Feel free to email me at oliver (dot) burkeman (at) gmail (dot) com. I try to answer all personal email, but it sometimes takes a few days!

Literary agents

I'm represented by Tina Bennett at WME in New York (+1 212 586 5100) and by Elizabeth Sheinkman at WME in London (+44 20 7534 6800). 
For translation requests contact: Tracy Fisher, Director of Foreign Rights, WME:

Publicity for The Antidote

For publicity inquiries in connection with The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking, please contact:

  • In the UK: Jaz Lacey-Campbell at Canongate Books (jaz dot lacey-campbell [at] canongate dot co dot uk) or call +44 (0) 131 557 5111.
  • In the US: Jeff Seroy and Sarah Scire at Farrar, Straus & Giroux (jeff dot seroy [at], sarah dot scire at or call +1 212 741 6900.
  • In Australia and New Zealand: Rachel Shepheard at Text Publishing (rachel dot shepheard [at] textpublishing dot com dot au) or call +61 3 8610 4500.
  • In the Netherlands: Anne Broekman at Ambo Anthos (abroekman [at] amboanthos dot nl) or call +31 (0)20 524 54 35.
  • For other editions, please email me at the address above and I'll put you in touch.


For speaking engagements, please contact:

Kathleen Nishimoto
WME Speakers
(1) 212 903 1376

Book groups

Schedule permitting, I'm always happy to talk with book groups or similar organisations. I'm based in Brooklyn, New York, but am frequently in the UK – and in any case, I've found it works well to do these by Skype or FaceTime, making geography irrelevant. To set up a book group discussion, please email me at the address above.

Oliver Burkeman I'm a writer for The Guardian based in Brooklyn, New York. My new book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection. Each week in This Column Will Change Your Life I write about social psychology, self-help culture, productivity and the science of happiness, and make unprovoked attacks on The Secret.

I also blog about things for Guardian US and write a monthly column for Psychologies magazine. Hello.

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