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Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Anna Krien

$19.99

'The Pies beat the Saints and the city of Melbourne was still cloaked in black and white crepe paper when the rumour of a pack rape by celebrating footballers began to surface...And so, as police were confiscating bedsheets from a townhouse in South Melbourne, the trial by media began.' What does a young footballer do to cut loose? At night, some play what they think of as pranks, or games: night games with women. Sometimes these involve consensual sex, sometimes not, and often the lines are blurred. In Night Games, Anna Krien follows the rape trial of an Australian Rules footballer. She also takes a balanced and fearless look at the dark side of footy culture - the world of Sam Newman, Ricky Nixon, Matty Johns and the Cronulla Sharks. Both a courtroom drama and a riveting work of narrative journalism, this is a breakthrough book by one of the leading young lights of Australian writing.
The Undesirables: Inside Nauru

The Undesirables: Inside Nauru

Mark Isaacs

$29.95

On Friday 19th July 2013, it was reported in the Australian media that over 150 asylum seekers had rioted and razed the Nauru Regional Processing Centre to the ground. The Nauruan community were mobilised into an emergency police force in an attempt to subdue the men. Asylum seekers, Nauruans and Australian security forces were involved in clashes that left many asylum seekers seriously injured. Asylum seekers were arrested and placed into overcrowded jail cells with limited access to legal representation. The future of these men was in the balance.

In the aftermath of the riot, Australian and Nauruan government officials condemned the actions of the asylum seekers. For many Australians this proved that asylum seekers are dangerous, and destructive. It proved that Australia needs harsher immigration measures to restrict the arrival of more asylum seekers. For Mark Isaacs, who had worked with the men in the Nauru Regional Processing Centre over the previous 10 months, this riot was an inevitable outcome of a cruel and degrading policy. It was a reaction to a build up of injustices these men had suffered throughout their incarceration in Nauru.

Both devastating and encouraging, Mark's vignettes of life on Nauru and interactions with the men on the island give readers a first-hand experience of the realities of 'The Pacific Solution'. His unique voice and unbiased view allow readers to draw their own conclusions and holds up a mirror to the Australian government, and it's policies.

This book is not a justification of the men's actions, it is an insight into life in the Nauru Regional Processing Centre in the lead up to that Friday evening. It is the story behind a riot. Australia's hard-line stance on asylum seekers is increasingly polarising the community and regardless of political stance, this haunting and eye-opening book is one every Australian should read in an era of increased secrecy around Australia's treatment of asylum seekers.

The Undesirables: Inside Nauru by Mark Isaacs at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Sh*t Asian Mothers Say

Sh*t Asian Mothers Say

Benjamin Law ,  Michelle Law ,  Oslo Davis

$14.99

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Benjamin Law and Michelle Law, the long-suffering children of an Asian Mother, bring you the hilarious Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, featuring the wisdom of Asian Mothers the world over, from 'Eat every grain of rice, otherwise that's how many pimples your future spouse will have' to 'She's just jealous - and racist'.

The book also includes quizzes ('Have You Failed Your Asian Mother?'), an interpretation guide to 'What your Asian Mother is really saying', Ten Asian Mother Commandments (Thou shalt not sleepover) and an Asian Mothers' Guide to Beauty (bad perms, colour, eyelids).

With illustrations by Oslo Davis that bring the disapproving Asian Mother to life, this is the perfect gift for the Asian Mother in your life - or perhaps her children.
The Simple Life

The Simple Life

Rhonda Hetzel

$9.99

Rhonda Hetzel feels passionately that living simply leads to a richer, more fulfilling existence. Having made the decision to live frugally, embrace sustainability and opt out of the capitalist consumerist mindset, she set about working out how to achieve her goal, learning traditional skills, reducing her spending and environmental impact and focusing on the simple things that make life worth living: family, friends, and a home-cooked meal. This is the story of her journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. Rhonda relates why she wanted to change her lifestyle, what simple living means to her, and offers guidance to those thinking about taking the same path.
Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

Roman Krznaric

$34.99

Influential popular philosopher Roman Krznaric argues our brains are wired for social connection: empathy is at the heart of who we are. It's an essential, transforming quality we must develop for the 21st Century. Through encounters with actors, activists, groundbreaking designers, undercover journalists, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathetic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways. Empathy has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political. Krznaric contends that, as we move on from an age of introspection, empathy will be key to fundamental social change - making this book a manifesto for revolution.
Less is More: 101 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Less is More: 101 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Domonique Bertolucci

$19.95

Less is More is a collection of inspirational messages and advice that encourages the reader to enjoy life more by living a little more simply. Trying to do it all, be it all and have it all is exhausting and all too often, people find themselves asking 'what was it all for?' The sad conclusion for so many is that the things they pushed themselves to do and have were never that important. Less is More shows the reader how to find more time and energy to enjoy the things that really do matter. It invites the reader to make small, simple changes in the way they live, like learning to say no and embracing silence; changes that will simplify their life and leave them feeling relaxed and happy, instead of stressed and overwhelmed.
Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside

Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside

Andrea di Robilant

$29.99

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The author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair now gives us a charming chronicle of his search for a fabled antique rose - a tale that takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, and looks into the future of this much beloved flower.

