Advanced Australia explores the politics of ageing in Australia. The addition of 25 years to average life expectancy in Australia over the past century is a monumental achievement, but many commentators are greeting the prospect of Australians living longer with horror.
The ageing of Australia's baby boomers will sharpen this debate, both because of the size of their generation, as well as their history of reshaping every phase of life in their own image. Ageing will dominate Australian politics for years to come, touching almost every area of policy; retirement incomes, housing, employment, urban design and more.
Advanced Australia makes the case for a much more positive approach to ageing that celebrates the continuing contribution older Australians make to our community.
'I need a wife' It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front. And it's an advantage enjoyed - even in our modern society - by vastly more men than women.
Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain. But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don't men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that - for men - still block the exits? The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work.
Written in Annabel Crabb's inimitable style, it's full of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of 'The Wife' in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.
Crabb's call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars. Rather than a shout of rage, The Wife Drought is the thoughtful, engaging catalyst for a conversation that's long overdue.
All Your Friends Like This is a topical, punchy and provocative look at how social networks are taking over the news. How do you get your news? Chances are not from a newspaper or the TV - that's so old-school. If you're anything like the rest of us, you get it from Facebook or Twitter.
The great power shift from traditional media to social networks is happening right now. This boom means that, for millions of us, our first exposure to information about the world comes from our friends, not news media. But social networks don't do news the old-fashioned way. Because we share stories that make us look good, inspire us and fire us up, the tone and flavour of the news-making process is irrevocably altered.
What does this mean for media? For journalists? The audience? Are we better off or worse off because of it?
Highly topical, provocative and totally absorbing, All Your Friends Like This does for the media what Freakonomics did for economics. If you're interested in the news, in what we read and why we read it then this game-changing book is essential.
When WikiLeaks first came to prominence in 2010, releasing millions of top secret State Department cables, the world saw for the first time what the US really thought about national leaders, friendly dictators, and supposed allies. It also discovered the dark truths of national policies, human rights violations, covert operations, and cover-ups done in your name. The WikiLeaks Files is the first volume that uses experts to collate and analyze the most important cables and show their historic importance. Regional expert contributors include Tim Shorrock, Richard Heydarian, Russ Wellen, Conn Hallinan and Gareth Porter.
The brilliantly told, captivating history of red hair throughout the ages and across multiple disciplines, including science, religion, politics, feminism and sexuality, literature, and art.
The mere mention of red hair calls to mind vivid pictures. Stereotypes of redheaded women range from the funloving scatterbrain, like Lucille Ball, to the fiery-tempered vixen or the penitent prostitute (Mary Magdalene, for example, is almost always depicted as a redhead). Red-haired men are often associated with either the savage barbarian or the redheaded clown. But why is this so?
Red: A History of the Redhead is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. With an obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling, author Jacky Colliss Harvey begins her quest in prehistory and traces the redhead gene as it made its way out of Africa with the early human diaspora, only to emerge under Northern skies. She goes on to explore red hair in the ancient world (from the Tarim mummies in China to the Islamic kingdom of the Khazars); the prejudice manifested against red hair across medieval Europe; red hair during the Renaissance as both an indicator of Jewishness during the Inquisition and the height of fashion in Protestant England, where it was made famous by the Henry VIII and Elizabeth I; the modern age of art, and literature, and the first positive symbols of red hair in children's characters; modern medicine and science and the genetic and chemical decoding of red hair; and finally, red hair in contemporary culture, from advertising and exploitation to gingerism and the new movement against bullying.
More than a book for redheads, Red is the exploration of evolution and gene mutation, as well as a compelling social and cultural study of how prejudice and misconceptions of other evolve across centuries and continents and are handed down through generations and from one culture to another.
Even the smartest mind can't beat the organized mind. In the digital age we are overwhelmed by information. Unable to make sense of it all, our creativity plummets, decision making suffers and we grow absent-minded. The twenty-first century sees us drowning under emails, forever juggling six tasks at once and trying to make complex decisions ever more quickly. This is information overload.
In The Organized Mind, we learn how we got here and why smart organization improves our memories and attention - and makes us more imaginative and clear-sighted. Using a combination of academic research and examples from daily life, neuroscientist and bestselling author Daniel Levitin explains how to take back control of your life. You'll discover that: your brain has a daily processing limit - why waste it on cat photos? Pressing Send or clicking Like gives a dopamine hit - it's addictive - Daydreaming is your brain at its most productive - multitasking is a bad way to do nearly everything.
This book will take you through every aspect of modern life, from healthcare to online dating to raising kids, showing that the secret to success is always organization. Levitin's ideas are surprising, powerful and will change the way you see the world. By following the advice in The Organized Mind, you'll function better, go further and find more time to do the things you actually want to do.
We all want to improve our knowledge, learn new things, and ace exams, but in this fast paced world we can feel a little time poor to really get the best from ourselves. In this amazingly practical book, memory coach and brain trainer, Tansel Ali unlocks the secrets to learning almost anything in just 48 hours. Includes exercises to hone your skills at memory and train your brain to learn well and learn fast, this is the ultimate book for anyone ready to sharpen their mind and expand their knowledge.
Are there people in your life who dominate every social situation or work meeting? In their presence, do you feel ignored, insignificant and even humiliated? If so, chances are that you are dealing with a narcissist.
Extreme narcissists make up 5 per cent of the population. Chances are, you have a best friend, partner, mother, or boss who is a narcissist. Narcissists do not empathise; there is no give and take; they never admit mistakes. Narcissists deplete the confidence of those around them in order to stay on top. If you have one in your life, you need help.
