Monocle has always been a champion of taking it slow. It has encouraged readers to dive into a lake and go for a run. To sleep well. To eat food whose makers are proud of its provenance. In a shouty, jabbing-finger moment in history, it has done its bit to argue for a new modern etiquette to be generous with our time, hospitality and forgiveness. Now its editors and correspondents have brought all of this together in The Monocle Manifesto for a Gentler Life, a book that urges us all to slow down, reconnect, make good things and see nice places. And it also knows when to wear a cheeky smile. Chapters include:
An illustrated guide to being nice, respecting your neighbour and controlling your social media rants.
Profiles of the happiest nations - and the least lonely too.
How to build a house that's good for you and your family.
Essays from leading thinkers and great writers on what we can gain if we shift gear.
The businesses charting a better course - from management to pride in production.
Food - a celebration of the locally made, the chefs that bring people together and a recipe or two.
The objects to own that will give pleasure for years.
The people who changed direction, slowed down and made it work.
The compact cities where you can run a company, be inspired, have a good social life - and be hiking in a forest at 5pm.