In his 2008 biography of the great Italian lady Lucia Mocenigo (his great-great-great-great grandmother), Andrea di Robilant described a pink rose that grows wild on the family's former country estate. This led to an invitation for an audience with the humble but deeply knowledgeable doyenne of European roses, Sra. Eleonora Garlant. Could this unnamed rose possibly be the long-lost Rose Bichonne, a China rose that nineteenth-century growers cultivated but which had apparently disappeared since?

In search of the identity of the anonymous rose, Di Robilant finds himself captivated by rose-o-philes through time - from Lucia and her dear friend Josephine Bonaparte to the brilliant Sra. Garlant, whose garden of nearly 1500 species is one of the most significant in Europe - and by the old roses themselves, each of which has a tale to tell.

Illustrated in full color, the book will delight rose lovers, European travelers, and amateur historians in equal measure.
What About Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society

What About Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society

Paul Verhaeghe ,  Jane Hedley-Prole

$29.99

According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today's pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions like schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses — even individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives. In What about Me?, Paul Verhaeghe's main concern is how social change has led to this psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces, privatisation, and the relationship between our engineered society and individual identity. It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live. From his clinical experience as a psychotherapist, Verhaeghe shows the profound impact that social change is having on mental health, even affecting the nature of the disorders from which we suffer. But his book ends on a note of cautious optimism. Can we once again become masters of our fate - if we accept the challenge.
The Alchemists: Inside the Secret World of the Central Bankers

The Alchemists: Inside the Secret World of the Central Bankers

Neil Irwin

$22.99

Lead economic correspondent for the Washington Post, Neil Irwin, offers rare insights into the shadowy and unknown world of the four most influential bankers on the planet: Ben Bernanke of the US Federal Reserve, Mervyn King of the Bank of England, Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank, and Zhou Xiaochuan of the People's Bank of China. The decisions that these four men make determine the fates of nations - their successes allow for global hegemony; their failures lead to national decline. Decisions by these central bankers will determine whether the world can brush aside the effects of the Great Panic of 2008 to create a more stable and more prosperous world. The Alchemists will give readers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes view of their work, and a better understanding of their true significance in our lives and livelihood.
Everyday Sexism

Everyday Sexism

Laura Bates

$24.99

Are you #ShoutingBack? After experiencing a series of escalating sexist incidents, Laura Bates, a young journalist, started a project called 'everyday sexism' to raise the profile of these previously untold stories. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she'd initially thought. Enough was enough. From being harassed and wolf-whistled at on the street, to discrimination in the workplace and serious sexual assault, it was clear that sexism had become normalised. Bates decided it was time for women to lead a real change. Bold, jaunty but always intelligent, everyday sexism is a protest against inequality that provides a unique window into the vibrant movement sparked by this juggernaut of stories - often shocking, sometimes amusing and always poignant. With an Introduction by Sarah Brown, this book is a manifesto for change; a ground breaking, anecdotal examination of sexism in modern day society. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism.
Tony Speaks! The Wisdom of the Abbott (Revised & Updated)

Tony Speaks! The Wisdom of the Abbott (Revised & Updated)

Russell Marks

$9.99

You've seen him wearing speedos, kissing babies, driving a mining truck and campaigning on Big Brother. But who is the real Tony Abbott? In the grand tradition of Bushisms and The Wit of Whitlam, here are the sayings of Australia's Prime Minister, unvarnished and rich in revelation - the very best and worst of Abbott, the irrepressible mad monk. Tony speaks - on family: 'If you want to know who to vote for, I'm the guy with the not bad looking daughters.' Adversaries: 'Does this guy ever shut up?' Honesty: 'There will always be some issues that are contentious, but the best way to deal with them is openly, candidly and behind closed doors.' Female colleagues: 'They're young, feisty, I think I can probably say have a bit of sex appeal and they're just very connected with the local area.' Poverty: 'We just can't stop people from being homeless if that's their choice.' Climate change: 'absolute crap.' Christian teaching: 'Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone's place to come to Australia.' And that's just a taste...
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Complete Novels in One Sitting

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Complete Novels in One Sitting

Jennifer Kasius

$7.95

Miss Jane Marple, the elderly spinster from St. Mary Mead, is one of mystery fans' most beloved sleuths. She is featured in twelve of Agatha Christie's classic whodunits, all of which are summarized here in this tiny tome. Featuring plot synopses, character profiles, and photographs, this miniature edition gives any mystery lover a chance to cozy up with their favorite cases, from The Murder at the Vicarage to Sleeping Murder. Perfect for reading in small bites, or devouring all in one sitting!
James Joyce: The Essential Works in One Sitting

James Joyce: The Essential Works in One Sitting

Joelle Herr

$7.95

Whether you need to get to know Ulysses in a hurry or are a long-time fan of James Joyce, this pocket-sized tome is the go-to reference, complete with comprehensive plot summaries and character profiles from his timeless works. Accompanied by illustrations throughout, the book also includes specially selected short stories and poems, reprinted in full.
Bart Simpson to the Rescue!

