How to Be Idle

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Publisher's Synopsis

How to be Idle is Tom Hodgkinson's brilliant guide to reclaiming your right to be idle

'Well written, funny and with a scholarly knowledge of the literature of laziness, it is both a book to be enjoyed at leisure and to change lives' Sunday Times

As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. A burn-out 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. 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 affect the modern idler:
-Sleep
-Work
-Pleasure and hedonism
-Relationships
-Bohemian living
-Revolution

Drawing on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche, his message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141015064
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
Edition: New Edition
DEWEY: 179.8
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 337
Weight: 232g
Height: 180mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 25mm