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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848540531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848540538
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By skipper edge on 4 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
I had high hopes for this book, it is the kind of thing I always go for; girly in a grown up way, a bit chilled, and I am afraid to say (especially now I'm writing this reveiw) a bit middle class! I purchased it as a little treat to myself - a treat about treats - to become part of my growing collection of recipe books, swatch books by the V&A and all the other countless ones about making your own shabby chic cushions...generally I can't get enough.
The first half of the book was lovely if not predictable - bubblebaths and resurecting high tea are not new suggestions. I really liked the suggestion of taking up letterwriting because its something I already do and I am already a stationary addict, everyone likes a bit of self congratulation! A passage about the link between gratitude and happiness was also genuinely warming food for thought. All in keeping with the books subtitle 'reclaiming lifes simple pleasures' - Lovely.
I soon became far less grateful to the author and also about my own access to said "simple pleasures" when it became apparent that making the most of your weekend involves among other things - making the right choice when buying your second residence (be it country cottage or urban crash pad), actually, you should make a few weekends away of it shopping around locations in a hired vintage car or kooky campervan, there are just so many fabulous country hotels (of course a real fire is a must). GOLLY YES LETS! That is of course if you're not spending the weekend in New York or Rome.
Don't get me wrong I love aspirational reading thats why I bought the book, but the author's tone, which she probably meant to be jolly and inclusive seemed to suggest these were not treats but Godgiven rights enjoyed by everyone.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By pale rider on 18 Jan 2010
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Well I don't live in London either, not do I have a cleaner etc but I couldn't disagree more with that negative reviewer. Although I live in a very rural environment that doesn't mean this book doesn't apply to me. It's like a cornucopia of ideas for 'slow living' and these are universal. The idea is to make the weekend a time of enjoyment and creativity - not duty and spending. It's a much needed idea and one that is very timely - and very much of the zeitgeist. There are some wonderful recipes (great cheese pie!) and ideas for everyone - indeed if you have a bit of outside space then her advice on planting a herb garden etc is more useful than it would be to a flat dweller. If there's a message to this book it's 'appreciate the small things' and that surely is something to recommend. And she writes quite beautifully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jopsy on 15 April 2013
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I read about the book on a blog. I saw it on Amazon & decided to read it. It was delightful; but not always possible. I did however have a rethink about our family weekends & realised some things could be tweaked to enjoy a less stressy time! A well written book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terri on 17 April 2012
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I am in the process of reading this book. It has some really fun ways of spending your weekend. And i think we all need some "US" time, and with our partners. A good read so far and fun.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. White on 3 Feb 2011
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There are some good suggestions about this book and not all the activities suggested cost money. However, if you're not in a position to benefit from the advice on choosing your second home or to solve your dislike of housework by hiring someone else to do it, you may find parts of this book really irritating.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Elaine Weston on 25 Feb 2010
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I really enjoyed reading the book, lots of interesting things to do ... reminders of days when I was young and enjoyed "real" weekends with my parents, brother, cousins and the rest of the family. Life is too rushed now, and this book made me smile a lot as it's really full of all those bygone things that we've all done in the past - but now seem just too simple to enjoy! Would make a good gift for any friends who have youngsters as there are so many reminders of "free things" to do.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By annie hall on 17 Jan 2010
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Unlike the first review I found an abundance of interesting, simple and money free ideas in this book.
I can't afford a cleaner or second home and I don't live in London either but that is no reason not to buy this calm and well timed book. I found a hundred and one ideas for ways to spend my weekend, enjoying myself being creative with and without my children, far better than washing the school uniform. I am now going to teach my young daughter to knit, thanks Elspeth, and I long to make natural decorations at Easter inspired by the natural approach that this author advocates.
Don't be put off buying this book as it is crammed with ideas for all income households.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JRey on 27 July 2012
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This is a real gem of a book, it is full of interesting facts, ideas and recipes for every season. I have tried many of the suggestions not only by myself but with family and friends.

I loved this so much that I bought another copy as a gift for my brother.
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