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.