With more than thirty years of experience studying personality disorders and treating extreme narcissists, Dr Joseph Burgo has developed a useful guidebook to help you defuse hostile situations and survive assaults on your self-esteem should you ever find yourself in an extreme narcissist's orbit. Dr Burgo also examines our selfie-obsessed culture, and suggests that excessive social media activity may be breeding narcissism. He asks us to look at our own behaviour to identify the instances where our individual and occasional bouts of narcissism may be fuelling discord with our loved ones.
Authoritative and accessible, this is book that will provide genuine help for those seeking to manage or expel narcissistic toxicity their working, home and social lives and improve their relationships generally.
The world's best-selling annual is back and bursting with thousands of amazing new records, never-before-seen images, fact-packed infographics and mind-boggling trivia. And as always, we have a few more surprises in store for you...
As well as all your favorite records, relating to talented pets, superhuman achievements, big stuff and extreme vehicles, you'll find show-stopping superlatives from brand-new categories. Topics making their Guinness World Records debut include waterfalls, twins, ballooning, apps, lightning, manga, archaeology, drones, and pirates - and that's just for starters!
Check out the all-new Profile Boxes, offering a more comprehensive look into the inspiring stories behind our record-breakers. See some of our most iconic records in focus to uncover their awe-inspiring secrets. Dare to peek into the Tambora volcano - holder of the record for most powerful eruption. Marvel at the scale of the mighty blue whale - the largest animal on the planet ever! Discover what happens when atoms smash together at close to light speed...
Think that's quick? Wait until you read about the fast-and-furious world of sport stacking! So, get ready for your yearly dose of mind-blowing feats and wonders in Guinness World Records 2016 - the global authority on record-breaking.
The bestselling videogames annual is back! Bursting with mind-blowing records and tantalizing trivia, the Guinness World Records 2016: Gamer's Edition is a must-have for any gaming fan. Whether you're all about the latest first-person shooter, an app aficionado, an MMO master, or a die-hard retro gamer, you'll find show-stopping records, top 10 roundups, quick-fire facts and stats, and hundreds of amazing new images from all your favorite games. What's more, brand new for this year's book is a dedicated section just for Minecraft fans, with a mega-showcase of the greatest construction records, in-game tips and lots more blocky goodness. Plus, discover the tech milestones that have been smashed in the last year in both software and hardware, get all the insider secrets from industry experts, and marvel at the players who have hit the very top of the leaderboards. Think you can challenge the current champions? Look inside to see how to break your very own record! Guinness World Records: Gamer's Editions have sold a whopping 3+ million copies. Find out for yourself why it's a game-changer!
This creative colouring book is the perfect companion to the best-selling The LittleBook of Mindfulness. Mindfulness: A Colouring Book includes line illustrationsof the natural world - from flowers and trees to butterflies and birds that arespecially designed to be coloured in - alongside a collection of 50 inspirationalquotes that will enable you to still the mind and relax the body, whilst generatingand boosting a feeling of well-being and contentment that will permeate everyaspect of everyday life.The perfect gift to bring lasting happiness and peace for friends and family.This is a practical way to relax the mind, whilst subconsciously developing self-knowledge,expanding the imagination and nurturing creativity.
Let mindfulness practice become a weekly habit with One Year Wiser: The Colouring Book. Stop to reflect on the wise words of thinkers from Gandhi to Roosevelt while colouring in the stunning illustrations of Huffington Post blogger Mike Medaglia. The 52 illustrated meditations that comprise this beautifully produced adult colouring book will leave you inspired by the wisdom of great thinkers, soothed by the meditative practice of colouring, and more confident in your creative abilities. In a world a-buzz with distractions, One Year Wiser: The Colouring Book will empower you to stop, focus and unwind. Put your personal stamp on the words and drawings of others, and learn to become more mindful, calm and creative. Make something beautiful, admire the results - and share them with friends and loved ones.
Colouring is calming! Adults are rediscovering the soothing effect of filling in colouring books, especially those with intricately beautiful designs. This India themed colouring book offers 72 pages of beautiful illustrations, each printed on a single sheet of high-quality paper stock (suitable for multiple mediums). The stiff-backed square pad makes it easy to colour anywhere, and the detachable pages encourage you to display and share your favourites - two qualities that make this book unique in the colouring book genre.
Colouring is calming! Adults are rediscovering the soothing effect of filling in colouring books, especially those with intricately beautiful designs. This Butterfly themed colouring book offers 72 pages of beautiful illustrations, each printed on a single sheet of high-quality paper stock (suitable for multiple mediums). The stiff-backed square pad makes it easy to colour anywhere, and the detachable pages encourage you to display and share your favourites - two qualities that make this book unique in the colouring book genre.
Colouring is calming! Adults are rediscovering the soothing effect of filling in colouring books, especially those with intricately beautiful designs. This Japanese themed colouring book offers 72 pages of eastern-inspired patterns, each printed on a single sheet of high-quality paper stock (suitable for multiple mediums). The stiff-backed square pad makes it easy to colour anywhere and the detachable pages encourage you to display and share your favourites--two qualities that make this book unique in the colouring book genre. This title is part of a new coloring book series, beginning with Liberty and Japan and continuing with two more titles in Spring 2016.
