How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson


An antidote to the work-obsessed culture which puts so many obstacles between ourselves and our dreams.

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 may affect the modern idler – sleep, the world of work, pleasure and hedonism, relationships, bohemian living, revolution – he draws on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Dr Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche.

His message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.