The Book of Idle Pleasures
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The Book of Idle Pleasures

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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 compendium 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 132 x 205 x 21mm | 297g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Ebury Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0091923328
  • 9780091923327
  • 165,378

About Tom Hodgkinson

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.show more

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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.show more

Review Text

"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"show more

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218 ratings
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