This book wasn't at all what I expected. I thought it was going to be crammed full of really great hints and tips to get you started on making your own clothes. It isn't, but once I got used to that idea I wasn't disappointed because this is a hugely entertaining story of one man's journey from conspicuous consumption in all areas of his life to making his own underwear and fearlessly crocheting on public transport.
Along the way, Mr Flintoff meets some amazing characters and some delightful people, but his message is clear - we are passively soaking up whatever the global economy tells us we need and it's not doing us or the environment any good. An odd (but engaging) mixture of religion, philosophy and environmental thinking brings forward the notion that self-reliance is a good thing, and there are many routes to it. If you're at all crafty by nature then you won't be able to stop yourself putting down the book to go and crochet a hat, or knit a scarf, or maybe even just sew the missing button back on your shirt.
We need to be more conscious of what we do, and what we buy, and this book is a great place to start.
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