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  • Published: 7 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141928548
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

How To Be Idle




The Top 10 bestselling first opus from Tom Hodgkinson, in a new paperback package to go alongside its sequel, How To Be Free

As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. The Protestant work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. But here, at last, is a book that can help. From Tom Hodgkinson, editor of the Idler, comes HOW TO BE IDLE, an antidote to the work-obsessed culture which puts so many obstacles between ourselves and our dreams. Hodgkinson presents us with a laid-back argument for a new contract between routine and chaos, an argument for experiencing life to the full and living in the moment. Ranging across a host of issues that may affect the modern idler - sleep, the world of work, pleasure and hedonism, relationships, bohemian living, revolution - he draws on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Dr Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche. His message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.

  • Published: 7 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141928548
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson is the editor of The Idler, which he co-founded in 1993. He is also the author of the best-selling How To Be Idle. He lives in Devon with his girlfriend and three children.

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