Sew Your Own (Ebook)

Man finds happiness and meaning of life - making clothes

John-Paul Flintoff

What happens when a man, dazzled like most of us by hi-tech, happy to have his suits made by robots in New York, sets out to find the meaning of life?
John-Paul Flintoff's improbable and very funny book charts a journey through call centres and allotments, rat-catching and Savile Row tailors, to some kind of enlightenment. It is also a book about a man who learns how to crochet - in public.

What happens when a man, dazzled like most of us by hi-tech, happy to have his suits made by robots in New York, sets out to find the meaning of life?

John-Paul Flintoff's improbable and very funny book charts a journey through call centres and allotments, rat-catching and Savile Row tailors, to some kind of enlightenment. It is also a book about a man who learns how to crochet - and how you might too.

John-Paul Flintoff is a bit of a one-off: a man who embarks on a spiritual pilgrimage by outsourcing his life to Bangalore, then hooks up with Mormons and Buddhists (well, Richard Gere), on a quest for truth and fulfilment. His journey is like a twenty-first century Candide, learning that life's satisfactions, and some kind of response to the concerns of economic meltdown and climate change, lie in learning how to make things for oneself, and mending things that fall apart.

Along the way, Flintoff paints pictures with Brit-art oddball Billy Childish, gets apprenticed in Savile Row, grows his own food and spins fibre from nettles. Daringly, he also turns his book over to his wife Harriet, who likes nothing better than a fancy spa and a shop at Liberty's.

The results are comic, heartwarming and inspiring.

Publication date: 26/05/2011

£8.99

ISBN: 9781847652775

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B00505SWY6

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Biography & Memoir

Reviews for Sew Your Own

'This is my kind of book: how to make sense of the modern world. Hats off!'

Chris Stewart 

'Very funny - I hope it does well'

Jane Garvey Woman’s Hour

'Wonderful, amazing, funny and warm!'

Tom Hodgkinson 

'I don't really understand what you are doing but I wish you every success'

Vivienne Westwood 

'Praise for Comp: Hilarious, hair-raising narrative - supremely entertaining'

 Daily Telegraph

'Flintoff has the timing of a natural'

 Sunday Times

'Very readable in an Adrian Mole-possessed-by-Satan kind of way.'

 Spectator

'Makes The Lord of the Flies look like a soft-soap cover up'

 Guardian

'Leading journalist John-Paul Flintoff makes a strong case that individuals can have an impact... very funny, but makes a serious point that is extremely relevant to today.'

Daisy Leitch The Lady

John-Paul Flintoff

John-Paul Flintoff

John-Paul Flintoff is a feature writer for the Sunday Times, and author of Comp: a Survivor's Tale. As well as writing, he has worked as a bin man, executive PA, scuba diver, taxi driver, undertaker, amateur boxer and rat catcher. He lives in London with his wife, Harriet, and daughter, Nancy, whom he torments by making and wearing his own clothes.