Colouring is calming! Adults are rediscovering the soothing effect of filling in colouring books, especially those with intricately beautiful designs. This Liberty themed colouring book offers 72 pages of iconic floral patterns, each printed on a single sheet of high-quality paper stock (suitable for multiple mediums). The stiff-backed square pad makes it easy to colour anywhere and the detachable pages encourage you to display and share your favourites - two qualities that make this book unique in the colouring book genre. This title is part of a new coloring book series, beginning with Liberty and Japan and continuing with two more titles in Spring 2016.
In this intricate book of art prints to colour in, musician and artist Dylan Martorell explores dreamscapes and fantastical realms. Inspired by mythology and his global travels, Dylan's ethnographic bower bird aesthetic is manifested in Possible Worlds' mind-blowing detail. Add your own colourful touch to Dylan's enchanting designs or proudly display these A2 posters in all their black and white glory. Anything is possible in Possible Worlds.
By enriching the beautiful panels, illustrated by Sara Muzio, with colour, wonderful flowers and lush gardens will take shape in the pages of this book. The rich and original drawings, to complete and animate with the technique of colouring, make this volume a valuable tool to stimulate creativity and train one's own imagination, withdrawing the mind from daily stress, to devote oneself to imagine fantastic worlds populated by every kind of flower.
Hidden among the pages of this book, just like in the dense vegetation of a jungle, lurk wild animals of various shapes and sizes which appear to elude the eye of even the most careful observer. But coloring in the wonderful images which were designed just for this book, the wild beasts will come alive as if by magic, revealing all of nature's chromatic variety. These pages offer a special occasion to exercise your creativity and imagination, but they are also an ideal tool to combat the stress that daily life brings with it, thanks to the engaging activity of coloring.
Millie Marotta is a hugely popular illustrator and her idiosyncratic drawings of the botanical world are stunning. Millie Marotta's Tropical World invites you to lose yourself in a riot of colouring in and drawing. Her beautiful illustrations are crying out for a touch of colour, an additional line here and there - the most mindful of activities. The artist's intricate style of illustration will get you itching to make your own mark, whether it's to add to the fine lines on exotic trees, or add a splash of colour to petals on an exotic bloom or the feathers of a tropical parrot. Pens, crayons or paints can bring them all to life. Add your own colours to the rainsforest scenes, make a pattern with your colour choices, or try out your drawing skills by adapting the illustration. Each picture offers scope to improve your artistic skills while relaxing. The images and imaginative scenarios can be completed in colours of your choosing and are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. This book will bring enjoyment not only to illustrators and designers, but anyone who is looking for a creative outlet or mindful activity.
Not just for kids anymore, colouring delivers a deeply satisfying experience that is almost meditative and colouring books are growing in popularity as anti-stress aids for adults. Complete with intricately detailed and beautiful line-art, this book depicts a breathtaking array of birds. Your mind will focus as you fill the pages with colour, becoming calm and reducing stress. This is mindful, simple therapy for adults that can be carried out every day. With stunning illustrations to colour in and admire, this book provides a creative outlet and a deeply soothing mindful experience for those in need of a little artistic stress-busting.
Not just for kids anymore, colouring delivers a deeply satisfying experience that is almost meditative and colouring books are growing in popularity as anti-stress aids for adults. Complete with intricately detailed and beautiful line-art, this book depicts beautiful tropical scenes. Your mind will focus as you fill the pages with colour, becoming calm and reducing stress. This is mindful, simple therapy for adults that can be carried out every day. With stunning illustrations to colour in and admire, this book provides a creative outlet and a deeply soothing mindful experience for those in need of a little artistic stress-busting.
Not just for kids anymore, colouring delivers a deeply satisfying experience that is almost meditative and colouring books are growing in popularity as anti-stress aids for adults. Complete with intricately detailed and beautiful line-art, this book will depict breathtaking scenes of underwater landscapes. Your mind will focus as you fill the pages with colour, becoming calm and reducing stress. This is mindful, simple therapy for adults that can be carried out every day. With stunning illustrations to colour in and admire, this book provides a creative outlet and a deeply soothing mindful experience for those in need of a little artistic stress-busting.
Featuring 101 beautiful designs to color in and keep Whether you re trapped in a crowded train carriage, waiting room or schoolyard, the lush living forests of My Magical Oasis teeming with butterflies and birds, tendrils and petals are never out of reach . . . In this beguiling printed world, you ll find nothing but dreamy flora and fauna, blooming across the page in shades of black and white. Can you color between the lines to bring this beauteous rainbow world to life? Unlike any self-help book you ll read, My Magical Oasis a coloring book to suit would-be artists of every age is designed to help you channel your creativity in inspiring new ways. Alongside intricate zentangle designs enticingly easy to embellish with crayon or felt-tip pen you ll discover more sketchy shapes and bright white spaces for you to fill with dreamy doodles of your own. Within My Magical Oasis, there are no rules, simply the pleasure of creating beautiful pictures that you ll want to keep forever.
When your mind is distracted simply pick up this collection of 70 intricate optical illusions and reach for your colouring pencils. There are absolutely no rules - simply choose a design at random, choose any combination of colours you like, and get started. As you concentrate on the simple action of colouring in, you will find calm returning. The sheets in this pad are all detachable, so you can display your favourite creations.
