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Quarterly Essay #55: Race and Recognition

Quarterly Essay #55: Race and Recognition

Noel Pearson

$19.99

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Over the next two years, Australians will decide if and how Aboriginal people will be recognised in the Constitution.

Professor Greg Craven writes: 'We have a committed Prime Minister, and a committed opposition. We have a receptive electorate. There will never be a better time. We have no choice but to address the question. If constitutions deal with fundamental things, our indigenous heritage is pretty fundamental.'

In this notable Quarterly Essay, Noel Pearson shows how the idea of 'race' was embedded in the Constitution, and the distorting effect this has had. Now there is a chance to change it - if we can agree on a way forward. In place of race, Pearson argues the Constitution should  recognise Australia's Indigenous people. His essay seeks to show what Constitutional recognition means, and what it could make possible: true equality and a renewed appreciation of an ancient culture.
Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum is Legal and Australia's Policies are Not

Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum is Legal and Australia's Policies are Not

Jane McAdam ,  Fiona Chong

$19.99

A short, straightforward guide to the rights and wrongs of our refugee policy written by the expert in the field.

Stopping the boats, blocking queue-jumpers and proving who is a 'real' refugee have become national obsessions. Misconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers seem to be increasing and governments and media continue to exploit anxieties in the community.

This clear-headed book shows that there is a gap between the rhetoric and the legislated rights of refugees, who have been resettled from camps abroad, and asylum seekers, who arrive by boat. It shows why our asylum-seeker policies, developed over decades, are at odds with the legal obligations we have signed up to. And, using real-life examples, it reminds us that we're talking about real people and their children.
Class Act: Ending the Education Act

Class Act: Ending the Education Act

Maxine McKew

$19.99

Maxine McKew makes the case for a considered examination of the transformation that's now underway in some of Australia's most challenged schools. Through a series of conversations and case studies Class Act documents the precise strategies that are helping to change the culture of individual schools and to lift academic performance. Class Act invites reflection on one of our most pressing national dilemmas - how we replicate success across a fragmented educational system and reverse the decline in student performance.
What I Know for Sure

What I Know for Sure

Oprah Winfrey

$32.99

As a creative force, student of the human heart and soul, and champion of living the life you want, Oprah Winfrey stands alone. Over the years, she has made history with a legendary talk show (the highest-rated program of its kind), launched her own television network, become the USA's only African-American billionaire, and been awarded both an honorary degree by Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From all her experiences, she has gleaned life lessons - which, for 14 years, she's shared in O, The Oprah Magazine's widely popular 'What I Know For Sure' column, a monthly source of inspiration and revelation. Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme - joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power - these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women, while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.
Fast Beach Diet

Fast Beach Diet

Mimi Spencer

$17.99

From the author of the bestselling 5:2 Fast Diet and Fast Diet Recipe Book - Mimi Spencer presents the super-fast 6-week programme to kickstart your Fast Diet for summer. Based on the original, bestselling Fast Diet, this modified approach will take you off cruise control and give your 5:2 lifestyle a summer-time turbo boost. The Fast Beach Diet includes: A clear six-week plan to encourage fat loss of up to 2lbs per week; New tips and tricks to get you through your Fast Days Plateau-busting ideas to jumpstart the 5:2; A brilliant new HIT exercise programme to maximise your fitness and fat loss - in just five minutes a day; 25 new calorie-counted summer recipes, and plenty of healthy speed cooking ideas for busy days. With detailed meal plans and extra motivational support, this book will get you beach-fit for 2014. Think of it as a boot camp for the 5:2. For six weeks only.
Eat Less, Live Long: Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Prevent Disease with Regular Intelligent Fasting

Eat Less, Live Long: Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Prevent Disease with Regular Intelligent Fasting

Jason Shon Bennett

$29.99

If you could do a few simple things each day that would make a massive difference to how you age, how long you live, how healthy you are, how much energy you have and how you look...would you? Eat Less, Live Long is a guide for people who are willing to change and want to get healthy, but don't know how. Today we live in a world where we never stop eating and we consume the worst kinds of food, resulting in extreme numbers of sick people suffering health issues ranging from obesity to cancer. For the first 25 years of his life, Jason Shon Bennett was sick with asthma, hay fever, allergies, bad skin and bowel and digestive problems, and needed daily medication. In this book, Jason shares his many years of personal experience and extensive research relating to the world's healthiest diets, the medicinal properties of foods, and the practice of Regular Intelligent Fasting. Through applying these learnings in his own life, Jason transformed his health. Now, at age 46, he has exceptional health and has not been sick, taken medications, or had a cold or illness for over 20 years. Learn how he did it.
Chinese Whispers: Why Everything You've Heard About China is Wrong

Chinese Whispers: Why Everything You've Heard About China is Wrong

Ben Chu

$19.99

THE CHINESE ARE THE MOST HARDWORKING PEOPLE ON EARTH...
so why are the younger generation derided as spoiled and lazy?

CHINESE PEOPLE DON'T CARE ABOUT POLITICAL FREEDOM...
so why is the country's internet exploding with anti-regime dissent?

CHINA WILL ONE DAY RULE THE WORLD...
so why do the country's political leaders feel so insecure?

Perhaps it is time to stop engaging in a centuries-old game of Chinese whispers in which the facts have become more and more distorted in the telling. Ben Chu examines the myths that have come to dominate our view of the world's most populous nation, forcing us to question everything we thought we knew about it. The result is a penetrating, surprising and provocative insight into China today.
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World

Yong Zhao

$33.95

The secrets behind China's extraordinary educational system - good, bad, and ugly. This book by award-winning writer Yong Zhao offers an entertaining, provocative insider's account of the Chinese school system, revealing the secrets that make it both the best and worst in the world.

Chinese students' consistently stunning performance on the international PISA exams- where they outscore students of all other nations in math, reading, and science-have positioned China as a world education leader. American educators and pundits have declared this a Sputnik Moment, saying that we must learn from China's education system in order to maintain our status as an education leader and global superpower. Indeed, many of the reforms taking hold in United States schools, such as a greater emphasis on standardised testing and the increasing importance of core subjects like reading and math, echo the Chinese system. We're following in China's footsteps, but is this the direction we should take?

Born and raised in China's Sichuan province and a teacher in China for many years, Zhao has a unique perspective on Chinese culture and education.  He explains in vivid detail how China turns out the world's highest-achieving students in reading, math, and science-yet by all accounts Chinese educators, parents, and political leaders hate the system and long to send their kids to western schools.

