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Morning: How to make time

A Manifesto
Narrated by: Allan Jenkins, Samuel West
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

This is my manifesto for morning.

There is an energy in the earlier hours, an awareness I enjoy. In today's world we tend to wake as late as we can, timed to when we have to work. But we don't need to chase the day.

In Morning, Allan Jenkins shows how getting up earlier even once a week or month can free us to be more imaginative, to maybe read, to walk, to write. He talks to other early risers such as Jamie Oliver and Samuel West, to poets and painters. We hear from a neuroscientist about sleep, a philosopher about dawn, a fisherman about light. Allan wakes early; he listens; he looks. He introduces us to a secret world.

This is a celebration of dawn and morning: the best time of day.

©2018 Allan Jenkins (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

Praise for Allan Jenkins: "Plot 29 is a superbly written testament to the power of earth to nourish and heal. The writing is taut and honed to a sinewy strength, but rich with evocation and delight...I loved it." (Monty Don)

"The sort of book you never forget reading: devastating, haunting and utterly beautiful." (India Knight)
"An absolutely original book. Absolutely brilliant. The best family memoir I've read in years." (Bill Buford)

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Very little insight. Less “manifesto”, more “birdsong journal”

The subtitle(s) and synopsis led me to believe this book would serve as a “how to” guide with expert tips and insight on how to wake up early. However the majority of this book is made up of a journal of bird songs the author heard and how much tea he drank. He offers very little with actually helping to “make time”.

The journal is interspersed with interviews with other early risers which is slightly more interesting; I particularly enjoyed listening to other people’s challenges when asked “what do you least like about waking up early”. I would have liked for a larger variety of interviewees though as they are entirely made of creative types.

The author reads this book which I’d normally commend but his monotone, soothing voice (which would be excellent for golf commentary) actually had me (ironically) fighting to stay awake for my morning listen.

There is a sliver of science and a few rules for waking up early in the final chapters which are vaguely more interesting. However they are not enough to save this book from feeling like anything other than a self congratulatory pat on the back from the author and his pals on already being able to wake early.

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A call to creativity

A beautiful and provocative short book about the benefits of waking early. A mixture of memoir, interviews with artists, scallop fishermen and birdwatchers - a manifesto for morning. I loved it and have got up early every day since I started it.

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Profound and poetic

Listening to this book, I was able to escape the confines of daily life and appreciate early mornings as though I was Allan Jenkins myself.

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Inspiring, insightful, and uplifting. I loved it.<br />

Beautifully narrated by the author and Samuel West. A sensual exploration of early mornings and the people who experience the hours others miss.
A book to savour and return to.

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Wonderful manifesto

This is a very calming book in that you really do sense the serenity of dawn in it. The author has a somewhat deadpan voice but after hours of upbeat American self-help narrators, even this is fine. The other narrator who voices the interviewees is good but would have been even better if he’d avoided softening his voice to represent women and even putting on a slight Northern lilt for a Yorkshireman. Unnecessary since the content is so good. If you tried the truly awful 5am Club, this is a marvellous antidote to it. Really lyrical, great interviewees and a good argument for waking up early and just pottering. Loved it!

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Fellow larks

As a lark, hearing other morning voices and their routines was inspiring. I love my quiet mornings but this book gave me pause to consider patterns other than my established ones to make more of those lovely, solitary dawns.