‘a wonderful mingling of the historic, philosophical and literary, with tales of the author and engaging, complicated extraordinary father’: Philippe Sands

‘an extraordinary collection of insights… skilfully combining personal stories and historical studies into a partly random structure’: David Spiegelhalter

‘thrilling, intelligent and wilfully unique, with the bonus ball of being unexpectedly moving… the result of a lifetime of original thinking’: James Runcie

a work of narrative non-fiction, cultural history and memoir that draws on writers, scientists, artists and gamblers, as well as family history, to answer the following questions,
What is luck?
Is there actually a force that intervenes between desire and its consummation? (or between cataclysm and survival)
How might I become luckier?