The Book of Thunks®

Is not going fishing a hobby and other possibly impossible questions to stretch your brain and annoy your friends

By: Ian Gilbert


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Size: 174mm x 124mm
Pages : 152
ISBN : 9781845900922
Format: Hardback
Published: September 2008

A great gift book for possibly the most impossible person to buy for!

The Book of Thunks will shake up your templates, rattle your thought routines and force you to think about things differently.

A Thunk is a beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light.

So find a friend or family member, ask a Thunk, disagree with their answer (remember there are no right and wrong answers) and keep your brain working longer and better.

If you typed the word run a thousand times would that be a short story?

Warning: A few of these Thunks are unsuitable for use with children.

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Ian Gilbert

Since establishing Independent Thinking 25 years ago, Ian Gilbert has made a name for himself across the world as a highly original writer, editor, speaker, practitioner and thinker, and is someone who the IB World magazine has referred to as one of the world's leading educational visionaries.

The author of several books, and the editor of many more, Ian is known by thousands of teachers and young people across the world for his award-winning Thunks books. Thunks grew out of Ian's work with Philosophy for Children (P4C), and are beguiling yet deceptively powerful little philosophical questions that he has created to make children's – as well as their teachers' – brains hurt.

Ian's growing collection of bestselling books has a more serious side too, without ever losing sight of his trademark wit and straight-talking style. The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools, born from personal family experience, is finding a home in schools across the world, and The Working Class – a massive collaborative effort he instigated and edited – is making a genuine difference to the lives of young people from some of the poorest backgrounds.

A unique writer and editor, there is no other voice like Ian Gilbert's in education today.

See for yourself.

Ian was winner of The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society's inaugural Educational Writers Award (Nov 2008) for 'The Little Book of Thunks' - Click here for more information on the book.

Re-framing the Education Debate with Independent Thinker, Ian Gilbert.

Click here to read Ian Gilbert’s blog.

Click here to read Ian's article in International Teacher Magazine.


  1. At last, an exercise that's good for you, doesn't make you breathless or ache afterwards: And it's fun! This book is a great way to set your thinking processes free to consider an endless stream of ideas. It shakes, wakes and sharpens our brain in such a subtle way, we didn't realize how lazy it had become.

    I shall use it in my training programmes to get stressed-out managers and tired executives thinking laterally again.

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