Expert reviews

“James Wallman deftly hits upon a major insight for our times: that acquiring ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ is not nearly as meaningful as collecting experiences. Some of the happiest days of my life were when I had nothing and lived on a houseboat. Without stuff to tie me down, I felt completely free.” – Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS and author of the New York Times bestseller Start Something That Matters

“Stuffocation is a must-read. We think that more stuff will make us happier, but as the book nicely shows, we’re just plain wrong. A great mix of stories and science, Stuffocation reveals the downside of more, and what we can do about it.” – Jonah Berger, author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious

“In Stuffocation, James Wallman offers a deeply important message by weaving contemporary social science into very engaging stories. Reading the book is such a pleasure that you hardly realize you’re being told that you should change how you live your life.” – Barry Schwartz, author, The Paradox of Choice

“With a sociologist’s eye and a storyteller’s ear, James Wallman takes us on a tour of today’s Experience Economy from the perspective not of businesses, nor even consumers per se, but of everyday people. In so doing he identifies the rise of a new value system among those who are consciously replacing materialism with what he rightly calls experientialism. Spot on.” – B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore, co-authors, The Experience Economy

“Stuffocation explains how less but better stuff and space can lead to more time, more experiences, more connecting with people and therefore more happiness. Designed right, small is the new big.” – Graham Hill, founder, &

“This intriguing book mixes personal and social commentary with a sympathetic understanding of where excessive consumerism comes from, and it also contains some really good recommendations on what to do about it. An original, provocative mixture.” – Peter N Stearns, provost, George Mason University

“In Stuffocation, James Wallman has engagingly woven a mix of true-life stories to demonstrate why our materialistic society no longer makes us happy and what we can do about it. This is a book written with warmth and wit. The surprise is that Wallman’s glimpses of the future also illuminate, with rare insight, the difficult process of culture change.” – Caroline van den Brul MBE, author of Crackle and Fizz

“An exhilarating ghost train ride through the madness of over-consumption, during which we are taunted by our own greed. Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel – and James Wallman takes us there.” – Mark Tungate, author of Adland: A Global History of Advertising

“Stuffocation will take you on the journey of your life. As Wallman builds his case, the true value of experience emerges and resonates … So interesting that experientialism still has some of the key drawbacks of conspicuous consumption. Now it is conspicuous activity and instant showing off on social media. I’ll venture that no one goes unchanged by this book.” – Jeanne E Arnold, professor, department of anthropology, UCLA

“What Malcom Gladwell did for psychology in Blink, James Wallman does for the fascinating world of trend forecasting in Stuffocation. Backed with quirky stories and compelling examples that are a joy to read, Wallman lifts the veil on why we live the way we do today… and why our obsession with ‘stuff’ may be about to change. You’ll never look at a visit to the shops in the same way again. A gem” – Marianne Cantwell, author, Be a Free-Range Human

“You will spend a lot of time nodding your head as you read this book. It’s not that the book is predictable – quite the opposite – but the messages in Stuffocation just make so much sense when you compare them to your life. Too much stuff, too much stress, not enough time, not enough space. Sound familiar? Read this book, enjoy its entertaining, informative, and often hilarious stories, and then get chucking and start living!!” – Rob Symington, co-founder, Escape the City

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