Bart Simpson to the Rescue!

Matt Groening

$28.00  $24.65

Need a lift or a laugh? Well . . . help is on the way! When Bart attempts his most elaborate practical joke ever, he becomes an Internet sensation with a little help from his friends . . . about 15 million of them. Then join Bart on an incredulous journey when a monster firecracker leaves him both deaf and dumbfounded. And when Bart has a chance encounter with a fortuneteller, even he's not prepared for the future twist of fate that awaits him. And find out who's defacing every billboard in town by drawing mustaches on them. If it's not El Barto. . .who is it? All this and more awaits you as Bart Simpson saves the day!
Like My Mother Always Said...: Wise Words, Witty Warnings, and Odd Advice We Never Forget

Like My Mother Always Said...: Wise Words, Witty Warnings, and Odd Advice We Never Forget

Erin McHugh

$19.95

Don't do as I do. Do as I say to do. We're building your character. Don't be impressed by a man's car - he may be living in it. When poverty comes in the window, love goes out the door. Countess chestnuts like these are uttered by mothers far and wide -- and every child, has his or her own stories. You can't get away from them because, everybody has a mother. And now Erin McHugh has collected scores of them for Like My Mother Always Said from all kinds of kids --young and old, ordinary and famous. Including quip-length to two-to-three-paragraph tales, the book is divided up into all the kinds of wise and nutty information we garner from our mothers on subjects such as Life, Love & Marriage, Work, Money, Free Advice, The Opposite Sex, Bad Behavior, Growing Up & Getting Old and Family & Motherhood.
The Ageing Parents Handbook: Caring for them and yourself

The Ageing Parents Handbook: Caring for them and yourself

Josie Gagliano

$39.95

The Ageing Parents Handbook is the only of its kind in Australia. With great improvements in the world of modern medicine, senior Australian's are enjoying their quality of life for a much longer time. With the ageing population of Australia increasing every year, many children are struggling to cope with the responsibility of care for an older parent as well as their own children while maintaining a healthy work life balance. Recent studies show that Dementia will become Australia's greatest killer in the coming years. Josie lives this life right now, and has been caring for her mother who suffers from Dementia for several years. As Josie experienced, in the beginning, many children caring for older parents have no idea what to do, where to go for help, how to navigate not only the services on offer, but also the flood of emotions and challenges that face them. Collaborating with aged care services and communities around Australia, Josie has fast become the go to guide for ageing care. A member of Alzheimer's Australia, Josie has written The Ageing Parents Handbook to provide Australians with a resourceful list of services for the family members caring for their elderly parents.
The Women's Health Book: A Complete Guide to Health & Wellbeing for Women of All Ages

The Women's Health Book: A Complete Guide to Health & Wellbeing for Women of All Ages

The Royal Women's Hospital

$35.00

As a woman, looking after your health is the most important step you can take towards creating a healthy, happy family and a thriving community. But in today's busy world, with so many demands on your time, it's not always easy to find information you can trust. The Women's Health Book is written specifically for women by health professionals who specialise in women's health. The Royal Women's Hospital is the largest health facility specialising in women's health in Australia and is well placed to help you look after your physical, mental and social wellbeing. Here you'll find information and advice for every stage of your life, from adolescence through to older age. Covering everything from periods, sexuality, bullying and diet to pregnancy, mental health, cancer and arthritis, this is an essential reference book for every Australian woman's shelf. It is designed to help you participate as an equal partner in your health care. Armed with the facts, you will be empowered to ask more questions and then make better choices that can help to improve your health, reduce any risks you face, and even prevent future health problems.
Confronting Chronic Pain: A Pain Doctor's Guide to Relief

Confronting Chronic Pain: A Pain Doctor's Guide to Relief

Steven Richeimer ,  Kathy Steligo

$42.96

This comprehensive guide is designed to help everyone whose days are filled with chronic pain - the kind of pain that truly is a disease unto itself. Where does chronic pain come from, and why doesn't it go away? Dr. Steven H. Richeimer, an eminent voice in the field of pain management, answers these and other fundamental questions about chronic pain. Board certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry, he knows that the stress of persistent pain quickly takes a toll on the body and the mind. And he has helped thousands of people reduce their pain and reclaim their lives. In Confronting Chronic Pain, Dr. Richeimer discusses what causes pain in such disorders as arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic headache, and back pain - and describes how to get relief. He provides clear and up-to-date information about pain medications, exercise and nutrition, injections and neurostimulators, and complementary therapies. He also explains the many approaches to managing the social and emotional aspects of pain. Understanding that chronic pain affects the spirit, he offers seven spiritual tools for moving beyond pain; understanding that chronic pain affects the whole family, he has created an action plan for family harmony; understanding the emotional component of people in pain, he helps them solve the chronic pain puzzle. Just learn to live with it is not a satisfactory response to someone living with chronic pain. Dr. Richeimer's compassionate and holistic approach can help soften the harsh edges of pain and provide hope for the future.
The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently

