Oliver Burkeman

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Burkeman in 2015

Oliver Burkeman (born 1975) is a British journalist (principally for the newspaper The Guardian[1]) and writer.

Early life and education[edit]

Educated at Huntington School, York, he graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1994 with a degree in social and political sciences.


Between 2006 and 2020 Burkeman wrote a popular weekly column on psychology, This Column Will Change Your Life,[2]. He has reported from London, Washington and New York. He has his own blog. His published books are listed below.


  • HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done, 2011 (London: Canongate Books), ISBN 978-0-85786-025-5
  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking, 2012 (London: Faber & Faber), ISBN 9780865479418
  • Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, 2021 (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux), ISBN 9780374159122


Burkeman was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2006.[3] He won the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year award.[when?][4]

In 2015 he won the FPA's Science Story of the Year for a piece on the mystery of consciousness.[5]


  1. ^ "Oliver Burkeman". The Guardian. London. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  2. ^ "This column will change your life | Life and style | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Oliver Burkeman". The Orwell Prize. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Oliver Burkeman". RSA. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. ^ "The Guardian wins six FPA Media awards". 25 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2016.

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