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In Praise of Idleness: A Timeless Essay

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About the author

Bradley Trevor Greive

New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive ​(BTG) became a​ household name ​after writing The Blue Day Book.​ ​He​ has since gone on to become one of the world’s most successful humour authors​, and his …

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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS was a Welsh philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950.

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Praise for In Praise of Idleness

‘Bradley Trevor Greive, best known for his humorous inspirational books, has done us all a favour by bringing the full force of his bestseller clout to reviving the work of polymath philosopher Bertrand Russell’ —the Age


‘If you have any intellectuals hiding around the house, or know someone who fantasises about donning a smoking jacket for some “pipe time”, this charming little book is sure to appeal … This is the Christmas gift that will keep on giving in terms of guidance.’ —Courier Mail


‘Beautiful’ —Law Journal


‘Although written in 1920, it feels timely, reminding us that we’ll never accomplish anything of lasting merit if we’re constantly busy (at work, on our phones, on the internet). Grieve’s illustrations, notes and elaborations make for a beautiful package – and the ideal gift for the overachiever in your life.’ —Weekly Review

‘Utterly and completely delightful - and wise!’ —Heather Rose, Stella Prize winning author of The Museum of Modern Love