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A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds [Kindle Edition]

Judith O'Reilly
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Book Description

Judith O'Reilly, author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good.



Fed up of New Year's resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good. For one whole year.



She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Some called it a social experiment. At times she called it madness.



Juggling family, friends and a variety of neighbours in the small Northumberland village she calls home, she recounts the ups, downs, moments of doubt and sheer bloody hard work of doing good.



From the small - babysitting a friend's child, clearing up her neighbour's dead mice and feeding her friendship cake Herman the German, to the slightly larger - trying to raise 10,000 for charity with her Jam Jar Army and teaching a severely handicapped child to write - she describes what she learns along the way: that no good deed is too small and that being good makes you happy. Well, most of the time.



'A funny, uplifting and admirable book' Observer



'Banish January blues with A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly who resolved to do one good turn day. . . utterly uplifting' Woman & Home



'Fizzing with energy Judith's writing is open-hearted and funny. . . though not a guide to doing good, Judith's story may inspire you to do a little more for others this year' Express



'Glorious sincerity. . .the admiring accounts of others' lives, the detailing of the deeds gladly done or furiously resented, the unending chaos of family life - all are rendered honestly, colourfully and occasionally hilariously' Lucy Mangan, Sunday Times



A Year of Doing Good inspires the reader with the day-to-day journey of meaning, gratification and joy that comes from contributing to the lives of others in so many creative ways. For those who want to put "do unto others" in the centre of their lives and reap the unexpected benefits of happiness and health, this is the book for you. Elegantly written, the words jump off the page' Stephen G. Post, PhD, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping



Judith O'Reilly is a writer and journalist. Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a bestseller. Her second book, a novel, is living in a drawer. Her third book is this one. She is married with three children, and for one year she tried to be good.



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Banish January blues with A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly who resolved to do one good turn day. . . utterly uplifting (Fanny Blake Woman & Home)

A funny, uplifting and admirable book (Observer)

Fizzing with energy Judith's writing is open-hearted and funny. . . though not a guide to doing good, Judith's story may inspire you to do a little more for others this year (Express)

Glorious sincerity. . .the admiring accounts of others' lives, the detailing of the deeds gladly done or furiously resented, the unending chaos of family life - all are rendered honestly, colourfully and occasionally hilariously (Lucy Mangan Sunday Times)

A truly inspirational book with which to begin a New Year . . . witty and moving (National Library of Scotland)

A Year of Doing Good inspires the reader with the day-to-day journey of meaning, gratification and joy that comes from contributing to the lives of others in so many creative ways. For those who want to put "do unto others" in the centre of their lives and reap the unexpected benefits of happiness and health, this is the book for you. Elegantly written, the words jump off the page. (Stephen G. Post, PhD, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping)

About the Author

Judith O'Reilly is a writer and journalist. Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a bestseller. Her second book, a novel, is living in a drawer. Her third book is this one. She is married with three children, and for one year she tried to be good.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670921130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670921133
  • ASIN: B00A8UAQL0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year of Doing Good did me good in a week 5 Jan. 2013
By JC
Format:Paperback
Just finished reading A Year of Doing Good and was bereft turning the last page. Judith O'Reilly's writing feels like I'm having coffee and a gossip with a friend. Delightful, funny, inspiring - I want to move to the country and become a manic fund-raiser. I love Judith's style of writing and cannot understand why her novel is hidden in a drawer - I'm sure it would be a best-seller. So far, I've bought 3 extra copies of the book as 'my good deed' to give to friends who I know will love it as much as me and will be more eloquent with their reiews! I don't want to part with my copy but am sure it will find it's way to the desk of my colleagues at school - a Catholic school.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Journalist's project 3 May 2013
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Seemed like a good idea, but did not translate into a good read. Many of her so-called good deeds irritated me - phoning a friend who has been ill? Isn't that just something you do? Putting a pound in a collecting box? Oh per-lease! Others may have been more worthwhile but her jam jar army campaign made for rather repetitive reading. The best bits were about her friends with problem children, but these were peripheral.
If you want a more entertaining book on a similar subject, try Danny Wallace's Yes Man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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To say this book has touched me would be an understatement; I could not put the book down I cannot remember a time when I have read a book so quickly and did not want it to stop.

There are so many strong people in this book with the power of love and determination over what can sometimes seem an impossible task, humbling and inspiring without preaching. The writing is funny, sad, uplifting; you travel on a journey with the author that leaves you wanting more and needing to do more.

