P3 Autumn sunrise – © Mordolff/istockphoto.com
P39 Kneading and making yeast dough – © Melhi/istockphoto.com
P57 Coins of the world II – © Dizzy/istockphoto.com
P106 Phrenology head – © Themoog/istockphoto.com
P144 Rural Spain – © Filo/istockphoto.com
P159 Kayaking on Emerald Lake – © Antb/istockphoto.com
All original illustrations by Nicholas Bate
Life is good. Rarely easy. Often funny, outrageous, wonderful, thought-provoking. At times exasperating, doubt-inducing, desperately worrying and frightening. But deep down: life is good. Life lacks enough clear maps, timetables and simple instruction guides; it appears at times to deliberately mislead you and steer you down ...