In writing this one book, I owe such a vast debt to other writers that it can scarcely be expressed. As a token gesture, I’m laying at your door this list of books and articles that didn’t just change my thinking, they changed who I could be.
- Mindset by Carol S Dweck.
- The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
- Rip It Up by Robert Wiseman.
- Fletcher, Ben (C), Jill Hanson, Nadine Page, and Karen Pine. ‘FIT – Do Something Different: A New Behavioral Program for Sustained Weight Loss’. Swiss Journal of Psychology 70, no. 1 (January 2011): 25–34. doi:10.1024/1421-0185/a000035.
- Explore Everything by Bradley Garrett.
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.
- Walking Home for Christmas by Al Humphreys. He’s turned this into an annual charity challenge.
No Mobile Phone
- Przybylski, A. K., and N. Weinstein. ‘Can You Connect with Me Now? How the Presence of Mobile Communication Technology Influences Face-to-Face Conversation Quality’. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 30, no. 3 (1 May 2013): 237–46. doi:10.1177/0265407512453827.
- ‘Continuous Partial Attention’ by Linda Stone.
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz.
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
- Tescopoly by Andrew Simms. See also the Tescopoly website.
- Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber.
- Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton.
- The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen.
- The Moneyless Manifesto by Mark Boyle.
- Almost anything written about migration by an economist! For example, Alex Tabarrok or listen to a selection on this Freakonomics podcast.
- Calais Migrant Solidarity: Written by No Border activists in Calais.
- Open Borders: Full of articles explaining the rational case for free migration, with perspectives from history, economics and human rights law.
- Extreme Rambling by Mark Thomas.
- Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck.
- The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman.
- The Trip Treatment by Michael Pollan.