In 2008, he came out with a new book, Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, which promotes a more relaxed and more hands-off technique for raising and educating children: Slow parenting.
Honoré was born in Scotland, but considers Edmonton his hometown. After he graduated from Edinburgh University with degrees in History and Italian, he worked with street children in Brazil, which inspired him to take up journalism. Since 1991, he has reported from all over Europe and South America, spending three years as a correspondent in Buenos Aires. His work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Observer, American Way, National Post, Globe and Mail, Houston Chronicle, and the Miami Herald. He has appeared on Fox and Friends and Dennis Miller and was the subject of a double-page spread in Newsweek. He currently works and lives in London with his wife and their two children.
- Honoré’s first book, In Praise of Slow: Challenging the Cult of Speed (HarperOne, 2004; U.S. title In Praise of Slowness), is an international bestseller in which he traces the history of our increasingly breathless relationship with time and tackles the consequences and conundrum of living in this accelerated culture of our own creation. Honoré details our perennial love affair with efficiency and speed with a blend of anecdotal reportage, history, and intellectual inquiry. It is the first comprehensive look at the worldwide slow movements making their way into the mainstream – in offices, factories, neighborhoods, kitchens, hospitals, concert halls, bedrooms, gyms, and schools.
- In his 2008 book Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, Honoré explores the potential dangers of parents micro-managing their children and demonstrates how parents can slow down and strike a balance between too little and too much. This book combines fine reporting on leading institutions and countries, intellectual inquiry, and true stories to explain how families can better the future of childhood. The book contains an often quoted few lines from a leadership coach Nigel Cumberland which came to epitomise the challenges facing children who are not optimally nurtured with the message: "If you deny a toddler the chance to play and then put him in a preschool where he is always competing and being measured, you get fear and that leads to an unwillingness to take risks, you end up with boring adults".
- In 2013 Honoré's third book The Slow Fix: Solve Problems, Work Smarter and Live Better in a Fast World, was published. He questions the wide use of superficial, short-term quick fixes, arguing that slow fixes are better able to deliver longer-lasting ways of addressing complex problems.
- Honoré, Carl (2008). Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children From The Culture Of Hyper-Parenting. Orion. ISBN 978-0-7528-7531-6.
- Honoré, Carl (2013). The Slow Fix: Solve Problems, Work Smarter and Live Better in a Fast World. Collins. ISBN 978-0-0611-28820.
- Carl Honoré's official website
- Honoré's page, Conville and Walsh literary agents
- In Praise of Slow
- Carl Honoré at TED
- Carl Honoré's author biography