James Wallman, author of 'Time and How to Spend It - Journalist talks making non-fiction read like the classics, the experience economy, and why you need to get outside and be offline.

In his phenomenally successful debut, 'Stuffocation', James Wallman told everyone to stop valuing things, and instead value experiences and the time we have on this planet. He's back to tell everyone how to spend that time, how to make sure we're getting the most out of our experiences, and how to make sure we're picking them wisely.

We talk about making non-fiction read like fiction, and how James thoroughly analysed the best journalists, and stole their tricks, to make sure readers kept wanting more. We talk about the cycle of James' day, why he starts work in the morning and how he pushes through the mid-afternoon energy slump.

James talks about a lot of things in the pod, here are some links to a few of the best recommendations he gives -

Frank Sinatra has a Cold - https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a638/frank-sinatra-has-a-cold-gay-talese/

Michael Lewis, author of 'The Blind Side' - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blind-Side-Evolution-Game/dp/0393330478

Charles Dickens, the fog from 'Bleak House' - http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/bleakhouse/2/

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