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An inspirational toolkit for solo living - full of sound, practical advice, warmth and humour. Whether you view living alone as the ultimate compromise or the ultimate luxury, it presents daily challenges, such as cooking for one, organising holidays, juggling finances, and avoiding the siren call of wine, Ugg boots and Netflix. And there are the less tangible tests, like n An inspirational toolkit for solo living - full of sound, practical advice, warmth and humour. Whether you view living alone as the ultimate compromise or the ultimate luxury, it presents daily challenges, such as cooking for one, organising holidays, juggling finances, and avoiding the siren call of wine, Ugg boots and Netflix. And there are the less tangible tests, like nailing the octopus of loneliness to the wall, and holding your head high in a society where solo living is viewed (consciously or not) as the runner-up prize. Author Jane Mathews believes that to be truly content living alone, it pays to examine every aspect of your life-relationships, health, home, finances, interests and spirituality-and then take action. No matter what your unique situation, there's something here for you. Jane provides the map and you choose the route to a more joyful, contented life.


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An inspirational toolkit for solo living - full of sound, practical advice, warmth and humour. Whether you view living alone as the ultimate compromise or the ultimate luxury, it presents daily challenges, such as cooking for one, organising holidays, juggling finances, and avoiding the siren call of wine, Ugg boots and Netflix. And there are the less tangible tests, like n An inspirational toolkit for solo living - full of sound, practical advice, warmth and humour. Whether you view living alone as the ultimate compromise or the ultimate luxury, it presents daily challenges, such as cooking for one, organising holidays, juggling finances, and avoiding the siren call of wine, Ugg boots and Netflix. And there are the less tangible tests, like nailing the octopus of loneliness to the wall, and holding your head high in a society where solo living is viewed (consciously or not) as the runner-up prize. Author Jane Mathews believes that to be truly content living alone, it pays to examine every aspect of your life-relationships, health, home, finances, interests and spirituality-and then take action. No matter what your unique situation, there's something here for you. Jane provides the map and you choose the route to a more joyful, contented life.

30 review for The Art of Living Alone and Loving It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dora Santos Marques

    A minha opinião em vídeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Ygg... A minha opinião em vídeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Ygg...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janet Bbgr

    Interesting read but most of it is not about living alone. Chapters about spirituality, travel and goal setting are useful for anyone really. Writer assumes that if you live alone you dine out alone, travel alone and have a tendency to opt for evenings in your PJ's with a glass of wine and Netflix. As I have some experience living alone I don't recognize this at all. Also I don't need anyone to tell me how to fill up any spare time. I love spending time on my own. Interesting read but most of it is not about living alone. Chapters about spirituality, travel and goal setting are useful for anyone really. Writer assumes that if you live alone you dine out alone, travel alone and have a tendency to opt for evenings in your PJ's with a glass of wine and Netflix. As I have some experience living alone I don't recognize this at all. Also I don't need anyone to tell me how to fill up any spare time. I love spending time on my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cláudia

    Não é o meu tipo de livro :/

  4. 4 out of 5

    محمود أغيورلي

    يتحدث كتاب فن العيش وحيداً والاستمتاع بذلك للكاتبة جين ماثيو بصورة رئيسية عن الفرد بين العيش وحيداً و الوحدة , والكاتبة شرعت بكتابة هذا الكتاب بعد ان انفصلت عن زوجها و باتت تعيش وحيدة , فتولد لديها خوف من الشعور بالوحدة , فقامت بمقابلة مئات الاشخاص الذين يعيشون وحدهم في استراليا و سجلت كل الدروس والخبرات من تلك المقابلات و لخصتها في هذا الكتاب , والكتاب يحوي بالاضافة إلى اساليب محاربة الوحدة العديدة من خلال الانشطة والانطباعات و الافكار , نصائح و افكار حول الاستقلال المادي والغذائي والعاطفي وفيه يتحدث كتاب فن العيش وحيداً والاستمتاع بذلك للكاتبة جين ماثيو بصورة رئيسية عن الفرد بين العيش وحيداً و الوحدة , والكاتبة شرعت بكتابة هذا الكتاب بعد ان انفصلت عن زوجها و باتت تعيش وحيدة , فتولد لديها خوف من الشعور بالوحدة , فقامت بمقابلة مئات الاشخاص الذين يعيشون وحدهم في استراليا و سجلت كل الدروس والخبرات من تلك المقابلات و لخصتها في هذا الكتاب , والكتاب يحوي بالاضافة إلى اساليب محاربة الوحدة العديدة من خلال الانشطة والانطباعات و الافكار , نصائح و افكار حول الاستقلال المادي والغذائي والعاطفي وفيه افكار جمة حول كل هذه الامور وعادة قراءة هكذا كتب هي سلاح ذو حدين , ايجابي لانه يساعد من يحتاج الادوات والافكار ضد الوحدة في هذه الحالة و سلبي لانه يشعر من لا يحتاج لهذه الادوات والافكار بالنقص لانه يضع نفسه موقع مقارنة فيتوجس من نفسه ان كان وحيدا ولا يدرك ذلك في هذه الحالة ايضا , الكتاب بصورة عامة دليل تصرف عام حيال الحياة و يتحدث عن الامساك بزمام الامور فيما يخص كل مناح الحياة , فخبرات وادوات العيش وحيداً هي الخبرات والادوات التي يجب ان يملكها كل من ينطلق الى الحياة فالانسان يبدأ خطوته الاولى وحيداً وينهيها وحيداً , واهم عبارة في الكتاب كانت تلك التي قالت فيها , من الافضل العيش وحيداً على ان تتمنى ذلك اثناء عيشك مع الآخرين فهذا هو الجحيم بحد ذاته , الكتاب لا بأس به و تقيمي له 2/5

