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A Good Life: The Guide to Ethical Living Paperback – 1 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Eden Project Books (1 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903919592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903919590
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Good Life helps you kick-start a green, guilt-free lifestyle. -- Waterstones Books Quarterly

An awesomely comprehensive and sharply-written book on how to live the dream...A damn fine reference book. -- Hyppyshopper website

An invaluable resource. The tone is...balanced and informative...and the no-nonsense advice is plentiful. It is also strikingly well designed... -- House and Garden, August 2005

Anyone wanting to get a handle on the issues of ethical living couldn't find a more thorough place to start. -- Ruth Rosselson,

Attractively illustrated…this is the book you need to kick-start a green and guilt-free lifestyle that you enjoy living. -- East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Magazine

Clearly written and graphically beautiful, Leo Hickman's book is truly a necessary addition to anyone's library. --

For every ethical dilemma, there's an answer. Printed on recycled paper using vegetable inks, it's this year's must-have coffee-table tome. -- Eve Magazine, January 2006

The ideal book for anyone who wants guidance on making choices that will benefit them, their family and the planet -- Country Living, 1 December 2005

This book…forces us to ask questions, offers balanced viewpoints and leaves it up to us to make the choices. -- Natural Products

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Examining the ethical dilemmas of everyday life

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This book is useful for anyone conscientious enough to care about how their actions affect the world they live in. It is beautifully presented and to me makes fascinating reading, although it does rather make you feel we're all doomed (which we are of course!)

Some interesting thoughts on ethical consumerism, vegetarianism, pollution, global warming and all the usual stuff with a few thought-provoking entries (could you live without shampoo?) which you may not take seriously but I imagine they are designed to make you think a little more.

In short I loved this book and do frequently refer to it when wondering where I should be putting my hard-earned cash. A must for all households.
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I suppose I had better come right out and say it: I haven't read this book. It simply isn't that kind of volume - it doesn't seduce you into ploughing through it from cover to cover in a single sitting, like a decent novel might. It is, after all, over 300 pages of pretty tightly packed (8 point?) text and life is frankly way too short.

Initially daunted by its size and density, I managed to persevere with the book (I'm a good little reviewer. Pat me on the head), and discovered that the best way to get the feel of the book was to flick through it idly like a coffee-table display book - treating it like the Laura Ashley Book of Creative Design or something.

I was initially worried by a statistic that Hickman highlights inside the front cover of the book - about 12 million people in the UK using antidepressant drugs. I hope Hickman wasn't suggesting that these drug 'users' are part of an environmental disaster about to happen. Is the chemical regulation of one's mental health really on a par with obese children and polluting cars?

Further reading revealed that Hickman feels that depression is caused by people's inability to maintain the sort of over-blown consumer lifestyle portrayed by the mass media as normal and desirable; part of their relentless drive to relieve you and me of as much money as possible. Were that the case, perhaps we could all be cured of our clinical depression by taking up Buddhism and forgoing material possessions and desires?

Unfortunately, this led me to mistrust the book slightly in the early stages.
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I loved this book, it gave me a real insight into how our consumerism impacts on our environment and those who share it, as well as the huge control multinational companies have over the production of food and farming practices. This book has caused me to make some changes in the way I shop and live my life. It is easy to read, one can flick to different sections of interest, chapters are concise and to the point with interesting case studies. Lots of facts and statistics. Because the author writes for The Guardian, it makes the information more trustworthy.
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