Brave Old World: A Month-by-Month Guide to Husbandry, or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself

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Penguin UK, Jul 7, 2011 - Humor - 304 pages
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Brave Old World is Tom Hodgkinson's year-round guide to the ancient art of husbandry.

In this indispensable addition to his much-loved guides for the free-spirited, Tom Hodgkinson takes us on a modern tour of the ancient arts of everyday living: philosophy, husbandry and merriment.

Drawing on the wisdom of an eclectic range of thinkers and writers, and, as ever, on Tom's own honestly recounted and frequently imperfect attempts to travel the road to self-sufficiency, Brave Old World charts the progress of a year in pursuit of the pleasures of the past. From January to December, let Tom be your guide to a better, older way of life.

'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' Sarah Bakewell, New Statesman

'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' James Delingpole, 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, The Idle Parent and Brave Old World. 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'.

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The Need for Dry Wood
On Buying Logs
On Differing Types of Wood
On What to Do When Your Logs Run Out
On Buying a Woodburner
Against Central Heating
Against Television
A Note on Honey
Junes Merriment
Junes Calendar
In Praise of the Scythe
On Making Hay
Julys Husbandry
Julys Merriment
Julys Calendar

On Bonfires
Januarys Lessons
Januarys Husbandry
Januarys Merriment
Januarys Calendar
The Importance of Digging
Darwin and the Earthworm
Land for All
Februarys Husbandry
Februarys Merriment
Februarys Calendar
The Importance of Defence
Keep Your Garden Neat
The Golden Age
Practical Notes
A Cautionary Note Concerning the Potato
Cosmic Gardening or Not?
Marchs Husbandry
Marchs Merriment
Marchs Calendar
My Hen Story
Curse of the Rat
Eggs Galore
On Buying Hens
On Housing Hens
On Feeding Hens
Aprils Husbandry
Aprils Merriment
Aprils Calendar
Old World Bread versus New World Bread
The Politics of the Mill
How to Make Bread
Mays Husbandry
Mays Merriment
Mays Calendar
Bees in the Ancient World
Our Trials with Bees
Let It Be Or Not
Harvest Time
A Note on WWOOFing
Augusts Husbandry
Augusts Merriment
Augusts Calendar
On the Fruits of the Hedgerow
On Hunting
Notes from Gilbert White
A Short Note on Wood
Septembers Husbandry
Septembers Merriment
Septembers Calendar
My Own Attempts to Make Booze
A Final Cautionary Note
Octobers Husbandry
Octobers Merriment
Octobers Calendar
Why Keep Pigs?
My Own Pigkeeping Experiences
A Digression on the Innate Sociability of Beasts
Back to the Pigs
The Authorities Take a Dim View
The Advantages of Keeping Pigs
Novembers Husbandry
Novembers Merriment
Novembers Calendar
On Christmas Greatest Feast of the Year
A Time to Suspend Toil and Play Games
Christmas in Decline
Light and Greenery
A Time for Singing and Games
Decembers Booze
Decembers Merriment
Decembers Calendar
Dramatis Personae

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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. He lives in North Devon.

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