Reviews

  • This lucid and riveting new biography at once rescues Kierkegaard from the scholars and makes it abundantly clear why he is such an intriguing and useful figure: that we want, above all, to be reassured about our lives rather than find out what about our lives matters to us. ... Carlisle writes with verve and sympathy. Kierkegaard's life is exemplary, as Carlisle shows with such plain and accessible eloquence

    Adam Phillips, Observer
  • Engrossing ... Carlisle has pulled off the feat of writing a truly Kierkegaardian biography of Kierkegaard

    Julian Baggini, Financial Times
  • It is a testimony to her skill that, as in a great novel, the portrayal of her protagonist is so vivid ... She wonderfully conveys how, pelican-like, Kierkegaard tore his philosophy from his own breast

    Jane O'Grady, Telegraph
  • Clare Carlisle has an especially deep admiration of Kierkegaard and has studied his work with an intensity that has rarely been matched. Her book, she writes, "takes its shape from the Kierkegaardian question about how to be a human being in the world"

    Ray Monk, New Statesman
  • Readable and entertaining

    James Marriott, The Times
  • Philosopher of the Heart enacts Kierkegaard's audacity and verve in thinking and writing, his "new way of doing philosophy", in a thrillingly inward and intimate style

    Boyd Tonkin, Arts Desk
  • One of the best biographies of modern masters by a new generation

    Daniel Johnson, Standpoint
  • Carlisle enters into a closer than ever relationship with her subject. She gives the reader a vivid sense of what Kierkegaard meant ... It is an excellently told story in which the author weaves familiar and less familiar details of Kierkegaard's life together in a compelling framework that brings this explorer of anxiety and despair to life as never before.

    Alastair Hannay, Tablet