Filled with fascinating stories and compelling data, this offers a nuanced and sobering tour of education in China:

Learn how China is able to turn out the world's highest achieving students in math, science, and reading.

Discover why, despite these amazing test scores, Chinese parents, teachers, and political leaders are desperate to leave behind their educational system.

Discover how current reforms in the U.S. parallel the classic Chinese system, and how this could help (or hurt) our students' prospects.
The Climb

The Climb

Chris Froome

$29.99

The margin of victory was stunning: four minutes and twenty seconds. The style was breathtaking: three stage wins, including a mesmerising climb on the iconic Mont Ventoux. But the full story behind Chris Froome and his unforgettable triumph at the 100th Tour de France in 2013, which culminated under the lights of the Champs-Elysees, is even more remarkable.

In The Climb Froome recounts his incredible journey to the top, which is unlike any other in the history of cycling. It begins in a humble tin hut in the hills of Kenya, where he stays and races as a boy through townships and past wild animals. Later, as a twenty-one-year-old, with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, he enters himself into the Under-23 World Championships as the sole rider and manager for Kenya's national team.

Finally, after years of brutal training and a gruelling road to Eruope, he follows his dreams to represent Team GB and Team Sky, making the extraordinary leap from domestique to team leader. Only the second British winner of the Tour in history, today he is one of the world's greatest endurance athletes. Froome relives the key races, from Paris-Roubaix and the Vuelta a Espana to the Tour. 

He talks honestly about his teammates and rivals, revealing the truth about his public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and the pressures of Lance Armstrong's legacy. And he describes the overwhelming personal challenges he has faced, including the death of his mother and his suffering from a debilitating illness. Inspiring and exhilarating, this is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success.
The Complete Book of the Tour De France

The Complete Book of the Tour De France

Feargal McKay

$49.99

The Tour de France is the gretest public sporting spectacle on earth. For 100 editions - every year since 1903, except during the Great Wars - competitors have battled over thousands of miles of French countryside in pursuit of the coveted yellow jersey. The Complete Book of the Tour de France brings together every statistical record, every key moment, every stage and edition winner, every jersey ever won. This encyclopeadic companion provides a complete record since the founding race, and with it everything that anyone could ever need to know about the Tour de France. But this is much more than a dry compendium of names and numbers. It also contains a summary account of each edition of the Tour de France enriched with an extraordinary wealth of Tour de France lore and anecdote, bringing back to life the stories of riders whose names have not been uttered for over a century. This is the essential companion to the greatest cycling race on earth, and reading it you might feel that you had taken part in the race yourself.
A Majestic Innings: Writings on Cricket

A Majestic Innings: Writings on Cricket

C.L.R. James

$24.99

C. L. R. James is the author of what is universally agreed to be the best book ever written on cricket, Beyond a Boundary. James wrote about cricket throughout his life, and all his best articles, letters and occasional pieces are collected here, in the only other book he published on the game that defined his life. A Majestic Innings brings together appreciations of great cricketers from Bradman to Dexter to David Gower, letters to friends including Colin Cowdrey, John Arlott and V. S Naipaul, as well as trenchant observations on cricketing controversies like the Bodyline series and the D'Oliviera affair. And above all, from a man for whom cricket was not just a game but, unequivocally, an art form, James writes brilliantly and passionately about West Indies cricket - defining the greatness of Gary Sobers, the magisterial leadership of Sir Frank Worrell, and recognising the immense talent of a young Guyanian called Clive Lloyd.
Lost Voices of Cricket: Legends of the Game in Conversation with Ralph Dellor

Lost Voices of Cricket: Legends of the Game in Conversation with Ralph Dellor

Ralph Dellor ,  Stephen Lamb

$24.99

Surprisingly, perhaps, cricket is a game rich in international history, sporting characters and, on occasions, controversy. Over his long career as a cricket commentator and journalist Ralph Dellor has met some of the greatest exponents of the summer game. In the 1990s he conducted a series of face-to-face taped interviews with famous cricketers past and present. Along with Stephen Lamb, his fellow sports journalist and business partner, he has edited and annotated the interviews so they are put into context of time and place. Each chapter is a classic piece of cricketing history and insight into the legends and lore of the game. Featuring such names as Denis Compton, Brian Statham and Cyril Washbrook.
Glory, Glory: My Life

Glory, Glory: My Life

John Sattler ,  Peter Badel

$34.99

'I hid in the dressing-room toilets and pushed my broken jaw back into place. No one would stop me. I ran back on before anyone could.' This is the authorised biography of John Sattler, a rugby league luminary, the hardest of hard men and the last person to captain South Sydney to a premiership, 43 years ago in 1971. For all his many achievements, which include being named in the Australian Rugby League's list of 100 greatest players, Sattler is best remembered for playing the last 73 minutes of the 1970 Grand Final with a broken jaw. For four decades that moment has defined him, as a footballer and as a man, and it secured his place in the code's folklore. Sattler was and still is revered by his contemporaries, and his reputation has remained strong in the modern era. Humble and shy, Sattler has declined many approaches to document his remarkable life story. Now, having turned 70, he feels the time is right. This, then, is the compelling story of 'Gentleman John' Sattler, a rugby league deity, the kid from Kurri Kurri who became the ultimate paradox: softly spoken and adored off the field, but feared and hard as nails on it. He was the heart and soul of the glory years of rugby league's oldest and most glorious club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Penalty: The Inside Story of Ryan Tandy and Rugby League's Most Notorious Match-Fixing Scandal

The Penalty: The Inside Story of Ryan Tandy and Rugby League's Most Notorious Match-Fixing Scandal

Josh Massoud

$32.99

When NRL also-rans Canterbury and North Queensland met in August 2010, there appeared to be little at stake. Appearances can be deceptive. In the lead-up to the game, more than $30,000 was bet on North Queensland to open the scoring with a penalty goal. This was a plunge without peer, both brazen and bizarre. Bookmakers were so spooked they suspended markets before kick-off. But the potential damage had been done. The bagmen watched the opening minute in a sickened trance, as North Queensland received the ball - and then a penalty - in perfect kicking range. The opportunity came courtesy of Canterbury prop forward Ryan Tandy. Deep in debt at the time, Tandy was also at the centre of a compelling web of wagers. His flatmate, real estate agent, and manager all stood to profit from his actions. Only the pure unpredictability of sport stopped them from earning a major collect. While the punters walked away empty-handed, Tandy was placed in handcuffs soon afterwards. He would become the first person to be convicted for match-fixing in Australian history; a burden too heavy for one man to bear as Tandy's tragic and untimely death in April 2014 showed. Yet behind the sensational headlines, little is known about the real Ryan Tandy, the real story behind the match-fixing episode, or the police investigation that claimed his scalp. Senior News Corp sports reporter Josh Massoud spent three years reconstructing the events to deliver this gripping account from the darkest and most hidden recesses of Australian sport.
Tennis Maestros: The Twenty Greatest Male Tennis Players of All Time

