A Life Stripped Bare : My Year Trying to Live Ethically, Paperback

A Life Stripped Bare : My Year Trying to Live Ethically Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


How often in life does convenience triumph over 'doing the right thing? And what is 'ethical living' anyway? When it comes down to it, most people fight shy of giving up their cars, or their toxic household products, their cheap washing machines, or dodgy, unethical bank accounts in order to make the world a better place.

So Leo Hickman, resident consumer expert of the Guardian, decided to give it a try.

Over the course of a year, he and his family set out to discover whether it was possible to live a 'normal life' - job, mortgage, kids, holidays - while at the same time making each daily choice or decision an 'ethical' one - for the family, their neighbours and the environment.

This the story of that year, is a record of an extraordinary transformation.

Amid the pitfalls and confusion, Leo's account is funny, inspirational and a mine of information for the curious.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Consumerism
  • ISBN: 9781903919613



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A book that could probably dump you into a deep depression if it weren't for the cheerful honesty of Leo Hickman's writing. An excellent, easy introduction to the challenges of living sustainably. Deserves more stars but could benefit from a summary of action tips at the end.

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Bought 12 Jan 2010 from a local charity shop.I want to keep this but I'm going to send it on a bookring first, as I know quite a few people will be interested.Hickman and his wife (well, Hickman, really, as we shall see) decide to try to live their lives more "ethically", whatever that means. They invite three environmentalists to do an audit of their lives and home, and the comments of the auditors are interspersed throughout the book, in the sections that discuss food, cars, gardening etc, which is useful. Hickman finds that getting his wife on board is harder than he thought, and eventually that they end up with different parts of life that they are happy to change.An interesting book as they are very much a "normal" family with a terraced house and not quite enough money to always buy organic or have replacement sash windows and photovoltaic panels put in. I did feel a bit guilty reading some of it but, then again, like the Hickmans, we score major environmental brownie points by not having a car (thanks again to the people who give us lifts when we need them!!)