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Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

He reveals that it's as much about where we're from and what we do, as who we are - and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone.

Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.

'Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain' Guardian

'Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon ... he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure' Observer

'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius' The Times

Health & Well-Being
November 18
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

C'est la Viedge ,

Fascinating.. Reads like a page Turner

I love ALL of Gladwells books. The way he goes about explaining things is very accessible and I finish his books much too quickly for my liking. If you'd like to know more about yourself and people and how we really operate this book is for you.

Ready to get rich Rob ,


Digging down into why things work out the way they do MG has pulled some good examples of our human behaviour. As we know us humans are not put on this planet with a pre programmed purpose but more of an environmental and luck combination to occupy our time. Right time, who you know and chance encounter are looked at in detail and the opportunity to pre see this combination can lead to a successful life. A well worth read. Rob.

Emerging star ,


Brilliant! And I don't care if the author is technically correct. The ideas are thought provoking and absorbing.

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