A beautifully presented book, with all the right intentions, which starts off on an inspiring, uplifting tone and soon degenerates into such basic ideas, you might have believed the target audience were children. Are the simply living, down-to-earth types so poorly advanced that they need step-by-step lessons on hygiene, ironing and routines? I think not. I would imagine most would have grasped how to dry their clothes in the sunshine, the merits of saving money, how to get into a routine and clean their bathrooms and not mix the toilet cleaning cloth with the kitchen cloth. Suggestions that darning and knitting might be fun things to do after dinner seem decidedly genderly in the division-of-labour stakes; in fact the whole book seems to have a decidedly traditional overtone on that front. As I said, uplifting intentions, but so inordinately basic. A halcyon-little-house-on the prairie model.