A forensic look at the Lucky Country, from the inside and outside. Never before has Australia enjoyed such economic, commercial, diplomatic and cultural clout. Its recession-proof economy is the envy of the world. It's the planet's great lifestyle superpower. Its artistic exports win unprecedented acclaim. But never before has its politics been so brutal, narrow and facile, as well as being such a global laughing stock.
A positive national story is at odds with a deeply unattractive Canberra story. The country should be enjoying The Australian Moment, so vividly described by the best-selling author George Megalogenis. But that description may turn out to be inadvertently precise. It could end up being just that: a fleeting moment. At present the country seems to be in speedy regression, with the nation's leaders, on both sides, mired in relatively small problems, such as the arrival of boat people, rather than mapping out a larger and more inspiring national future.
In The Rise and Fall of Australia, BBC correspondent and author Nick Bryant offers an outsider's take on the great paradox of modern-day Australian life: of how the country has got richer at a time when its politics have become more impoverished. In this thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking book, dealing with politics, racism, sexism, the country's place in the region and the world, culture and sport, the author argues that Australia needs to discard the out-dated language used to describe itself, to push back against Lucky Country thinking, to celebrate how the cultural creep has replaced the cultural cringe and to stop negatively typecasting itself.
Rejecting most of the national stereotypes, Nick Bryant sets out to describe the new Australia rather than the mythic country so often misunderstood not just by foreigners but Australians themselves.
From the man who won the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 and married a human statue comes a book of weird and wonderful psychological experiments from the far-flung corners of human experience.
Richard Stephens became the focus of international media attention for his research on the psychological benefits of swearing, and here he turns his gaze on other pieces of surprising and bizarre psychology research. What do you know about sex lives of lab rats? How about why hangovers can make you drink more, or why rollercoasters can reduce symptoms of asthma?
Black Sheep provides a weird and wonderful tour of fascinating research from the world of psychological science. There will be ingenious methodology and the dazzling findings across sex, addiction, bad language and fast driving. There will be drunkenness, hangovers, love, victory, split-second emergencies and close brushes with death. And on top of that there will be plenty of interesting ideas and findings many of which you won't see coming.
Reading this book will change how you think about sex, driving, love and drugs and you'll never look at stress and boredom the same way again.
Inspired by Tony Abbott’s immortal verbal overreach, The Suppository of All Wisdom is a hilarious, fully illustrated guide to the words and expressions we most often mangle, muck up and just don’t quite understand.
You’ll be amazed at how many supposably well-educated speakers make mistakes - from schoolteachers, to newsreaders, to Rhodes Scholar prime ministers. Too often the misinformed flaunt the rules, and that’s a travesty. In one foul swoop, this book will make you sound smarter. It is the ultimate grammar guide, literally awesome, and begs the question: why not buy two?
Introducing a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next green revolution. When Malthus famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern agriculture. New seeds, chemicals and irrigation, coupled with free trade, drove the greatest global population boom in history - but left ecological devastation and an unsustainable agro-economic status quo in their wake. Now, with a greater number of mouths to feed than ever before, tightening global food supplies have spurred riots and reform around the world.
Joel K. Bourne Jr. takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hotspots, searching for new solutions that can sustainably feed us all. He visits young corporate farmers trying to restore Ukraine as Europe's breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist channelling ancient Chinese traditions, the agronomist behind the world's largest organic sugar-cane plantation, and many other people and groups, large and small, who are racing to stave off a Malthusian catastrophe. Part history, part reportage, part advocacy, The End of Plenty is a wake-up call for anyone concerned with what the coming decades will hold for our planet and its inhabitants if we don't take action.
In winter 2014, a Tibetan monk lectured the world leaders gathered at Davos on the importance of Happiness. In the recent DSM 5, the charter of all diagnosable mental illnesses for the first time included shyness and grief as treatable diseases. Happiness has become the biggest idea of ourage, a new religion dedicated to well being. In this brilliant dissection of our times, political economist William Davies shows how this philosophy, first pronounced by Jeremy Bentham in the 1780s, has dominated the political debates that have delivered neoliberalism. From a history of business strategies of how to get the best out of employees, to the increased level of surveillance measuring every aspect of our lives, why experts prefer to measure the chemical in the brain than ask you how you are feeling, to why Freakonomics tells us less about the way people behave than expected, The Happiness Industry is an essential guide to the marketisation of modern life. He shows that the science of happiness is less a science than an extension of hyper capitalism.
This is an irreverent and controversial examination of why some nations succeed that will overturn all received wisdom. With an abundance of data and evidence, Move UP explores the societal and biological factors that determine whether cultures are able to ascend socially, economically and intellectually. This provocative, ambitious and entertaining book devises a formula that will allow countries and individuals to assess their own potential for upward mobility. Drawing on science and statistics as much as on human instinct and emotion, Move UP reconsiders the modern world with a motion to improving it.