Attain focus, clarity, and peace while adding bright and inspiring colors to these unique floral patterns From the Sanskrit word for circle, mandalas have been used for meditation and healing for thousands of years. Including over three dozen original images that incorporate flowers into mandala patterns, Coloring Flower Mandalas adds the beauty of the garden - including roses, hydrangeas, tulips, and sunflowers - to these intricate designs for page after page of coloring book bliss. With roots in Hinduism and Buddhism, mandalas are spiritual symbols that represent the universe. Coloring these hypnotically beautiful, mystical shapes is a meditative and enjoyable way to relax. A fun way to achieve a state of mindfulness, this book fosters creativity, reduces stress, and allows readers to embrace their inner child by focusing on the simple but engaging task of coloring in the detailed designs.
In the past, culture was a kind of vital consciousness that constantly rejuvenated and revivified everyday reality. Now it is largely a mechanism of distraction and entertainment. Notes on the Death of Culture is an examination and indictment of this transformation - penned by none other than the Nobel winner Mario Vargas Llosa, who is not only one of our finest novelists but one of the keenest social critics at work today. Taking his cues from T S Eliot - whose treatise Notes Towards the Definition of Culture is a touchstone precisely because the culture Eliot aimed to describe has since vanished - Vargas Llosa traces a decline whose ill effects have only just begun to be felt. He mourns, in particular, the figure of the intellectual: for most of the twentieth century, men and women of letters drove political, aesthetic, and moral conversations; today they have all but disappeared from public debate. But Vargas Llosa stubbornly refuses to fade into the background. He is not content to merely sign a petition; he will not bite his tongue. A necessary provocateur, here vividly translated by John King, provides an impassioned and essential critique of our time and culture.
In Silo, award-winning journalist Gillian Tett examines the structural development of institutions such as UBS, Sony and the Bank of England. While the world is increasingly interlinked in some senses, it remains profoundly fragmented in others. As organizations become larger and more global than ever before, they are apt to be divided and sub-divided into numerous different departments to facilitate productivity. However, there is a trap to the inevitability of these silos. The tunnel vision and tribalism that silos can lead to makes groups less innovative and can lead to disastrous mistakes. Institutions worldwide are made up of silos operating in isolation from one another. Silo is an eye-opening account that takes a radical anthropological approach in suggesting how we might draw them back together.
Part of the TED series: Why We Work Why do we work? The question seems so simple. But Professor Barry Schwartz proves that the answer is surprising, complex and urgent.
We've long been taught that the reason we work is primarily for a paycheck. In fact, we've shaped much of the infrastructure of our society to accommodate this belief. Then why are so many people dissatisfied with their work, despite healthy compensation? And why do so many people find immense fulfillment and satisfaction through menial jobs? Schwartz reveals exactly how the false idea that the goal for work should be pay came to be, how we came to believe that paying workers more leads to better work, and why this has made our society confused, unhappy and has established a dangerously misguided system. Ultimately, Schwartz proves that the root of what drives us to good work can rarely be incentivized, and that the cause of bad work is often an attempt to do just that.
With great insight and wisdom, Schwartz illuminates the path for readers to take their first steps toward understanding, empowering us all to find great work. Schwartz is also the author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, which has been translated into twenty languages. He can be seen discussing his ideas in his TEDTalks The Paradox of Choice and Using Our Practical Wisdom.
Wars are frequently justified 'in our name'. Militarist values and practices co-opt us, permeating our language, invading our dream space, entertaining us at the movies or in front of game consoles. Our taxes pay for those war machines. Our loved ones are killed and maimed. With killing now an integral part of the entertainment industry in video games and Hollywood films, war has become mainstream. With the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War, has come a deluge of books, documentaries, feature films and radio programmes. We will hear a great deal about the horror of the battlefield. Bourke acknowledges wider truths: war is unending and violence is deeply entrenched in our society. But it doesn't have to be this way. This book equips readers with an understanding of the history, culture and politics of warfare in order to interrogate and resist an increasingly violent world.
Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran's nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.
In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them. Then, five months later, a seemingly unrelated event occurred: A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly.
At first, the firm's programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple, routine piece of malware. But as they and other experts around the world investigated, they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity. They had, they soon learned, stumbled upon the world's first digital weapon. For Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual, physical destruction on a nuclear facility.
In these pages, Wired journalist Kim Zetter draws on her extensive sources and expertise to tell the story behind Stuxnet's planning, execution, and discovery, covering its genesis in the corridors of Bush's White House and its unleashing on systems in Iran and telling the spectacular, unlikely tale of the security geeks who managed to unravel a sabotage campaign years in the making.
But Countdown to Zero Day ranges far beyond Stuxnet itself. Here, Zetter shows us how digital warfare developed in the US. She takes us inside today's flourishing zero-day grey markets, in which intelligence agencies and militaries pay huge sums for the malicious code they need to carry out infiltrations and attacks. She reveals just how vulnerable many of our own critical systems are to Stuxnet-like strikes, from nation-state adversaries and anonymous hackers alike and shows us just what might happen should our infrastructure be targeted by such an attack.
Propelled by Zetter's unique knowledge and access, and filled with eye-opening explanations of the technologies involved, Countdown to Zero Day is a comprehensive and prescient portrait of a world at the edge of a new kind of war.
In 2006, Dylan Evans set out to answer these questions. He left his job in a high-tech robotics lab, moved to the Scottish Highlands and founded a community called The Utopia Experiment. There, together with an eclectic assortment of volunteers, he tried to live out a scenario of global collapse, free from modern technology and comforts. Within a year, Evans found himself detained in a psychiatric hospital, shattered and depressed, trying to figure out what had gone wrong. In The Utopia Experiment he tells his own extraordinary story: his frenzied early enthusiasm for this unusual project, the many challenges of post-apocalyptic living, his descent into madness and his gradual recovery. In the process, he learns some hard lessons about himself and about life, and comes to see the modern world he abandoned in a new light.
