Hannah Dawson is Senior Lecturer in the history of ideas at the New College of the Humanities, London.
I was ... completely enchanted by Hannah Dawson's fiercely brilliant little book, Life Lessons from Hobbes (Macmillan). Her lyrical, clear-eyed prose made me shake off many of my erroneous assumptions about the Monster of Malmesbury - and envy Dawson's great facility with language -- Suzannah Lipscomb * History Today * Hannah Dawson is especially good on why Hobbes's theories on the meaning of freedom are so relevant * Evening Standard * A new series of books from Alain de Botton's School of Life does for Hobbes, Freud, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Byron and Bergson what de Botton's books have done for classical philosophers and Proust. They are short, snappy reads, reminiscent of Maria Popova's Brain Pickings blog - aphoristic digests from history's great minds * New Statesman * thoroughly welcoming and approachable ... [an] invigorating essay on Hobbes ... If the six books in the Life Lessons series can teach even a few readers to pay passionate heed to the world - to notice things - they will have been an unquestionable success -- John Banville * Prospect * [Life Lessons From Hobbes is] the best of this bunch ... trenchantly confronting contemporary political problems ... there is a good deal to be learned from these little primers * Observer *