A Year of Living Simply by Kate Humble
(Aster Books, part of Octopus Publishing)
2020 has been a decidedly odd year, horrific wildfires and a global pandemic have really brought home just how fragile our world is and that we need to do something to help.
The task is pretty overwhelming and knowing where to start is a problem and this is what Humble is exploring in this book.
This isn't a self help book, or a how to guide, rather it is one woman looking at options for living in a less complicated manner. From growing her own food, to mending clothes right through to looking at alternative ways to build houses Humble travels the country (and the world) looking for answers that will work for her and then sharing them with the reader.
I liked this book as it gave me some ideas of things that we could change in our lifestyles to both help the environment and to live more simply. I also think that thanks to the pandemic we have already implemented them in some ways - we definitely are shopping more locally and more seasonally, we are trying new meals and eating less meat and we are definitely buying less, well except books - but they are essentials aren't they?
The pandemic has also really shown what is important/essential in life and that makes this book even more timely - even if some of the places/ideas talked about are off limits for a while yet!
Humble is an engaging writer and her honesty in writing about her failures and misgivings really adds to this book.