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nina ( picturetalk321 )

    What a self-absorbed and stupid book. Do you want a thoughtful, kind, astute and helpful book about the single life post-divorce? Read Ulrike Stöhring's Vielen Dank für alles: Trennung - glücklich überlebt or even Ruth Knaup's Single - na und? Sich wohlfühlen und mehr vom Leben haben. Do you want a random collection of recipes (that the author likes to cook)? A list of possible hobbies (that the author has tried)? A rundown of European holiday destinations (to which the author has been)? Tips on What a self-absorbed and stupid book. Do you want a thoughtful, kind, astute and helpful book about the single life post-divorce? Read Ulrike Stöhring's Vielen Dank für alles: Trennung - glücklich überlebt or even Ruth Knaup's Single - na und? Sich wohlfühlen und mehr vom Leben haben. Do you want a random collection of recipes (that the author likes to cook)? A list of possible hobbies (that the author has tried)? A rundown of European holiday destinations (to which the author has been)? Tips on interior decorating (in the author's taste)? These are all (one might think) things that belong in different how-to self-help sections of the bookshop, things that have only tangentially to do with living on your own. Then there is the patronising, school-prefectish tone of someone who knows best. The author is Australian and in Sydney I would call her a 'Mosman mum'. Here are some gems of advice for the solo liver: Ditch your TV! Ensure that the bathroom is 'spotlessly, operating-theatre clean'! Don't keep complaining! If you are charged for a late fee payment, call up and ask for it to be waived! (But don’t do this if you’re not single? When presumably your male other deals with finances?) Photocopy your cards! (Because clearly none of us owns a mobile phone with a camera.) Have flowers on your bedside table! (Because none of us have sensitive noses and we all regularly refresh the water in vases so that it doesn't smell like a sewer after a few days, and also none of us have cats that knock things onto our pillows.) Pour a glass of good red wine, watch a movie and eat expensive chocolate! (Confirmation bias at work: not everyone loves or can drink wine; not everyone loves or can eat chocolate.) Photographs do not belong on memory cards! (Who knew? Also, memory card, what memory card - are we living in the year 2008?) Go on a round-the-world trip visiting friends! (There is no irony in this unreflecting, privileged world view.) More privilege: 'High seasons are expensive, crowded and coincide with school holidays. Bad, bad, bad.' (No, what is bad, bad, bad is someone assuming that everybody in the world can take holidays whenever they please and that nobody has children who need to observe school holidays; also, I object to having my wrist slapped should I choose to go somewhere crowded.) Don't forget to bring your painting tools on holiday, either: 'I also take a tiny portable tin of watercolour paints to sketch a couple of scenes on postcard-sized paper...' How is any of this specifically applicable to "the art of living alone" (title of book)? I know not. How is it helpful to be smugly informed by the author that she has 'Christmas sorted'? To be fair, there are a few good pointers and tips in the book but none that I've not seen elsewhere. What I mainly found tedious was a) the confirmation bias (author: everyone in the world is like meeee, and if they're not, they should be and I will advise them how to go about it) , and b) the irrelevance to the topic at hand (not general handy hints that pertain to cooking / finances / etc). Format: Kindle. Fine.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookgirl

    An inspiring read from someone who has mastered the art of living alone. Anyone who embraces Christmas Day alone has certainly reached the pinnacle of solo success in my book. This book has really helped me move from a state of begrudging acceptance of my situation to embracing who I am and forging my best life possible. It’s full of new perspectives and great ideas on making the most of life. It’s certainly made me realise that living alone can be a gift of freedom, of contentment and of truely An inspiring read from someone who has mastered the art of living alone. Anyone who embraces Christmas Day alone has certainly reached the pinnacle of solo success in my book. This book has really helped me move from a state of begrudging acceptance of my situation to embracing who I am and forging my best life possible. It’s full of new perspectives and great ideas on making the most of life. It’s certainly made me realise that living alone can be a gift of freedom, of contentment and of truely getting to know yourself. It is, in fact, the ultimate journey.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jodie Gale

