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The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

The Art of Rest

How to Find Respite in the Modern Age

Claudia Hammond

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Canongate Books Ltd
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication date: 21 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781786892805

Drawing on brand new research, this is an examination of rest and why it matters from Radio 4's voice of psychology

5 stars out of 5
Kate Kellaway
25 Nov 2019

"This fascinating, entertaining and lucidly written book should be read by anyone ready to confess that rest is not their forte."

The Art of Rest reveals that rest is not simple. This fascinating, entertaining and lucidly written book should be read by anyone ready to confess that rest is not their forte. We start to see that the subject is complicated partly because most of us are no good at resting. We are restless about rest. We feel guilty about it. We live in a culture obsessed with being busy – and this boasting about being busy is, Hammond argues, caught up with status. She summons Socrates to her side to warn us: “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”... Apparently, 1.6bn books were sold in the UK in 2018. If we accept that reading is the most restful activity (I had not come across “bibliotherapy” before), The Art of Rest ought to be equivalent to a scientific siesta. The only trouble is that this outstanding book is far too stimulating to be restful.

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