Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Shed of One's Own

It's definitely the season for shed-related books. The latest out is Marcus Berkmann's A Shed Of One's Own: Midlife Without the Crisis published by Little, Brown. To be honest, it's not really about sheds though there is a strong shedlike philosophy running through it. Here's a snippet:
"If I had a garden, I would have a shed. Note that a shed doesn't have to be an actual shed. It can be a virtual shed: a room, an office, a corner of a room. Or it can be an internal shed..."
He goes on to talk about "directed idleness" which is also one of our favourite topics...


  1. The titlw refers to "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf.
    Woolf's book, more of a long essay, is about the need to control one's own money and space if one is to have the freedom of action and mind to write properly.

    Not much to do with rooms. The room, like the shed in this book, is more of a symbol of freedom.

    To me the idea of a shed is to have a place in which I am free .

  2. Anonymous12:56 PM

    I've just finished the book and can report it is quite brilliant. The point is exactly made by the comment above. The book is about having a space to think and peacefully contemplate away from the irritations and frustratrions of the world.

    It's also very, very funny.