Today I am so excited to be on the blog tour for A Year of Living Simply by Kate Humble! Thanks so much to Random Things for organising the tour. Here are ten things about Kate, and a little bit about the book!
1. I’m double jointed & can do freakish things with my thumbs.
2. My idea of hell is a milkshake.
3. If I was President of the World I would ban teacups & plastic shower curtains & make the first day of spring a day of National Celebration.
4. I’m mildly obsessed with jigsaws, but only on holiday. They help my brain relax.
5. I find numbers terribly confusing but love doing sudoku.
6. I think men’s clothes are always nicer than clothes designed for women.
7. A beautifully told story, whether spoken, written or acted, is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
8. I hate the smell of custard but love the smell of sileage.
9. I never tire of looking at a full moon. It always inspires a sense of wonder.
10. I will never understand why anyone enjoys horror films.
Summary of the book:
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.
About the author:
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. Find out more about Kate on Twitter @katehumble and @farmerhumble, on Instagram @kmhumble and at http://www.katehumble.com and http://www.humblebynature.com.
Thank you so much again to the author, the publishers and Random Things for my copy of the book and having me on the tour. A Year of Living Simply is OUT NOW!