Carl Honore

Author, In Praise of Slow

Carl Honoré is an award-winning journalist, author and TED speaker. He is also a globetrotting ambassador for the Slow Movement. The Wall Street Journal hailed him as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness.”

After working with street children in Brazil, he covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications.

His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.” While researching In Praise of Slow, Carl was slapped with a speeding ticket.

His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing - and offers a blueprint for change. It was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.”

Carl’s third and latest book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for superficial, short-term quick fixes.

Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. In Praise of Slow was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. It also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentina’s version of Big Brother and a TV commercial for the Motorola tablet. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.

Carl, whose TED talk has been viewed over a million times, has been described as:
“The global guru on the Slow Movement.” Globe and Mail
“The unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.” Huffington Post
“Inarguably the world’s leading evangelist for what has become known as the Slow Movement.” The Sunday Edition (CBC)
“The godfather of the Slow Movement.” ABC TV News
“An international spokesman for the concept of leisure.” Newsweek
“An in-demand spokesman on slowness.” The Wall Street Journal

On top of writing, blogging, tweeting and giving media interviews on the benefits of slowing down, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops.

He lives in London with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he plays for the top ball-hockey team in the UK.