Any fans of The Idler (Tom Hogkinson) will be familiar with some of the ground covered in this fine first volume from members of the Idle Foundation. It would be wrong to assume therefore that one has little new to learn. This volume is funny in places and always entertaining though the humour when it comes cannot disguise the well articulated objections to the oppressive world of work as it is inflicted on so many people to the detriment of their health and wellbeing.
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of having the callous assumptions by which our society is regulated passionately dissected and found to be false constructs it is probably best to think carefully before reading it as it could well disturb your day. Though you might be just the person who needs to read it.
If on the other hand you are in some way dissatisfied and have discovered that the promises of a career, if your employment can be graced with that term, have been broken, buy with confidence. The contributors all have powerful thoughts about what has gone wrong in society generally and in some cases with their own lives. They go on to explain how they have sought to regain, not without difficulty, personal independence.
Great value and a cracking read I finished it in two sessions.