Imagine a year without spending - or even touching - money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary story. Going back to basics and following his own strict rules, Mark learned ingenious ways to eliminate his bills and discovered that good friends are all the riches you need.
Encountering seasonal foods, solar panels, skill-swapping schemes, cuttlefish toothpaste, compost toilets, and - the unthinkable - a cash-free Christmas, Boyle puts the fun into frugality and offers some great tips for economical (and environmentally friendly) living. A testament to Mark's astounding determination, this witty and heart-warming book will make you re-evaluate your relationship to your wallet.
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"Essential and enjoyable reading. The fascinating story of an important social experiment, told with humility, insight, and great humour." (Chris Cleave, Sunday Times best-selling author of The Other Hand and Guardian columnist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Deirdre on 27-03-12

the moneyless man

I really loved this book and enjoyed listening to it , Mark is a really inspirational guy, the only gripe i had was that he didnt read it himself as the english accent didnt sound right sometimes especially in the pronunciation of grainne " seoige" (sheoga) he pronounced it sai- oga which made it sound like a chinese name, which drove me crazy, but that was only a smal part of the book. I liked his ideas and that he had the guts to live them, but did think he took things to extremes at times such as allowing himself a laptop and a mobile but having to make ink from mushrooms?? ? but all in all i really enjoyed it and must get it in paperback soon. would reccommend to anyone interested in living more sustainably and environmentally friendly, Mark Boyle shows us we can do it .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alison Campbell on 01-06-15

A wonderful, life challenging listen

The Moneyless Man is narrated beautifully and I found it a compelling listen. It is creative non-fiction at its best; a well written real life tale, which holds your interest from beginning to end. I learned so much, and it challenged so many aspects of my life and living. Rather than an 'all or nothing' call to live without money, (though that is certainly a vision the author maintains), this work provides so many ways that each of us can reduce our impact on the world in terms of considering alternatives to buying things, replacing things unnecessarily and creating less waste. A fabulous book that captured my heart and imagination... capable of changing us if we let it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Terra on 06-08-12

A Mature, Healthy Exploration of Money's effect

What did you love best about The Moneyless Man?

That he wasn't hateful or unrealistic about our economy's need to realize the effect of money and debt. He was straight forward but optomistic, emphathetic, and empowering.

What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He chuckles at the right spots in the reading. It keeps it light hearted.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily. It requires thought and contemplation.

Any additional comments?

A great overview of the effects of money and debt and an empowering guide to beginning a life of strength in community instead of dependancy on money.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MISSCHRISTY on 30-07-17

Not as extreme as I thought it would be.

More money = more stress and less liberty. I was disappointed that he became a squatter on someone else's farm and offered his free labor as compensation. Another factor was the use of items people would freely give away for various reasons. Lastly, his large dependance for food waste from grocery stores, and less on what he was able to cultivate.

Honestly figured the guy would live off of a portable mini greenhouse and camp along the way. Something along that scenario. However, I did realize how comfortable I could live financially with a smaller income after reading this book. Not to say I didn't figure out the numbers years prior to this book. Less money is doable. However, money does make living easier in some aspects. We humans don't need as much money we think we do. Only man made money "necessary", because plants and animals grow without it every day :)

One thing I can agree with the author is the fact that education can be free. The student just has to be willing to look in the right places.

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