Tennis Maestros: The Twenty Greatest Male Tennis Players of All Time

John Bercow

$39.99

ROGER FEDERER. RAFAEL NADAL. NOVAK DJOKOVIC. At the highest echelons of tennis, a few names stand out. Dominating the rankings, these famous big hitters are unarguably among the finest players in the world, with multiple Grand Slams to their credit. But how do today's champions compare with those of earlier eras? From 'Big' Bill Tilden and Pancho Gonzalez to Rod Laver and Pete Sampras, who makes the grade as the greatest male singles player of all time? Better known as the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has enjoyed a successful dual career in the tennis world as competitive junior player and qualified coach. Ideally placed to argue the merits of the maestros, in this fascinating guide he sets out to determine just who is the greatest of the greats. It is no easy task. Court surfaces and ball speeds have changed, racket technology has revolutionised the game, and trying to distinguish the best from the rest is as challenging as it is enjoyable. Drawing on published records of past glories, and o ffering his own analysis and reasoning, Bercow describes the accomplishments of twenty all-time tennis heroes and suggests a hall of fame from the unashamed vantage point of the lifelong enthusiast. Let the debate begin -
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why it Happens

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why it Happens

Benedict Carey

$29.99

This book will help you to learn Spanish - or the Spanish guitar - faster. This book will give an athlete the edge to turn Silver into Gold. This book will give any child the chance to perform better in exams. Full stop. How We Learn is a landmark book that shakes up everything we thought we knew about how the brain absorbs and retains information. Filled with powerful - and often thrillingly counter-intuitive - wisdom, stories and practical tips, it gets to the very heart of the learning process; and gives us the keys to reach our very fullest potential in every walk of life. 'This book is a revelation. I feel as if I've owned a brain for 54 years and only now discovered the operating manual ...Benedict Carey serves up fascinating, surprising and valuable discoveries with clarity, wit, and heart.' Mary Roach, bestselling author of Stiff 'Whether you struggle to remember a client's name, aspire to learn a new language, or are a student battling to prepare for the next test, this book is a must. I know of no other source that pulls together so much of what we know about the science of memory, and couples it with practical, practicable advice.' Daniel T. Willingham, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia 'Buy this book for yourself and for anyone who wants to learn faster and better.' Daniel Coyle, bestselling author of The Talent Code 'As fun to read as it is important, and as much about how to live as it is about how to learn. Benedict Carey's skills as a writer, plus his willingness to mine his own history as a student, give the book a wonderful narrative quality that makes it all the more accessible - and all the more effective as a tutorial.' Robert A. Bjork, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California
So You're Going to be a Dad

So You're Going to be a Dad

Peter Downey

$24.99

Hands-on, inspiring - and funny - this Aussie classic is the bottomline for new dads on pregnancy, birth, newborns and young children. Dr Peter Downey knows babies and kids, and his best-selling book - now in this 20th-year anniversary edition - helps first-time dads prepare for what's coming their way...with a grain of salt and a smile on their face. Fully revised and updated, he explores the joys and trials of new parenting, including: Surviving pregnancy and childbirth; Nappies, breast pumps, sleep deprivation; Living with a baby in your house; The gear you need...and the gear you don't; Navigating the online parenting world; Lots of stuff about sex; And more importantly, how to be a switched-on dad in the 21st century. Topped off with a glossary of handy words new dads need to know (and some they don't), as well as words of wisdom from other ordinary fathers, So You're Going to Be a Dad remains the most engaging, reassuring and down-to-earth book for new dads around.
Babies Don't Suck: A Survival Guide for New Dads

Babies Don't Suck: A Survival Guide for New Dads

Aaron Blabey

$19.99

This is the one Baby Book new dads will actually want to read because: * It only has 498 words * It mentions sore nipples, but doesn't dwell on them * It shows you what to do if your tiddler throws a hairdryer into the bath * It knows that you really love your kid, even though you NEED to stop talking about organic carrots, car seats and baby poo. Funny and furiously fast to read, this is the perfect gift to help new dads rise above the tidal wave of early fatherhood.
A Cat-lover's Miscellany

A Cat-lover's Miscellany

A. Purrody ,  Mike Darton

$15.99

This is a neat collection of feline facts, embracing the essential, the trivial, the intriguing, and the extraordinary, this little anthology is the perfect bedside book to give to a cat lover. Herein you will discover such treats as Sir Isaac Newtons invention of the cat flap; the origins and popularity of cat names; the power of catmint; how long cats spend asleep each day; and the famous Chopin waltz that was in fact composed by the composers cat.
A Dog-lover's Miscellany

A Dog-lover's Miscellany

Mike Darton

$15.99

This is an irresistible pot-pourri of canine facts, embracing the essential, the trivial, the intriguing, and the extraordinary. The perfect coffee-table collection to paw through at random, herein you will discover such treats as dog epigraphs; the origins of dog names; an international guide to the word dog; the oldest dog; weights and breeds; Aesops fabled dogs; and the story of the dogs on the Titanic. It is, in short, the perfect companion for your perfect companion.
Cat Naps

Cat Naps

Robin Haywood

$12.99

Since 2003, Cat Naps has been a perennial best seller for those who need a reminder to take it easy, slow down, and enjoy the ride. We've freshened it up and we promise that this new edition will continue to help those who are over-worked and over-stressed. Cat Naps is proof of what every cat lover has always known: Cats are masters when it comes to the art of relaxation. The delightful photographs of kittens and cats dozing are paired with quotes from authors, philosophers, poets, and artists who all proclaim: There are few things in life that cant wait until after a good nap.
Pooped Puppies

Pooped Puppies

Robin Haywood

$12.99

Pooped Puppies: Lifes Too Short to Work Like a Dog is the perfect gift for those friends and loved ones who are over-worked and over-stressed. The book offers proof of what every puppy lover has always known: puppies are masters when it comes to the art of relaxation. The delightful photographs of puppies dozing are paired with quotes from authors, philosophers, poets, and artists who all proclaim: There are few things in life that cant wait until after a good nap. So take it easy, slow down, and take time to savor these canine gems.
Some Flowers

