Released on 24 October 2013.

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Daily Rituals

How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work

3.65 based on 8910 ratings & 900 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times

Benjamin Franklin took daily naked air baths and Toulouse-Lautrec painted in brothels. Edith Sitwell worked in bed, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts - he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process.

From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey presents the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Whether by amphetamines or alcohol, headstand or boxing, these people made time and got to work.

Featuring photographs of writers and artists at work, and filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

In the media

A thoroughly researched, minutely annotated and delightful book, full of the quirks and oddities of the
human comedy . . . Its main lesson can be summed up simply enough: get up, have a cup of coffee, sit at your desk and begin

Literary Review
A fascinating little book
Financial Times
Fascinating . . . it also interestingly reveals that there is no universal formula to greatness, so in essence, it's a celebration of individuality and quirkiness
Huffington Post