“A short, sharp new book”
Charles Moore, The Spectator

“The age-old application of what the author charmingly dubs "the Principle of Repeated Bodges" 
Steven Poole, The Guardian

“Deliciously ironic history of traditional measurements”
Andrew Robinson, New Scientist

“One of those books that feels like an effortless read but fills you with knowledge at the same time...highly recommended as a short piece of quality non-fiction”
Scott Pack, Me And My Big Mouth

“Why folk systems such as the Imperial system will always make more physical and psychological sense than the metric system”
The Oldie Review of Books

“A startling insight into how ingrained measurement systems have become”
BBC Focus Magazine

“What a lot of sensible fun”
The Daily Sport

“An energetic, very entertaining, intelligent and utterly fascinating book...wonderful”
Fraser Jansen, Waterstone’s

“A quirky book that mulls over weighty matters”
Berkshire Living Magazine

“Wonderfully entertaining and informative...I was laughing out loud”
Louise Ellis-Barrett in Armadillo Magazine

“A light-hearted and entertaining defence of traditional approaches, that more than measures up”
David Bowes in The Oxford Times

“ A provocative book “
Brits at Their Best

“I came away from this book richer in my understanding”
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“Turns commonly held beliefs on their heads… concludes that if you really want to be safe, you ought to put yourself in more danger”

Carol Midgley, The Times

“It is outstanding.  On a personal note, I read my wife the stats regarding fear of flying (she's terrified).  Unfortunately, I'm not certain it will cure her of her irrational fears.”

Peter Schweizer

“An admirable book”

Simon Jenkins

“A barbed polemic...his writing on fear ably challenges our obsession with the spectacular things unlikely to kill us while ignoring the commonplace things that probably will.

Justin Moyer, The Washington Post

“A provocative and salutory book”

Ferreira Fernandes, Diario de Noticias, Portugal

“The subtitle of this book reveals its true manifesto: Cairns does not propose we should live dangerously, merely that we exercise more common sense.”

Mary Fitzgerald, The Observer

“Warwick’s philosophy is  that you can’t avoid risk altogether, so embrace it, manage it and become a better person for it”

James Millar, Sunday Post

“(A) droll, entertaining book...Cairns’s lighthearted approach is informative and easy to read...and should briefly alleviate anxiety, if only because it’s hard to worry and smile simultaneously”

Publishers Weekly, USA

“An impassioned manifesto pleading against our modern obsession with safety. It is also very funny... this is an important book. The people who make our laws, rules and guidelines should all be forced to read it.”

Scott Pack, Me And My Big Mouth

“It is SO GOOD! It’s really really fun and just so smart and pointed!”

Lenore Skenazy, columnist, New York Sun

“You might expect that his book called How to Live Dangerously advocates taking up sky diving or swimming in shark cages. But this isn't the case. In fact, his message is that there are plenty of everyday activities we should all be enjoying without worrying about risks to our safety.”

Lisa Jewell, The Irish Independent

I really enjoyed the book. It's a great read, and painlessly manages to put over some serious science and the resultant social/psychological (even political) messages. 

Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood

“I think Warwick is a brilliant writer”

Chas Newkey-Burden

“In a similar vein to Freakonomics
, How to Live Dangerously is a wonderful book whose power lies in making you think. It’s a “take a step back” look at modern life, and perhaps its most potent theme is that taking risks often makes life safer”

David Jackson

“Quite enthralling. His book is full of counter-intuitive statements, such as ‘The safest way to get from home to your workplace down a busy road on which cyclists have been killed is on your bike. Without a helmet.’”

Campaign For Adventure

“A call for sanity in a world gone mad...  a sensible, no-nonsense breath of fresh air. Just be careful that the draught doesn't give you a crick in the neck. I don't want to be sued.”

Stevyn Colgan

“An extremely interesting essence, a summary of all that’s wrong with the way we live life in the 21st century.”

Hilarie Stelfox, Huddersfield Daily Examiner

“How to Live Dangerously will show you how to live carefree, but not careless”


“Remember the kind of freedom you had as a kid? Author Warwick Cairns says you can step back and savor that way of life again, and you can do it without losing sleep.”

Stand Up Show Up Magazine

“Crammed with all kinds of statistics and pieces of information which shed a very different light on the world from the one usually given in the news media”

Jason Webster

“Pick up How to Live Dangerously and enjoy it - but wash your hands first.”


“A lovely little book...funny but thought-provoking”

The Silver Sangha

“A straight-talking book”

Economics Help

“An excellent book”

Work-Life Innovation

“Want to live life a bit more on the edge? This straight-talking new book lays down the true statistical odds of bad things befalling us.”