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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (4 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752864149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752864143
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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"Engagingly written and filled with interesting detail... a timely manifesto for a more civilised world." (SUNDAY TIMES Culture, 6 August)

Presents an eloquent case for a thorough re-examination of priorities and shows how even subtle shifts in the way we live can have a very real effect on our well-being. (THE GUARDIAN, 20 August)

"Engaging." (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, 14 August)

Readable and persuasive... it is virtually impossible to read Honore's book without deciding to take things, you know, a little slower from now on. (THE IRISH TIMES, 27 August)

His advice is too grounded in day-to-day practicality to be guilty of didacticism or whimsy... read this uplifting and enlightening book very soon; but do, please, take your time. (TLS, 30 Sept)

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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.

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I loved this book, and tried to make it last as long as I could, instead of devouring it in a day! In fact, I'm going to start reading it again, as there is so much to ponder on and assimilate! It accompanied me on my bus ride to work, which proved the ideal time to dip in and out of it, in a setting where I could be distracted by little else. I've told friends and family about it, seeing as I enjoyed it so much. Recommended, very " readable", inspirational but not too airy-fairy, it gives realistic ways of actually adopting slow elements in our lives.
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A must read for everyone really - far too many of us rush about - travel fast, speak fast, eat fast and drink fast. Slow down, take stock and enjoy life sip by sip not gulp by gulp. Even if you think you're too busy to read this book, or you can't go slower because then you wont get so much done, you're wrong, this will just help you do things more effectively and do them better.
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Well written and the case nicely explained. Serves as a good counter argument to current economic thinking!
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I started this book with high hopes - clearly too high, as what I found disappointed me. There are a few good general points about lifestyles and how they have changed over the centuries. A lot of the actual conclusions are quite salient, however where it falls down is on the specific subjects it deals with. The author approaches everything with a "wow, isn't this cool" attitude, as if everything were the latest fad to "get into" before it goes out of fashion. One example he gives of people slowing down is "[women] in their Ralph Lauren jackets and Prada shoes, knitting up a storm on the subway or in the big, comfy chairs at Starbucks". Somehow I don't think the emphasis in that sentence is on the knitting... What must also be said is that the book is written firmly from a upper-middle-class perspective, particularly in the chapter about schooling ("Since the local state primaries were below par, they began touring private schools in the area"), so don't expect too many of the examples to apply to you unless you're from that demographic. Altogether, good for a (very) brief perusal, but don't expect any depth.
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I do not read books outside work very often but my girlfriend pestered me into reading this one and I am glad she did. In modern society it is so easy to get caught up in the fast track and we all need a reality check. This book did it for me. Honore explains really clearly why we are all in such a hurry, why it is bad for us and how we can live better by slowing down a bit. What I particularly liked was that the author never preaches. He is not some New Age guru. He is a journalist who lives in London. He shows you how other people around the world are putting the "Slow philosophy" into practise. I am already looking at my lifestyle with new eyes. I even had dinner at the table with my girlfriend the other day instead of in front of the telly. There are some laughs along the way in this book and Honore has a very good writing style. I have been recommending this book to friends and am looking forward to the author's next book.
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I was a bit disappointed by this book. It's a rather breathless account of the Slow movement and as such not a particularly relaxing read. I got the impression that the author was the type of person who would rush through his hectic schedule in order to squeeze a bit of slowness into a carefully arranged slot in his diary.
The book is forever giving examples of high-flying executives who fit in a slow meal or some slow exercise in order to cope with the constant stress of their high-pressure lifestyles. The author is at pains to point out that you can be in a high stress career and find the time to do slow stuff now and again - and that this will help you to keep your sanity. Slowness doesn't appear to be a lifestyle choice, more a quick fix in order to avoid burn-out. He makes it all sound like a fad that will die away when the fashion moves on and the trendies have got another buzzword.
The book does have its moments, though. The opening chapter is particularly good on the stupidity of the modern go-faster world and on his realisation that One-Minute Bedtime Stories for his kids are not the answer to his time-sickness.
Overall the book slightly misses the mark. Chill out Mr Honore.
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Another book in the mould of "No Logo" and "Willing Slaves", which takes examples from various aspects of our overbusy lives, from work through to sex, to challenge the ever-increasing pace of the daily whirl and offer an alternative way of living.
Clearly aware of the scepticism with which his attitude is likely to be greeted in some quarters, Honore's direct, straightforward style prevents the book ever becoming prescriptive. Instead, his realistic approach offers a viable prospect of a more enjoyable, fulfilling lifestyle which can be achieved with a few simple adjustments to the way we do things. Inspiring.
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There are so many self-help books out there on subjects ranging from effective childcare to how to work less or more effectively to how to improve your relationship with your family and partner. This book covers all these subjects and more with one very simple piece of advice - go slower! Written using a combination of historical anecdotes, author experience and practical advice this is the only book you'll ever need to improve your quality of life and learn how to slow down in a world that is forever accelerating.
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