The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently

Allen Carr

$22.99

Allen Carr will help you break addiction for ever in this fully updated edition of The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently. This book will help you: achieve the right frame of mind to quit; avoid weight gain; quit without dependence on rules or gimmicks; enjoy the freedom and choices that non-smokers have in life; and quit without willpower. It's time to begin your new life as a non-smoker with Allen Carr's The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently. A different approach...a stunning success . (Sun). I was exhilarated by a new sense of freedom . (Independent). His skill is in removing psychological dependence . (Sunday Times). Allow Allen Carr to help you escape painlessly today . (Obvserver). A successful accountant, Allen Carr's hundred-cigarettes-a-day addiction was driving him to despair until, in 1983, after countless failed attempts to quit, he finally discovered what the world had been waiting for - the Easy Way to Stop Smoking. He has built a network of clinics that span the globe and gained a phenomenal reputation for success in helping smokers to quit. His books are published in over twenty languages and video, audio and CD ROM versions of his method are also available. His other books include Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking, Allen Carr's Easyweigh to Lose Weight and The Easy Way to Enjoy Flying.
Boring, Irrelevant and Hard: How to Develop Outstanding Maths Lessons That Aren't Any of the Above

Boring, Irrelevant and Hard: How to Develop Outstanding Maths Lessons That Aren't Any of the Above

Ian Taylor ,  Ian Gilbert

$48.40  $43.55

What is it with maths? Everyone knows it is important yet how many people do you know who are happy to tell the world how poor they are at numbers, despite many, many hours spent in the classroom trying to master it? What many people leave the school system thinking is that maths is boring, serves little purpose and is reeeeaaaallllly hard. But it doesn't have to be that way. Ian Taylor is a phenomenon when it comes to bringing maths alive for even the most hard-bitten, disaffected, back-of-the-classroom, bottom-of-the-maths-class student. Now he is very much in demand sharing his experience and expertise in schools across the UK and we expect this book quickly to become the maths teacher's bible when it comes to raising achievement in all learners.
Stepmother Love: Ten Inspiring Stories About the Toughest Gig in the World

Stepmother Love: Ten Inspiring Stories About the Toughest Gig in the World

Sally Collins

$29.99

Stepmothers have a bad rap. Who gave Snow White the poisonous apple? Who enslaved Cinderella? Given that one in four Australian families are 'blended', it's time to throw out the wicked stepmother image and give people a genuine account of what it's like to walk in her shoes. Stepmother Love tells the stories of ten women who have chosen to take on the challenge of making a positive contribution to the lives of their stepchildren. There are no white picket fences or rose-coloured glasses, but there are many enriching insights into these families' journeys to find happiness. This groundbreaking book reveals how these women overcame grief, hostility and even disinterest to build loving, long-term, trusting relationships with their stepchildren. There are millions of stepmothers working hard on their family relationships and Stepmother Love is an inspiring collection of stories that will uplift, help and support any woman who is doing the toughest parenting gig of all - as well as acknowledge their tough role and the courage it takes to make it work. Most importantly, Stepmother Love celebrates the commitment they show in the day-to-day care of stepchildren of all ages as an act of love.
The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

David Adam

$32.99

This book offers an intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us and what it means to live with obsessive compulsive disorder. Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building, or steer your car into oncoming traffic? You are not alone. In this captivating fusion of science, history and personal memoir, writer David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind, and how they drive millions of us towards obsessions and compulsions. David has suffered from OCD for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn't Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences. What might lead an Ethiopian schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, piece by piece; or a pair of brothers to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that they had compulsively hoarded? At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts? Drawing on the latest research on the brain, as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, this is a book that will challenge the way you think about what is normal, and what is mental illness. Told with fierce clarity, humour and urgent lyricism, this extraordinary book is both the haunting story of a personal nightmare, and a fascinating doorway into the darkest corners of our minds.
Personal Intelligence

Personal Intelligence

John D. Mayer

$24.99

John D. Mayer, the renowned psychologist who co-developed the groundbreaking theory of emotional intelligence, now draws on decades of research to introduce another paradigm-shifting idea: that in order to become our best selves, we use an even broader intelligence - which he calls personal intelligence - to understand our own personality and the personalities of the people around us. In Personal Intelligence, Mayer explains that we are naturally curious about the motivations and inner worlds of the people we interact with every day. Some of us are talented at perceiving what makes our friends, family, and coworkers tick. Some of us are less so. Mayer reveals why, and shows how the most gifted readers among us have developed high personal intelligence. Mayer's theory of personal intelligence brings together a diverse set of findings-previously regarded as unrelated-that show how much variety there is in our ability to read other people's faces; to accurately weigh the choices we are presented with in relationships, work, and family life; and to judge whether our personal life goals conflict or go together well. He persuasively argues that our capacity to problem-solve in these varied areas forms a unitary skill. Illustrating his points with examples drawn from the lives of successful college athletes, police detectives, and musicians, Mayer shows how people who are high in personal intelligence (open to their inner experiences, inquisitive about people, and willing to change themselves) are able to anticipate their own desires and actions, predict the behavior of others, and-using such knowledge-motivate themselves over the long term and make better life decisions. And in outlining the many ways we can benefit from nurturing these skills, Mayer puts forward an essential message about selfhood, sociability, and contentment.
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