A cancer diagnosis is the beginning of what can be a difficult journey but with Australia's most trusted GP Kerryn Phelps' new book, it's a journey you need not take alone. From diagnosis to treatment to remission, The Cancer Recovery Plan is Prof Kerryn Phelps' guide making your cancer journey informed and supported. The Cancer Recovery Plan features: Sound advice on what to do when you are diagnosed; Clear information on cancer-specific treatments; Medically proven adjunctive therapies to manage pain, nausea and other side effects; Compassionate strategies for coping with the emotional toll of cancer on patients and families; Tips for how to maximise your health and get your life back after cancer. Clear, compassionate and informative, The Cancer Recovery Plan is the ultimate guide to the cancer journey.
This title offers a unique insight into T'ai Chi as a philosophy, a discipline, a martial art and a source of spiritual and physical well-being. A series of essays by a T'ai Chi master who has practised the art for some 40 years and taught it to others, both to those in need of therapeutic help and to future trainers, for over 30 years. Through insightful essays on such topics as the Buddhist and Taoist 'roots' of T'ai Chi, on T'ai Chi as prayer, meditation, and martial practice, and on the essential need to combine physical with spiritual practice, Bunnag offers insight into the essence of this ancient and powerful art. Suitable for all ages and levels of attainment. This is an excellent complement to 'how to' books that reveals the spiritual dimension of this ancient art. The author is one of the world's leading proponents and practitioners. This is the first book devoted solely to revealing the essence of T'ai Chi.
Created by nutritional therapist Amelia Freer - who has over seven years' experience in changing people's lives and an eight month waiting list for her consultations - Eat. Nourish. Glow reveals the 10, easy-to-follow principles which will ban fad diets to the distant past, whilst guiding you to a rejuvenated future. Revealing the sought after secrets she shares with her prestigious client list, Amelia presents a simple food philosophy which will empower readers to make healthy decisions about the food they buy, as well as kicking the unhealthy habits and addictive foods that are causing them to feel sluggish and exhausted. Including a dedicated recipe chapter featuring quick, easy, delicious and nutritious recipes for every meal, Amelia shows that you don't have to compromise on taste to eat well. From Almond, Apricot and Rose Yoghurt to Crunchy Crab Salad and Salted Hazelnut Choc Caramels, eating healthily has never been so effortless. Practical, simple, tried and tested, Eat. Nourish. Glow is the nutritional companion to guide you to a rejuvenated, re-energised you.
Sheyne Rowley is known as Australia's Baby Whisperer because of the highly successful program she's developed to help parents assist their babies to be calm, content and happy. In this concise, easy-to-read book, Sheyne outlines the skills your baby needs for good sleep, which include: learning to cope with being put into their cot awake, acceptance of parental guidance, the ability to cope with parents leaving the room before they go to sleep and learning to be comfortable in their own space. Your child's sleep will be transform by Sheyne's tried and tested strategies showing you how to identify your child's individual sleep needs, which might be low, average or high; and, communicate with your baby so you can ask them to go to sleep without tears and tantrums. After years of working closely with thousands of families, Sheyne's first book, Dream Baby Guide, was absolutely comprehensive. This new condensed version is perfect for exhausted, time-poor parents desperate to show their baby how to sleep - and have some blissful slumber themselves.
Life is full of highs and lows and as our children grow up you can't always be there to help them navigate their emotions or situations. This book tells parents, in very practical terms, what you can do from birth to twelve to ensure your children have their best chance at coping with life. We are so intensely involved in keeping our children happy in the present that we don't consider what this means for their emotional state in the future. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to peer pressure and mental health issues, but you can give your children the tools to prepare them for independent, safe, happy teenage years and beyond. Learn how important it is to establish boundaries, discipline and good role models so that children can develop the necessary qualities to deal with whatever comes their way. With these essential life skills in their toolbox, your children will grow up to be just fine!
All children have greater capacity and inner genius than either we or they realise. This book is about helping you to unlock that potential. It is designed to help you to parent intentionally so that your children can flourish and develop their own form of creative imaginative genius. It is NOT about hothousing children or having them leap years ahead at school. Children are born bright, curious and inquisitive. All too often in middle childhood, the initial fires of genius that burned so brightly falter, and there is a risk that they will be snuffed out. If this happens, children fear trying new things and worry about making mistakes. the child is left with a stunted version of their abilities and themselves. Fortunately the power of parents to ignite the blaze of brilliance at this time becomes truly inspiring. You have at your fingertips the best laboratory for unlocking your child's genius - it's called the world. By exploring, creating and playing in it you can expand your child's mind. By taking time with to delight and wonder and be curious you ignite sparks that will flicker and flourish throughout your child's life.
