Can't Even
Anne Helen Petersen

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Narrated By: Anne Helen Petersen

Duration: 8 hours and 26 minutes

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An incendiary personal and cultural investigation of burnout

Are you tired, stressed and trying your best but somehow still not doing enough? Has the bottom half of your To Do list been locked in place for months? Is everything becoming work as your job seeps into your evenings, you monetise your hobbies and perform your leisure time on social media?

This is burnout - what increasingly like the defining feature of our lives. We are exhausted. But burnout is not a personal failing. It is a creeping part of modern culture, shaped by deep-rooted political, historical and economic forces, and it is affecting how we work, parent, socialise and inhabit the world.

Anne Helen Petersen identifies burnout with moving clarity - what it feels like and how it manifests across communities. Through her own experience, original interviews and detailed analysis, she traces the institutional and generational causes of burnout. And, in doing so, she helps us to let go of our guilt and imagine a possible future.

Reassuring, insightful and galvanising, Can't Even is essential reading for all of us.

© Anne Helen 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Social, group or collective psychology, Sociology: work & labour, Self-help, personal development & practical advice, Age groups & generations, Popular culture

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Meticulously researched... astutely observed... extremely enlightening


Urgent and insightful book... Read this and get a much-needed perspective


An intelligent and well-researched analysis... [To those] born into the same generation, its truth is searing

Sunday Times

A readable, well-researched guide to a generation... Petersen commendably refuses her burnt-out millennial readers any inspirational uplift. Ours is not a dilemma that will be solved by more hard work or more positive thinking or more degrees

The Times, *Book of the Week*

The author is astute in unpicking the many factors that led to a whole generation feeling constantly exhausted... Can't Even is comforting in its insistence that it's not your fault you feel this tired... genuinely enlightening... Can't Even is a reminder to the burned out generation that things can be different