52 New Things

The least famous Nick J. Thorpe in the world and his journey to conquer the boredom of modern life

By: Nick J. Thorpe


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Size: 130 x 198mm
Pages : 256
ISBN : 9781781351338
Format: Paperback
Published: December 2014

When was the last time you tried something truly new?

The modern world is full of possibilities, adventures and excitement but also routines. The daily grind can make us forget about the former as we embrace the monotony of the latter. It can be hard to extract ourselves from the comforting embrace of our favourite TV programme, food or jumper.

For one man, the boredom of this very modern life became too much to bear. And so he challenged himself to do something about it. Starting small, his project soon grew into one life-changing year. 52 New Things is the story of one man who decided to put down the Monster Munch, switch off the TV and do something different. He travelled, he danced, he flew, he drove across continents, but most significantly, he started saying yes to the hilarious and bewildering experiences that life has to offer. And he has the Christmas single, the tattoo and lack of body hair to prove it.

52 New Things is a book that is hard to define. Travelogue meets unconventional self-help book meets personal journey for ensuing hilarity. Nick J. Thorpe’s journey to make his life more interesting has hilarious, surprising and often life-affirming consequences. He explores the dizzy array of opportunities that modern life offers with a guiding hand that is both motivational and hilarious. This is a frank, funny, full frontal account of a year’s worth of new experiences. It might just inspire you to try some new things of your own.

One of Nick’s 52 New Things was to release a Christmas single – you can download it here (all proceeds go to charity) or watch the video to it here.

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Nick J. Thorpe

Nick J. Thorpe is a journalist, writer and editorial consultant whose work has been featured by media organisations around the world. As well as trying new things for a year he has driven a black cab to Mongolia and attempted to have a cup of tea with someone from every country in the world. He now lives in Hong Kong, and is still trying new things.


  1. -‹They say -˜variety is the spice of life'. Certainly Nick Thorpe has taken this phrase to a new level. He did something new every week for a year. During this time he found others across the world involved in similar projects. One group in America prepared a new menu for her children weekly.

    His assignments were more unusual ranging from fasting to taking a dance class to brewing his own beer. He also inflicted his body in horrific ways including laser eye surgery, colonic irrigation, trying unnecessary -˜viagra'.

    His experiences are not for everyone but they make entertaining reading.
  2. Nick Thorpe's 52 New Things is a blast, and the adventure many of us dream of having. Ideal for anyone stuck at a desk job and dreaming of breaking a world record or recording a Christmas single, 52 New Things is a tonic.
  3. Nick J. Thorpe gives new meaning to the idea that one should go everywhere and do everything. An inspiring read.
  4. There is an art to informative non-fiction writing, and one that when perfected pays you back on your investment to read ten-fold. 52 New Things by Nick Thorpe is arguably the most surprising debut book from an author in years. It presents a common problem faced by those in their late 20s and early 30s. Surely there's more to life than just work?

    As it happens Nick's journey over the course of one year to experience a new thing every week proves that there is. From simple things like going swimming or clubbing to traveling the length of Britain all the way to living on a boat and walking on broken glass. Even the more mundane of the examples brings with it a fantastically composed and slyly written anecdote that will make you laugh, wince and cry along.

    There's a certain something that we can all learn from 52 New Things. Simply put there is more to life than the grind. If someone working a full-time job can achieve all of this and write an exceptional book to boot, we should all be aiming to experience a little more in life.

    The opening chapter shows the slow and cautious approach by doing something simple like giving up crisps, but with each challenge the ante is upped and by the end there are seemingly huge, sweeping changes to his life. But more than that creates a new philosophy to live by. Shedding ones inhibitions and choosing not to turn on the television and to actual get out there and experience some of the delights the world has to offer.

    It follows in the great tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Hawkes and is every bit as hilarious and engaging. Once you start there's no putting it down as it entertains, confounds and thoroughly inspires. Simply put, this is one of the must-read books of the year.
  5. An inspiring and entertaining book about the small things in life, and how little changes have big impacts. A must for anyone looking to shake things up.

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