From Jeff Friesen, award-winning photographer and author of United States of LEGO(R), comes a hilarious new book of diorama photographs that uses LEGO bricks to spoof the famous work of the mysterious anonymous graffiti artist known as Banksy. Friesen gives new meaning to gritty street art using clean, modernist bricks. Bricksy goes beyond transforming the medium by expanding the scenes it plays on and adding a humorous twist to each one. Each of the eighty-four photographs is wittily captioned, delightful to look at, and appropriate for a wide range of ages. At the end of the book is a legend featuring thumbnail reproductions of each original Banksy so readers can test their knowledge of Banksy's catalogue with Friesen's LEGO spinoffs. While traditional street art is often rushed along by the threat of local law enforcement, Friesen has bountiful time to reimagine Banksy's work into glossy LEGO glory that comes off the walls and springs to life. Banksy's iconic characters gain intriguing new stories. Readers will discover where Banksy's monkeys are taking charge and who the bouquet thrower's star-crossed lover is. You've never seen Banksy like this before. You've never seen LEGO like this before. Bricksy is a must-have book for fans of Banksy, fans of LEGO, and anyone with a sense of humor.
As a colour, black is a single hue. It comes in no other shades. It is pure darkness, absorber of all light. But despite its commonly accepted role as one half of a pair (black and white, dark and light), in symbolic terms black envelops the entire spectrum of meaning.
The Story of Black explores the ambiguous relationship the world's cultures have had with this often self-contradictory colour, examining how black has been used as a tool and a metaphor in a multitude of startling ways. The Greek word melancholia (literally 'black bile') defines depression and dark moods, yet the little black dress is the epitome of chic. For the ancient Egyptians black was the colour of death and it has since become established as the sartorial hue of priests and puritans, witches and monarchs, intellectuals and artists. The colour's innate austerity has made it the choice for both funereal dress and lawyers' gowns, and of Goths and other subcultures today.
This book also assesses black's problematic association with race, observing how white Europeans exploited the negative associations of 'black' in enslaving millions of black Africans. And it looks at how artists and designers have applied the colour to their work, from Caravaggio to Turner, Reinhardt and Rothko.
How can this one colour embody such disparate values as evil, glamour, death and creativity? Not simply a history of a colour but a readable sketch of the history of culture and art in the West, The Story of Black skilfully unpicks the social, political, aesthetic and sexual nuances of black throughout the ages, unearthing the secrets behind black's continuing power to fascinate, compel and divide.
'Bouts of Mania is gripping and intelligent, perhaps the best book about boxing since David Remnick's King of the World. It puts Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman in the context of their bloody, turbulent times, and reveals how The Rumble in the Jungle and The Thrilla in Manila were backlit by the conflagrations of Vietnam and Watergate, Harlem and Watts.
It was a blip, really. It lasted not even five years, from the spring of 1971 to the autumn of 1975. But if you were in the middle of it - The Fight of the Century, The Rumble in the Jungle, The Thrilla in Manila - the hysteria might have seemed unending. It was a sustained, screeching period of tumult - more than even a single country could contain. Call it an accident of history: these three men - Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman - converging in a single space, their five fights giving us an irreproducible pandemonium.
Some of these fights still resonate in ways that go beyond any appreciation of sport. Each stands for a kind of defiance or maybe foolishness that still make sense today. But the serendipity of their riotous occupation, three of the most compelling sports personalities ever, is nothing compared to its luck of timing, and Bouts of Mania is as much about when as about what. Their fights so perfectly bookended a particular disintegration of the American psyche that it seems more a cosmic counterpoint than coincidence. This, after all, was the era of Watergate, Vietnam, Nixon and the humiliation of America. Just as David Remnick's King of the World gave us a portrait of Ali and the hope of 1960's America, Richard Hoffer's Bouts of Mania shows how these three fighters provided a moral compass during one of America's worst patches ever.
This golden age of boxing gave reassurance to a shattered country that such fundamental if sometimes elusive qualities of courage and determination still mattered. And when it was all over neither they, nor the rest of the world would ever be the same again.
If St George were The Beatles of rugby league, with hits year after year in the early part of the decade, then South Sydney were surely The Rolling Stones. And just as The Beatles vacated the world stage and surrendered the title of best rock and roll band in the world to The Stones, South Sydney assumed the mantle of Sydney Premiers and produced their own golden era from 1967 to 1971. Glory Days: The Story of South Sydney's Golden Era is the inside story of the men who made history with the Rabbitohs during five consecutive grand final appearances. This was a record-breaking period punctuated by an upset loss to Balmain in the 1969 grand final. Author Alan Whiticker takes you behind the scenes of a marvellous era of rugby league.
What happened at Essendon, what happened at Cronulla, is only part of the story. From the basement office of a suburban football club to the seedy corners of Peptide Alley to the polished corridors of Parliament House, The Straight Dope is an inside account of the politics, greed and personal feuds which fuelled an extraordinary saga. Clubs and coaches determined to win, a sports scientist who doesn't play by the rules, a generation of footballers held hostage by scandal and injected with who knows what, sport administrators hell bent on control, an anti-doping authority out of its depth, an unpopular government that just wants it to end - for two tumultuous seasons this was the biggest game in Australia.
'The smallest feline is a masterpiece.' Leonardo da Vinci This pocket-sized miscellany, packed with fascinating facts, heart-warming stories and inspiring quotes about cats, is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy of hearing the soothing purr of a feline companion.
