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Brave Old World

Tom Hodgkinson

In this indispensible and delightful addition to Tom Hodgkinson's much-loved series of guides for the free-spirited, the author takes us on a modern tour of the ancient arts of everyday living: philosophy, husbandry and merriment.
Drawing on the wisdom of an eclectic range of thinkers and writers, from Virgil to Huxley, on medieval calendars and manorial records, and, as ever, on Tom's own, honestly recounted, frequently imperfect, attempts to travel the road to self-sufficiency, Brave Old World is designed to give us all hope. Why, he asks, shouldn't we return to the ideals of a pre-capitalist, pre-Puritan, pre-consumerist world of feasting, dancing, horse-riding, wood-chopping, fire-laying, poultry-rearing, bartering, bread-baking, bee-keeping and home-schooling?
From January to December, Brave Old World charts the progress of a year in pursuit of the pleasures of the past, taking seriously - though not without much incidental comedy, G.K. Chesterton's exhortation, 'We must go back to freedom or forward to slavery'.

Tom Hodgkinson is the author of the bestselling How to be Idle, How to be Free, and The Idle Parent, sold in 14 languages. He is editor and co-founder of The Idler and contributes to the Telegraph (where he has a weekly Idle Parent column), the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian and Sunday Times. He also imported absinthe for a while.

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  • Humour
Format TPS
216 x 135mm
B/W Interleaved
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