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Slow : Live Life Simply - Brooke McAlary

Hardcover Published: 23rd August 2017
ISBN: 9781760296919
Number Of Pages: 264

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From the creator of the award-winning Slow Home podcast comes Slow the perfect companion on the long road to living a simpler and more fulfilled life.

'Dear Mr & Mrs Jones, I am writing to inform you of my withdrawal from the race to keep up with you . . .'

Once upon a time, Brooke McAlary thought she was close to having it all. Married to a wonderful man, mother to a lively young daughter, and pregnant for a second time, she'd acquired all the things she'd once thought important-holidays, cars, a renovated home. Yet despite this, she found herself utterly despondent. Realising that they wanted a simpler, more fulfilling existence, Brooke and her family gradually created their own way of living, with an emphasis on depth, connection and experiences.

In Slow Brooke gently encourages you to find pleasure and value in a simpler life, sharing the practical tips and rituals that have helped her on her own journey, from decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, from asking why to asking where to now?

Part memoir, part practical companion, Slow provides a fascinating insight into the benefits of slowing down. It will inspire you to forget about the Joneses and create a life filled with the things that really matter to you . . . slowly, of course.

About the Author

Brooke McAlary is passionate about slow living. She has experienced the transformative power of simplifying, paying attention and living a mindful, intentional life, and as the host and creator of the award-winning Slow Home Podcast (downloaded more than 2 million times) she encourages thousands of people every day to live a simpler, slower life.

But it wasn't always like that. Six years ago Brooke was completely overwhelmed. She had two young children, a husband who worked long hours, a business, a home filled to the brim with all the trappings of a 'successful life' and a severe case of post-natal depression.

Everything changed when she began decluttering. What began as an effort to remove some of the excess, slowly evolved into a complete transformation. Gone is the overwhelm, the clutter, the excess, the busy-ness, replaced by a simpler, more meaningful, more connected life.

Now she and her husband are self-employed and enjoy a life centred on the important things - which, it turns out, aren't really things at all.

Love Love Love


I am a huge fan of Brooke's podcast and recently borrowed 'SLOW' from my local library - wow what a book! I enjoyed it that much that I had to go out and get my own copy. It gave me clarity at a time where I was feeling lost and the courage to seek out some big changes. Definitely recommend



What really matters in life, in a concise easy to read book


My life has changed for the better after discovering SLOW and the Slow Home Podcast. I have not felt this content with myself and my life, while looking for ways to make to things even better for my family, my community, our environment and myself .....slowly and gently offcourse! :-)



A great book to inspire a move to a slower life


Great easy to inspire & return to read when in need of motivation to stay slow! Best for someone just starting the journey up slow



I wouldn't by again or gifr


Story of a lady who has it all and decided to de clutter. Arrogant self righteous and extremely self indulgent. More about how much this woman thinks she is amazing Wouldn't bother reading


Buy one for yourself and your best friend!


Brooke McAlary has written a beautiful book about slowing down and creating space in your life for the important things. This is part memoir, part how-to guide but without the preachiness of some other authors writing about minimalism. She writes in a clear, accessible way. It is a lovely book, peppered with beautiful photos, and would make a great gift too.



Beautiful book, a heartwarming story, and an idea-sparker.


I often pick up this book for a flick through the beautiful quality and well-worded pages, and then I sit and scribble out a few ideas on how I could adopt a slower way of life. Sometimes it's wonderful to find a sunny/warm spot and just get lost in the author's story. So many lovely lessons learned that she shares with honesty and integrity, and some wonderful questions to guide the reader's thoughts around their own lifestyle, and where it might do with some improvements (particularly with focusing on doing less, and doing that better!) This is definitely one to stay in my bookshelf for many years. It's looking well-thumbed already.

Wellington, NZ


True, engaging, insightful and very useful!


The book and the author are very inspiring. In spite of listening to Brooke's podcast regularly I still found the book inspiring and it was a great reminder about some of the useful tips she has talked about to live life with full mindfulness.

Christchurch nz


Beautiful insightful book


The first thing that hit me about this book is that is aesthetically beautiful with lovely photos and illustrations throughout. It is a very helpful book - part memoir part self help. Brooke provides a compelling argument for slowing down and follows up with practices that will help you to slow down and live a more intentional life. I honestly think anyone could benefit from reading this.

Melbourne, Australia


Great book - easy to read


Loved the book from start to finish

Sydney, Australia



4.6 9



1. Start with why

2. Declutter

3. De-own

4. Mindfulness

5. Disconnect to reconnect

6. A cabin in the woods

7. Wobbly balance

8. The art of the backslide

9. Where to now?


About the author

ISBN: 9781760296919
ISBN-10: 1760296910
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 23rd August 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.0