Christopher Hamilton is Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. He is the author Middle Age, part of the "Art of Living" series published by Acumen Books, and Living Philosophy, published by Edinburgh University Press. How to Deal with Adversity is one of the volumes in Picador's "The School of Life" series.

Whereas most us break-down or burn-out in the face of adversity or loss, another path is available to us. Drawing illustrative material from literature, history, and science, Hamilton reveals that it can be used to wake us up and even spur us to flourish. As Jack Penn reminds us: "One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks." He shows how this can be done in family, love, illness, and death.