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  • Published: 15 January 2006
  • ISBN: 9781903919613
  • Imprint: Eden Project Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

A Life Stripped Bare

My Year Trying To Live Ethically


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Mass-market edition of the successful trade paperback; given a new look and including new material and Leo's DIY ethical audit for readers to try.

How often in life does convenience triumph over 'doing the right thing? And what is 'ethical living' anyway? When it comes down to it, most people fight shy of giving up their cars, or their toxic household products, their cheap washing machines, or dodgy, unethical bank accounts in order to make the world a better place. So Leo Hickman, resident consumer expert of the Guardian, decided to give it a try. Over the course of a year, he and his family set out to discover whether it was possible to live a 'normal life' - job, mortgage, kids, holidays - while at the same time making each daily choice or decision an 'ethical' one - for the family, their neighbours and the environment. This the story of that year, is a record of an extraordinary transformation. Amid the pitfalls and confusion, Leo's account is funny, inspirational and a mine of information for the curious.

  • Pub date: 15 January 2006
  • ISBN: 9781903919613
  • Imprint: Eden Project Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Leo Hickman

Leo Hickman is a journalist and editor at the Guardian, and writes a weekly column on ethical living. He is also the author of A Life Stripped Bare: my year trying to live ethically and How to Buy, and editor of A Good Life: The Guide to Ethical Living. Leo lives in Cornwall with his wife Jane, and their three children.

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Praise for A Life Stripped Bare

“Not a preachy guide but the diary of a struggle - through the myriad uses of bicarbonate of soda; instructions for assembling a wormery and a visit from three ethical auditors... There are plenty of facts and a selection of helpful letters - like the inspiring one from a woman who crochets her own dishcloths...”

Carol McDaid, Observer

“The tone is just right for this book's target market...there is much that is inspiring here...”

Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski, The Independent on Sunday

“Refreshing and funny, this book overflows with ideas for a more sustainable everyday life”

Seb Boscher, The Ecologist

“A Life Stripped Bare is both funny and inspirational...Leo proves that living ethically isn't the preserve of the eco-warriors but of the typical man in the street. So take some action now!”

Jenny Lee, Irish News

“In this witty account of his year, Hickman discusses matters that are of importance to us all...”

Glasgow Herald

“This is the book you need to kick-start a green and guilt-free lifestyle.”

V Magazine

“His account of the year is very entertaining.”

Colchester Evening Gazette


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