Author(s): Tom Hodgkinson
In this delightful addition to Tom Hodgkinson's much-loved series of guides for the free-spirited, the author takes us on a leisurely tour of husbandry and self-sufficiency throughout the calendar year, from chopping wood in January to mowing meadows in July and brewing beer in October. Drawing on the wisdom of an eclectic range of thinkers and writers - and on comic recountings of Tom's own frequently imperfect and frequently hilarious experiences - "Brave Old World" offers tips, advice and above all, hope. Why, it 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 and bee-keeping? 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'.
A meditation on why life has been a dreadful mistake ever since the Reformation brought us paid jobs and the work ethic ... Brave Old World is hugely inspiring even when it is most bonkers New Statesman One of those enthusiasts whose enthusiasm is hard to resist ... Bizarre yet always beguiling Daily Mail A delightful read ... Share in the exuberant joys and comic misfortunes of an eccentric who has made up his mind about the existence he wants to lead, and has gone ahead and lived it Mail on Sunday
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. In spring 2011 he founded The Idler Academy in London, a bookshop, coffeehouse and cultural centre which hosts literary events and offers courses in academic and practical subjects - from Latin to embroidery. Its motto is 'Liberty through Education'. Find out more at www.idler.co.uk.