Peterborough Business Book Club - "The Slow Fix" by Carl Honoré

May: The Slow Fix: lasting solutions in a fast-moving world by Carl Honoré (affiliate link*).

Book summary: What do we do when things go wrong? A quick fix can hide the problem rather than solve it. To make real progress we need to take time for the slow fix.

Whether we find ourselves challenged at home or work, or by problems on a grander, even global scale, we let ourselves be seduced by the quick fix. Truth is, it doesn’t work – quick fixes postpone lasting solutions or can turn something a bit wrong into something catastrophic. We need to learn to start fixing things properly, rather than settling for short-term solutions.

‘The Slow Fix’ (affiliate link*) offers real, life-changing solutions to tackling problems and extends the movement defined by Carl Honore in his global bestseller, ‘In Praise of Slow’ (affiliate link*), to offer a recipe for problem-solving that can be applied to every walk of life, from business and politics to relationships, education and health reform.

This book will help you make sense of what is going wrong – and right – in the world, and gives inspiration, ideas and practical tools to help fix your own life and everything around you.

What will we do: we'll start the discussion on the book at 7.30pm - someone will introduce the book and get us going with a question or two, and we'll take it from there. We'll talk about the book for about an hour and half, finishing by 9pm, and then readers can stay if they wish, and have a drink and a chat with other members.

You don't have to have read the book to come along (but it may help!) It's not like reading a novel where finding out the ending may spoil your enjoyment of reading the book... :-)

Venue: You are welcome to arrive at the venue early if you would like to get some food and drink first (a host will be there from 7pm).

Cost: a vountary donation of £1 on the night (this helps to pay for the subscription cost for the Meet Up group).

Future books: for the first two meetings we have decided the books in advance, to get the ball rolling. At the end of the meeting in May, we would love it if other readers would propose books that we could read at our next meeting in July. Bring a book along, tell us why it would be interesting to read, and we'll vote on the different ideas to decide the book that we'll read in July.



Next meeting: our next meeting will be on 16 July 2014 at 7.30pm.

*Affiliate link: if you buy the book of the month from Amazon by clicking on the link, the Peterborough Business Book Club will receive a small percentage of the cost of the book. This will help us to pay for the Meetup subscription, and may mean we don't need to ask for donations at each meeting. We'll find out when we see if we make any money from the links!

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  • Jennifer

    Hello all - we had a good discussion about Carl Honore's Slow Fix last week. While we liked some of his examples, our general view was that his style is a bit relentless, and his themes are more about thorough problem solving rather than "SLOW" per se. Which was a bit disappointing. Overall we rated the book at 5.5 / 10.
    Looking forward now to getting into Dan Pink and Drive!

    1 · May 27

  • David A.

    It was nice to meet you all. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

    1 · May 22

    • Jennifer

      Good to meet you, too, David and see you next time for Dan Pink I hope!

      May 22

    • Andy H.

      I've just downloaded the audio books of 3 books that got mentioned in the meetup so that'll ensure my commuting.

      May 23

  • Fiona W.

    Sorry I can't make the meeting - I'm away on holiday for a few days from Wednesday, but rest assured I'll finish reading our book while enjoying some sunshine! Have a great meeting - and please let me know what our next book is.

    1 · May 16

    • Stuart R.

      Hi Fiona - we missed you! We made a decision tonight about the next two books... I'll publicise those here in the next day or two.

      May 22

  • Ron D.

    Apologies but I won't be able to make it on Wednesday evening. Promise to attend the next one, clashes permitting. Cheers, Ron

    May 19

    • Stuart R.

      No worries Ron - hope to see you then, if not before.

      May 22

  • Andy H.

    I'm running late at work and the traffic back from Cambridge gets worse the later I leave do please start without me if I'm not there on time.

    May 21

  • Jennifer

    Hello everyone
    Our second book club discussion is coming up on 21 May - week after next. The book is a good and easy read if you haven't started yet. And even if you don't finish, it is no problem to come and join the discussion. Please do RSVP if you would plan to come along.
    The group will choose our next read at the meeting - so if you have something you'd like to suggest, then bring your copy along with you.


    May 8

  • Jennifer

    Hello - I hope everyone had a good Easter - maybe you started reading Slow Fix (slowly - of course!). I am into the first few chapters, and enjoying the stories Honore tells about the benefits of stepping out of our usual do more, faster approach. How are you getting on?

    April 24

    • David A.

      I've not started reading it either. Ironically, I may end up having to read it quickly...

      1 · May 1

    • Jill

      Nor me - will start this very evening

      1 · May 7

  • Andy H.

    I thought the next meeting was sooner so I've already finished it now.

    April 30

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