A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds

A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds

Judith O'Reilly, author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good.



Fed up of New Year's resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good. For one whole year.



She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Some called it a social experiment. At times she called it madness.



Juggling family, friends and a variety of neighbours in the small Northumberland village she calls home, she recounts the ups, downs, moments of doubt and sheer bloody hard work of doing good.



From the small - babysitting a friend's child, clearing up her neighbour's dead mice and feeding her friendship cake Herman the German, to the slightly larger - trying to raise 10,000 for charity with her Jam Jar Army and teaching a severely handicapped child to write - she describes what she learns along the way: that no good deed is too small and that being good makes you happy. Well, most of the time.



'A funny, uplifting and admirable book' Observer



'Banish January blues with A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly who resolved to do one good turn day. . . utterly uplifting' Woman & Home



'Fizzing with energy Judith's writing is open-hearted and funny. . . though not a guide to doing good, Judith's story may inspire you to do a little more for others this year' Express



'Glorious sincerity. . .the admiring accounts of others' lives, the detailing of the deeds gladly done or furiously resented, the unending chaos of family life - all are rendered honestly, colourfully and occasionally hilariously' Lucy Mangan, Sunday Times



A Year of Doing Good inspires the reader with the day-to-day journey of meaning, gratification and joy that comes from contributing to the lives of others in so many creative ways. For those who want to put "do unto others" in the centre of their lives and reap the unexpected benefits of happiness and health, this is the book for you. Elegantly written, the words jump off the page' Stephen G. Post, PhD, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping



Judith O'Reilly is a writer and journalist. Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a bestseller. Her second book, a novel, is living in a drawer. Her third book is this one. She is married with three children, and for one year she tried to be good.

Title:A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670921133
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    A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds Reviews

  • Merry

    Judith is an engaging diarist and this her second book is both thought-provoking and funny. Very funny in places! I was sorry to finish it and it left me contemplating the effect we have on each other...

  • Sagittarius Scholar

    Actual rating 4.5 stars.I enjoyed reading this and it was very funny and sent me into bouts of laughter. But I skimmed a bit towards the end, because I felt it was repeating itself too much. I'm genui...

  • Emma

    Found this book in Tesco supermarket and bought it on a whim as I like diary style books. It was really good and I didn't want to put it down. I thought it might be a bit preachy at times bearing in m...

  • Vicky Thomasson

    I thought the concept of this book was really good. I could relate to a lot of what O'Reilly wrote because I too have lost a child and know how difficult it can be to help people (I recently was told ...

  • Gerri

    I was originally quite put off this book when I realised that it was a factual account of someone doing good deeds for a whole year, explained in detail day by day. However, I soon got into it and lov...

  • Heather

    Although inspired me a bit to do some good deeds myself, hit the doldrums in this book about halfway through as it's essentially a list of good deeds with a tiny bit of story interlaced - monotonous -...

  • Nandini

    This book was wonderful in many ways, Judith's witty nature combined with her quest to do a good deed every day was highly enjoyable and I look up to her for being able to reach out and help so many p...

  • L Clare

    I chose this book from the library's display of 'New Non-Fiction' because Catholicism is mentioned on the back cover but nearly didn't read it beyond the introduction once the author had made her view...

  • Wren

    When Judith O'Reilly announces on January first to her family and friends that she intends to do a good deed each day for the entire year, her husband puts his head in his hands and groans; setting th...

  • Di

    Fed up of New Year's resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good. For one whole year.She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Som...