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Mark Boyle Discusses The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology

The Moneyless Man, Mark Boyle will Discuss and Sign his Book, The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology

  • Wed Jun 12, 2019 - 19:30
  • David's Bookshop

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It was 11pm when Mark Boyle checked his email for the last time and turned off his phone for what he hoped would be forever. No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce.

In this honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life without modern technology, Mark Boyle explores the hard-won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the spring, foraging and fishing.  What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons, where life and death dance in a primal landscape of blood, wood, muck, water, and fire – much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.

Mark Boyle is the author of three previous books, which have been translated into over twenty languages. A former business graduate, he lived entirely without money for three years. He has written columns for the Guardian and has irregularly contributed to international press, radio and television. He lives on a smallholding in Co. Galway, Ireland.