Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, is J.K. Rowling’s deeply affecting, celebrated 2008 Harvard commencement speech, published in book form. In her speech, J.K. Rowling asks the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, she addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force. As well as contributing towards university-wide financial aid at Harvard University, sales of Very Good Lives directly benefit Lumos, the non-profit international children’s organisation founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.
Very Good Lives, J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement speech, was published in April 2015 by Little, Brown and Company, with new illustrations by Joel Holland.