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The Price of Life with Jenny Kleeman, a Mr B’s Event

19 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Price of Life with Jenny Kleeman

Mr B‘s are thrilled to welcome journalist, broadcaster and author Jenny Kleeman to discuss her latest book, The Price of Life.

The team has already been completely captivated by The Price of Life; an incredible eye-opening look at the price we place on human life across the world. Described as Louis Theroux meets Margaret Atwood, it’s the kind of book that forces you to reevaluate everything you thought you already knew. We can’t wait to chat to Jenny, and we hope you’ll join us!

About the Book:

* $2-3,000 to save the life of a child in Africa
* £15,180 to hire a hitman
* $368,901 to pay the average ransom demand

We say that life is priceless. Yet the cost of saving a life, creating a life or compensating for a life taken is routinely calculated and put into practice. In a world in love with data, it is possible to run a cost-benefit analysis on anything – including life itself. For philanthropists, judges, criminals, healthcare providers and government ministers, it’s just part of the job. In The Price of Life, journalist, broadcaster and documentary-maker Jenny Kleeman takes us on an adventure to meet some of the people who decide what we’re worth.

In a series of extraordinary encounters – with people who have faked their own death or lost a loved one to terrorism, with hitmen and with modern day slaves – she discovers more questions than answers. What does it mean for our humanity when we crunch the numbers to decide who gets the expensive life-saving drugs, and who misses out? What do we learn about ourselves when philanthropic giving by the effective altruists in Silicon Valley is received by some, while others are left to suffer? Are some lives really worth more than others? And what happens when we take human emotions out of the equation? Does it make for a fairer decision-making process – or for moral bankruptcy?

Exploring the final frontier in monetization, Kleeman asks what we lose and what we gain by leaving the judgments that really matter up to cold, hard logic.

‘Like Louis Theroux channelling Margaret Atwood’ – New Statesman

I found this book unputdownable, missing Tube stations and bus stops I was so engrossed by it . . . I urge you to take this book home with you, even steal it. — Ben Judah, author of This Is London and This Is Europe

About the Author:

Jenny Kleeman is a journalist, documentary- maker and radio presenter. She writes for the GuardianTortoiseThe Times and The Sunday Times. She has reported for BBC One’s Panorama, Channel 4’s Dispatches and VICE News Tonight on HBO, as well as making thirteen films from across the globe for Channel 4’s Unreported World. Her first book, Sex Robots and Vegan Meat (Picador) was published in 2020 to great acclaim. In September 2023, BBC Radio 4 broadcast her 6 part documentary, The Gift.


19 April
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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