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Oliver Burkeman

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Oliver Burkeman
Burkeman in 2015
Born1975 (age 48–49)[1]
EducationHuntington School, York[2]
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge[3]
Occupation(s)Author and journalist
EmployerThe Guardian
Known forFour Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Websitewww.oliverburkeman.com Edit this at Wikidata

Oliver Burkeman (born 1975)[1] is a British author and journalist, formerly writing the weekly column This Column Will Change Your Life for the newspaper The Guardian.[4][5][6] In 2021, he published Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, a self-help book on the philosophy and psychology of time management and happiness.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Burkeman was educated at Huntington School, York,[2] and the University of Cambridge. He was an undergraduate student at Christ’s College, Cambridge and served as editor of the student newspaper Varsity. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in social and political sciences.[3][8]


Between 2006 and 2020 Burkeman wrote a popular weekly column on psychology, This Column Will Change Your Life.[6] He has reported from London, Washington and New York.


Burkeman's published books include:

Awards and honours[edit]

Burkeman was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2006.[11] He won the Foreign Press Association (FPA) young journalist of the year award.[when?][12]

In 2015 he won the Foreign Press Association (FPA) science story of the year for a piece on the mystery of consciousness.[13]


  1. ^ a b Oliver Burkeman at Library of Congress
  2. ^ a b Anon (2011). "Author Oliver Burkeman visits Huntington School". yorkpress.co.uk. York: The Press.
  3. ^ a b Brundle, Lotte (2022). "Ex-Varsity editor would tell student self to 'chill out': Oliver Burkeman on journalism, fatherhood and Cambridge anxiety". varsity.co.uk. Varsity. Archived from the original on 20 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Oliver Burkeman". theguardian.com/profile/oliverburkeman. London: The Guardian. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. ^ Oliver Burkeman on X Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ a b Burkeman, Oliver (2020). "This column will change your life". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  7. ^ a b Burkeman, Oliver (2021). Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780374159122. OCLC 1182580330.
  8. ^ James, Victoria (2018). "On Boredom: Before the internet, boredom was something to be feared. Today, experts are wondering whether it might actually be good for us". cam.ac.uk. CAM: University of Cambridge alumni magazine. Archived from the original on 12 August 2022.
  9. ^ Burkeman, Oliver (2011). HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done. London: Canongate Books. ISBN 978-0-85786-025-5.
  10. ^ Burkeman, Oliver (2012). The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780865479418.
  11. ^ Anon (19 October 2010). "Oliver Burkeman". The Orwell Prize. The Orwell Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  12. ^ Anon (2012). "Oliver Burkeman". thersa.org. Royal Society of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 December 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  13. ^ Anon (25 November 2015). "The Guardian wins six FPA Media awards". theguardian.com. Retrieved 27 November 2016.