Some Flowers

Vita Sackville-West ,  Graham Rust

$22.99

In Some Flowers, originally published in 1937, Vita Sackville-West took the novel step of choosing 25 of her favourite flowers and describing their appearance, origins and characteristics - and the best ways to grow them - in a series of brilliantly expressive pen portraits which retain their vitality over 70 years later. In this fresh edition of the book the exquisite watercolours of Graham Rust provide a perfect marriage of words and images, clearly demonstrating at last the accuracy and ingenuity of Vita Sackville-West's descriptions. This glorious second flowering of her personal, erudite and poetical book will not only delight her many admirers but also guarantee her reputation with a new generation of gardening enthusiasts.
Dig Deeper: Seasonal, Sustainable, Australian Gardening

Dig Deeper: Seasonal, Sustainable, Australian Gardening

Meredith Kirton

$69.99

Dig Deeper is the definitive gardening manual for the modern gardener. Guiding you through the seasons, each chapter is divided into four parts: annuals, perennials and bulbs; grasses, groundcovers and climbers; shrubs and trees; and herbs, fruit and vegetables. Containing step-by-step projects, feature plants, and advice and information on everything from the more unusual cultivars and creating heirloom crops to using grey water and groundcovers to beat soil erosion, Dig Deeper provides answers for all your garden and plant-related queries.
Garden Life

Garden Life

Richard Unsworth

$49.99

Garden Life is a gardening book with soul, in which Richard Unsworth, leading landscape designer and co-owner of renowned outdoor store, Garden Life, shares his boundless enthusiasm for all things green. This book showcases to-die-for gardens Richard has designed - from the grounds of a harbourside mansion to inner-city courtyard, from coastal retreat to suburban backyard - each one displaying his unique flair and flawless vision. He gives expert tips on incorporating features from his gardens into your own, and detailed advice on plant selection, including growing your own fruit and vegies. Equally passionate about the power of gardening to help us connect with one another, Richard also shares the garden journeys of the people he has met along the way. A celebration of nature and her gifts, and of the joys and challenges of creating a beautiful garden, Garden Life will inspire and empower you to engage with your own outdoor space.
Glory of the Tree: An Illustrated History

Glory of the Tree: An Illustrated History

Noel Kingsbury ,  Andrea Jones

$49.95

Trees are fundamental to life on Earth, to our landscapes—both natural and urban—and to our history and culture. Many magnificent species of tree provide food, shelter, or ornamentation for our streets and gardens; all help to recycle the atmosphere. And where would we be without one of nature’s most wonderful inventions: wood? Indeed, without the wide range of trees to be found across the world, it would have been very difficult for humankind to progress along the road to civilisation. Written by Noel Kingsbury—a world-class expert on plants and the environment—The Glory of the Tree celebrates the wonder, mystery, beauty, and utility of the tree. 

It pays homage to 100 key species of tree—chosen for their cultural, economic, or historical significance and their importance in the natural world—and includes an indispensable cultivation section that advises on the care and selection of trees for the home garden. The lively, original text analyses the particular characteristics of each tree and the specific role that it plays within the ecosystem and the human environment. Breathtaking, specially commissioned photography by Andrea Jones—one of the world’s foremost garden photographers skillfully captures the nuances of every featured tree. From exquisite close-up detail shots to images of impeccable orchards in bloom, her photographs are both beautiful and informative.
Journalism: A Very Short Introduction

Journalism: A Very Short Introduction

Ian Hargreaves

$15.95

Journalism entered the twenty-first century caught in a paradox. The world had more journalism, across a wider range of media, than at any time since the birth of the western free press in the eighteenth century. Western journalists had found themselves under a cloud of suspicion: from politicians, philosophers, the general public, anti-globalization radicals, religious groups, and even from fellow journalists. Critics argued that the news industry had lost its moral bearings, focusing on high investment returns rather than reporting and analysing the political, economic, and social issues of the day. Journalism has a central and profound impact on our worldview; we find it everywhere from newspapers and television, to radio and the Internet. In the new edition of this thought-provoking and provocative Very Short Introduction, Ian Hargreaves examines the world of contemporary journalism. By looking not only at what journalism has been in the past, but also what it is becoming in the digital age, he examines the big issues relating to reportage, warfare, celebrity culture, privacy, and technology worldwide. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
The Human Age

The Human Age

Diane Ackerman

$29.99

'Our relationship with nature has changed ...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.' In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness'. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a 'frozen ark', equip orang-utans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating - perhaps saving - the future. The Human Age is a surprising, optimistic engagement with the dramatic transformations that have shaped, and continue to alter, our world, our relationship with nature and our prospects for the future. Diane Ackerman is one of our most lyrical, insightful and compelling writers on the natural world and The Human Age is a landmark book.
Blood and Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars

Blood and Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars

Sam Vincent

$29.99

Confrontations between Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd activists make for exciting news reports during the Australian summer. But the sensational headlines and dramatic footage - eco warriors pitted against the might of the Japanese state - fail to scratch the surface of the complex forces that drive each side's actions. In Blood and Guts, Sam Vincent provides an objective eyewitness account of the whale wars. What motivates Sea Shepherd to spend vast sums of money and risk the lives of its activists to pursue a relatively low-impact hunt in some of the most isolated and perilous waters on Earth? Why does a rich nation like Japan doggedly continue a practice it only started to feed its starving population in the wake of World War II? While the International Court of Justice has recently upheld Australia's claim that Japan must stop its 'research' whaling in the Southern Ocean, Japan is already planning to resume its whale hunt in 2015. Australia might have won the battle, but the whale wars seem set to continue. Blood and Guts is a vivid and definitive work of reportage that gets to the heart of this divisive issue.
The Impulse Society: What's Wrong with Getting What We Want

The Impulse Society: What's Wrong with Getting What We Want

Paul Roberts

$29.99

What do soaring debt, endemic narcissism, road rage, political attack ads and killer drones share in common? All are symptoms of a society that moves, reflexively and relentlessly, to exploit the fastest, most efficient means to any end, without regard to cost. This is the 'impulse society' in which we live. In every facet of postindustrial society - the way we eat, the way we communicate and entertain, the way we work, the way we court lovers and raise children, educate and govern - technology and affluence has let us reach our goals with a speed and efficiency unimaginable even a generation ago. But the result is not all milk, honey, and gold. Companies now reflexively maximise short-term gain at the expense of long-term success. Politicians resort with ever-greater speed to nasty campaign tactics, and can count on their damaging claims to spread before the facts catch up with them. Consumers engage in serial over-indulgence and pursue instant gratification of every whim with speed and greed. The costs of living this way are substantial: financial volatility, health epidemics, environmental exhaustion and political paralysis, to say nothing of a growing, gnawing dissatisfaction. In this epoch-defining book, Paul Roberts traces the roots of this problem, damningly revealing how it has permeated society, and cogently argues how it may, perhaps, still be reversed.
A Few Well-frozen Worms

