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The Book of Idle Pleasures [Hardcover]

Tom Hodgkinson , Dan Kieran
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Book Description

1 May 2008

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.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091923328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091923327
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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" (Guardian)

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The Cloudspotter's Guide meets The Dangerous Book for Boys in this charming celebration of the simple things in life

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide to Slowing Down 13 April 2009
This book is packed full of ideas and ways that you can slow down and start to really enjoy life. One of my favorite pleasures is the one covering walking with toddlers. Before reading this book, going for a walk with my toddler was by far one of the most frustrating experiences I could think of because he just ambles about on his own time and gets side tracked with the seemingly most mundane things. After reading the entry covering this exact issue, I have taken on a whole new perspective and now our walks together are some of the greatest enjoyments in my day to day life. This book covers it all; taking naps, sleeping in, baths, gardening, smoking and so much more. If you are looking to slow down and enjoy life this is a must have for your bookshelf that you will return to often.
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3.0 out of 5 stars amusing book, wont last long 15 May 2012
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This is a fairly amusing book, however dont expect hours of reading, more of an anecdote book (maybe toilet shelf!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars be free 9 Feb 2014
By Robert
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
some great tips on how to enjoy things without spending money.(except for this book).

why do we have to spend money in order to have fun anyway?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best loo book ever written 13 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the best loo book ever written. A selection of short essays which are the perfect length for your visit.

The passage on the dressing gown is my favourite. 'Come the revolution we will all be wearing dressing gowns.'

Dominic Frisby
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