The Life You Can Save

How to play your part in ending world poverty

Peter Singer

‘A brilliant philosopher whose views both inflame and delight. His proposal is characteristically clear: a practical plan to eradicate world poverty’ Observer

Would you walk past a drowning child?

This is a book that will change the way you think about giving. It shows what you can do, as an individual, about the fact that more than a billion people are living in extreme poverty. It argues for an urgent change in our culture, and it invites you to play your part.

The complexities of the aid debate are well rehearsed; the phrase ‘charity begins at home’ is all too familiar; the sheer scale of the task is overwhelming. But Singer, who has been writing for more than three decades about how we should respond to hunger and poverty, suggests that anything other than urgent and direct action is tantamount to walking by.

If enough people regularly give a small amount, he says, we can together make a significant difference.

Find out about the life you can save.

‘This book has persuaded me that I should give more – significantly more – to help those less fortunate’ Financial Times

‘It’s the opposite of a glossy self-help book. It’s a help-others book.’ Sunday Herald


Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978033045459901
Published: 05/02/2010

Peter Singer

Peter Singer

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. Author, co-author, or editor of forty books on a range of topics, Singer is best known for Animal Liberation, widely considered to be the founding statement of the animal-rights movement. In 2005, Time magazine voted him 'one of the 100 most influential people in the world.' He lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is married with three daughters.

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