A Few Well-frozen Worms

Ronnie Barker

$49.99

With a fondness for spoonerisms and double entendres, Ronnie Barker is one of the nation's greatest comics. Gathered together in this second 'best of' volume is a cocktail of his sketches and monologues from every strand of his long and brilliant career.
How to Avoid a Lightning Strike: and 189 Other Essential Life Skills

How to Avoid a Lightning Strike: and 189 Other Essential Life Skills

Nic Compton

$24.99

Its an urban jungle out there, and if its not the survival of the fittest, its certainly the survival of the most practical. But hows a boy or girl supposed to learn life's essential practicalities in these days of hustle, bustle, and laid-back parenting? How to Avoid Being Struck By Lightning is the solution. Its a mentor, a tutor, a driving instructor, a mom, a dad, a grandparent, a scout instructor, and a coach rolled into one. Dividing life into four sections, and then subdividing its challenges into manageable chapters, its the most practical manual on the planet, offering step-by-step guides to the essential skills required for every practical challenge. If they're not essential they're not here. If they are, they are.
The Little World of Liz Climo

The Little World of Liz Climo

Liz Climo

$17.99

Artist Liz Climo has charmed her fans with her comic world of whimsical animal characters, where everyone from grizzly bears, dinosaurs, rabbits, and anteaters grapple with everyday life with wit and humor. Through her comics, we discover that an armadillo can dress for Halloween, a dinosaur can be a loving parent ...and a rhino can squeeze orange juice! This new collection features more than 100 of her comics, starring her beloved characters in all kinds of funny situations, from celebrating holidays to helping friends.
Healthy Bowel Healthy Body

Healthy Bowel Healthy Body

Sandra Cabot

$24.99

Hippocrates the father of medicine said that all diseases begin in the gut. Well we have come a long way since Hippocrates, but it is still true today, that if your digestive tract is unhealthy you will not be a healthy individual.

It is often said that "you are what you eat" - Well I disagree with that - You may eat a nutritious diet, but if your liver, pancreas, stomach or intestines are not healthy, you will not be able to benefit from the nutrients in healthy foods.

New research has found that gut health plays a crucial role in all aspects of our health and has a profound influence on:

•   Mental health – the gut-brain connection is huge
•   Our energy levels
•   Our risk of cancer
•   Autoimmune disease
•   Allergies
•   Recurrent infections
•   Pain and inflammation
•   Weight excess

This book will give you the vital principles for a healthy digestive system from the mouth to the anus. It presents the latest research and holistic strategies to overcome common bowel problems including - Excess Gas and Bloating, Bad Breath, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Parasites, Candida, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Reflux, Heartburn, Poor Digestion, Gluten Intolerance, Food Allergies, Leaky Gut, Bowel Pockets, Pancreas Problems and much more.
Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us

Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us

Matt Fitzgerald

$31.95

From The Four Hour Body, to Atkins, there are diet cults to match seemingly any mood and personality type. Everywhere we turn, someone is preaching the One True Way to eat for maximum health. Paleo Diet advocates tell us that all foods less than 12,000 years old are the enemy. Low-carb gurus demonize carbs, then there are the low-fat prophets. But they agree on one thing: there is only one true way to eat for maximum health. The first clue that that is a fallacy is the sheer variety of diets advocated. Indeed, while all of these competing views claim to be backed by science, a good look at actual nutritional science itself suggests that it is impossible to identify a single best way to eat. Fitzgerald advocates an agnostic, rational approach to eating habits, based on one s own habits, lifestyle, and genetics/body type. Many professional athletes already practice this Good Enough diet, and now we can too and ditch the brainwashing of these diet cults for good.
Diabetes: The New Epidemic

Diabetes: The New Epidemic

Michael Smith

$12.99

Type 2 diabetes is swamping the world like a tsunami and has become a leading cause of unnecessary death and disease. In 2015, the world will get its 400 millionth diabetic. In the time it takes to read this sentence, the world will get another three diabetics. And three more in the next 10 seconds. During this sentence, there will be one death from diabetes. And another in the following six seconds. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) says the number of diabetics is rising by 10 million a year. We are on our way to 592 million diabetics within 20 years. This updated third edition provides the latest data and advice on managing and preventing diabetes and new recipes to help plan your diet, a critical factor in putting the brakes on diabetes. Most information about diabetes is either a disaster scenario or a fix-it guide that sounds too good to be true. This book gives you the good news and the bad news in equal measure - 50 negatives, 50 positives and a page of contacts for more information. It's the 101 things you need to know to avoid diabetes death and add years to your life.
Live and Laugh with Dementia: The Essential Guide to Maximising Quality of Life

Live and Laugh with Dementia: The Essential Guide to Maximising Quality of Life

Lee-Fay Low

$29.99

Worldwide, over 45 million people suffer with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030; 135 million by 2050. For every person with dementia, their family and carers are faced with the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible - to maximise quality of life for all concerned. Just as we need to exercise our body's muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working well, so too do we need to exercise our mental muscles (our brain) in order to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities. By tailoring activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients, we can help them to: * maintain their relationships with others * maintain their self-identity * slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation * stave off boredom * experience happiness and pleasure. 'Live and Laugh with Dementia' also addresses our attitude towards dementia and caring for people with dementia. It supports and inspires carers to build their relationship with the person with dementia and provide meaningful engaging activities. As well as suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, tips for people with mild dementia are included in order to empower them to be active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life

Cynthia Kim

$34.95

Cynthia Kim shares all the quirkyness of living with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in this accessible, witty and honest guide. From being labelled nerdy and shy as an undiagnosed child to redefining herself when diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as an adult, she describes how her perspective shifted to understanding a previously largely incomprehensible world and combines this with extensive research to explore the 'why' of ASD traits. She explains how they impact on everything from self-care to holding down a job and offers typically practical and creative strategies to help manage them including a section on the benefits of martial arts for people with ASD. Packed full of personal anecdotes and useful advice, this humorous, insider guide will be of immeasurable value to recently diagnosed autistic adults and their partners and family members, carers and mental health professionals working with people with autism, and anyone exploring whether they may be on the spectrum.
Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies

Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies

Christopher Mogan ,  Charles H. Elliott ,  Laura L. Smith

$34.95

Simple, practical strategies for keeping anxiety under control Everyone experiences anxiety. After all, life is stressful. But are you too anxious? Is it disrupting your life? If so, this book can help. Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, Australian & New Zealand Edition is a friendly, plain-English guide to understanding and overcoming intense, excessive anxiety. This book explains the difference between normal everyday anxiety and anxiety that requires attention and treatment. It also includes updated information on treatment and getting help, including organisations in Australia and New Zealand that assist people with anxiety. * Features practical guidance on treating anxiety with diet, exercise, meditation and more * Shows you how to identify the factors that trigger your anxiety and how to manage them * Offers trustworthy advice on whether you can manage your anxiety on your own or need to seek outside help * Covers local organisations that can help, including beyondblue, Lifeline and Headspace, as well as charities like the Salvation Army and the Smith Family Packed with practical strategies for feeling better, this handy guide is perfect for anyone who wants to treat their minor anxiety on their own or find out whether they need professional assistance.
Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Liane Holliday Willey ,  Tony Attwood

$35.95

Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey's account of growing to adulthood as an undiagnosed 'Aspie' has been read by thousands of people on and off the autism spectrum since it was first published in 1999. Bringing her story up to date, including her diagnosis as an adult, and reflecting on the changes in attitude over 15 years, this expanded edition will continue to entertain (and inform) all those who would like to know a little more about how it feels to spend your life 'pretending to be normal'.
The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer - And How to Win It

The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer - And How to Win It

Clifton Leaf

$21.99

A brilliant ( Fortune ), eye-opening history of the war on cancer, The Truth in Small Doses asks why we are losing this essential fight and charts a path forward. Over the past half century, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and so many other killers have fallen dramatically. But cancer continues to kill with abandon. In 2013, despite a four-decade war against the disease that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars, more than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly six hundred thousand will die from it. A decade ago, Clifton Leaf, a celebrated journalist and a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a gripping narrative that reveals why the public's immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive yet routinely fail, and why our best hope for progress--brilliant young scientists--are now abandoning the search for a cure. Through flowing prose Leaf delivers, alongside facts and data, stories on personalities involved in research, the fascinating process of solving an unusual and highly deadly cancer in Africa, and the heartbreaking realities of cancer treatment in children today. Leaf's extensively investigated treatise will resonate with researchers and patients frustrated by the bureaucratic woes he delineates. Public policy makers, grant reviewers, and pharmaceutical researchers alike must consider Leaf's indictment and proposed solutions ( Publishers Weekly ). The Truth in Small Doses is that rare tale that will both outrage readers and inspire conversation and change.
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

John Medina

$24.99

What's the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child's brain? What's the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know. In Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionise parenting. Just one of the surprises: the best way to get your children into the university of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practise. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina unravels how a child's brain develops, and offers practical tips for any parent. You will view your children - and how to raise them - in a whole new light.
Food Babies Love: A Guide to Introducing Your Baby to Solids

Food Babies Love: A Guide to Introducing Your Baby to Solids

Emily Dupuche

$29.99

Are you about to introduce your new baby to solids? Is your toddler a fussy eater? Are you simply stuck for ideas in the kitchen - for simple, quick meals the whole family can enjoy? Food Babies Love is the book thousands of parents have been waiting for. Full of simple recipes, anecdotes and practical tips, it will help you introduce your baby to solids with confidence and instill a love of fresh, wholesome food in your children as they continue to grow. Food Babies Love features 100 recipes - baby-friendly versions of well known family favourites. They are designed to expose your little one to a wide variety of new flavours, colours and textures - one of the cornerstones of healthy eating.
Toddler Taming: The Classic Guide to Your Child's Behaviour From1 to 4

Toddler Taming: The Classic Guide to Your Child's Behaviour From1 to 4

Christopher Green

$34.99

Dr Christopher Green's classic guide to your child's behaviour from 1 to 4. Toddler Taming has helped millions of parents over the years. Now this international bestseller has been completely revised and updated to offer friendly, practical advice to a new generation of parents. Many parents wonder how it is that their precious baby has suddenly changed into a tantrum-prone, heel-stomping toddler. The search for an answer can lead today's parents, with a click of the mouse, into a maze of conflicting advice, leaving them confused and their confidence in tatters. After watching childcare theories come and go, Dr Green has found that the crucial elements of raising happy toddlers don't change in line with the latest fad, but his focus has now widened to prevention as well as cure. After all, once you know how to anticipate a toddler's reaction, you are better prepared to steer your child towards a peaceful solution - and peace is often the most valued commodity in any house! With Dr Green's trademark mixture of humour and pragmatism, this new fully revised and updated Toddler Taming offers invaluable practical advice on all fronts, such as how to tackle: sleep problems, tantrums, potty training, food issues, playgroup and day care, screen time, and much, much more. Most of all, Toddler Taming instils confidence and brings the fun - and love - back into parenting.
Good Ideas: How to be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Good Ideas: How to be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Michael Rosen

$32.99

We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge and culture - anything from cooking to fixing loo cisterns, from dance to model making, from collecting leaves to playing 'Who am I?'. The great thing is that you really can use everything around you to learn more. Learning should be much more fun and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five and all-round national treasure, Michael Rosen wants to show you how. Forget lists, passing tests and ticking boxes, the world outside the classroom can't be contained within the limits of any kind of curriculum - and it's all the better for it. Long car journeys, poems about farting, cake baking, even shouting at the TV can teach lessons that will last a lifetime. Packed with enough practical tips, stories and games to inspire a legion of anxious parents and bored children, Good Ideas shows that the best kind of education really does start at home.
The Contented Baby Goes to School: Help Your Child to Make a Calm and Confident Start

The Contented Baby Goes to School: Help Your Child to Make a Calm and Confident Start

Gina Ford

$35.00

Your child's first days at school and nursery are exciting times, but they can be very daunting - for both your child and yourself. In this book, Gina Ford helps you calm any fears with practical advice on preparing your child to be confident and capable of taking these important new steps. Find out how to: lessen separation anxiety and regressive behaviour; help your child develop social skills and make friends; prepare your child for the new routines and environments; and equip your child with the behavioural and mental skills they will need for the best start. With practical exercises for developing skills, plus detailed advice on overcoming any difficulties you might face, this book will ensure that both you and your child are fully prepared for this new stage in your lives.
The Discontented Little Baby Book

