Shabby: The Jolly Good British Guide to Stress-free Living

Shabby: The Jolly Good British Guide to Stress-free Living

by Josie Lloyd, Emlyn Rees


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From the creators of the bestselling parodies We're Going on a Bar Hunt, The Very Hungover Caterpillar and The Teenager Who Came to Tea.

Shabby - because there is no word for Hygge in English.

We all know Shabby when we see it. It's that welcoming pair of pants drying on the radiator. That half-mouldy, but perfectly gin-and-tonic-worthy lemon on display in the fruit bowl. That tin of plum tomatoes in the cupboard with a sell-by date of 1983. It's never dusting higher than your tallest friend's line of sight.

But Shabby is more than just an attitude; it's a quintessentially British way of life, tried and tested for generations, and founded on the Four Central Pillars of Shabbism, Messiness, Dilapidation, Clutter and Bodged Works.

Being Shabby is about spending less time fussing and clearing up and getting stressed out about stuff that doesn't really matter anyway. And more time hanging out with your family and friends. It's a celebration of a life that is neither tidy nor empty, but rather one that is splendidly cluttered and full.

Shabby - because life's just too bloody short to waste time striving for perfection, or caring too much about what other people think about you and yours. Instead of worrying about what could be, it's time to start celebrating what actually is.

Praise for The Very Hungover Caterpillar

'Hilarious and painfully accurate, The Very Hungover Caterpillar is liable to be one of those parodies that becomes more famous than the original' Independent

Praise for We're Going on a Bar Hunt

'. . . a parody that will draw a smile from any parent' Guardian

Praise for The Teenager Who Came to Tea

'A hilarious parody of a much-loved children's book and a perfect read for anyone who remembers the original, or has ever been a teenager or is the parent / grandparent of a teenager today'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472127297
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees are the bestselling authors of We're Going on a Bar Hunt, The Very Hungover Caterpillar, The Teenager Who Came to Tea, Switch It Off!, Come Together, A Twist of Fate, Hunted and many more. They're married and live in Brighton with their three children.

Table of Contents

What Is Shabby? 4

The Four Pillars of Shabbism 5

What Shabby Is Most Certainly Not 6

Shabby At Home 9

The Shabby Welcome 10

The Shabby Living Room 15

The Shabby Kitchen 19

The Shabby Bedroom 27

The Shabby Bathroom 31

The Shabby Loft 33

The Shabby Landing 34

Shabby Outdoors 37

The Shabby Garden 38

The Shabby Shed 41

Shabby on the Move 42

Shabby Sports 44

Shabby Lifestyle 47

Shabby Parenting 47

Shabby Fashion 50

Shabby Eating 53

Shabby Entertainment & Hobbies 55

Shabby Work 58

Shabby Pets 60

A Shabby Christmas 63

A Shabby Farewell 64

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