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Topic: Julian Barnes

Do not despair, Julian Barnes, ageing matures the soul

We must not dreary pessimism drive us towards acceptance of suicide

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

While we should, like Steve Jobs, live every day like it was our last, we should never allow our lives to be defined by this ‘one appalling fact’