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The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living Paperback – 1 Jun 2010


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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851687548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851687541
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Essential and enjoyable reading. The fascinating story of an important social experiment, told with humility, insight, and great humour.' --Chris Cleave, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Other Hand and Guardian columnist

'Living with less need not be austere and miserable; rather it left Mark Boyle leaner, more skilled, and, ultimately, wiser. This is the greatest lesson of this inspirational book.' --Rob Hopkins, Author of The Transition Handbook and founder of the Transition Movement

'It's difficult not to admire the philosophy and the infectious home-spun and passionate tone of this book.' --Benedict Allen, TV survivalist and author of the Faber Book of Exploration

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"Reading Mark Boyle's account of his courageous year-long experiment helps to break the spell of money over your life. It reminds us that a simple life can be a rewarding one. Even if you only want to live on less money rather than none, this book is jam-packed with practical tips for comfortable survival." (Theo Simon - Lead singer of Seize the Day and activist) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hippogryph on 9 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
Thanks to Mark Boyle for sharing his experience through his book - The Money-less Man- I suggest that his 'journey' is more than a 'survival manual' or a busy 'eco-talk'.

This book is a gem to me. Showing genuine care and deep insights accomplished by a good sense of humour, shared as they appealed naturally to Mark.
I'm inspired and motivated. I feel wholeheartedly happy that another man walking this Earth has changed this world by 'being the change' himself.
He cooperates with people and the environment. The whole theory is brought here in considerate action.

(in my opinion it is also about working the best with whatever we have and created..incl. money, system...and balance it back. Publicity here is necessary to get results for sustainability... the NOW)

Even though English isn't my first language 'The Money-less Man' is easy to read, empowering and educating.
Just by reading it I am invited to participate in environmental care and friendly community, without hearing what is right or wrong and without clichéd judgements of one's action.
Any questions I may have after reading it would be answered by a community of infinite Love.

Mark's book has had no end for me, it left me with an open door for me to continue my own spiritual journey which Mark has helped me to realise......
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Natalia on 13 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
I am a left-leaning, mainly vegan, socialist simplicity seeker who loves reading books about environmental issues, 'downsizing' and philosophy around the way the current materialistic and capitalist system is shaping everything from the built environment to human happiness. So surely this is the book for me, right?
Um no.
I have the audiobook, and my heart started to sink as I heard the author start with his little simplified explanation of how in the past everyone happily bartered, and then someone came along and invented money, and debt, and then things went pear shaped. Sorry, but this is just totally inaccurate, especially the whole 'everyone used to barter' idea. Perhaps the author should have read a book such as 'Debt: The First 5,000 Years' by David Graeber, which explains why this is just simply untrue (and is a much better book about the effects of debt and money).
There are also some other philosophical and historical ideas that really rubbed me the wrong way - Boyle falls in to the 'noble savage' fallacy idea at times that primitive tribes that weren't as materialistic didn't have theft or crime or whatever - and he can be very, very judgemental of other people's choices, alternating his 'my way or the highway' standpoint with some really naive viewpoints such as that you don't notice the changing of the seasons if you live in a city (speak for yourself), or that everyone except those that live in isolated country can connect with nature.
I really wanted to like this book. And I think his experiment, and many of the ideas behind it, are valuable. But his philosophy, writing style and frank naivety were off-putting for me.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Mutch on 1 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
Just finished a fascinating story about an even more fascinating project. I found it really funny and moving and an insight into a creative way of dealing with some of the problems we now face as a society. Not sure I agree with all of the arguments, but it's given me a lot to think about. I enjoy reading about different philosophies and ways of looking at the world and this book gave me both.

I am very impressed and this is the best book I have read since Tom Hodgkinson's "How to be free".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Battersby on 20 Jan 2013
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One thing i must express before i write about this wonderful book is my surprise at the kinds of criticism towards it. It's one thing to be put off by the lifestyle that Boyle promotes in the book, but some of the views seem almost bitter, or dare i say it, tinged with a hint of jealousy that Boyle has recieved a little publicity as a freeconomist. One comment even suggested that this book should never have been printed in order that it keep with the beliefs of freeconomy. How else are we(the non freeconomists) supposed to learn about freeconomy if no one writes/blogs about it? Psychically? Some have also suggested that Boyle is preaching to the converted, but i think people have to remember that it's not just freeconomists or those with knowledge of freeconomy who are going to read it. I feel personally that Mark was probably NOT aiming at freeconomists, but that's just my opinion. I think he may have been aiming it at people like me, people who are tired of the money problem, yet have no knowledge of any other way. i really learned a lot from this book. In my opinion there are not enough books out there promoting this lifestyle. (and just imagine if every single person that cared about freeconomy, instead of finding fault with each other, supported each other and genuinly believed they were a team, a family; imagine what could be achieved!)

The Moneyless Man was a brilliant read. While of course i'm not certain, i imagine that most people in their lives have wondered "what if", what if you somehow found yourself faced with living in the outdoors with no money, no heat, no food. Would you have what it took to survive? It's a book that clearly affects people in different ways as can be seen in the positive and negative feedback.
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