The Book of Idle Pleasures

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Press: Ebury Press (June 10, 2008)
Publication Date:2008-6
Author Name:Hodgkinson, Tom (EDT)/ Kieran, Dan (EDT)


As an antidote to our non-stop culture, this book lists and reflects on 75 simple pastimes and proves that the best things in life are free: skimming stones, catching falling leaves, whittling, staring out of the window, dreaming, doodling or taking a nap.

About the Author

Tom Hodgkinson was born in 1968. 
His book publications include the bestselling How To Be Idle, which has been published in fifteen countries, and How To Be Free.
Tom lives in Devon with his expanding family.
Dan Kieran is deputy editor of the Idler.
He edited The Idler Book of Crap Towns, Crap Jobs, and Crap Holidays and wrote I Fought the Law.
He writes regularly for the Observer, the Sunday Times, The Times and the Guardian.
Dan lives in South London with his wife Rachel and their son Wilf.


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Comment List (Total:11)

  •     Fun and easy read. Reminder of the pleasures found in simplicity. I love this author, he takes us from the boardrooms back to the joy of preschool!
  •     This is a BEAUTIFUL book! I read it in one sitting and I started to practice it that very evening. I send out an idle pleasure to my friends once a week so that everyone can BE IDLE!!! They really appreciate it...especially in this crazy world. Highly recommended!
  •     This book is another fab Idler must have, in my humble opinion. So glad I ordered it to add to my collection. Will read anything he writes, never been disappointed yet.
  •     Best read when one is stressed and needs to calm down. Brings back memories of childhood when skipping stones across a pond, tree-houses and watching clouds roll by were all as fascinating.
  •     I was disappointed in the condition of the cover. It looks like a used book. When the book is closed a black mark is seen across the top of the pages, the front cover is frayed at...
  •     I like how this book just tells us all to slow down and enjoy what's left of our lives... what more to say?
  •     not really worth the money.
  •     Very interesting and cute book. Good for light reading, or a unique gift.
  •     This book is nice because the book tells you that what you do all day long, and that is seen by others as loafing, is actually okay to do and very pleasurable, which you knew anyway because you do them all day.The price is yucky for me, but hey, people gotta eat, yo!
  •     Pretty lame ideas, just every day sort of stuff suggested.
  •     I have three Idler books and I have enjoyed reading them all. Idling is a state of mine, an attitude. Even if you don't idle all the time, and who can, you can still be an idler at heart, secure in the knowledge that idleness is close at hand.

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