The Discontented Little Baby Book

Pamela Douglas

$29.95

Did you know there are things that you can do to help your baby cry and fuss less in the first 16 weeks? Did you know that many parents' nights are unnecessarily disrupted? The Discontented Little Baby Book doesn't promise magic cures. The first months after a baby's arrival can be exhausting, and attempts at quick fixes are often part of the problem. The first 16 weeks of life is a neurologically sensitive period, during which some babies will cry a lot, and we can certainly also expect broken nights. But a number of obstacles are accidentally put in the way of a healthy night's sleep, and much can be done to help your baby cry less. The Discontented Little Baby Book gives you practical and evidence-based strategies for helping you and your baby get more in sync. Dr Pam offers a path that protects your baby's neurodevelopment so that he or she can reach his or her full potential, at the same time as you learn simple strategies for both living with vitality and enjoying your baby, right in the midst of the challenges of this extraordinary time. With parents' real-life stories, advice on how to avoid PND, and answers to your questions about reflux and allergies, The Discontented Little Baby Book really is a quiet revolution in baby-care.
Strictly Parenting: Everything You Need to Know About Raising School-Aged Kids

Strictly Parenting: Everything You Need to Know About Raising School-Aged Kids

Michael Carr-Gregg

$29.99

In his work as a family psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg has noticed a worrying trend in our modern parenting styles, which sees kids running riot and parents running for cover. In our desire to give our kids the best, we may have given them way too much, and overlooked the importance of setting boundaries. He believes it's a recipe for disaster. In Strictly Parenting, Michael asks parents to take a good hard look at the way they are parenting - to toughen up and stop trying to be their kids' best friends. He instead offers practical evidence-based solutions on how to take back the reins and start making the most of the precious family years. With a user-friendly A-Z guide covering all the tricky issues that parents encounter over the years - everything from birthday parties and bedtimes to sex and drugs - this is an invaluable and very timely resource for parents of all school-aged kids.
Tricky Teens: How to Create a Great Relationship with Your Teen... Without Going Crazy!

Tricky Teens: How to Create a Great Relationship with Your Teen... Without Going Crazy!

Andrew Fuller

$24.99

Well-known teen psychologist Andrew Fuller provides practical and humorous advice on how to ensure both you and your teen survive the teenage years. Tricky Teens provides parents with a step-by-step guide to understanding what is really going on in the minds of their teenagers - and why; handling common conflict situations faced by every family with a teenager and successfully navigating common difficulties; creating a relatively peaceful happy family environment; and raising your teens so that they can successfully leave home, get a job and become wonderful adults. Tricky Teens is Andrew Fuller's follow up to the hugely successful Tricky Kids, which has lifetime sales of over 17,000 copies. A clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller has spent years helping parents understand and assist their tricky teens to safely navigate adolescence. He says that the key to understanding teenagers is to realise that their behaviour is caused by two things: the routines and habits that are ingrained in their lives and their families' lives; and the neurochemicals and hormones washing around in the massive soup bowl called their brains. Learning how to parent in ways that manage the heady heights and deep troughs of moods and acts caused by these neurochemicals is life saving and sanity preserving. Tricky Teens is divided into four sections: 1. Neurochemistry and Habit: What really causes tricky teen behaviours 2. Overcoming Common Problems: helping teens successfully navigate common problems such as anxiety, arguments, computer addiction, the opposite sex, reclusive teenagers, sibling conflict, suicide prevention, zombies and zits 3. Changing patterns: A six-week program for re-establishing communications with your teenager 4. Essential Conversations: Twelve essential talks to have with your teenager including: -How to be an adult. -How to develop a good reputation and keep it. -Honesty: why it is important. -Developing empathy and compassion. -Finding romance, saying no to romance you don't want and keeping romance alive.
The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything ... Fast

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything ... Fast

Josh Kaufman

$19.99

Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The Personal MBA, is back with his new book, The First Twenty Hours, to teach readers how to learn anything ...fast! 

"Lots of books promise to change your life. This one actually will" Seth Godin

Pick up any new skill in just 20 hours...Want to learn to paint, play the piano, launch a business, fly a plane? Then pick up this book and set aside twenty hours to go from knowing nothing to performing like a pro. That's it. 

Kaufman has developed this brilliant approach to mastering anything fast. You'll learn how to: focus energy on acquiring key skill sets; eliminate obstacles and discover critical tools; create rapid feedback loops; and work against the clock to get better fast.

With examples ranging from writing a web program to learning an instrument to picking up windsurfing, Kaufman shows how to break complexity into simple tasks, make the very best of your limited time and solve unexpected problems.

In The First 20 Hours you'll learn how to acquire any skill in record time - and have a lot of fun along the way.
Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life

Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life

Paul Dolan

$29.99

As a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, Dolan conducts original research into the measurement of happiness and its causes and consequences, including the effects of our behaviour. Here he creates a new outlook on the pursuit of happiness - it's not just how you feel, it's how you act. Happiness by Design shows that being happier requires us to actively re-design our immediate environment. Enough has been written on how to think happy. Happiness by Design is about how to behave happy and how to incorporate the most recent research findings into our everyday lives.
The Imaginary World of

The Imaginary World of

Keri Smith

$19.99

'What kind of world would you like to inhabit?' Here, Keri Smith begins with a list. Writing down everything the reader is drawn to, from things they love or collect to things that fascinate and excite, including objects, colours, sounds, textures, memories, places and people, the list serves as the building block for the creation of a new world. This world is based entirely on who the reader is as an individual, and as such is completely unique. Prompted to think about landscape, place names, maps, currency and more Keri Smith encourages everyone to push their imaginations to the limit.
Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

Joshua Wolf Shenk

$32.99

All of us have experienced creative connection, and glimpsed its power. Yet, for centuries, the myth of the lone genius has obscured the critical story of the power of collaboration. In Powers of Two, Joshua Wolf Shenk argues that creative pairs are the exemplars for innovation. Drawing on years of research on great partnerships in history - from Lennon and McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie, plus hundreds more in fields including literature, popular culture, art and business - Shenk identifies the common journey pairs take from the spark of initial connection, through the passage to a cognitive 'joint identity' to competition and the struggle for power. Using scientific and psychological insights, he uncovers new truths about epic duos - and sheds new light on the genesis of some of the greatest creative work in history. He reveals hidden partnerships among people known only for their individual work (like C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien), and even 'adversarial collaborations' among those who are out to beat each other. This revelatory and lyrical book will make us see creative exchange as the central terrain of our psyches.
The Happiness of Pursuit: Find the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

The Happiness of Pursuit: Find the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

