I Spy with My Little Eye

A Journey Through the Moral Landscape of Britain

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
145 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2018
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Author Biography

I’m Linnea (I also go by the names of Dr Mills and Mamma).

I'm the author of 'I Spy with My Little Eye: A journey through the moral landscape of Britain'. It's a book about the prevailing norms and values in today’s Britain, interpreted through the seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues (apart from having this structure it’s not a religious book). It includes topics as diverse as celebrity culture, work-life balance, immigration politics and economic divisions.

In the book I’m currently working on, I'm tackling our society's evaporated trust in politics, business, and international institutions, and how we can regain trust through the various integrity-enhancing ideas that are out there. The working title is ‘The Elusive Quest for Integrity’, and I shed light on theories through interesting (and, hopefully, amusing) case studies, starting with the curious case of Donald Trump's fibbing.

I'm originally from Sweden but have called England my home since 2006. I’m a policy-focused researcher by profession and I’ve spent the past 12 years researching, thinking and writing on the subjects of international development and good governance for a variety of national and international organisations. I’m also a wife and mother of three young children. We have quite recently moved to rural Devon (South West England) where I work from my home office and where the beautiful surroundings provide a lot of inspiration.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

What is feeding, empowering and developing the next generation? Is it the TV, music, movies, tech toys or the videos games that they're exposed to? These vices possess a great hold and influence on the future generation. Through these vices, both the current and future generations can either succeed or fail life’s challenges. Everything around us impacts how we view the world and those around us. In I Spy with My Little Eye: A Journey Through the Moral Landscape of Britain by Linnea Mills, the reader will be guided along the pathway of how the Seven Deadly Sins and the Fruits of the Spirit affect our lives and who we are from a British perspective. With an ebb and flow between pride/humility, greed/generosity, envy/kindness, wrath/patience, lust/chastity, glutton/temperance, and sloth/diligence, it can become difficult to keep up. “Much greed can be found in the business world, to the detriment of people’s trust in the system and job morale,” says Mills.

Unless you have a moral compass or the Fruits of the Spirit that you live by, you can become entrapped by the Seven Deadly Sins. This book is a great resource in helping the reader to develop an idea of how and what are the fine lines between morality and guilty pleasures. In today's culture it's clear to see that the lines are becoming blurred, but this book indicates what's happening around us, as close as in our neighborhoods or next door. Through various forms of data, the reader will learn about how human trafficking, particularly within the immigrant community, is closely connected to sexually transmitted infections amongst children, or how the high consumption of food, beverages and material things leads to a higher volume of environmental waste and lack of respect.

While Mills gives us three views of the world, it's important that you are left with these words: “My journey through the moral landscape of Britain is over for now…I wanted to make sense of the prevailing values that underpin our society and discover what direction we’re heading in. The result has been a smorgasbord of different topics, reflecting on different aspects of our society…I think a wider societal debate as well as a change in societal direction is required,” says Mills. What are your thoughts?