Archbishop Desmond Tutu ,  Mpho Tutu

$29.99

The Book of Forgiving, written together by the Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and his daughter Revd Mpho Tutu, offers a deeply personal testament and guide to the process of forgiveness. All of us have at times needed both to forgive and be forgiven - whether small, everyday harms or real traumas. But the path to forgiveness is not easy, and the process unclear. How do we let go of resentment when we have been harmed, at times irreparably? How do we forgive and still pursue justice? How do we heal our hearts? How do we heal the harm we have caused others? And how do we forgive ourselves? Drawing on his memories of reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, together with his daughter, Revd Mpho Tutu, herself an experienced teacher and preacher, offers four concrete steps along the path to forgiving and being forgiven. Each chapter contains reflections and personal stories, as well as exercises for practising each step of the path. The Book of Forgiving is a touchstone and tool for anyone seeking the freedom of forgiveness: an inspiring guide to healing ourselves and creating a more united world.
Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work

Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work

Chip Heath ,  Dan Heath

$19.99

Just making a decision can be hard enough, but how do you begin to judge whether it's the right one? Chip and Dan Heath, authors of number 1 New York Times best-seller Switch, show you how to overcome your brain's natural shortcomings. In Decisive, Chip and Dan Heath draw on decades of psychological research to explain why we so often get it very badly wrong - why our supposedly rational brains are frequently tripped up by powerful biases and wishful thinking. At the same time they demonstrate how relatively easy it is to avoid the pitfalls and find the best answers, offering four simple principles that we can all learn and follow. In the process, they show why it is that experts frequently make mistakes. They demonstrate the perils of getting trapped in a narrow decision frame. And they explore people's tendency to be over-confident about how their choices will unfold. Drawing on case studies as diverse as the downfall of Kodak and the inspiring account of a cancer survivor, they offer both a fascinating tour through the workings of our minds and an invaluable guide to making smarter decisions. It is the winner in the Practical Manager category of the CMI Management Book of the Year awards 2014.
Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love

Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love

Antonella Gambotto-Burke

$34.99

“The passion Antonella feels for her daughter is the golden thread that runs through Mama.” - from the introduction by obstetrician Michel Odent

Writer Antonella Gambotto-Burke spent her pregnancy wondering whether she had it in her to love her child as deeply as she did sparkly Prada mules. And then she heard her daughter’s cry. On first hearing that little voice, the impact on her soul was that of the highest magnitude of earthquake, those that occur every hundred years, say, or every thousand. The old shell she called herself cracked and was swallowed by a sudden crevasse, forever lost in the commotion.

Wild with love, Antonella became an attachment parent. She couldn't stop writing about her baby, and kept writing, even when her marriage threatened to shatter under the weight of sickness, bereavement, family pressures and the global financial crisis. And then she began to interview leading childcare experts – among them, Sheila Kitzinger, Laura Markham, Steve Biddulph and Gabor Maté, seeking how to better navigate motherhood in this era of disconnection.

What she learned will change your life.

Mama by Antonella Gambotto-Burke at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

Po Bronson ,  Ashley Merryman

$19.99

Compete better...In a competitive situation our bodies can experience the same level of stress hormones as jumping out of a plane. Competition is often the key to outstanding achievement. But what is it that makes the difference between rising to the challenge and buckling under pressure? Using groundbreaking studies in diverse scientific fields, Bronson and Merryman demonstrate that understanding how to harness our competitive fire means we can perform our best - whether the contest is sporting, academic or in the workplace. Why are men typically prepared to gamble on long or even stupid odds and women aren't? Why do some less talented students consistently outperform their smarter class mates in crucial exams? Why do higher levels of testosterone actually make you less selfish and more cooperative and cognitively astute? Why do so many market-leading companies cede their top position because they become risk averse at the wrong times? Why do sports teams where the pay differential between players is the greatest win more? The answer to all this and more is in New York Times no.1 bestselling authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman's Top Dog:The Science of Winning and Losing. A great read for those paralyzed by the fear of failure as well as those who hunger for success . (Huffington Post).
The Trickster's Hat: A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity

The Trickster's Hat: A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity

Nick Bantock

$24.99

The act of creating art, in all its forms, offers us a path to our souls. But the path can be confusing, and getting lost along the way is inevitable. However, maybe that's the point. In The Trickster's Hat, bestselling author of the Griffin & Sabine cycle Nick Bantock invites you to lose yourself in order to become a better creator. Inspired by Nick's popular and mischievous workshops, the book's forty-nine perceptive exercises will encourage you to forget your destination while you meander through the wondrous world that awaits you in the periphery of your mind's eye. If you're willing to be lead hither and thither down unlikely paths by a fellow of dubious reputation, if you're prepared to keep a sense of humor and not be phased when he plucks the unexpected out of a mischief-stuffed hat, if you're ready to zigzag, detour, and wander in search of a better understanding of your artistic core, then, let the Trickster be your guide.
The Truth about Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More

