Malcolm Gladwell: Talking to Strangers

Bestselling author, journalist and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell presents his new book, 'Talking to Strangers' at the Manchester Opera House.

Opera House, Manchester

Thursday 28th November, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Reading


About the Event

How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to 'get' other people? In a powerful and provocative exploration of why we so often misread other people, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected. From the spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, to the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath, we discover that strangers are never simple.

Few have the ability to show us who we are like Malcolm Gladwell. So join him as he sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don't.

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five international bestsellers The Tipping PointBlinkOutliersWhat the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Malcolm was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with The Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. He was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

Venue Information

Opera House
3 Quay Street
M3 3HP
United Kingdom

About the Book

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

Malcolm Gladwell

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:10 Sep 2019


3.33 out of 5
10 reviews
"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
"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