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Trend forecaster James Wallman reveals the world's growing sense of stuffocation - and how we can move away from it.

We have more stuff than we could ever need - clothes we don't wear, kit we don't use, and toys we don't play with. But having everything we thought we wanted isn't making us happier. It's bad for the planet. It's cluttering up our homes. It's making us feel 'stuffocated' and stressed - and it might even be killing us.

Trend forecaster James Wallman finds that a rising number of people are turning their backs on all-you-can-get consumption, from the telecoms exec who's sold almost everything he owns to the well-off family who have moved into a remote mountain cabin.

Wallman's solution to our clutter crisis is less extreme but equally fundamental. We have to transform what we value. We have to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. Rather than a new watch or another pair of shoes, we should invest in shared experiences like holidays and time with friends.

With intriguing insights on psychology, economics and culture, Stuffocation is a vital manifesto for change. It has inspired those who have heard it to be happier and healthier and to live more with less.

©2015 James Wallman (P)2016 Bolinda

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  • 13-04-19

Great content but very condescending

Stuggled to finish this. Shame it wasnt read by the writer who has a lovely voice. Wouldnt have finished it unless id heard the author in interview and I loved what he had to say. The reading of the book was smug and railroading. The voice was tolerable but doing accents was weird. didn't enjoy the experience but I did like what I got out of it.

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  • Chick Flick Princess
  • 16-02-20

Boring

Whilst there were some good ideas in this book, I think they could have been summed up in about 15 minutes. I liked the overall concept, but it was very repetitive and waffley. I like the idea of stuffocation and experientialism though.

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  • Robertn625
  • 12-01-20

Meh, whatever

Shallow and one dimensional.

Can be summed up in a sentence: “but less stuff and you’ll have more money and less things to deal with.”

It’s all available for free on The Minimalists (who are the focus of the book) and again, their site become very samey very quickly.

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  • Sean
  • 23-12-19

Thought provoking book

Really enjoyed this book. Certainly makes you think and I had a really cathartic clear out of stuff after listening.

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  • JM
  • 10-09-16

interesting content - narrators voice not so good

struggled to stay awake with narrators stuffy accent and dull voice. book is probably better.

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  • Emily
  • 17-07-16

Tenuous, badly written, over dramatised rubbish

Tenuous, badly written, over dramatised rubbish. The author loosely tries to base his conclusions that everyone's at risk of dying from clutter on unrelated scientific evidence.

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  • ali
  • 14-12-18

Like the book. Not the narrator

I enjoy the principle of this book but I find the narrator too monotonous in tone, couldn't finish this suspicion for this reason

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  • Louise
  • 26-02-18

Enjoyable exploration of minimalism

What made the experience of listening to Stuffocation the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the author's British accent, and his exploration of a number of different ways of living - it was perhaps a little long, but provided ample time for mulling over the concepts he raised.

Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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