Author – Kate Humble.
Kate Humble is a farmer, writer, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK’s best-known TV presenters. She started her television career as a researcher, later presenting programmes such as ‘Animal Park’, ‘Springwatch & Autumnwatch’, ‘Lambing Live’, ‘Living with Nomads’, ‘Extreme Wives’ and ‘Back to the Land’. Her last book, Thinking On My Feet, was shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize and The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award.
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Publisher – Aster
Pages – 304
The Blurb –
If there is one thing that most of us aspire to, it is, simply, to be happy. And yet attaining happiness has become, it appears, anything but simple. Having stuff – The Latest, The Newest, The Best Yet – is all too often peddled as the sure fire route to happiness. So why then, in our consumer-driven society, is depression, stress and anxiety ever more common, affecting every strata of society and every age, even, worryingly, the very young? Why is it, when we have so much, that many of us still feel we are missing something and the rush of pleasure when we buy something new turns so quickly into a feeling of emptiness, or purposelessness, or guilt?
So what is the route to real, deep, long lasting happiness? Could it be that our lives have just become overly crowded, that we’ve lost sight of the things – the simple things – that give a sense of achievement, a feeling of joy or excitement? That make us happy. Do we need to take a step back, reprioritise? Do we need to make our lives more simple? Kate Humble’s fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life is uplifting, engaging and inspiring – and will help us all find balance and happiness every day.
Praise For Thinking On My Feet:
‘A lovely, civilised and transporting read, that should have all of us stepping out to meet the world with fresh eyes.’ -HUGH FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL
‘An enticing read that makes every walk Humble describes an adventure.’ -RANULPH FIENNES
‘A beautiful and magnificent book. A paean to a simple act. I defy you to read this book and not be inspired to walk, march or hike – and as a result live a better life more connected with nature and the world around you.’ -SIMON REEVE
‘A lovely book, fast-flowing yet at every turn giving the reader pause for thought. Kate Humble makes a delightful companion, her words full of sunshine and the raw pleasure she radiates as she encounters life in its many unexpected forms.’ -BENEDICT ALLEN
‘It will encourage you to pull on a pair of boots and get out there yourself.’ -THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
Today is my stop on A Year of Living Simply blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I think this book has come out at the perfect time. While this year has been tough for everyone, I think it has made a lot of us reassess our priorities. Lockdown has forced us to look at our lives, and what if anything we would like to change about them.
This book is beautifully written by Kate Humble as she takes us on her own journey of making her life more simple. As you read along you will find yourself inspired to make even the smallest of changes to your own life, sometimes just cleaning a drawer can make such a difference. Small changes are like ripples in water, the initial action can lead to bigger things.
Purchase Links – A Year of Living Simply