This pocket-sized miscellany - packed with doggy facts, stories of the world's most impressive canine feats and famous mutts from literature, history and art, and tips on looking after your pooch - is perfect for anyone who values the trusty companionship of their favourite hound.
Have a no-rush attitude to your day. Feel the breeze in your hair and the sun on your face. Mindfulness is nothing new to cats, as this little book demonstrates. Learn from your feline how to live in the present and approach every day with a calm and positive attitude.
Become aware of your body. Listen to the sounds around you and notice the thoughts in your mind. Mindfulness is nothing new to dogs, as this little book demonstrates. Learn from your canine how to live in the present and approach every day with a calm and positive attitude.
Ronnie Barker has long been known as one of Britain's greatest comedy performers. But he was also responsible for writing much of the material he performed, often hiding the fact from the public by using a number of pen names. Showcasing the complete work of a true comic icon, All I Ever Wrote is a laugh-out-loud collection of sketches, monologues, songs, poems and scripts from every strand of Ronnie's long and brilliant career. With gems like 'Fork Handle's,' Three Classes' and 'Pismonouncers Unanimous, Ronnie's clever writing, double entendres and spoonerisms will bring a smile to your face, as you rediscover some of the twentieth century's finest comedy moments.
Sixty-five years of Peanuts, generations of fans, a gang of beloved characters, but only one creator: the legend, Charles M. Schulz. Andrews McMeel is proud to showcase the paperback edition of Celebrating Peanuts. It is packed with commentary from throughout Schulz's career, making this book not only a heartwarming tribute but also a true collector's item. This special tribute is arranged by decade, to spotlight the highlights and development of this world favorite classic.
'Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and laxative on the same night' is just one of the hilarious snippets of advice from Aunty Acid. Aunty Acid is the sassy senior created to give the crazy lady in all of us a voice that can be heard from ten blocks away. With her long-suffering husband Walt, Aunty Acid tells it like it is and has her own unique opinions on everything. She has over one and a quarter million Facebook fans a number which grows by over 10,000 a day as word on her wit and sassy sayings spreads across social media platforms where she reaches over 20 million people each week. Aunty Acid is created by Ged Backland and is brought to life by the team at the Backland Studio in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in Northern England.
Aunty Acid is the sassy senior created to give "the crazy old lady in all of us" a voice that can be heard from ten blocks away. With her long-suffering husband, Walt, Aunty Acid tells it like it is and has her own unique opinions on everything. Her fan base is still growing by more than 1,000 a day as word on her wit and sassy sayings spreads to millions each week. AUTHOR: Aunty Acid is created by Ged Backland and is brought to life by the team at the Backland Studio in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in Northern England. Their other properties include the widely successful Scarlett and Crimson series.
What to do when someone you love begins to forget. Having a loved one with memory loss is no laughing matter, but a little humour can help. With her sage advice and trademark irreverence, Joan Sauers helps to relieve the frustration of dealing with dementia sufferers while offering practical advice that will help you help them. Above all she reminds you that, though it may feel like the loneliest job in the world, you are not alone.
What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it...
Following on from his groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.
Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path towards a more humane world in which people with learning differences have access to the resources they need to live happier and more meaningful lives.
Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger's syndrome, whose 'little professors' were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' activists seeking respect, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences.
Our poor health and growing waistlines can be traced back to the hidden crisis of a micronutrient deficiency. More than 90 percent of all Americans are deficient in at least one of these health-promoting vitamins and minerals and don't even know it. According to Jayson and Mira Calton, micronutrients vitamins and minerals essential for optimum health are being stripped from our diet and depleted by our lifestyle habits. And these deficiencies cause today's most common illnesses. Mira herself developed advanced osteoporosis at the age of 30. But with Jayson's help, she reversed her disease through micronutrient therapy. These authors are now ready to share this incredible cure-all program with readers everywhere. Complete with cutting-edge science and success stories, The Micronutrient Miracle reveals how our habits may be depleting essential micronutrients and provides an easy, prescriptive plan to reverse these effects. This book will appeal to a wide variety of readers, regardless of their preferred dietary profile, including low-carb, low-fat, vegan, and even Paleo options.
Anatomically correct: An unsurpassed treatise of the human bodyWe owe a great debt to Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery (1797-1849) for his Atlas of Anatomy, which was not only a massive event in medical history, but also remains one of the mostcomprehensive and beautifully illustrated anatomical treatises ever published.
Bourgery began work on his magnificent atlas in 1830 in cooperation with illustratorNicolas Henri Jacob (1782-1871), a student of the French painterJacques Louis David. The first volumes were published the following year, but completion of the treatise required nearly two decades of dedication; Bourgery lived just long enough to finish his labor of love, but the last of the treatise's eight volumes was not published in its entirety until five years after his death.
The four parts of Bourgery's treatise cover descriptive anatomy, surgical anatomy and techniques(exploring in detail nearly all the major operations that were performed during the first half of the 19th century),general anatomy and embryology, and microscopic anatomy. Jacob's spectacular hand-colored, life-size lithographs are remarkable for their clarity, color, and aesthetic appeal, reflecting a combination ofdirect laboratory observation and illustrative research.
