Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives

The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

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J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice.

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of VERY GOOD LIVES will benefit both Lumos, a non-profit international organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to end the institutionalization of children around the world, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, [2015?]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316369152
Characteristics: 69 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Jun 20, 2016

Inspiration to its max. Beautifully illustrated. A must-read for the people trying to find their path into the wide world of wonders.

Jan 10, 2016

You don't need magic, these words have power. This book, “Very Good Lives: the Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination” is derived from a commencement speech given by J. K. Rowling at Harvard University and it is centered on two aspects of Ms. Rowling’s journey: the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination.

Jul 21, 2015

Powerful 10 minute read, author J.K. Rowling's rousing commencement for Harvard's 2008 graduates.

Jul 20, 2015

J.K. Rowling did a speech at Harvard University and it was so good they turned it into a book. First, it is important to embrace failure because we learn from are mistakes. Next it is important to have an imagination to always not be so stressed. In the end I loved this book and hope she makes more speeches she turns into books.

JMFlaherty Jun 27, 2015

Writing is definitely J K. Rowling's gift. Indeed, a most wonderful gift. And this small, but precious, and wonderfully written book is not just a wonderful gift for any graduating student but inspirational to read for all of us already out there in the big, wide, ever-challenging world. Bless. her.

Apr 24, 2015

This is not a new book by the author, it is her commencement speech she gave at Harvard University. Also, her speech can be seen on YouTube.


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Jun 23, 2016

Greisi thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Apr 24, 2015

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Jun 24, 2016

J. K. Rowling's speech at Harvard University seeds hope into the darkest of times. She speaks of the importance of having an active, colourful imagination while elaborating on the benefits of failure.


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Jun 08, 2016

"We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already."


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