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In Praise of Slow

How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed

By Carl Honore

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 May 2005
DON'T HURRY, BE HAPPY. Almost everyone complains about the hectic pace of their lives. These days, our culture teaches that faster is better. But in the race to keep up, everything suffers - our work, diet and health, our relationships and sex lives. Carl Honore uncovers a movement that challenges the cult of speed. In this entertaining and hands-on investigation, he takes us on a tour of the emerging Slow movement: from a Tantric sex workshop in London to a meditation room for Tokyo executives, from a SuperSlow exercise studio in New York, to Italy, home of the Slow Food, Slow Cities and Slow Sex movements.

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IN PRAISE OF SLOW is a must-have for everyone and anyone who has a busy life which seems to be running away with them. The hardback edition has reprinted four times so far and was a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller. IN PRAISE OF SLOW was selected as a Radio 4 Book of the Week It was also serialised in the Daily Mail. Will appeal to the same market as NO LOGO and THE TIPPING POINT 'A fascinating insight into slowness ... a million times more inspiring than any of the mass of self-help books around on downshifting. This is a rare treat to be savoured - at your own pace, of course' Sunday Express. 'This book chronicles the go-slow movement that has swept communities from New York to London to Tokyo as people attempt to reclaim the beauty of their lives. Incredible stuff' Good Book Guide. 'Entertaining ... his anecdotes and self-deprecating humour convey the pleasure and reward that he experienced on his slow pilgrimage' Economist. Carl Honore is a very well-connected author. He is the London Correspondent for the HOUSTON CHRONICLE and has also written for THE ECONOMIST, GUARDIAN, CHICAGO TRIBUNE and TIME magazine.

About the Author

Carl Honore was born in 1967 and is a freelance journalist based in London. He has written for the Economist, Observer, National Post and the Houston Chronicle.

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"Engagingly written and filled with interesting detail... a timely manifesto for a more civilised world." SUNDAY TIMES Culture, 6 August "Presents an eloquent case for a thorough re-examination of priorities and shows how even subtle shifts in the way we live can have a very real effect on our well-being." THE GUARDIAN, 20 August "Engaging." THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, 14 August "Readable and persuasive... it is virtually impossible to read Honore's book without deciding to take things, you know, a little slower from now on." THE IRISH TIMES, 27 August "His advice is too grounded in day-to-day practicality to be guilty of didacticism or whimsy... read this uplifting and enlightening book very soon; but do, please, take your time." TLS, 30 Sept

EAN: 9780752864143
ISBN: 0752864149
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 2.3 centimetres (0.28 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Kerrie Ptolemy on
 
The author, Carl Honore, has a bit of an epiphany when he finds himself contemplating buying "The One Minute Bedtime Story" to save time reading to his son at night. He realises that he's obsessed with doing everything faster and starts to investigate how we got to this point in time and what can be done about it. He "uncovers" a world-wide movement of people trying to slow various aspects of life down and appreciate it more. He investigates things such as the Slow Food movement, alternative medicines, "slow sex", part-time work, leisure, raising unhurried kids etc. The main point I took from it though was that it's "not about doing things at a snail's pace - it's about living better ... by striking a balance between fast and slow". I really enjoyed it, and found it quite thought provoking.
Nicole Brett on
 
For me this was a revolutionary book full of ways that we can slow down in this fast paced world highly recommended

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