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You Don’t Have to Have a Dream

Tim’s first non-fiction book: a rallying cry for creativity and compassion in our daily lives

You Don’t Have To Have A Dream
Advice for the Incrementally Ambitious
Tim Minchin

Out in September 2024 in the UK and Australia. (US 2025)
You can Pre-order now here.


‘Life will sometimes seem long and tough. And you will sometimes be happy and sometimes sad. And then you’ll be old. And then you’ll be dead. There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it.

A book for the romantic-realist in all of us, You Don’t Have to Have a Dream offers Tim’s inimitable thoughts and advice on life, art, success, kindness, love, and thriving in a meaningless universe. Drawn from three of his most beloved university commencement addresses, which have amassed over 100 million views online, it is a rallying cry for creativity, critical thinking, and compassion in our daily lives.

Each speech has a new introduction from Tim, placing them in the context of his creative philosophy, as well as specially commissioned illustrations throughout from Dave Brown (The Mighty Boosh) and Andrew Rae. With insight and wit, honed over a lifetime of creating art, Tim draws on his skills of human observation to impart life lessons that hold meaning for us all.

You Don’t Have to Have a Dream is a powerful reminder that it’s never too late to put something beautiful out into the world.

September 2024 (UK & Aus) 2025 (US) | Ebury Press | Hardback | £16.99 | Au$24.00 | US$20.00 | ISBN 9781529931822