibrate what it means to be happy: there are only so many things we can give a f**k about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter.

An antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society, and filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humour, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap in the face for a generation spoiled by being rewarded with gold medals just for showing up.

About the Author

Mark Manson has spent a number of years studying the academic research on things such as happiness, passion, goals and relationships, publishing his views online as well as in Forbes, CNN, Vice, TIME, Vox and The Huffington Post. Mark shares his philosophy through articles on his wildly popular Internet blog markmanson.net. Mark lives and writes in New York.


Really enjoyed this read


I really liked the read, I found myself stop starting this book to think about the concepts and how they relate to my life. The resonate well with current events (most likey why I thought to give it a read). I will suggest this to others.

Melbourne, Australia

Refreshing view to life


Interesting look at life. Teaches you to prioritize and who knows might change your worldview altogether.

Adelaide, SA

Good commonsense look at life


Good lighthearted read, but it didn't feel like I had to finish it

NSW Australia



I have been reading a lot of self help books and while the title is a good indicator I was still slightly taken aback by all the F bombs dropped in the book. I would certainly be careful who I would gift/recommend this book to. The content was good and the overall message there, just not sure he needed the swearing to get his point across.

Hobart, Tasmania

So glad I came across this book.


This book was not a feel good book that builds you up straight away. I had to put it down to think about what he had written often. It strips what you think about yourself and builds you up in a more realistic, resilient way. I am so happy I purchased it, and have been recommending it to a lot of people.

Adelaide, SA

Hidden agenda?


Written from the perspective of a white privileged male from a wealthy background this book offers greater insights than you would expect. Essentially it is around changing the metrics by which you measure happiness and succes in life. Good read until it hits the part where he tries to speak on issues which he obviously has no education on. For some reason he attempts to discredit trauma and sexual abuse victims. It seems to be agenda driven and dangerous for the wider community on many levels during that section. I searched Wikipedia and feel that may be all the research he did on the subject, which quite frankly is disgustingly reckless. He gets back to his points which is the meat of the book but for me it tainted the book and any respect I held for the author.

Sydney Australia

Good book for people to read gives you alot of ideas


Good book to read




What a great read, very enlightening and easy to digest. Have read it several times already.

Perth Australia

Reality Check


I was given the book as a Christmas gift and quite enjoyed it. It is now doing the rounds through the office as everyone has asked to borrow it. It contains some good, sensible advice on how to change your perspective and if nothing else, you'll get a few chuckles out of it.




Made me realize that we worry too much about nothing, rather than worrying about the more important things in life. Each and everyone of us can learn a lesson from this book and hopefully lead a better and more productive life. It enforces the belief to NEVER GIVE UP no matter how bad things may seem. Brilliant Read.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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ISBN: 9781925483598
ISBN-10: 1925483592
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.3