30 October 2018

Penguin Talks is a new programme of free creative talks hosted by Penguin for young people across the UK, which give the audience the opportunity to both hear from and directly question a world-renowned thinker, writer or influential figure from our family of authors. Our aim is to help equip young people for the future by introducing a new generation of readers to new ideas and perspectives, and broadening their understanding of issues which speakers feel to be particularly prevalent for this generation.

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The inaugural Penguin Talk gave 300 young people from colleges and secondary schools across South London the opportunity to hear from global phenomenon Professor Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens, in conversation with comedian Russell Brand.

Watch the full talk:

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • **THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**

    Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present.

    How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

    Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

    Fascinatingcompelling[Harari] has teed up a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the 21st century’ Bill Gates, New York Times

    ‘Truly mind-expanding… Ultra-topical’ Guardian

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  • Sapiens

  • THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER

    Fire gave us power. Farming made us hungry for more. Money gave us purpose. Science made us deadly. This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

    Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

    In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going.

    ‘I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who’s interested in the history and future of our species’ Bill Gates

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