Author(s): "The Enthusiast"
An only slightly insane antidote to the banalities of modern life, "The Enthusiast's Almanack" celebrates a quality that nowadays is underrated, if not considered downright weird. All too often, 'Enthusiast' is regarded as synonymous with 'anorak', 'geek' or 'nerd'. In reality, however, it has been rigorously proven that enthusiasm is the secret to a long and satisfying life. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: 'What is a man good for without Enthusiasm?' Enthusiasm should be celebrated, not curbed! Rising to the challenge, "The Enthusiast's Almanack" distils the eccentric essence of "The Enthusiast" magazine. Within its pages adventures are experienced, advice given, recipes retailed, gadgets analysed, unexpected secrets revealed. Where else could the reader hope to find enlightenment on matters as diverse as the precise physical dimensions of heaven, the relationship between noise and silence...and the strange art of making a mermaid? Maverick and eclectic, but also warm and wise, "The Enthusiast's Almanack" is the ideal gift for intellectual flaneurs, literary magpies and other cultural omnivores. First published 2006.