The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson

The book The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson* – Universal Lessons on Finding Purpose, Meaning, and Joy – sounds exactly like the sort of book I would read, if you have a look at the Philosophy section of this blog. I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s a mix of beautiful illustrations and pictures intertwined with lovely messages and quotes from easily recognizable people, like David Attenborough, for example.

The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson

I will not share quotes from the book because I would like to encourage everyone to pick it up and read it. But, I will say that I loved Carl Sagan’s dragon and that would have been the sort of quote I would have shared.

The book has 9 chapters ranging from Diversity and equality to Thinking about death (one of the most interesting parts of the book, I loved that). At the end there are a few details on humanist ceremonies, Humanist UK, the authors, and the illustrators. It is very easy to read and, after reading it once, you can always go back and flip through its pages again and again.
It’s size and price makes it also very good for a gift, for a colleague, for example. I know a colleague or two who would enjoy it and I think my husband can say the same about one or two colleagues of his.

The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Piaktus
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Philosophy
Pages: 254

About the authors: Alice Roberts is a biological anthropologist, biologist, television presenter, and author. Roberts studied medicine at Cardiff University. Since 2012 she has been Professor of the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. Since 2019, she has been President of the charity Humanists UK.
Andrew Copson attended Balliol College, University of Oxford, graduating with a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in Ancient and Modern History in 2004. He works at Humanists UK.
Website & Social Media Links: littlebrown

*I was sent a copy of The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.



4 thoughts on “The Little Book of Humanism by Alice Roberts, Andrew Copson”

  • I’m really drawn to all these books you share about various topics in quotes and snippets….. this one, included. It’s a great way for folks to learn a bit about things and to decide if they want to delve more deeply into a topic.

    I agree…. death should not be a taboo topic, at any age.
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    • I agree. After seeing a few quotes from Hume, now I want to read one of his book, which I do that on the bookshelves, but I’m yet to open it. Now it will go up in my to-read pile of books.

  • Hi Anca,

    Now this definitely sounds like my kind of book. I can dip in and out of it. It sounds as though it will have some amazing quotes. And it talks about death as well as life, which I think is something that should be encouraged more than it is.

    As you say, the perfect gift!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Yvonne xx

    • I agree with you, we should be able to speak about death more easily, as we all have to deal with both the death of our loved ones and with ours.

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