The Mechanism of Mind presents Edward de Bono's original theories on how the brain functions, processes information and organises it. It explains why the brain, the 'mechanism', can only work in certain ways and introduces the four basic types of thinking that have gone on to inform his life's work, namely 'natural thinking', 'logical thinking',' mathematical thinking' and 'lateral thinking'. De Bono also outlines his argument for introducing the word 'PO' as an alternative to the word 'NO' when putting lateral thinking into practice. Drawing on colourful visual imagery to help explain his theories and thought-processes, from light bulbs and sugar cubes to photography and water erosion, The Mechanism of Mind remains as fascinating and as insightful as it was when it was first published in 1969. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of how the mind works and organises information - and how Edward de Bono came to develop his creative thinking tools.
This is a fascinating, practical guide to making better decisions with our money, health and personal lives from Gerd Gigerenzer, the author of Reckoning with Risk. Numbers don't lie - but they often mislead us. From health risks to financial decisions, we often find it hard to make decisions because the statistics have been presented to us by 'experts' who misinterpret the data themselves. Here Gerd Gigerenzer shows how we can all use simple rules to become better-informed, risk-savvy citizens.
In this fascinating and illuminating work, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions bravely asked. Mlodinow profiles some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers who explored these questions - Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Lavoisier among them - and makes clear that just as science has played a key role in shaping the patterns of human thought, human subjectivity has played a key role in the evolution of science. At once authoritative and accessible, and infused with the author's trademark wit, this deeply insightful book is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity.
We live in a Big Me culture: universities and businesses alike reward goal-oriented superstars and those who self-promote are most likely to thrive. But what does this say about us? David Brooks argues that our hunger for wealth and status is eroding our ability to create meaningful inner lives. To show us how to live better, he looks at people whose sense of humility was fundamental to their success. What they all understood was a simple but counterintuitive truth: in order to fulfill yourself, you must learn how to forget yourself.
The complete guide to mastering the art of effective body language Body Language For Dummies is your ideal guide to understanding other people, and helping them understand you. Body language is a critical component of good communication, and often conveys a bigger message than the words you say. This book teaches you how to interpret what people really mean by observing their posture, gestures, eye movements, and more, and holds up a mirror to give you a clear idea of how you're being interpreted yourself. This updated third edition includes new coverage of virtual meetings, multicultural outsourcing environments, devices, and boardroom behaviours for women, as well as insight into Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's research into how body language affects testosterone and cortisol, as published in the Harvard Business Review.
The Soul of Leadership decodes the mysterious qualities that have propelled history's greatest leaders to the top of the ranks and shrouded them in legend - Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Buddha - and provides a hands-on approach to understanding and mastering these qualities. The 10 Fundamental Principles, which Deepak Chopra believes all leaders should follow, include: a leader is the symbolic soul of the group; inner qualities determine the outcome of any situation; for every need, the right response can be found; great leaders can respond to all situations from the higher levels of spirit; and a leader focused only on external goals (money, victory, power) will fail. Using well-known examples of great leaders and a clear, concise breakdown of the virtues that a great leader must possess, The Soul of Leadership demystifies leadership and empowers us all to become leaders in our own right - from managing a family crisis to starting our own business.
When this important work was originally published in 1950 - the first book in this country on anxiety-it was hailed as a work ahead of its time. Still just as relevant and illuminating, The Meaning of Anxiety challenges the idea that mental health means living without anxiety, and explores anxiety's potential for self-realization as well as exploring ways to avoid its destructive aspects.
This book offers a ground-breaking argument for better treatment of mental health from Richard Layard (author of Happiness) and David M. Clark. Britain has become a world leader in providing psychological therapies thanks to the work of Richard Layard and David Clark. But, even so, in Britain and worldwide the majority of people who need help still don't get treatment. This is both unjust and a false economy.
This book argues for change. It shows that mental ill-health causes more of the suffering in our society than physical illness, poverty or unemployment. Moreover, greater spending on helping people to recover from mental health problems - and stay well - would generate massive savings to national economies, as those who suffer from depression and anxiety disorders account for nearly a half of all disability and are predominantly of working age.
Modern talking therapies, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), are highly effective, and if more sufferers got these treatments, lives would be turned around and the cost would be fully covered by the huge savings. Thrive explores the new effective solutions to the misery and injustice caused by mental illness.
It describes how successful psychological treatments have been developed and explains what works best for whom. It also urges us to do all we can to prevent these problems in the first place, through better schools and a better society. And, most importantly, it offers real hope.
This text provides an engaging overview to the core topics within Forensic Psychology, guiding the reader through this exciting and popular discipline. Combining a discussion of theory with information about the role of a professional forensic psychologist, and including a glossary of key terms, case studies and suggestions for further reading, this is an informative study guide for anyone approaching the academic study of Forensic Psychology for the first time.