You have to read this book, this book has the power to change not just your life your family & friends life but that of total strangers, go on try it you may just be surprised the effect it will have on you. I thought Judith O'Reilly's book Wife up North was brilliant this is something wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny and thought provoking 5 Jan. 2013
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had seen the extracts in S Times over New Year and really enjoyed Wife in the North blog and book; Very funny, laugh out loud in some places, and also made me think. Generosity and kindness towards others cost nothing, and make everyone feel better was the message I retained. Enjoyable, empathetic and entertaining, will buy next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I love Judith O'Reilly's writing, both from her blog and her previous book; 'Wife in the North'. She has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you really know her. If I had to choose a word to describe the way she writes, it would be candid.

In this book, O'Reilly decides to do at least one good deed a day for a year in the hope that it might just make her a better person. Because of this the book is in diary form. Some days merely have the deed in brief. Other days she meditates on what she is doing and why. Interspersed with her own experiences are snippets about research into doing good, the science, the philosophy, the morality of it, and discussions with everyone from professors to priests.

What I like about this book, is what I like about the last one. Sometimes you read and you laugh. Sometimes you read and you cry. Sometimes you find yourself nodding in agreement. You really do get emotionally involved. This is not a sanctimonious book. It is not a handbook on how to do good and become Mother Teresa. It is one woman's faltering, all too human journey through a year of trying to make a difference, and quite often wondering if it is worth the effort. I have, in recent years, upped the amount of this kind of work in my own life, volunteering for various things, giving more, thinking more, participating more. Like O'Reilly, sometimes I find it very uplifting and rewarding. Other times it makes me despair. I love the fact that O'Reilly captures both sides of the coin so accurately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspire yourself to do good... 6 Jan. 2013
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I was always going to read this book as I was such a huge fan of Wife In the North. Judith has such a talent for telling the stuff of everyday - in a poignant, hilarious and often magical way. I loved reading where her year of 'doing good' led her, but for me the highlight was her beautiful, descriptive observations on life - heart breaking to laugh out loud. A fab story, and a lovely book with which to start the new year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The zen of silliness... 15 Feb. 2013
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a wonderfully funny, life enhancing and richly observed experiment in good living - its tougher than you think and oh lordy is messy and embarrassing. Writers have gone down this road before - Nick Hornby's How To Be Good springs friskily to mind - as we become aware of all the stuff we have, and how little it gives us (except maybe the iPad), and how much more we need. Such an excuse to behave in a very silly fashion. And be very funny. Which this writer achieves in oodles, spades and any other non-metric metric you care to use...I was not looking for this, but love it!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars forget the January diet - get this book! 19 Jan. 2013
By StepG
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If you loved Wife in the North you will love this book by Judith O'Reilly. It will make you laugh and cry and wish you were a better person. Anyone who has raised kids and held down a busy job will appreciate how difficult it can be to have any energy left over each day for helping those outside the immediate family. Judith managed to do this every day for a whole year with mixed, often hilarious results and relate her year of good deeds in a diary; brutally honest, sometimes sad, mostly funny, frequently insightful. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, try it and feel better for it!
Honestly makes you happier if you try to copy it! (even if only your baking for a diabetic friend...... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs J.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very human book that was a delight to read.
I really enjoyed this book. O'Reilly is a Catholic who struggles with faith and a wife and mother who struggles with an often-absent husband and battling kids. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SecondCherry
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as previous book.
Published 5 months ago by Liz
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and a bit boring
She made some valid points through this book, but the content wasn't really there to keep me all that interested. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Denise
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I loved 'Wife in the North' but this read like a second book that had been forced to meet a deadline . Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lesley - Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Very easy to read, thought provoking and laugh out loud funny in places. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have passed it on to a friend to read.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs T Critchlow
2.0 out of 5 stars Seemed inspirational, but was a let down
I saw an interview with the author and felt inspired by her good deeds to read more and get inspiration to pay it forward myself. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dani Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed this book. It was light hearted, funny but thought provoking. Couldn't put it down. Great tips on how easy it is to do little things for people and how it makes you feel... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bernice E. Donaldson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very easy, funny read!
I've bought several copies of this book now for friends as it is such a heartwarming, thoughtful and funny book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. C. L. Elliott
1.0 out of 5 stars What shall I write a book about?
Good deeds! For me, the author had a title and had to dream or scratch up a 'good deed' every day to warrant it. These were acts that I see as part of everyday life. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms Theresa E McCall
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