Unsurpassed to this day, the images offer exceptional anatomical insight, not only for those in the medical field but also for artists, students, and anyone interested in the workings and wonder of the human body.Text in English, French, and German
Becoming A Mother releases women from the pressure to be perfect mothers. Rather than a book that teaches how to change a nappy or schedule a feed, it explores the often unspoken challenges of caring for a baby in the first year and the complex emotions women experience as they are transformed into mothers. In the moment of birth it is not only a baby that is born, but a mother too. Throughout the first difficult year of their babies' lives, many women secretly doubt that they will emerge as the loving, confident mothers they long to be. In her book, Becoming a Mother, Lisa Stathis explores this emotional journey. through shared stories, women learn that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. As a social worker and qualified family therapist, Leisa has a professional as well as a mother's perspective. She refers to the early days of being a new mum as the 'fourth trimester' and includes chapters on interesting topics frequently not discussed, such as 'the Unmothered Mother.' Perhaps the most powerful message Leisa gives women is a reminder that, as mothers, in amongst all that we don't know and feel we are doing wrong, there are many, many things we are doing wonderfully right.
In this workbook, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka brings readers into her world-famous workshops, where she offers parents and educators insights, emotional support and proven strategies for dealing with spirited children. The key word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is more - more intense, more persistent, more sensitive and more uncomfortable with change. Through exercises, observations and dialogue from actual groups, Kurcinka helps readers learn to identify the triggers that lead to tantrums and challenging behaviors. Included are clues to help you identify the little things that can make or break a day, tips for profiling your child's temperament and your own, cues that indicate intensity is rising, successful strategies for reducing and eliminating power struggles. By combining the intuition and compassion gained from parenting a spirited child with the wisdom of an expert who has worked with thousands of families, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka helps parents and educators view their unique challenge with perseverance, flexibility, sensitivity, and, most of all, enjoyment.
In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances; are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers; are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex; have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success. Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.
We live in small worlds. Conscious change requires deliberate effort, and so, for the most part, we avoid it. But what happens when something occurs, from within or without, that changes all that? The first book in the mesmerizing How To Live trilogy, How We Are examines how we negotiate change in our everyday lives - the way we build personal narratives around the people, places and things that surround us, and what happens when our story is disrupted, whether by small acts or profound change. Drawing on personal stories from everyday lives in transition, and a staggering range of literary and cultural references, from Rebecca to Mad Men to Proust, Deary shows us how we can resist being mere habit machines, and make our acts and our lives more fully our own.
In Resonate Dr Louise Mahler, voice coach extraordinaire, demonstrates that your mind, body and voice are inextricably linked. By approaching voice through an understanding of the whole body, Louise explains how your state of mind determines the way you hold your body, how your feelings resonate through your voice and how this sequence ultimately influences the efficacy of your communication. She explains the most common ways people react to nerves or excitement, as well as how your listeners respond to your voice and gestures - and how to use these to communicate more powerfully. Whether you struggle to make a point at work or a school committee meeting; whether you're going for the next big job or trying to improve your performance in the one you have; or you simply want better ways to communicate, Resonate will show you how to tune in to your own vocal intelligence, identify the physical and mental blocks that are holding you back, and reclaim your authentic voice. With its practical exercises, inspiring real-life stories and insightful tips, this book will unlock your confidence and show you how to make your message resonate.
Have you ever longed to be healthy, have lots of energy and be comfortable with your body weight? This is an easy-to-read book offering an effective 'habit-a-week' approach. Incorporate one new habit per week into your lifestyle across an entire year (52 weeks). Simple habits lead to good health, energy and optimum body weight. The simpler we keep things, the more likely we are to stick with any changes we make. By following the week-by-week advice within these pages you will see you have the health that you and your body deserve. You will start to regain the energy and vitality you thought you'd lost or never previously attained. Your appetite and body weight will come into alignment with what is healthy for your frame. In essence, you will regain your health back and with it your life.
A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market. People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how to turn this fact to personal advantage in scores of everyday situations, from playing the lottery to buying a home. This is mind-reading for real life. Will the next tennis serve go right or left? Will the market go up or down? Most people are poor at that kind of predicting. We are hard-wired to make bum bets on trends and winning streaks that are illusions. Yet ultimately we're all in the business of anticipating the actions of others. Poundstone reveals how to overcome the errors and improve the accuracy of your own outguessing. Rocks Breaks Scissors is a hands-on guide to turning life's odds in your favor.
Over thirty different examples of situations and ideas to show you how you can change your approach and change your life... Looking to nail an Interview? Want to make a better first impression on a Date? Trying to make your Money go further? Bet you never thought being a bit more Psychopath could be the answer. Time to grab that bullsh t by the horns! Dr Kevin Dutton studies psychopaths and his latest subject is SAS hero Andy Mcnab. He's a bit different, he's a Good Psychpath. Andy can control qualities like decisiveness, ruthlessness and fearlessness to get the Best out of himself and life. Together, this unlikely duo has established what they call the Seven Deadly Wins, the personality quirks that make up the difference between you and a psychopath. And now it's time to put their theories to the test. Sorted! The Good Psychopath's Guide to Bossing Your Life offers a new approach to the everyday to help you get more out of life than it gets out of you.
Almost all of us want to make a difference. So we volunteer, donate to charity, recycle or try to cut down our carbon emissions. But rarely do we know how much of a difference we're really making. In a remarkable re-examination of the evidence, Doing Good Better reveals why buying sweatshop-produced goods benefits the poor; why cosmetic surgeons can do more good than charity workers; and why giving to a relief fund is generally not the best way to help after a natural disaster. By examining the charities you give to, the volunteering you do, the goods you buy and the career you pursue, this fascinating and often surprising guide shows how through simple actions you can improve thousands of lives - including your own.
