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The Book of Idle Pleasures

Author: Tom Hodgkinson  

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PUBLISHED: 1st May 2008
ISBN: 9780091923327
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The Book of Idle Pleasures is a restorative gift book for the stressed out, tired and hassled. The book lists and reflects on 75 simple pastimes and proves that the best things in life really are free: lighting fires, skimming stones, catching falling leaves, whittling, staring out of the window, dreaming, doodling or taking a nap.
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  • Hardcover
    $27.30
PUBLISHED: 1st May 2008
ISBN: 9780091923327
ANNOTATION:
The Book of Idle Pleasures is a restorative gift book for the stressed out, tired and hassled. The book lists and reflects on 75 simple pastimes and proves that the best things in life really are free: lighting fires, skimming stones, catching falling leaves, whittling, staring out of the window, dreaming, doodling or taking a nap.

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The Book of Idle Pleasures is a restorative gift book for the stressed out, tired and hassled.

The book lists and reflects on 75 simple pastimes and proves that the best things in life really are free: lighting fires, skimming stones, catching falling leaves, whittling, staring out of the window, dreaming, doodling or taking a nap.

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The Book of Idle Pleasures is a restorative gift book for the stressed out, tired and hassled. An antidote to our non-stop culture, it is a welcome compedium of timeless delights.The book lists and reflects on 75 simple pastimes and proves that the best things in life really are free- lighting fires, skimming stones, catching falling leaves, whittling, staring out of the window, dreaming, doodling or taking a nap. The Book of Idle Pleasures is a celebration of pleasure for its own sake in a world of consumer overload.

Author Biography

Tom Hodgkinson was born in 1968. His book publications include the bestselling How To Be Idle, which has been published in fifteen countries, and How To Be Free. Tom lives in Devon with his expanding family.

Dan Kieran is deputy editor of the Idler. He edited The Idler Book of Crap Towns, Crap Jobs, and Crap Holidays and wrote I Fought the Law. He writes regularly for the Observer, the Sunday Times, The Times and the Guardian. Dan lives in South London with his wife Rachel and their son Wilf.

Review

"At its best, the book has a delightful tone of foppish grandeur, achieving without much fuss a kind of phenomenological intensity in entries such as "Walking Back Home Drunk" or "Poking the Fire". Remember, too, that most things are improved with "a cup of smouldering tea", on which note I must leave you, as the kettle has just boiled" Guardian

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