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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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Life changing - please read this book!

So many eye-opening suggestions and “a-ha” moments. Less a “how to” book as one with reflections, ideas and wisdom. I have listened to it twice now, and gotten more from it in each listen.

The author reads the book herself, and her voice is beautiful and calm, just like in her podcast (Slow Home).

I can’t recommend this book highly enough!

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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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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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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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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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Slow is a book I'll listen to many times & share w

Slow is a book I will read over and over and share with friends and family

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Finally, a book that cuts through!

This was a wonderful listen of performance and content. It is a book I needed so much at the start point of listening, and now I type after finishing and have begun making meaningful changes to slow down and live closer to my values.
If you're burning out or overwhelmed with life's many pressures, give this wonderful book a read.

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Brilliant. Simple. Inspiring. Beautiful.

A personal insight into what simple slow living can look like. Refreshing in that it's written from a normal, modern life, for a normal, modern life.

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Life changing

I continue to process what I heard in this book... thank you for sharing your story. I’ve learnt about the power of small imperfect changes. For the first time in my life I can see how to shift course without jumping ship. Amazing, no pressure, inspirational read for anyone wanting to change the way they live.

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Spectacular. Read it!

Motivating, authentic. so good. wanting more but satisfied! well read. thank you Brooke for the great content and takeaway lessons

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  • Christine
  • 02-01-2018

Perfect New Years Read

I devoured this book in one sitting on New Year's Day. Thank you for this wonderful read Brooke. I feel motivated try slack lining, read apocalyptic fiction, and finally take steps to slow down my crazy life.

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  • mooncat1973a
  • 12-09-2017

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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