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Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution [Paperback]

Alex Johnson
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Book Description

3 Jun 2010
Shedworking is an inspirational illustrated handbook which no shedowner will want to be without. The book features shedworkers and shedbuilders from around the world who are leading the alternative workplace revolution, and looks at why shedworking is a greener way of working, improves work-life balance and accelerates your productivity. It is inspired by the author's Shedworking website which has been internationally acclaimed for the groundbreaking scale of its architectural coverage, featuring many previously unpublished images of garden offices and shedlike atmospheres, offices on roofs, sheds inside 'traditional' offices and on wheels, as well as cutting edge Le Corbusier designed models for the back garden, all-glass shed offices and buildings 'built' using living trees. Along the way it offers a whistle-stop tour of famous sheds from Pliny the Younger's summerhouse and the composing retreats of nineteenth century composers Grieg and Mahler to award-winning twenty-first century fantasy writer Neil Gaiman's gazebo. In short, Shedworking offers a manifesto for those wanting to change their working lives for the better and go to work in the garden.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071123082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711230828
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 23.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Alex is a professional blogger and journalist, part of The Independent's online team (and the newspaper's property columnist) and an editorial consultant for several charities. He runs Shedworking (www.shedworking.co.uk) which inspired the book Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution published by Frances Lincoln, and curates the Bookshelf blog (theblogonthebookshelf.blogspot.co.uk), which was be published as a book in 2012 by Thames & Hudson.

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You're unlikely to find pots and compost in these sheds, but for home-workers looking for a superior quality of life and dreaming of an ideal working space, these sheds are something to drool over. (Bookseller)

I love this illustrated book of workplace sheds and shedbuilders around the world. I want one. (Bookseller)

Shedworking's author, Alex Johnson, has cabin fever: he's positively messianic about sheddy virtues. (Independent)

Even if you've never dreamed of having your own little idyll at the bottom of your garden, the gorgeous pictures in this book will change your mind (and give you a chance to snoop round a few sheds of note). Be inspired, change your working life and head for the shed. (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

A book to inspire all proto-cabin dwellers. (Lady)

It will soon become evident, when you flick through 'Shedworking' by Alex Johnson, that the strimmer is going to have to find itself somewhere else to live. (Scotsman)

All in all, a fascinating read! (Westmorland Gazette)

If you are considering relocating to the bottom of the garden, Shedworking will help you decide. (English Garden)

If you work from home, why not branch out into the garden to see if 'shedworking' works for you! (Scottish Sunday Mail)

A great coffee-table book containing a plethora of absorbing pictures of ecologically-friendly, hi-tech and downright bizarre-looking garden offices. (Caravan Club Magazine)

This handsome and comprehensively illustrated books sings the praises of working in a small space. (Reforesting Scotland)

Full of tempting photos and ideas for people planning such a move. (Independent)

About the Author

Alex Johnson runs the successful and unique shedworking site www.shedworking.co.uk which has been acclaimed by online and traditional media across the world. He works as a freelance journalist for the Independent's online site and as an editorial consultant for several national charities. A co-organiser of the annual National Shed Week and judge of the Shed of the Year competition, he lives in St Albans and has had a garden office for five years.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shedworking - an inspirational guide 25 Aug 2010
A very nicely produced book with a great deal of valuable information. It clearly transmits the author's enthusiasm for the shedworking ethos and the non-commuting lifestyle.

The book is very well written, with a light, approachable style. The author describes a brief history of shedworking, famous shed workers, inspirational examples, pros and cons of building your own. He even looks at shed-like working; canal boats, caravans and bizarre garden structures clearly more for show than everyday use.

This is a very practical book with a range of case studies. These cover a wide range of different businesses - from writers and craft makers to music producers and design practices- and these are both helpful and encouraging. This isn't a book about to build a shed or garden office but by the time you've finished it, you'll almost certainly want one.

One small comment: It would be helpful to have the contact addresses and websites grouped by chapter. As you read the book, it's hard not to want to head for the computer and look them up immediately.

If you are contemplating buying or building a garden office or studio, I strongly recommend buying this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want a hip shed 20 Nov 2012
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Lovely book, inspiring. A good companion to George Clarke's current tv programme about small spaces. Got lots of ideas for a garden studio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 12 July 2010
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When I became a freelance permaculture teacher/designer a couple of years ago the need for work/life separation when based at home became apparent quite quickly - creating my own 'garden office' was the answer, and Alexes 'Shedworking' blog provided much inspiration and practical advice. The book distills the high points of this and is a pleasure to read and enjoy, with so many lavish high quality photos of outdoor structures and garden retreats it could almost be considered 'shed-porn'!!
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Some great photos though the text was sometimes lacking in sufficient detail above the obvious in places. I shall be building my own shed but the photos assisted tin the selection of materials rather that the text.
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Would have been better if there were some instructions on how to make but on the whole a lovely book and some great & inspiring pictures.
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