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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.

©2017 Brooke McAlary (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Thoughtful, thought provoking

If you are already a listener of the Slow Home podcast, you will recognise The author's voice and thoughts here.
The book is well organised and full of useful prompts for reconsidering your priorities and slowing down to make sure what you spend your time and energy on is aligned to your values. Plenty to chew over and revisit. A book I'll certainly use more than once.

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  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 10-11-17

Powerful

This is a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Both inspirational and practical, it really helps anchor the reader in the world of slow living, and I can't wait to put some of these principles into action. I've already started decluttering!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-17

Excellent introduction to slow living

This book is a great introduction to slow living. Enough practical advice to pick and choose what suits you without creating a new standard to follow.
A good amount of personal anecdotes to allow the book to flow.
The length of the book is perfect too. Don't be put off by the relatively short time-definitely worth it and perfectly concise

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  • Laura
  • 09-29-17

Loved it!

Brooke's voice is so calming and easy to listen too, she could probably talk about anything and it would sound peaceful and soothing. Really enjoyed the book, made me look at myself and the expectations I place on myself a lot more. Along with the clutter in our home which makes me feel overwhelmed all the time.

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  • Clare
  • 09-07-17

A Brilliant, Gentle and Real Intro to Slow Living

Where does Slow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Thought provoking and minus the fluff. Sometimes I tune out with audiobooks that are too dense, or I simply don't finish listening to them. This one, I finished in 2 days because it was highly engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

Real life examples from Brooke's own life, plus suggestions for getting started (the emphasis on there being no one-way to live a slower life).

What does Brooke McAlary bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her voice!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Vulnerability shared in some of the author's life lessons.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-17

Simple, accessible and helpful

Excellent book. I hardly ever review books but I feel this one deserves it. All of the concepts were already familiar to me but the difference with this book is they are put together in the most relatable way I've seen, and written by a normal person who speaks in every day terms. I also really enjoyed listening to Brooke's voice - it wasn't over-narrated, just kept simple and calm, perfectly reflecting the energy of the content of the book. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-17

Honest and challenging

Slow is beautifully written and narrated by the author (a BIG factor in my choice of audiobooks these days). In her honest account of how living with “intention” has enriched her day to day activities, Brooke gently encourages you to make small changes towards a slower, more thoughtful and rich life. With lots of practical suggestions along the way, this book gives the reader “permission” to go against the so called norms of our society, so that we can live a more meaningful, healthy and satisfying life. A fantastic listen.

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  • janelleinkster
  • 10-31-17

Life changing

I laughed, cringed and questioned how Brooke could know my life....
The suggestions truly do make for a calmer, wobbly balanced life!
I'm buying this book for all my loved ones.

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  • Danielle
  • 09-18-17

Thoughtful and inspiring

I have listened to Brooke's podcast for nearly as long as The Slow Home has been broadcasting, but this was an insightful window into the imperfect yet beautifully real journey of slowing down in life. I will listen to this many times over I am sure!

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  • Candice Herse
  • 09-12-17

Awesome introduction to slow living!

Highly recommend for anyone interested in learning about the journey into slow living. Succinct but informative and motivating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-17

SLOW, honest, and inspiring!!

Thank you, Brooke, for weaving your wisdom openly and honestly. The most useful guide to living your own SLOW life yet!