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Saving self-help from itself

By Jessica Holland  
The School of Life is helping lead the 'intelligent self-help' revolution. But can Tolstoy triumph against mainstream self-help manuals?

Was it Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink that started it? Can it be traced back to Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life? Or shall we just call it a slow-burning trend that dates all the way back to Aristotle? Take a look at the self-help section of your local bookshop this new year, and for every cliché-ridden guidebook promising to fix all…

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