Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

In Praise of Slowness plots the lineage of our speed-obsessed society; while it recognises the difficulty of slowing down, it also highlights the successes of everyday people around the world who have found ways of doing it.  Honoré traces his “Aha” moment to his son’s bedtime, when he would race through storybooks — skipping pages, reading portions of paragraphs — to move things along. (He’s since reformed.)

He shows us various methods to release ourselves … from what Baudelaire denounced as ‘the horrible burden of time,’ to break free of the Matrix-like illusion that we have no choice.  We do.