Brave Old World
'We must go back to freedom or forward to slavery' G. K. Chesterton
A Practical Guide to Husbandry, or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself
Fans, like us, of Tom Hodgkinson's lifelong campaign for idleness, liberty and free-thinking for all, will relish this addition to their bookshelves: a delightfully modern tour of the ancient arts of everyday living - philosophy, husbandry and merriment. Drawing on a typically eclectic range of thinkers and writers, from Virgil to Huxley, on medieval calendars and manorial records, and 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?
Praise for Tom Hodgkinson's previous manifestos for living:'Well written, funny and with a scholarly knowledge of the literature of laziness' Terence Blacker, Sunday Times'Wise, practical, funny, personal' Oliver James'Witty and erudite' Evening Standard
Tom Hodgkinson is the founder and editor of the Idler and the author of How to be Idle, How to be Free and The Idle Parent. He lives in North Devon.