Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

Imagine J.K. Rowling could give you life advice… well, she does in here.

In 2008, J.K. Rowling addressed the students at Harvard University and that speech was so good that it was published.

Ah, she’s greedy, she’s milking it.

No, all the money made from sales are going towards Lumos, a charity organisation aimed at assisting disadvantaged children.

I picked it up at Bargain Books while waiting for Miks and during that short wait, I had already read most of it. It’s not very long, it was a speech after all, however it’s something I can see myself reading again and again whenever I need it. I know that I will need it.

This beautifully illustrated speech focuses on two things, the power of failure and imagination, both of which we are well aware J.K. Rowling is an expert at.

Very Good Lives

She emphasises that although failure is horrible, it’s not always the end of the world as it is usually at your lowest point, where you realise that you have nothing else to lose, and that is when you take a risk.

“And rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

Most of the Harvard students experiencing this speech first hand would not have an idea of what true failure or poverty feels like, she knew this, and in that short speech, encouraged anyone who can help, who has the privilege of being able to help, to do it.

I am still feeling tingly thinking about it.

Inspirational – Yes

Enjoyable – Yes

Benefits disadvantaged children – Yes

I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t buy this book.


P.S. J.K., if you see this, thank you for Harry Potter. I love you. Bye.

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