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Brave Old World, by Tom Hodgkinson

For those who still believe The Idler is about laziness, it may come as a surprise to learn that Idler editor and Ecologist columnist Tom Hodgkinson has written a book about his experiences of running a smallholding. All that digging, mucking out animals and chopping wood sounds suspiciously like hard work. But since the Idler philosophy isn’t about avoiding work per se – rather dodging meaningless toil – it makes sense of a sort. It’s about freedom rather than wage-slavery, creative thrift instead of mindless drudgery, and self-reliance instead of helpless consumerism.

Read the rest of my review at The Ecologist…

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