The Truth about Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More

David DeSteno

$29.99

What really drives success and failure? Can I trust you? It's the question that strikes at the heart of human existence. Whether we're talking about business partnerships, romantic relationships, child-parent bonds, or the brave new world of virtual interaction, trust, when correctly placed, is what makes our world spin and lives flourish. Renowned psychologist David DeSteno brings together the latest research from diverse fields, including psychology, economics, biology, and robotics, to create a compelling narrative about the forces that have shaped the human mind's propensities to trust. He shows us how trust influences us at every level, from how we learn, to how we love, to how we spend, to how we take care of our own health and well-being. Using cuttingedge research from his own lab, he also unlocks, for the first time, the cues that allow us to read the trustworthiness of others accurately. Appealing to readers of Dan Ariely, Dan Gilbert, and David Eaglemen, The Truth About Trust offers a new paradigm that will change not only how you think about trust, but also how you understand, communicate, and make decisions in every area of your life.
Living When a Loved One Has Died

Living When a Loved One Has Died

Earl A. Grollman

$19.99

When someone you love dies, Earl Grollman writes, there is no way to predict how you will feel. The reactions of grief are not like recipes, with given ingredients, and certain results. . . . Grief is universal. At the same time it is extremely personal. Heal in your own way. <br>If someone you know is grieving, Living When a Loved One Has Died can help. Earl Grollman explains what emotions to expect when mourning, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to work through feelings of loss. Suitable for pocket or bedside, this gentle book guides the lonely and suffering as they move through the many facets of grief, begin to heal, and slowly build new lives.
Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

Gary Klein

$27.99

Insights - like Darwin's understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick's breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA - can change the world. We also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us so that we can more effectively solve problems and get things done. Yet we know very little about when, why, or how insights are formed - or what blocks them. In Seeing What Others Don't, renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Klein unravels the mystery. Klein is a keen observer of people in their natural settings - scientists, businesspeople, firefighters, police officers, soldiers, family members, friends, himself - and uses a marvelous variety of stories to illuminate his research into what insights are and how they happen. What, for example, enabled Harry Markopolos to put the finger on Bernie Madoff? How did Dr. Michael Gottlieb make the connections between different patients that allowed him to publish the first announcement of the AIDS epidemic? What did Admiral Yamamoto see (and what did the Americans miss) in a 1940 British attack on the Italian fleet that enabled him to develop the strategy of attack at Pearl Harbor? How did a smokejumper see that setting another fire would save his life, while those who ignored his insight perished? How did Martin Chalfie come up with a million-dollar idea (and a Nobel Prize) for a natural flashlight that enabled researchers to look inside living organisms to watch biological processes in action? Klein also dissects impediments to insight, such as when organizations claim to value employee creativity and to encourage breakthroughs but in reality block disruptive ideas and prioritize avoidance of mistakes. Or when information technology systems are dumb by design and block potential discoveries. Both scientifically sophisticated and fun to read, in Seeing What Others Don't insight is revealed as not just a eureka! moment but a whole new way of understanding.
Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

Brigid Schulte

$29.99

In her attempts to juggle work and family life, Brigid Schulte has baked cakes until 2 a.m., frantically (but surreptitiously) sent important emails during school trips and then worked long into the night after her children were in bed. Realising she had become someone who constantly burst in late, trailing shoes and schoolbooks and biscuit crumbs, she began to question, like so many of us, whether it is possible to be anything you want to be, have a family and still have time to breathe. So when Schulte met an eminent sociologist who studies time and he told her she enjoyed thirty hours of leisure each week, she thought her head was going to pop off. What followed was a trip down the rabbit hole of busy-ness, a journey to discover why so many of us ?nd it near-impossible to press the 'pause' button on life and what got us here in the ?rst place. Overwhelmed maps the individual, historical, biological and societal stresses that have ripped working mothers' and fathers' leisure to shreds, and asks how it might be possible for us to put the pieces back together. Seeking insights, answers and inspiration, Schulte explores everything from the wiring of the brain and why workplaces are becoming increasingly demanding, to worldwide differences in family policy, how cultural norms shape our experiences at work, our unequal division of labour at home and why it's so hard for everyone - but women especially - to feel they deserve an elusive moment of peace.
Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good

Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good

James Davies

$22.99

Why is psychiatry such big business? Why are so many psychiatric drugs prescribed - 47 million antidepressant prescriptions in the UK alone last year - and why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952 to 374 today? The everyday sufferings and setbacks of life are now 'medicalised' into illnesses that require treatment - usually with highly profitable drugs. Psychological therapist James Davies uses his insider knowledge to illustrate for a general readership how psychiatry has put riches and medical status above patients' well-being. The charge sheet is damning: negative drug trials routinely buried; antidepressants that work no better than placebos; research regularly manipulated to produce positive results; doctors, seduced by huge pharmaceutical rewards, creating more disorders and prescribing more pills; and ethical, scientific and treatment flaws unscrupulously concealed by mass-marketing. Cracked reveals for the first time the true human cost of an industry that, in the name of helping others, has actually been helping itself.
The History of the Garden in Fifty Tools