    3.5* Quite an enjoyable self-help book for those at the start of their self-development journey.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard Danks

    I didn't realise when I got this book that it was written primarily to and for women. However the advice and tips apply equally to both genders. Which makes me wonder why the author didn't use inclusive language. Anyway the book is inspiring, encouraging and uplifting. It is crammed full of useful advice and practical tips in virtually every area with which a single person would encounter. As a senior male widower, living single for many years, I didn't think it would have much use for me. Howeve I didn't realise when I got this book that it was written primarily to and for women. However the advice and tips apply equally to both genders. Which makes me wonder why the author didn't use inclusive language. Anyway the book is inspiring, encouraging and uplifting. It is crammed full of useful advice and practical tips in virtually every area with which a single person would encounter. As a senior male widower, living single for many years, I didn't think it would have much use for me. However, there were many areas which were relevant and appropriate to my situation, and which I have taken on board. It was also good to hear of someone with similar challenges with whom I could identify. I highly recommend this to all persons who are single.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tishi

    I feel fondness for this book as it is like a summary for the zillion things in life which we want to remember! The author has shared some great further reading suggestions with a small quote giving a sneak peak into the book's agenda. And yes, even though written from a woman's perspective, this is definitely not solely for women. And even though written from the perspective of a person living solo, it is not just for them either. I feel it is a great book on individuality for today, this year, I feel fondness for this book as it is like a summary for the zillion things in life which we want to remember! The author has shared some great further reading suggestions with a small quote giving a sneak peak into the book's agenda. And yes, even though written from a woman's perspective, this is definitely not solely for women. And even though written from the perspective of a person living solo, it is not just for them either. I feel it is a great book on individuality for today, this year, us people, running life! It is short, with takeaways, serious, hilarious, useful and charming all at the same time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bookbek

    This book was like sitting down with a friend for a catch-up. It was encouraging and light-hearted and completely avoided being patronising. The author is writing from lived experience and it showed. The author is Australian too, which is always nice. That said, it didn't really teach me anything new, but it was a good refresher. The author covers all life areas (there is the usual mainstream attitude to losing weight in the health section so you may want to skim that). I liked that the author v This book was like sitting down with a friend for a catch-up. It was encouraging and light-hearted and completely avoided being patronising. The author is writing from lived experience and it showed. The author is Australian too, which is always nice. That said, it didn't really teach me anything new, but it was a good refresher. The author covers all life areas (there is the usual mainstream attitude to losing weight in the health section so you may want to skim that). I liked that the author valued friendships over romantic relationships and I left feeling encouraged that I was more than capable of living the single life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cíntia Fernandes

    Amazing book! I bought it cause I love to live alone, but I needed some advice on how to deal with occasional loneliness and depression. Right from the first chapter I realised the author was actually living alone also, I felt like someone else finally understood me. The book has so much good content and it's written in such a light and fun way. It goes to my faves. Thanks a lot to the author for this treasure book. P.s.: as a bonus, this book comes packed with great quotes through the pages and Amazing book! I bought it cause I love to live alone, but I needed some advice on how to deal with occasional loneliness and depression. Right from the first chapter I realised the author was actually living alone also, I felt like someone else finally understood me. The book has so much good content and it's written in such a light and fun way. It goes to my faves. Thanks a lot to the author for this treasure book. P.s.: as a bonus, this book comes packed with great quotes through the pages and a list of suggested reads on the back of the book - really thoughtful.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    3.5 stars If you want something to make you actually think about going it solo, this book is a great choice. There are certain bits that made it seem a bit outdated (like the suggestion to do some 'smudging' around the house at one point, which, hell no), so I was surprised to see it was only published in 2018. Overall though, it is, in my honest opinion, a very useful book for those of us who are trudging through this life alone. 3.5 stars If you want something to make you actually think about going it solo, this book is a great choice. There are certain bits that made it seem a bit outdated (like the suggestion to do some 'smudging' around the house at one point, which, hell no), so I was surprised to see it was only published in 2018. Overall though, it is, in my honest opinion, a very useful book for those of us who are trudging through this life alone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mookait

    As a dedicated ‘loner’, I was looking for a few hints and tips to support a life I already enjoy. I found them and more. This book is a keeper and I will reread with a highlighter and tabs for pages with the ideas I can implement.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    Great book. Easy to read and very relatable. I enjoy the humor in it and the recommendations provided.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Useful info most of which i know.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gizem

    3.5 stars. Only read select chapters. Gets boring

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeanene

    Once again, the author has injected her humorous, unique voice into practical problem-solving for life. A quick read and totally relevant for over half of our modern society that lives alone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rheanna

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rafaela Rosendo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim Hartley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shradha Panda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ling Koh

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Riddle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tamsin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patrícia

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