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Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire, and How to Want What You Need is a groundbreaking exploration of why we want what we want, and a toolkit for freeing ourselves from chasing unfulfilling desires.

Humans don’t desire anything independently. Human desire is mimetic – we imitate what other people want. In this essential book, Luke Burgis shows us how to work with mimetic desire to turn blind wanting into intentional wanting, and take back control of what we want.

Published in the UK on 1 July, Wanting was selected as a Financial Times Business Book of the Month for June and has stormed the digital landscape, featuring in Initialized Capital, The Daily Stoic, Finding Brave, The Hidden Forces, The Gabby Reece Show and more. 

Luke Burgis is the founder and director of Fourth Wall Ventures, an incubator for people and companies that contribute to the formation of a healthy human ecology. He graduated from NYU Stern School of Business and later from a pontifical university in Rome, where he studied theology.

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Praise for Wanting

‘A spellbinding read’ – Adam Grant

‘Luke Burgis makes Girard’s ideas come alive for those of us who don’t have a Ph.D. in literary studies. This fascinating and playful book will be of particular help for anyone who leads or manages people’ – Jonathan Haidt

I love the book‘ – Ryan Holiday

‘Offer(s) some fresh perspectives on our desires, what is really driving them and how we take more control’ – Financial Times, Best June Business Books

‘By helping us understand the destructive power of mimetic desire, Burgis offers a way to extricate ourselves and our communities from its harmful grip to form a more human, empathetic, and value-based world’ – Stephen Hanselman, co-author of Lives of the Stoics

‘Luke Burgis has produced the go-to book on this topic‘ – Tyler Cowen

We’re thrilled that Jo Lloyd‘s short story collection The Earth, that Great Exchequer, Ready Lies has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

‘The prestigious prize, now in its 15th year, is the only national literary award to recognise excellence in a published, single-authored short story collection’

The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced in November. The judges of the 2021 prize are 2020 winner Shelley Day, literary agent Elise Dillsworth and Dr Kim Wiltshire, writer and senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University.

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Jo has said, ‘thrilled to be included on the Edge Hill Short Story Prize…congratulations to everyone here’.

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Praise for The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies

‘A major talent’ – Hilary Mantel

‘Jo Lloyd writes stories that have the epic sweep, sly humor, and cold, thrilling depths of Mavis Gallant and Jim Shepard, as well as an idiosyncratic brilliance that is hers alone. Her sentences could rouse the dead (and do, in this excellent book)’ – Karen Russell

‘Jo Lloyd’s voice is clear-sighted and timeless, and the stories in her debut collection are magnetic and prescient‘ – Sara Baume

‘I would read anything with her name on it’ – Zoe Gilbert

Beautifully balanced and well-proportioned, the stories in The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies add up to a compassionate portrait of the ways that people are frail and all the different ways that they can fail’ – Jessie Greengrass

‘The collection reminds me of nothing so much as a series of incredibly detailed black and white photographs, each of which perfectly captures an aspect of existence that I’ve brushed against before but never taken the time to consider. And it’s not enough that each story is perfect; Jo Lloyd does more with single sentences than a lot of people do in entire novels’ – Sara Taylor

‘These stories have a relish for language and an enviable precision that announce a crisp, exciting new voice in short fiction’ – Richard Beard