How to Be Human: The Manual

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Written By: Ruby Wax

Narrated By: Ruby Wax, Ash Ranpura, Gelong Thubten

Date: January 2018

Duration: 7 hours 9 minutes


Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to be Human: The Manual written and read by Ruby Wax with Ash Ranpura and Gelong Thubten.

A three way encounter between a Monk, a neuroscientist and Ruby Wax sounds like the set up for a joke. Instead it's produced one of the most fascinating, intriguing and informative books about minds and bodies and brains and mindfulness I've ever encountered. A triangulation on what it means to be human. Utterly readable and surprisingly wise. Neil Gaiman

How to Be Human is, without exaggeration, a lifeline; wise, practical and funny, it is a handbook for those in despair. It is actually for everyone alive, for the curious, or disillusioned or muddled or just plain happy. Ruby, the Monk and the Neuroscientist are today's Magi. Joanna Lumley

With this marvellous book, Ruby Wax has confirmed her position as one of the most readable, inspirational and engaging writers in the field of human mental health, happiness and fulfilment. Stephen Fry

It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the evolutionary Hunger Games by the fact you're on all twos and not some fossil. This should make us all the happiest species alive - most of us aren't, what's gone wrong? We've started treating ourselves more like machines and less like humans. We're so used to upgrading things like our iPhones: as soon as the new one comes out, we don't think twice, we dump it. (Many people I know are now on iWife4 or iHusband8, the motto being, if it's new, it's better.)

We can't stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs we're on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, we'll still, fingers crossed, have our minds, which, hopefully, we'll be able use for things like compassion, rather than chasing what's 'better', and if we can do that we're on the yellow brick road to happiness.

I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works, and also gives some mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains what makes us 'us' in the brain. We answer every question you've ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, kids, the future and compassion. How to be Human is extremely funny, true and the only manual you'll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iPhone.


  • Sara Y

    I loved and was really surprised by this book. Surprised as there was so much in it that I wasn't expecting. Insight alongside lots of personal stories that were very moving. Loved loved loved, thank you to Ruby Wax, the Monk and the Neuroscientist.

  • Alonzo K

    I really liked this book. I got a lot out of it. I also really liked the banter between all three (Ruby, the monk, and the Neuro scientist), the fact they all read their own parts added to it. I'll listen to this book over and over again. The only thing I can't comment on are the exercises at the end of the book. I didn't participate in them. I don't know why I just didn't. Ruby's personality shined through. She was funny, which is always plus. I didn't feel preached to, or lectured at. It was like listening in on a conversation of some wise/smart people.

  • Susan c

    I very much enjoyed listening to this book on tape by Ruby Wax. She presents and inspires in a factual but cheerful, lighthearted, and personal way with a touch of Comedy.

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