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A world-changing book, an adventure in politics, religion and haberdashery --Alex Somerset An illuminating and funny testament to one man's attempt to survive economic meltdown, tackle climate change, and enter the kingdom of heaven by making his own clothes. John-Paul shows us that we can almost literally re-make our future and we can do it with a smile on our face. Tony Rollinson, Permaculture Magazine. It seems, and I'm grinding my jaws as I type this, that his time has come. --Harriet Green (the author's wife), The Observer
Combines the cheerful idealism of Tom Hodgkinson with the well-meaning cluelessness of Danny Wallace, and a commitment to the DIY ethic not seen since William Morris started stringing his first loom. --Mark Bailey
A world-changing book, an adventure in politics, religion and haberdashery. One day it will be recognised as a classic. --Alex Somerset
About the Author
John-Paul Flintoff's writing has attracted compliments from the documentary maker Michael Moore, the stage and film director Richard Eyre, and the late Nobel-winner Harold Pinter ('Very good. Very funny... In fact, it made me laugh'). As well as writing he has worked as a bin man, scuba diver, poet, taxi driver, assistant undertaker, tailor, gardener, high-wire window cleaner, very amateur boxer and rat catcher.
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Mr Flintoff is a journalist who is writing about his journey to making his own clothes and being more aware of his impact on other people and the planet.
Very admirable, unfortunately much of what he writes is superficial and takes some pressure groups at face value without analising the validity of their claims.
Thought provoking, irritating and naive. I could have written a book with more accurate analysis but with poorer prose.
He does make some fleeting interesting points. Why don't we write to our MPs and badger them about the issues that concern us and ask them what they are doing about it (constructively of course)?
He does question our constant consumerism.
He commendably tries to minimise his own impact with varying results.
His journey is interesting if shallow and at times a bit 'Blue Peterish'.
The book claims to be 'a word-changing book, an adventure in politics, religion and haberdashery', the book under its other title claims to be 'wonderful, amazing, funny and warm', the only claim that it lives up to for me was warm.
Use it as inspiration to go on your own journey, question everything people tell you, analyse claims and find your own way to reduce your impact on this fragile world we live on.
Is it a worth while read? Yes, but not one to keep on the bookshelf.
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