BOOKS

Naked At Lunch

Mark Haskell Smith

RRP: £8.99

6 August 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782397151

RRP: £5.99

6 August 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782397168

Naked at Lunch is one man’s cracklingly witty, compellingly odd and oddly life-affirming journey into the subculture of nudism. Celebrated journalist Mark Haskell Smith meets, and indeed joins, those shucking off social conventions by shucking off their clothes – he hikes bareback in the Alps with a naked rambler’s society, he buys baguettes in the buff in a French resort and he meets the marginally dressed mayor of a Spanish clothes-optional municipality. But this is not just a book of naked adventures and sun-ripened genitals. It is a study of 20th-century Western cultural and social mores; a record of radical history and politics practised by those made radical by their refusal to get dressed; a heartfelt celebration of the simple joys of being alive; and a full-blooded war cry for reclaiming pride in our bodies and rejecting those who would make us ashamed.