Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré is a bestselling author, broadcaster and the global voice of the Slow Movement. His TED talk on the benefits of slowing down has been viewed three million times. His second TED talk (on ageing and ageism) will drop soon.

His first book, In Praise of Slow, chronicles the global trend toward putting on the brakes in everything from work to food to parenting. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.”

Carl’s second book, Under Pressure explores how to raise and educate children in a fast world and was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” 

Carl’s third 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.

Carl’s latest book, Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives, explores ageing – how we can do it better and feel better about doing it. It’s also a spirited manifesto against ageism.

Published in 34 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. Bolder was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Reader’s Digest (UK) Book of the Month.

Carl featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled people slow down. He also presented a television show called Frantic Family Rescue on Australia’s ABC 1.

Carl is an advisor to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City. 

He lives in London. While researching his first book on slowness he was slapped with a speeding ticket.


An in-demand spokesman on slowness.

The Wall Street Journal

The global guru on the Slow Movement.

Globe and Mail

The unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.

Huffington Post

The godfather of the Slow Movement.

ABC News

A verbal magician, conjuring concepts with no new idea too complex to capture. 

Australian Financial Review

An international spokesman for the concept of leisure.