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The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix


The latest novel from Australian author and journalist Robert Dessaix, The Pleasures of Leisure, explores the ways in which leisure has been viewed and pursued over time.

Dessaix suggests that in today’s society there is not a lot of true leisure going on – rarely do we do something purely for the enjoyment of doing it. In fact, we usually feel guilty for doing something with no apparent purpose or outcome. 

Dessaix examines a variety of activities, from going on walks to learning a language to gardening to taking siestas, and considers under what circumstances these activities may truly be classed as leisure activities and, most importantly, the effect of pursuing true leisure activities on the rest of our lives.

With a mix of personal narratives, historical anecdotes and pop culture references, Dessaix keeps his exploration of the topic interesting and relevant.

If you’re one of the majority of people who feel they never have time for pursuing leisure, this book might just inspire you to change your ways and embrace those moments of 'doing nothing' rather than feeling guilty for them.


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