Despite countless studies on the topic, we don't yet know the answer to the question What is an emotion? This book, based on a popular course taught by the authors, delves into different ways of understanding all our emotions, from happiness to shame and everything in between.
Why is every film or tv programme a sequel or a remake? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it ok? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell. Join him on a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Richard III, Downton Abbey to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious modern world.
Is menopause an Equal Opportunity annoyer? Ask any cat, and she wont know what you're talking about, but ask any woman of a certain age and that woman may well have a few choice words to say on the subject. In With the Right Hat, They'll Never Notice the Whiskers, author K.P. Kelly lets some cranky chapeau-loving feline friends do the talking, approaching this heated topic with wry humor, a waggish attitude, and more than a few catty comments.
For the first time ever YouTube personality Miranda Sings is sharing her life lessons and tutorials on paper, full of her own illustrations and photos. In it you'll find Miranda's instructions on all you need to know in life, from how to get a boyfriend (wear all black and carry a fishing net) to performing magic tricks (magic is lying). This is a self-declared lifesaving book, and if you don't like it... well as Miranda would say... 'Haters, back off!'
What Could Possibly Go Wrong... is the sixth book in Jeremy Clarkson's bestselling The World According to Clarkson series. No one writes about cars like Jeremy Clarkson. While most correspondents are too buys diving straight into BHP, MPG and MPH, Jeremy appreciates that there are more important things to life. Don't worry, we'll get to the cars. Eventually. But first we should consider: The case for invading France; The overwhelming appeal of a nice sit-down; The inconvenience of gin and tonic; Why clothes are no better than ice cream; Spot-welding with the Duchess of Kent and why Denmark is the best place in the world Armed only with conviction, curiosity, enthusiasm and a stout pair of trousers, Jeremy hurtles around the world - along motorway, autoroute, freeway and autobahn - in search of answers to life's puzzles and ponderings without forethought or fear for his own safety. What, you have to ask, could possibly go wrong...
As students, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter spent a lot of time laughing at magazine pieces entitled things like '50 Sex Tips to Please Your Man' (particularly the ones that encouraged bringing baked goods into the bedroom). They laughed at the ridiculous 'circles of shame' detailing minor weight fluctuations of female celebs, or the shocking presence of armpit hair. And at the articles telling you how to remove cellulite from your arse using coffee granules. But when they stopped laughing, they started to feel a bit uneasy. Was this relentless hum about vajazzles and fat removal just daft - at worst a bit patronising - or was something more disturbing going on? Was it time to say no? They thought so. So they launched The Vagenda blog in 2012, and now they have written this laugh-out-loud book. It is a brilliantly bolshy rallying call to girls and women of all ages. Caitlin Moran asked 'How to be a Woman': The Vagenda asks real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are.
In 2003-04, Arsenal overcame every conceivable challenge to complete a 38-game league without a single loss. It was a feat unequalled in modern football. But for Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles', a team including legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, it was a challenge that went far beyond sport. Based on exclusive players interviews, this definitive book relives the pivotal games and moments, and allows the Invincibles to tell their own story. It takes readers inside the locker room, to reveal the teamwork, the psychology and the struggle behind one of the greatest teams in history.
Tennis's gladiatorial beauty, its stylish duelling and fashionable court-wear make it a romantic's dream. Ever since young men and women first came together to play on vicarage lawns, this most Victorian of games has always had a peculiarly passionate undercurrent - love even makes it into the scoring system. And passion in other forms - the rivalry of Federer and Nadal, and John McEnroe's legendary angry outbursts. Beyond the romance, tennis has always been a barometer of the times. French star Suzanne Lenglen was a celebrity trailblazer, Jimmy Connors channelled punk, and Henman Hill is unrecognisable from the days when the All England Club ostracised working-class Fred Perry - and the great English tennis champion who is now more famous as a leisure clothing brand than a sportsman. Love Game is the must-have companion for tennis fans during Wimbledon 2015. It tells the story of tennis' journey from upper-middle-class hobby to global TV spectacle, taking in the innovators and trendsetters, the great players, heroes and iconoclasts, and the politics, class wars and culture clashes of what could rightfully be called the 'beautiful game'.
The most famous sports book in the world, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. Wisden 2015 - the 152nd edition - contains coverage of every first-class game in every cricket nation, and reports and scorecards for all Tests and ODIs. Including the eagerly awaited Notes by the Editor, the Cricketers of the Year awards, and some of the finest sports writing of the year - such as the brilliant obituaries - together with trenchant opinion, compelling features and comprehensive records, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack truly is a must-have for every cricket fan. A perennial bestseller in the UK.