The History of the Garden in Fifty Tools

Bill Laws

$35.00

Every tool has a tale to tell. The garden shed shelters some improbable stories, from the Mayan and Mediterranean clay pot makers to the tale of the tailor, trimming the uniforms of English Redcoats, who invented the lawn mower; from the manic evolution of the seventeenth-century Dutch bulb planter to the plant container that created a movable orchard at Versailles; from the back story of Henry David Thoreau's favorite hoe to Gertrude Jekyll's homemade daisy digger. The History of the Garden in Fifty Tools is a historical, horticultural journey, told through fifty pieces of garden gear, which also provides some useful and curious insights into their care and preservation.
Women in My Rose Garden: The history, romance and adventure of old roses

Women in My Rose Garden: The history, romance and adventure of old roses

Ann Chapman ,  Paul Starosta

$22.95

The stories of 35 remarkable women and the beautiful heritage roses that are named after them. Many of our best-loved heritage roses are named after women, and in this charming book, Ann Chapman explores the lives and stories behind the evocative names. We may be familiar with Mary Queen of Scots, Amy Robsart and Jeanne d'Arc, but who were Adelaide d'Orleans, Nancy Steen and Nur Mahal? Among the 35 women described here are serene queens, duchesses and aristocrats, courageous heroines and pioneers, as well as the passionate gardeners who contributed much to the cultivation and preservation of the roses named for each one. Each biography is beautifully illustrated with a portrait of the woman and a sumptuous photograph of her rose by the acclaimed French naturalist photographer Paul Starosta. Women in my Rose Garden will make a perfect gift, not only for rosarians and gardeners, but for all those with a love of history, romance and adventure.
Organic Gardening in Australia

Organic Gardening in Australia

Pauline Pears

$35.00

Organic Gardening in Australia is an essential reference, now in a compact paperback, for all gardeners committed to a natural, safe and healthy approach. The book sets out organic guidelines, together with advice on where to begin, whether you're a novice or experienced gardener. As well as providing an excellent grounding in the basics of organic gardening, this practical guide covers everything from soil management and recycling to water conservation, natural pest control and propagation. From compost to cloches, there are step-by-step techniques and inspiring images to help you to create the perfect organic garden. There is detailed coverage of a wide range of organic concerns, from information on sustainable landscaping materials, planting beds and learning about local wildlife, to helpful advice on which plants thrive in pots. You'll find organic best-practice tips on how to grow delicious fruit and vegetables, how to encourage biodiversity in your garden, and even on designing the organic garden.
What Shrub is That?

What Shrub is That?

Stirling Macoboy

$49.95

From the international bestselling author of What Flower Is That? and What Tree Is That? comes the newly updated title What Shrub Is That? More than 1250 popular shrubs are described in detail, including their soil preference, growth habit, ultimate height and span, flowering time, flower and leaf shape and size and preferred aspect in the garden. Each species is illustrated with a colour photograph, and each significant variety is mentioned and described. Easy-to-follow symbols will help the reader choose the ideal plant for its perfect place within the garden.
A Year in Flowers

A Year in Flowers

Shane Connolly

$69.99

An inspirational flower arranging book that uses Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter as a guideline. Flowers in urban and country settings are shown, with useful information on growing techniques and recycling, preparation tools and containers. A deliberate use of faded, archaic backdrops to move away from white, modern styling usually employed in flower arranging books. Shane Connolly has many high-profile and international clients and works by Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales. He designed all the flowers for the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011. Stunning pictures by Jason Lowe, one of lifestyle publishing's leading photographers.
Family Law: A Very Short Introduction

Family Law: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathan Herring

$14.95

What is a family? What makes someone a parent? What rights should children have? Family Law: A Very Short Introduction gives the reader an insight not only into what the law is, but why it is the way it is. It examines how laws have had to respond to social changes in family life, from rapidly rising divorce rates to surrogate mothers, and gives insight into family courts which are required to deal with the chaos of family life and often struggle to keep up-to-date with the social and scientific changes which affect it. It also looks to the future: what will families look like in the years ahead? What new dilemmas will the courts face? 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.
Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction

Raymond Wacks

$14.95

The concept of law lies at the heart of our social and political life. Legal philosophy, or jurisprudence, explores the notion of law and its role in society, illuminating its meaning and its relation to the universal questions of justice, rights, and morality. In this Very Short Introduction Raymond Wacks analyses the nature and purpose of the legal system, and the practice by courts, lawyers, and judges. Wacks reveals the intriguing and challenging nature of legal philosophy with clarity and enthusiasm, providing an enlightening guide to the central questions of legal theory. In this revised edition Wacks makes a number of updates including new material on legal realism, changes to the approach to the analysis of law and legal theory, and updates to historical and anthropological jurisprudence. 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.
Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

David Hendy

$21.99

Prehistoric drummers used natural acoustics to recreate natural sound. In classical Europe, orators turned the human voice into a lyrical instrument. In Buddhist temples, the icons' ears were exaggerated to represent their spiritual power. And in modern metropolises we are battered by the roar of sound that surrounds us. In the first narrative history of the subject which puts humans at its centre, and following the author's major BBC Radio 4 series Noise, acclaimed historian David Hendy describes the history of noise - which is also the history of listening. As he puts it: 'By thinking about sound and listening, I want to get closer to what it felt like to live in the past.' This unusual book reveals fascinating changes in how we have understood our fellow human beings and the world around us. For although we might see ourselves inhabiting a visual world, our lives are shaped by our need to hear and be heard.
What Should We Tell Our Daughters?: The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female

