CLC 2020: Malcolm Gladwell on Talking to Strangers

Join Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Hashi Mohamed about his new book, Talking to Strangers.


Saturday 3rd October, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

  • Online event
  • Questions & Answers
  • Talk


About the Event

The routine traffic stop that ends in tragedy. The spy who spends years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon. The false conviction of Amanda Knox. Why do we so often get other people wrong? Why is it so hard to detect a lie, read a face or judge a stranger’s motives?

In Talking to StrangersMalcolm Gladwell, author of five New York Times bestsellers and named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2005, casts his unique intellectual lens on our interactions with others and considers the ripple effects that these interactions can have on both the individual and society.

With barrister and author Hashi Mohamed (People Like Us), he explores how we might better understand the psychology of those we do not know.

About the Book

Talking to Strangers
Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:10 Sep 2019


3.33 out of 5
10 reviews
"Malcolm Gladwell cites many examples of judges wrongly assessing the character of the accused. But he never mentions how often they get it right"
"Gladwell’s typically digressive exploration of the assumptions we make when dealing with strangers is compelling"
The Observer
"For a book that asks us to be more empathetic, Talking to Strangers is unexpectedly cold."
Times Literary Supplement
"This is a dazzling book. Stories are well selected and brilliantly told, ideas are slowly revealed until the reader arrives at a conclusion they didn’t expect."
The Times
"enjoyable to read, yet also oddly unsatisfying"
Financial Times
"In “Talking to Strangers,” he uses theory like a cudgel on sensitive material"
The New York Times
"It’s hard to think of more compelling material, and the book has an intriguing premise."
Literary Review
"Malcolm Gladwell, whose job it is to be puzzled by banalities and then replace them, after a great pseudo-intellectual circumambulation, with banalities"
The Guardian
"Talking to Strangers turns out to be both more controversial and more disagreeable than anything he has written so far"
The Daily Telegraph
"Malcolm Gladwell at his best"
Irish Times