Wednesday, 25 August 2010


New to our Ludlow store is this bi annual magazine that comes in the form of a cloth bound book.

The Idler was founded in 1993 by Tom Hodgkinson and his friend Gavin Pretor-Pinney and title comes from a series of essays by Dr Johnson, published in 1758-9 in the Universal Chronicle.

The intention of the magazine is to return dignity to the art of loafing, to make idling into something to aspire towards rather than reject. As well as providing a radical and thought-provoking read, the Idler is also very funny.

The current issue "Back to the Land" features a major interview with David Hockney about the historical shifts in control of images. There are essays on the land and politics by Simon Fairlie, Paul Kingsnorth, Harry Mount and many more. Tom Hodgkinson has written the introduction where he writes on Roman farming guides. There are fine illustrations from Stanley Donwood, Alice Smith, Clifford Harper and more. The book has been lovingly typeset by Christian Brett.

For more information, you can visit the idler website

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