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Sub-titled 'The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Two Days Off', here is a book about how we won the weekend and how we lost it and mostly it is a book about how to take it back. Did it all go wrong when The Independent published a column in 1994 when food critic Jane Jackman railed against the family dinner calling it an upper-class construct, which no longer 'suits our working habits'? Encroaching work demands, coupled with domestic chores, over-booked schedules and the incessant pinging in our mobile devices have taken a toll on what used to be our free time - the weekend. With no space to tune out and recharge, every aspect of our lives is suffering from our health deteriorating, our face to face social networks dissolving and our productivity slipping. The notion of working less and living more has given way to the belief that you must be on call 24/7. Tired of suffering from Sunday-night let down, award winning journalist Katrina Onstad pushes back against this all-work-no-fun ethos. She follows the trail of people, companies and countries vigilantly protecting their time off for relaxation, adventure, joy and meaning, digging into the history, positive psychology and cultural anthropology of the great weekend off and how we can revive it. Filled with personal and professional inspiration, this is a persuasive, practical and much-needed guide and a welcome romp of a read around the world to Chicago and its Arabic culture from New York and the decline of social events (USA). Very interesting musings from an intelligent American observer. 290pp in paperback.

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