How many times have you been confronted with a checklist that asks you to define yourself as single, married, widowed or divorced? But what about those of us who don't see themselves in these boxes? What about the women who are happily single but dating? In recent years what it means to be a single woman has evolved. We're no longer sitting at home, waiting for the phone to ring. Sure, we're looking for love, but why should we take ourselves off the market in the meantime? Today, we want to do it all, without necessarily saying 'I do': love affairs, casual flings, booty calls, internet dating, holiday romances, finding Mr Right, Mr Right Now and even Mr Wrong. We are open to the idea of marriage and true love, but are making the most of the #singlebutdating life while we have it. #singlebutdating is not a set of rules and steps to help you bag a husband and walk down the aisle. It's a single girl's guide to life in a modern dating world, and the tools she needs to survive and thrive in it. Dr Nikki Goldstein is Australia's modern day expert on all things relating to sex, relationships and everything in between. And like the growing number of women in their twenties and thirties, she is also a #singlebutdating woman, and proud of it.
Simple Ideas, Lasting LoveBetween busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall by the wayside. We forget to compliment, to give gifts just because, to linger in our embrace. The things that say I love you seem to either not get said or not get through. This is a book about saying it-and hearing it-clearly. No gimmicks. No psychoanalyzing. Just learning to express love in your spouse's language.With over 10 million copies sold, The 5 Love Languages (r) has transformed countless relationships. Its ideas are simple and conveyed with clarity and humor, making this book as practical as it is personable. You'll be inspired by real-life stories and Dr. Gary Chapman's commonsense yet perceptive insights on relationships. Reading this book feels like taking a walk with a wise friend. Applying it will change your relationship forever-starting today.
As a teenager, Michele Rosenthal was diagnosed with a disease so rare none of her doctor's had actually seen a case. She recovered, but found as an adult that she was suffering from a storehouse of nightmarish memories from her near-fatal illness. For years she experienced PTSD, until she developed tools that worked to heal her symptoms.In Heal Your PTSD, Rosenthal applies the tools and ideas she developed from reclaiming her own life after trauma. As she says, We're all individual in our traumas, but completely universal in our post-trauma experience. Every trauma survivor needs education, compassion, creativity, ideas, hope, and belief, to name a few. She tackles post trauma identity, the science of the brain and body (as it relates to trauma), common problems and how to resolve them, how to gain (and maintain) momentum, and so much more. She provides readers not only with healing thoughts on each topic, but actionable steps for moving forward with their lives.
'There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than an adolescent son or daughter during the attempt to liberate themselves'. Anna Freud was one of the most creative and innovative thinkers in the history of psychoanalysis, whose pioneering work in child analysis and development revolutionized the treatment of the young. This essential anthology of her writings includes extracts from her classic The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence, as well as papers on normal and pathological child development, on adolescence, trauma, aggression and analytical technique. Together they offer a definitive overview of her entire career, displaying the richness, variety and originality of her thinking.
Our beloved Agony Aunts and Uncles return in a new six-part series covering a diverse range of topics that will get you thinking, keep you wondering and make you laugh. This series includes: The Agony of the Body The Agony of God The Agony of Secrets The Agony of Flirting The Agony of School The Agony of Ageing Featuring Waleed Aly, Lawrence Mooney, Yumi Stynes, Dave O'Neil, Kate Langbroek, John Elliott, and many more.
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear. Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.
Part travelogue, part memoir, this deeply moving story of self-discovery - told through journeys on foot along the glittering rivers of Britain - is nature writing at its finest and destined to be a classic of memoir. Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the beauty of the British countryside. One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine sets out - accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter, Evie - with the idea of following a river from the sea to its source. The luminously observed landscape provides both a constant and a context to their expeditions. But what begins as a diversion from grief soon evolves into a journey to the source of life itself, when a chance circumstance forces Katharine to the door of the woman who gave her up all those years ago. Combining travelogue, memoir, exquisite nature writing, fragments of poetry and tales from Celtic mythology, The Fish Ladder has a rare emotional resonance. A portrait of motherhood, of a literary marriage and a hymn to the adoptive family, this captivating story of self-discovery is, most of all, an exploration of the extraordinary majesty of the natural world. Imbued with a keen and joyful intelligence, this original and life-affirming book is set to become a classic of its genre.
Things are hotting up in this latest thriller from bestselling author Felix Francis, in his fifth solo novel Front Runner. Jefferson Hinkley is back. In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff is approached by the multi-time champion jockey, Dave Swinton, to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose. Little does Jeff realise that the call would result in an attempt on his life, locked in a sauna with the temperature well above boiling point. Dave Swinton is then found dead, burnt beyond recognition in his car at a deserted beauty spot. The police think it's a suicide but Jeff is not so sure. He starts to investigate the possible races that Swinton could have intentionally lost but discovers instead that others are out to prevent him from doing so, at any cost.
In today's economy, being qualified is not enough. Do you want advice on how to stand out in a crowded marketplace? Do you want to take your career to the next level and beyond? In Stand Out & Succeed, career and business strategist Christy Frank explains how the job market really works, and shows you the strategies, psychology and tactics you need to know to get a lucrative, recession-proof career you love. The biggest problem with finding a job today is that we actually have two job markets, and 95% of people don't how to perform well in either. Stand Out & Succeed is written to be both transformational and technical, giving readers a new perspective on themselves and showing them how they can attract potential employers.