What Should We Tell Our Daughters?: The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female

Melissa Benn

$22.99

We have reached a tricky crossroads in modern women's lives and our collective daughters are bearing the brunt of some intolerable pressures. Although feminism has made great strides forward since our mothers' and grandmothers' day, many of the key issues - equality of pay, equality in the home, representation at senior level in the private, public and political sectors - remain to be tackled. Casual sexism in the media and in everyday life is still rife and our daughters face a host of new difficulties as they are bombarded by images of unrealistically skinny airbrushed supermodels, celebrity role-models who depend on their looks and partners for status, and by competitive social media. The likes of Natasha Walter and Katie Roiphe deal with feminism from an adult point of view, but our daughters need to be prepared for stresses that are coming into play now as early as pre-school. This is a manifesto for every mother who has ever had to comfort a daughter who doesn't feel 'pretty', for every young woman who out-performs her male peers professionally and wonders why she is still not taken seriously, and for anyone interested in the world we are making for the next generation.
The Bicycle Artisans

The Bicycle Artisans

Will Jones

$49.95

Here is an alphabetically presented, richly illustrated guide to 88 of the most creative bicycle makers working today, includes established names such as Achielle, Cielo Cycles and Corima and new kids on the block such as Art & Industry, Bondi Beach Cruisers and Foffa, as well as product designers (Torkel Dohmers, Marc Newson). Today's cyclists are seeking increasingly custom-made bicycles as reflections of their personalities whether a Danish-style cargo bike, a recumbent, a cyclocross trainer or a randonneur. Often working in tiny studios and workshops in hidden parts of our cities, the master craftsmen featured in these pages produce pieces that are highly personal and sought after and rarely seen.
Family Secrets: The Things We Tried to Hide

Family Secrets: The Things We Tried to Hide

Deborah Cohen

$19.99

On a Liverpool railway platform a heartbroken mother hands over her eight-year-old illegitimate son for adoption...A vicar brings to his bank vault a diary - sewed up in calico, wrapped in parchment - that chronicles his longing for other men...The one-year-old daughter committed to an institution and barely visited or referred to by her family ever again...In Family Secrets Deborah Cohen explores the extraordinary choices British families made in the past to protect their good name. Whether it is hiding an adopted son's origins or the tangled attempts to prevent a divorce, Family Secrets exposes how we dealt with our shame - publicly and in our hearts. A book of marvels . (Kathryn Hughes, Guardian). Fact-packed and fascinating . (Evening Standard). Dozens of illuminating stories culled from the divorce-courts, adoption agencies and institutes for the mentally impaired. A find . (Judith Flanders, Sunday Telegraph). Born into a family with its own fair share of secrets, Deborah Cohen was raised in Kentucky and educated at Harvard and Berkeley. She teaches at Northwestern University, where she holds the Peter B. Ritzma Professorship of the Humanities. Her last book was the award-winning Household Gods, a history of the British love-affair with the home.
I met lucky people: The Story of the Romani Gypsies

I met lucky people: The Story of the Romani Gypsies

Yaron Matras

$39.99

Their own origins myths put them at the scene of the Crucifixion, deprived of a home of their own, doomed to a life of wandering, and granted by God the right to steal from other people in order to survive. In the Middle Ages, it was believed they had come out of Egypt. And yet their language shares a number of words with Greek, and has its roots in India. So who are the Romani people, really? As one of the last remaining societies in the Western hemisphere with a strictly oral culture, the Romani people have no written record of their history that can be consulted. From the early 1990s, linguist Yaron Matras has been working with the 'Rom', as they call themselves, one of a handful of people to have done so. Travelling widely in central and eastern Europe, studying their language and learning their dialects, he has witnessed their campaign for recognition. In I Met Lucky People Matras gives us the first comprehensive account of their culture, language and history. It is a story of the echoes of a rich past left in language and customs, and of how the changing fortunes of Europe throughout the centuries have been imprinted on Romani culture. The Romani people are a nation like few others: without territory, national sovereignty or formal institutions, and with no tradition of agriculture or ownership of land. As the wider global society that surrounds them struggles to define itself, what will become of the Roms? Unlike other groups who have won a measure of inclusion in recent decades, they have struggled to have their voice heard. If they are to have a future, it is time we brought our thinking about them out of the dark ages and into the modern world. Yaron Matras is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester, and Editor of the journal Romani Studies. His involvement with Romani issues began in the advocacy and civil rights arena. Matras was media relations officer to the Roma National Congress from 1988 -1995, and founding editor of RomNews, one of the very first advocacy information services on Romani issues. He has worked closely with the Open Society Institute's Roma programmes, is a founding member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies, and has led several large-scale research projects on Romani language and culture, including an international research consortium on Romani migrations. He is the author of over a dozen books and numerous chapters and articles on Romani language and culture, and speaks the Romani language fluently.
           
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