How to be Idle

How to be Idle

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How to be Idle is Tom Hodgkinson's brilliant guide to reclaiming your right to be idle

'Well written, funny and with a scholarly knowledge of the literature of laziness, it is both a book to be enjoyed at leisure and to change lives' Sunday Times

As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. A burn-out work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. But here, at last, is a book that can help. Hodgkinson presents us with a laid-back argument for a new contract between routine and chaos, an argument for experiencing life to the full and living in the moment.

Ranging across a host of issues that affect the modern idler:
-Sleep
-Work
-Pleasure and hedonism
-Relationships
-Bohemian living
-Revolution

Drawing on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche, his message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 178 x 22mm | 230g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 0141015063
  • 9780141015064
  • 83,490

Review quote

In these stress-filled times . . . we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut. --Library Journal
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About Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson was born in 1968. Since founding the Idler in 1993, he has been a frequent contributor to many newspapers and magazines and appears regularly on TV and radio to discuss 'idler' issues. This is his first book.
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Rating details

2,694 ratings
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4 36% (979)
3 25% (678)
2 8% (225)
1 2% (66)
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