Sew Your Own: Man Finds Happiness and Meaning of Life - Making ClothesPaperback
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- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 322g
- Publication date: 1 July 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1846688922
- ISBN 13: 9781846688928
- Sales rank: 475,262
John-Paul Flintoff is a bit of a one-off: a man who embarks on a spiritual pilgrimage by outsourcing his life to Bangalore, then hooks up with Mormons and Buddhists (well, Richard Gere), on a quest for truth and fulfilment. His journey is like a twenty-first century Candide, learning that life's satisfactions, and some kind of response to the concerns of economic meltdown and climate change, lie in learning how to make things for oneself, and mending things that fall apart. Along the way, Flintoff paints pictures with Brit-art oddball Billy Childish, gets apprenticed in Savile Row, grows his own food and spins fibre from nettles. Daringly, he also turns his book over to his wife Harriet, who likes nothing better than a fancy spa and a shop at Liberty's. The results are comic, heartwarming and inspiring.
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John-Paul Flintoff is a feature writer for the Sunday Times, and author of Comp: a Survivor's Tale. As well as writing, he has worked as a bin man, executive PA, scuba diver, taxi driver, undertaker, amateur boxer and rat catcher. He lives in London with his wife, Harriet, and daughter, Nancy, whom he torments by making and wearing his own clothes.