Pages: 256
Subject: Philosophy
Imprint: Oneworld


Deep Thought on Life, the Universe, and Everything

Mark Vernon

In 42, Mark Vernon takes 42 aphorisms from people who've lived life richly—from Marcus Aurelius to Monty Python—as starting points for those of us now who are looking to live life to the full.
9781851685608 (1 Mar 2008)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Drawing his inspiration from 42 of the funniest, wisest, and quirkiest quotations on the big questions in life, Vernon offers a light-hearted look at what philosophy has to say about life, the Universe, and everything. Deftly interweaving the thoughts of the greatest minds of all time, from Socrates to Monty Python, Vernon provides a platter of witty yet profound discussions on work, love, eternal life, sex, and happiness. From the allure of cats to the nature of wisdom, this rip-roaring read is the perfect companion for the armchair philosopher, and proves that even a little introspection can transform our lives for the better!

Additional Information

Subject Philosophy
Pages 256
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Mark Vernon is a writer, journalist, broadcaster, academic, and former priest. Author of numerous books including What Not to Say: Finding The Right Words At Difficult Moments, he is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a regular contributor on various BBC radio and television shows.


"Easy to read, but Vernon is serious and challenging too, in his look at such questions as is ignorance bliss and is love blind?" Sue Baker

- Publishing News

"A joy to read, yielding both wisdom and delight in perfectly sized portions. A trip to the supermarket will never be the same again."

- Professor Richard Schoch - Queen Mary, University of London and author of The Secrets of Happines

"In today's dumbed-down culture, it sometimes feels as though ideas are too readily reduced to sound-bites and aphorisms. How refreshing that Vernon turns this trend on its head and uses well known aphorisms to allow readers to think more deeply about life, love, the universe and everything."

- Claire Fox - Director, Institute of Ideas and panelist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze

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