For your viewing pleasure, please find enclosed some of my favourite articles, books, websites and people. Enjoy!

Living & Thinking Well

  • Brain Pickings"A one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why."
  • School of Life"The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence. We apply psychology, philosophy, and culture to everyday life." See also, the Book of Life and their wonderful YouTube videos.
  • Wait but why?—hilarious, illustrated blog posts that tackle some of life's bigger questions in down-to-Earth yet meaningful ways. Start with the Mammoth.
  • Farnham Street"Devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life."
  • Edge"To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."
  • On Being"We pursue deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together."

Health and Fitness

  • Exercise is the magic pill—a great summary from the Harvard Magazine on the pervasive power of exercise, and our cultural reluctance to move on it.
  • Precision Nutrition—highly reputable, evidence-based nutrition and fitness information. Whether you're unsure about cod liver oil supplmentation, the Paleo diet or periodised training just try Google'ing precision nutrition <topic> and they'll likely have written about it. They also create a lot of great infographics, such as in their template to building the perfect meal.
  • For mobility, flexibility and strength work that's fun and doesn't require a gym, check out Their Elements program is a brilliant online course that I really enjoyed. They also have a lot of well-written articles.
  • provides great research summaries on any supplement you can think of. They are starting to cover more general nutritional concepts as well. 18 Nutrition Myths That Won't Die is a solid place to start.


Building Things

  • Show your Work! by Austin Kleon. A short book of excellent advice on getting your creative work out there, and particularly on sharing your creative process rather than just presenting your final product.
  • The Startup Playbook. A great high-level overview of what it takes to run a startup: idea, team, product, and execution. Make something users love.
  • RECONSIDER by David Heinemeier Hansson. Scathing critique of much of the accepted startup culture.
  • Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Short and sweet book that dispenses with most of the conventional business and startup "wisdom." Billed as a playbook for anyone wanting to build their own business, whether you're an artist or an entrepreneur.
  • Getting Real by the same authors. A condensed, free PDF tailored specifically to building a web application. Hard-hitting and a great guide to refresh your thinking on what's involved in launching a new product.
  • Sex and Startups. Fresh thinking from Jennifer Brandel and Mara Zepeda on the male-dominated startup and investment culture. See also the follow up: Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break.

Lifestyle & Income

Cool People


  • WISER—a new kind of meditation school, set up by my friend Alan Chapman. Over 130 videos will guide you through the process of learning meditation for wisdom.
  • Mindfulness in Plain English—this is usually what I recommend to people who are interested in Vipasanna, or insight meditation. A wonderfully written "nuts and bolts, step-by-step" meditation manual. You can read the original version online for free.
  • Seeing That Frees by Rob Burbea. The best guide on the realisation of emptiness. Comprehensive, progressive and easy to follow.

Alcohol-Free (AF)

  • The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray. A witty, honest, non-preachy reflection on drinking and the joy of dropping it. The reason I decided to take a Sober Spring.
  • Sober Punks—A sweary alcohol recovery blog written by a Yorkshireman.
  • Want to go down the rabbit hole? This article explores some of the lesser-known health risks of alcohol consumption, and reveals the layers of confusion that have been thrown over it by the alcohol industry: Did Drinking Give me Breast Cancer?

Mental Health