01 April 2020, The Tablet

Speed reading: Carina Murphy betters herself


New Year’s resolutions may be long forgotten, but three books offer a dose of self-improvement with a philosophical bent.

In The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way (Quercus, £12.99; Tablet price £11.69) Héctor García and Francesc Miralles use the ritual of the sixteenth-century tea ceremony to encourage us to live in the moment. A tenet of Zen Buddhism, the premise is that as every moment in our life only happens once, we must learn to savour it fully and live in the present, letting go of past failures and future expectations in order to become wholly fulfilled.

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