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Author Johann Hari Joins Sydney Writer’s Festival Lineup

Johann Hari

Johann Hari. Photo: Katherine Baumbach

By Jarrod Wolhuter.

Johann Hari is an author on fire and he’s featuring as one of many outstanding writer at this year’s Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Hari has been pivotal in changing the narrative on addiction, anxiety and depression in the 21st century.

His past two books, Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, and, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions are responsible for revolutionising life-changing/saving practices for large swathes of people across the globe.

The New York Times Best-selling author is back with his third ground-breaking book in a decade, Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention.

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention.

As we struggle to clamber out of the deleterious haze of lockdown after lockdown; on the background of natural disaster after natural disaster; as we strain to reclaim our attentions back from the ubiquitous screens in our environments; Hari dismantles and explains how this harmful phenomenon is no accident but a carefully crafted strategy employed by social media giants to capitalise off our valuable attentions.

Harvesting and ‘fracking’ human attention are the new oil fields for this endless growth industry.

Stolen Focus acts as the perfect circuit-breaker to end the ennui and malaise of the past two challenging years. A cerebral shock to jolt the world’s attention back into reality – and away from screens. Allowing people to reclaim their lives and minds and precious focus to become once again accountable to the world around us. To be active caretakers in future decision-making on it’s behalf.

If you don’t already know of Johann Hari, this is the perfect opportunity to become familiar with this admirable author and to understand how his books are helping to usher us into a safer future.

Hari is a tour-de-force. Stolen Focus is lauded by figures like Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Fry and a plethora of other influential leviathans.

Johann Hari at the Sydney Writer’s Festival is an excellent opportunity. He warrants your attention.

In conjunction with this book tour, Hari is currently working on two more literary projects.

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