The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

The Book of Idle Plea­sures Edited by Dan Kieran and Tom Hodgkinson (Ebury Press/ Ran­dom House $29.95) THIS charm­ing book re­flects on myr­iad time-wast­ing treats, from cloud watch­ing and skim­ming stones to ly­ing in ham­mocks and learn­ing the names of trees. It’s an English book (hence the sug­ges­tions we gather food from hedgerows and re­cline on the top deck of a bus) but its ap­peal is univer­sal in this time-strapped era.

Even read­ing the short es­says, each with a lovely draw­ing by Ged Wells, seems ap­pro­pri­ately idle.

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