- Publisher: Oneworld Publications
- Format: Paperback | 244 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 210mm x 18mm | 240g
- Publication date: 1 June 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1851687548
- ISBN 13: 9781851687541
- Sales rank: 158,224
Imagine a year without spending or even touching money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary story. Going back to basics and following his own strict rules, Mark learned ingenious ways to eliminate his bills and discovered that good friends are all the riches you need. Encountering seasonal foods, solar panels, skill-swapping schemes, cuttlefish toothpaste, compost toilets and - the unthinkable - a cash-free Christmas, Boyle puts the fun into frugality and offers some great tips for economical (and environmentally friendly) living. A testament to Mark's astounding determination, this witty and heart-warming book will make you re-evaluate your relationship to your wallet.
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Mark Boyle founded the 'freeconomic' movement in the UK. An economics graduate and former business director, his website (justfortheloveofit.org) receives 30,000 hits a day and has become a hub for community sharing with over 10,000 members. He is a columnist for the Guardian and Ethical Consumer magazine and he has been interviewed by a variety of national media, including Sky News, BBC Radio Four, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Telegraph, and The Times.
By Markus Neall 23 Jul 2010
A very inspiring read. If one man can do this on his own then think of the possibilities of a few people getting together and doing it.
In this book he maps out his steps towards becoming money free and the difficulties he faced. Most interesting perhaps are his explanations to the many criticisms he faced, showing that this is not some sort of whim but something that he has thought long and deeply philosophically about.
What becomes clear is that though his level of moneyfree living is currently too extreme for most of us, we can all benefit from many of the things that he suggests. Certainly his fundamental argument and his explanations that money seperates us from the natural world and enables mankind to justify some extremely abhorrent behaviour is food for thought.
This positivity along with the humour contained in this book make this a very recommended read. it shows that there is another way that doesn't need to be as painful as it sounds.