Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage Personal Care Cook Kindle Music Deals Store Cycling Tools minions
Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons... has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Shipped from the US -- Expect delivery in 1-2 weeks. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live Paperback – Sep 15 2011

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
CDN$ 19.95
CDN$ 11.62 CDN$ 3.67

Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping for Six Months When You Try Amazon Student

Frequently Bought Together

Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live + I Was There the Night He Died
Price For Both: CDN$ 35.08

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Biblioasis (Sept. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926845277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926845272
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


Among the "five Canadian books you may not necessarily hear much about," but which "should be on reading radars everywhere"—The Globe and Mail

"Clear-eyed ... Robertson is no stranger to confronting unsavoury truths."—That Shakespearian Rag

From the Back Cover

Shortly after completing his sixth novel, Ray Robertson suffered a depression of suicidal intensity. Central to his recovery was the decision to try and answer two of the biggest questions we can ask. What makes humans happy? And what makes a life worth living?

His answers aren't what you might expect from a mental illness memoir - but they're exactly what you'd expect from Ray Robertson. With the vitality of Nick Hornby and a brashness all his own, Robertson runs his hands over life, death, intoxication and art. Unashamedly working-class and unabashedly literary, Why Not? is a rolling, rocking, anti-Sisyphean odyssey.

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Saw the film inspired by this book and thought I'd like to read what Ray Robertson had to say - a really entertaining and thought-provoking read!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3 reviews
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Weird, wonderful, insightful--hilarious April 23 2012
By Mike Ritchie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When I read the other review, (as I am the second), I was skeptical about the enjoyment I might gain from reading this book. Was I ever wrong! Or better put; was she ever wrong. The best advice I give before reading this is quite simple--do not read if you cannot understand advanced word, thought, or communicative processes.
I not only found the book entertaining, but thought provoking, serious, deep, sincere, funny, personal, self-aware, and enjoyable to the very last word. The perfect blend of his own intelligent selection of words, combined with quotes from the masters give incredible insight to many of the mysteries of life and the human experience within it.
If you prefer fluff--skip this one. On the other hand, if you are looking for an entertaining, thought provoking, inside view of the intelligent mind within all of us--read Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live. You will not be disappointed.
Mike Ritchie
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Why bother? Feb. 8 2012
By Lydele - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A very few interesting thoughts interspersed with a lot of drivel make this a bit of a slog to get through. His overuse of quotes from much more eloquent authors is annoying and is a reminder that the author of this book really has very little to say.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Oh, So Bad Aug. 6 2012
By SunnySays - Published on
Format: Paperback
I only made it a quarter of the way through this book because I couldn't sleep. Once the sun came up, I packed it up for a return. I'm not even going to try to actually review the content, because it's so questionable. I mean, really, what can you say about somebody who basically wrote a book about nothing using only their thesaurus as a roadmap? Just. Don't. Bother.