Through the Eye of a Needle

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Permanent Publications, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 217 pages
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Through the Eye of a Needle is a brilliant account of his journey—illuminating, enchanting, and often extremely funny—arguing that the way we look at clothing influences the way we look at the environment, the economy, and life itself. Few books written in our soulless times have such potential to transform people’s minds so completely—while also making them laugh. His encounters are by turns humorous and enlightening. He meets BBC TV’s Jeremy Clarkson, Hollywood superstars Richard Gere and Daryl Hannah, spiritual teachers, politicians, call-center and sweatshop workers, artists, Transition Town leader Rob Hopkins, Prince Charles’s own Savile Row tailor, and many others.

 

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Contents

The spiritual pilgrimage continues 26
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After working as a rubbish collector the author visits
14
The author visits a local seamstress and considers
43
How a man named Danny Wallace started something
49
On the streets with the Mormon missionaries
53
Hoping to save the world the author throws himself
62
The author meets a Green Goddess who cant give up
73
A wellknown petrolhead has a custardpie thrown in
79
Hiding light under a bushel
144
Living biblically
147
Copying the Brooks Brothers shirt with help from the authors wifes Great Aunt Peggy
155
Being Childish
159
In which the author attempts to reestablish the
167
While his wife is out the author makes a pair of jeans
171
How German soldiers during World War One were
173
Welcome to the world of shoemaking
179

The author submits himself as pupil to a Vietnamese
93
The author uploads a video to the cult online
107
Massive retail industry
114
Down with exploitation
120
In the spirit of Make Do and Mend the author buys a
126
In which the author discovers permaculture
132
A surprisingly manly chapter in which the rats come
135
The Young Pretenders
138
Fresh Air Machine 142
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Prick your finger
181
Apprenticed in Savile Row
186
Forbidden to wear his homemade jeans publicly the
189
Harriet has her say
193
Should a man crochet in public?
199
Ancient woollen underpants
202
The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You
205
Acknowledgements
213
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About the author (2009)

John-Paul Flintoff is an author, broadcaster and journalist. He has written several highly praised books. In one, "Sew Your Own, " he investigated sweat shops and global resource shortages. As a writer with the "Financial Times" and "The Sunday Times, " Flintoff has changed government policy, and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. He lives in London.

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