Chris Guillebeau

$27.99

New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup helps you finding purpose in work and life by committing to a life-changing quest. The Happiness of Pursuit helps you find real life fulfilment by undertaking a quest that is big and ambitious, surpassing the limits of routine-filled lives. Chris has undertaken a successful quest of his own, having visited nearly every country in the world by age 35, but your own quest needn't involve travel at all. What's needed is commitment and progressive accomplishment, losing oneself in a task - whether it be a physical journey, an artistic enterprise or a philanthropic feat. Chris has surveyed thousands who've undertaken such quests and identified: * How they went about it * The common mistakes * What happened when they hit the wall * How their lives changed when the quest was over The Happiness of Pursuit offers inspirational and practical advice to help you bridge the gap between 'impossible dream' and 'everyday reality'. Discover how your own quest can give you the self knowledge to find and live a more fulfilling life.
Intimacy and Solitude: How to Give Love and Receive it

Intimacy and Solitude: How to Give Love and Receive it

Stephanie Dowrick

$29.99

Why do we behave as we do - if it doesn't get us what we want? Can we balance our needs for closeness and for independence? Can we understand our emotional history - and go beyond it? How do we negotiate our needs with those of other people? Can we become the lover, partner or friend we long to be? Gay, straight, old, young; we want our relationships 'to work'. Through a variety of moving, personal stories, a rare breadth of well-founded ideas and her own inspiring belief in the rewards of love, Stephanie Dowrick shows how possible it is to experience the pleasures of self-acceptance - and the last joy of satisfying connections with others.
Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World

Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World

Joel Levey ,  Michelle Levey ,  Dalai Lama XIV

$22.99

As our world grows increasingly more complex and stressful, developing our capacity for dynamic balance in our lives, work, and relationships becomes more and more vital. Based on the ancient wisdom traditions, contemporary neuroscience research, and the insights of indigenous cultures throughout our world, Living in Balance shows that, in each moment, we have the capacity to be mindful of whether our thoughts and actions are moving toward harmony and balance or away from it. Through this awareness we can make a conscious choice to continue on the path we are on or to change our attitude and direction. With a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama, Living in Balance offers a rare synthesis of ancient wisdom traditions with cutting-edge research on peak human performance that points toward mindfulness as being truly the key to living in balance.
Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies

Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies

Richard Layard ,  David Clark

$39.99

This is a ground-breaking argument for better treatment of mental health from Richard Layard (author of Happiness) and David M. Clark. Britain has become a world leader in providing psychological therapies thanks to the work of Richard Layard and David Clark. But, even so, in Britain and world-wide the majority of people who need help still don't get treatment. This is both unjust and a false economy. This book argues for change. It shows that mental ill-health causes more of the suffering in our society than physical illness, poverty or unemployment. The authors argue that spending more on helping people to recover from mental health problems - and stay well - would generate massive savings to national economies, as those who suffer from depression and anxiety disorders account for nearly a half of all disability and are predominantly of working age. Modern talking therapies, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), are highly effective and people generally prefer them to medication. So, if more sufferers got these treatments, lives would be turned around and the cost would be fully covered by the huge savings. Thrive explores the new effective solutions to the misery and injustice caused by mental illness. It describes how successful psychological treatments have been developed and explains what works best for whom. It also urges us to do all we can to prevent these problems in the first place through better schools and a better society. And, most importantly, it offers real hope. Extremely easy and pleasurable to read. It's the most comprehensive, humane and generous study of mental illness that I've come across . (Melvyn Bragg). Professors Layard and Clark (the Dream Team of British Social Science) make a compelling case for a massive injection of resources into the treatment and prevention of mental illness. This is simply the best book on public policy and mental health ever written . (Martin Seligman). Richard Layard is one of the world's leading labour economists, and in 2008 received the international Prize for Labour Economics. A member of the House of Lords, he has done much to raise the public profile of mental health. His 2005 book Happiness has been translated into 20 languages. David Clark, Professor of Psychology at Oxford, is Europe's leading expert on CBT, responsible for much of the world-wide progress in treatment methods. With Layard, he was the main driver behind the UK's Improved Access to Psychological Therapy programme.
The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature

The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature

Richard H. Smith

$17.95

Few people will easily admit to taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others. But who doesn't enjoy it when an arrogant but untalented contestant is humiliated on American Idol, or when the embarrassing vice of a self-righteous politician is exposed, or even when an envied friend suffers a small setback? The truth is that joy in someone else's pain-known by the German word schadenfreude-permeates our society. In The Joy of Pain, psychologist Richard Smith, one of the world's foremost authorities on envy and shame, sheds much light on a feeling we dare not admit. Smith argues that schadenfreude is a natural human emotion, one worth taking a closer look at, as it reveals much about who we are as human beings. We have a passion for justice. Sometimes, schadenfreude can feel like getting one's revenge, when the suffering person has previously harmed us. But most of us are also motivated to feel good about ourselves, Smith notes, and look for ways to maintain a positive sense of self. One common way to do this is to compare ourselves to others and find areas where we are better. Similarly, the downfall of others-especially when they have seemed superior to us-can lead to a boost in our self-esteem, a lessening of feelings of inferiority. This is often at the root of schadenfreude. As the author points out, most instances of schadenfreude are harmless, on par with the pleasures of light gossip. Yet we must also be mindful that envy can motivate, without full awareness, the engineering of the misfortune we delight in. And envy-induced aggression can take us into dark territory indeed, as Smith shows as he examines the role of envy and schadenfreude in the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Filled with engaging examples of schadenfreude, from popular reality shows to the Duke-Kentucky basketball rivalry, The Joy of Pain provides an intriguing glimpse into a hidden corner of the human psyche.
Why Humans Like to Cry: Tragedy, Evolution, and the Brain

Why Humans Like to Cry: Tragedy, Evolution, and the Brain

Michael R. Trimble

$22.95

Human beings are the only species to have evolved the trait of emotional crying. We weep at tragedies in our lives and in those of others - remarkably even when they are fictional characters in film, opera, music, novels, and theatre. Why have we developed art forms - most powerfully, music - which move us to sadness and tears? This question forms the backdrop to Michael Trimble's discussion of emotional crying, its physiology, and its evolutionary implications. His exploration examines the connections with other distinctively human features: the development of language, self-consciousness, religious practices, and empathy. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the brain have uncovered unique human characteristics; mirror neurones, for example, explain why we unconsciously imitate actions and behaviour. Whereas Nietzsche argued that artistic tragedy was born with the ancient Greeks, Trimble places its origins far earlier. His neurophysiological and evolutionary insights shed fascinating light onto this enigmatic part of our humanity.
           
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