Mind over Money by Claudia Hammond
(Canongate, 2016)

Mind over Money

by Claudia Hammond

A day doesn’t go by without money coming in to our interactions. But how much do we really understand it? We know we need money. We tend to want more of it. But why do we behave the way we do with it? And why does it have such a hold on us?

Award-winning BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond delves into the surprising psychology of money to show us that our relationship with the stuff is more complex than we might think. Exploring the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, biology and behavioural economics, she also reveals some simple and effective tricks that will help you think, use and save money better - from how being grumpy can stop you getting ripped off to why you should opt for the more expensive pain relief, from how to shop for a new laptop to why you should never offer to pay your friends for favours. An eye-opening and entertaining investigation into the power money holds over us, Mind Over Money will change the way you view the cash in your wallet and the figures in your bank account forever.


Hammond's deep look into our conflcted, world-shaping involvement with money provides striking insights, sage advice, humor, and much food for thought.”
- Karen Springen, Booklist
Claudia Hammond is the ideal tour guide for this hugely enjoyable journey through the strange psychology of spending and saving. Mind Over Money is both a fascinating exploration of the ways money messes with our heads, and a practical guidebook for how to avoid getting fleeced - whether by others or our own irrational minds”
- Oliver Burkeman
Part fascinating psychological exploration, part practical guide - exposing the myriad ways money messes with our heads and suggesting means by which we might get a handle on it”
- Telegraph
Interesting and insightful . . . Hammond marshals a battery of psychological experiments to show us how to spend (and save) more wisely”
- Sunday Times
A delightful treatment of a subject many of us would prefer to ignore, gently subversive in its undermining of preconceptions and prejudices”
- Kirkus