What is a meaningful life? What does it mean to flourish?
15 years ago, Antonia Case, the co-founder of New Philosopher and Womankind magazines, quit her corporate job in the city and, with her partner, travelled across the world in search of meaning. In a quest to find answers, she turned off the soundtrack of the media, rid herself of technology, and with little more than books as carry-on luggage, she journeyed from Buenos Aires to Paris, from Barcelona to Byron Bay, seeking guidance from ancient philosophers and modern-day psychologists on what is a good life, and what is a life worth living. Along the way she discovered why winning the lottery doesn't make you happy, why making is better than having, and how love and belonging are vital to our sense of selves.
Packed with insight into life's big questions, Flourish will take you on a riveting journey in search of what matters most.
Brisbane, Thursday 11 May 2023, 6:00 pm [SOLD OUT]:
Avid Reader, Flourish: Warren Ward in conversation with Antonia Case, 193 Boundary Street, West End, Queensland. Tickets available here. SOLD OUT
Brisbane, Saturday 13 May 2023, 5:30 pm:
Brisbane Writers Festival, The Meaning of Life, Auditorium 1, State Library Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland. Tickets available here.
Sydney, Thursday 18 May 2023, 6:30 pm:
The Best Little Bookshop in Town, 97 Cronulla St, Cronulla NSW 2230, phone 0420 574 992. More details here.
Canberra, Friday 19 May 2023, 5:00 pm:
Author talk at Paperchain Manuka, 34 Franklin St, Manuka ACT 2603, phone 02 6295 6723. More details
Canberra, Friday 19 May 2023, 3:00 pm:
Book signing, Harry Hartog ANU, 153-11 University Avenue, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601, phone 02 6230 0197
Hobart, Thursday May 25, 5:30 pm:
Fullers Bookstore, Flourish: in conversation with Antonia Case, 131 Collins St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000. Tickets available here. SELLING FAST
Melbourne, Wednesday May 31:
Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053. Book here.
Perth, Friday 2 June 2023, 6:00 pm:
Kate & Abel/Lawson Flats, Flourish: in conversation with Antonia Case, 4 Sherwood Court, Boorloo, Perth. Tickets available here. SOLD OUT
Praise for Flourish:
"Radiant and wise, Flourish is a book for our times, showing us all the way to live a rich and purposeful life."
― Kate Forsyth, bestselling author of Bitter Greens and over 40 books, winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Award for Best Historical Fiction
"What's so brilliant and fresh: the big, best ideas of world philosophy beautifully explained, yes; but via the close-up story of Antonia's adventurous and fascinating (and very real) life. It's what I need: not apology or gloom but an authentic, inspiring appetite for getting our complicated, imperfect - and sometimes wonderful - lives to flower. You want to reach for your journal, get brave and join her."
― John Armstrong, philosopher and author of Life Lessons from Nietzsche and Art as Therapy
"Antonia Case brings the clarity of years of editing Womankind and New Philosopher magazines to her new book, asking: what does it take to really flourish? Drawing on philosophers, writers, artists and the stories of ordinary people - as well as her own journey - she discovers that flourishing cannot exist within the cookie-cutter expectations of others. It must be found within."
― Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, journalist for The New York Times and The Guardian