All Consuming

All Consuming

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'Stabbing at battle of Ikea' Sun 'Most expensive house has Ap390m price tag' Daily Telegraph 'Financier runs up Ap36, 000 bar bill' Independent Diamond-encrusted phones, waiting lists for handbags, 7-star hotels - in the summer of 2007, the UK economy finally reached its giddy peak. But it wasn't just celebrities and bankers wanting to spend, spend, spend. Whipping out our cheap credit cards, the whole nation developed one obsessive, unsustainable habit: shopping. Now the cash has dried up and we've consumed our way to financial disaster. But were rich times really happy times? And if shopping got us in to this mess, should we really be encouraged to shop our way out of it? With finances in flux, now is our chance to break this all-consuming cycle. Offering everyday ways to start kicking the habit, Neal Lawson shows us how to put the basket down for good, and why we'll be happier for it.Our problem is that we have no concept of how to spend our leisure time in a more intelligent way than buying extra blades on our razors. ... An advert for a BlackBerry Pearl offers the chance to a#39;take all the unproductive gaps out of your daya#39;.

Title:All Consuming
Author:Neal Lawson
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2009-06-25


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