Manhood: A Guidebook for Men


We recommend this…

for any man who feels ‘not fully alive’ – stuck, not sure who you’re supposed to be, discontent, or feeling like you are always putting on a front that hides your true self.

A quick summary

This book has an arresting premise and a big, but realistic, ambition. Steve Biddulph sets it up from the start: “The premise of this book is a harsh one, but with hope at its heart… Most men are not fully alive… They are staggeringly lacking in the spark of life. They have no real purpose and very little joy. This is what we have come to accept as normal manhood, though deep down we (and our partners and children) hunger for there to be more.” Looking the  situation square in the eye, Biddulph then offers myriad realistic ways to get out of this misery and come fully alive. The book covers love and sex, parenthood, friendship, work, finding happiness and fulfilment, and how to survive having suicidal thoughts. It’s mostly written to and for straight cis men, but also could be a real insight for all those who love them. If you’re a man who doesn’t read “self-help”, please read this anyway – unless you’re already very happy?


Publisher’s description

‘Most men are not fully alive’ is the dramatic opening to Steve Biddulph’s bestseller, Manhood, which has now been fully revised and updated in this 2015 edition. Exploring two critical social issues: how to establish a healthy masculinity and how men can release themselves from suffocating and outdated social moulds, Biddulph addresses the problems and possibilities confronting men in their daily lives. Women have found the book to be a profoundly moving and revealing read, while men acquire recognition and a sense of hope that life can be different.

Topics include:

  • Your relationship with your father
  • Getting sex right
  • Being a true dad
  • Real male friends
  • Finding a job with heart

This edition has been revised and updated to meet the needs of younger men, who are struggling with these issues in the twenty-first century.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 212 g
Dimensions 199 × 124 × 19 mm
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