His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it was “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.” His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and landed on bestseller lists in many countries, including the United Kingdom.
In Praise of Slow was both a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the new Huffington Post Book Club. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.
Newsweek described Carl as “an international spokesman for the concept of leisure.” ABC TV News called him “the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.” Huffington Post labelled him “the godfather of the Slow movement.” The Financial Times featured him as a Guru of the Week.
Carl lives in London with his wife, who is also a writer, and their two children.