Our March Book of the Month is...

What We Owe Each Other by Minouche Shafik is Hay Festival Book of the Month for March, continuing the Festival's campaign to celebrate and ignite conversation around new books that have particular resonance for us right now.

The social contract shapes everything: our political institutions, legal systems and material conditions, but also the organisation of family and community, our well-being, relationships and life prospects. And yet everywhere, the social contract is failing. Accelerating changes in technology, demography and climate will reshape our world in ways many of us have yet to grasp. In this landmark study, Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics, draws on evidence from across the globe to identify the key principles every society must adopt if it is to meet the challenges of the coming century, with profound implications for gender equality, education, healthcare provision, the role of business and the future of work. 

How should society pool risks, share resources and balance individual with collective responsibility? Brilliantly lucid and accessible, What We Owe Each Other offers new answers to these age-old questions and equips every reader to understand and play their part in the urgent and necessary transformation ahead.

Minouche Shafik joins us live online 9 March at 7pm in conversation with Matina Stevis-Gridneff with copies over on our bookshop for sale now.

Hay Festival’s Book of the Month is selected by the festival team in Hay-on-Wye and aims to celebrate great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Titles are sold in the UK through the festival’s online shop, as well as being available in all good libraries and bookshops.

Find out more about Hay Festival’s Book of the Month here or explore #HayBookOfTheMonth on social.