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Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World Hardcover – 27 October 2016

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Ranging expertly across business, politics and the arts, Tim Harford makes a compelling case for the creative benefits of disorganization, improvisation and confusion. His liberating message: you'll be more successful if you stop struggling so hard to plan or control your success. Messy is a deeply researched, endlessly eye-opening adventure in the life-changing magic of not tidying up -- Oliver Burkeman

[Harford's] best and deepest book -- Tyler Cowen

Messy masterfully weaves together anecdote and academic work ― The Economist

Harford urges us to recapture our autonomy . . . fascinating . . . Harford's argument goes beyond aesthetics, resurfacing over and over in his engrossing narrative -- Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game ― New York Times

A profoundly stimulating canter through why we should all allow a little mess - but not chaos - in our lives, on our desks, and in our minds. A powerful expansion of Harford's previous excellent work, from a fascinating and contrasting viewpoint -- David Halpern

It's a very very good book, full of wise counterintuitions and clever insights ― Brian Eno

A charismatic book . . . Few writers are better qualified to champion disorder and particularity . . . Harford is an elegant and dizzyingly catholic thinker . . . entertaining and insightful ― The Times

Tim Harford's brilliant new book -- Viv Groskop ― The Pool

Messy is a book filled with instructive stories in the manner of Malcolm Gladwell ― New Statesman

Messy is an intelligent self-help book designed to cultivate greater tolerance for spontaneity, uncertainty, dissonance and diversity. Harford's evidence-based account transcends the cliches endemic to the genre - or refashions them anew ― Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less. He was the winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006, and More or Less was commended for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Harford lives in Oxford with his wife and three children, and is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His other books include The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life and Adapt.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown (27 October 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1408706768
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1408706763
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.6 x 3.1 x 16.4 cm
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