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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Open market ed edition (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752865269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752865263
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,294,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Honoré is an award-winning journalist, author and TED speaker. He is also a globetrotting ambassador for the Slow Movement. The Wall Street Journal hailed him as "an in-demand spokesman on slowness."

After working with street children in Brazil, he covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Time and National Post.

His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is "to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism." His second book, Under Pressure, was hailed by Time as "a gospel of the Slow Parenting movement." Published in 2013, his latest book, The Slow Fix, shows how we can tackle difficult problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to politics and business, without falling for short-term, superficial solutions.

Translated into more than 30 languages, Carl's books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. In Praise of Slow was the inaugural choice for the new Huffington Post Book Club. It also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentina's version of Big Brother (TV) and a Motorola tablet commercial. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers' Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.

Newsweek described Carl as "an international spokesman for the concept of leisure." ABC TV News called him "the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down." Huffington Post labelled him "the godfather of the Slow movement." The Financial Times featured him as a Guru of the Week.

On top of writing, blogging, tweeting and giving media interviews about the Slow Movement, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops. His TED talk has been viewed over 750,000 times.

Carl lives in London with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he plays for the top ball-hockey team in the UK.

For more information, including audio and video, please visit: www.carlhonore.com

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Across the western world more and more people are slowing down. Slower is better: better work, better productivity, better exercise, better sex, better food.

About the Author

Carl Honoré was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and raised in Canada, and is a freelance journalist based in London. He has written for the Economist, Observer, National Post and the Houston Chronicle. His first book, In Praise of Slow, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold around the world.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jrhartley on 5 Dec. 2009
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This book acts a good reminder to the futility of pursuing growth for growth's sake - that we need to become less worried about growing GDP and more interested in growing our personal happiness and wellbeing. Most of the points will probably have already crossed the mind of anyone who has stopped to think about the absurdity of the US consumer model of growth that is rapidly being rolled out across the world, relegating people from makers, thinkers, creators, to just buyers - their sole purpose being to keep the economy ticking over. Honore does a good job of meeting a number of organisations around the world who are advocating slowness - we all know the Slow Food Movement, but there are numerous other, like the Society for the Deceleration of Time and many others. It explores Western notions of time as a finite, limited resource and contrasts this with eastern / circular views of time.

Sometimes you do get the feeling that Honore remains a bit of speed merchant, racing around the world for fleeting meetings with different advocates of ways to slow down our lives. Importantly, Honore reminds us how living slower does not mean living worse - and may not even be incompatible with capitalist models, and living slow is not solely the reserve of the monied classes. There are an awful lots of things out there which are free and fulfilling - Western societies need to wean themselves free of their obsession with possessions, shopping and keeping up with the Joneses.

It's all the more interesting when you read the AGW doubters who claim that the AGW story is just a conspiracy to lead to our suppression by Bilderberg / the G20 / global governments.
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This book appeals because the message is one that suits us.
The bumph states:- "People all over the world are reclaiming their time and slowing down the pace - and living happier, healthier and more productive lives as a result".
A small market town in Wales Llandeilo has been called The Slow food place. On reaching old age one finds eating delighfully presented fresh food, becomes one of the great highlights in life. If you've also grown the vegetables yourselves, taken time to prepare them before serving them up, preferably with organic meat, you can't do much more - other than enjoy the pleasure of eating it slowly too - which will help your body.
We see people rushing around, not enjoying what they are doing, but constantly thinking of the next job, the next buy, or the next thrill. This book talks about the stress and pressure everywhere. It doesn't have to be like that. Read it and see what you think.
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Book is excellent, content is great. However, it looks like a child glued the pages to the spine. Really poorly presented.
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By SDW on 17 Dec. 2014
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Only read the 1st chapter as Christmas taking all my time, but v interesting so far.
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