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The Idler's Companion combines amusing tributes to relaxation with earnest pleas for self-examination. The essays, poetry, and fiction excerpts in this delightful anthology are filled with convincing arguments for reclaiming our days from the monotony of the working world. ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published September 25th 1997 by Ecco Pr (first published 1996)
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
An anthology indeed. A variety of essays and excerpts spanning centuries on varied ideas of leisure. My favorite sections were The Monk and the Unemployed.
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Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Interesting to find this collection but excerpts ultimately unsatisfying.
Mike
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Some interesting excerpts but most of them are too short to do much more than whet the appetite.
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50 essays; only one by a woman, and that one about sex.
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lost interest and too lazy to finish it
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Tom Hodgkinson (b. 1968) is a British writer and the editor of The Idler, which he established in 1993 with his friend Gavin Pretor-Pinney. He was educated at Westminster School. He has contributed articles to The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and The Sunday Times as well as being the author of The Idler spin-off How To Be Idle (2005), How To Be Free (released in the U.S. under the title The Free ...more

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