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Copyfight: Talking About Copyright

Copyfight: Talking About Copyright

Phillipa McGuinness

$29.99

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What rights do artists and creators have in a world where everything is free? Copyright is one of the central economic and creative issues of our time. We expect to be able to log on and read, watch or listen to anything, anywhere, anytime. Then copy it, share it, quote it, sample it, remix it. 

Does this leave writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, artists and game developers with any rights at all? Have we forgotten how to pay for content? Is the concept of making a living from creative work outdated? Without effective copyright protection will key Australian businesses collapse? And perhaps the biggest question: has illegal downloading become the largest industry of all and copyright violation a way of life?

Copyfight brings together writers, musicians and others from creative industries, media companies, cultural institutions, law firms and universities, including John Birmingham, Linda Jaivin, Clem Bastow and Lindy Morrison.
Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter About Almost Everything

Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter About Almost Everything

Stephen J. Dubner ,  Steven D. Levitt

$22.99

The Freakonomics books have come to stand for challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions. Now Levitt and Dubner have turned what they've learned into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking smarter, harder, and different - thinking, that is, like a Freak. Think Like a Freak offers rules like 'Put Your Moral Compass in Your Pocket,' 'The Upside of Quitting,' 'Just Because You're Great at Something Doesn't Mean You're Good at Everything,' and 'If You Have No Talent, Follow Levitt's Path to Success.'
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Queensland but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Queensland but Were Afraid to Ask

Mark Bahnisch

$19.99

Everyone has heard the cliches about Queensland politics: Queensland is 'different'. It's the 'Deep North'. Its state elections exemplify Pineapple Party Time. But what if those cliches are in fact looking more like the state of affairs in the rest of Australia? Does the Sunshine State represent the new normal in Australian politics?

Once, Queensland was seen as the land that time forgot, with a narrow economy based on agriculture, mining and transport - and conservative values. Then, from the 1980s, a transformation took place as the state modernised, entrenching democratic reforms and civil liberties. Yet now, in the era of Campbell Newman, the Palmer United Party and national politics that oozes alarmist populism, it feels like Queensland's history of eccentricity and unrest has colonised the whole country.

So how does Queensland both point the way forward and shine a light on the way we live now? Political commentator and Queenslander Mark Bahnisch looks closely and boldly at the Queensland experience, from the Joh Era to the present. His must-read book reaches some surprising conclusions.
Griffith Review #48: Enduring Legacies

Griffith Review #48: Enduring Legacies

Julianne Schultz ,  Peter Cochrane

$27.99

In the year that marks the centenary of the battle at Gallipoli and the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies switches the focus from the battles to the long shadow of the great wars of the twentieth century.

In Enduring Legacies, eminent Australian and New Zealand historians challenge myths and reveal forgotten truths about the consequences of these wars, and popular writers flesh out the lingering human and social impact of conflict.

Contributors include John Clarke, Clare Wright, Peter Stanley, Greg Lockhardt, Cory Taylor, Paul Ham, Meredith McKinney, Jenny Hocking, Frank Bongiorno, Rosetta Allan and Gerhard Fischer.
Platform Papers #43: The Arts and the Common Good

Platform Papers #43: The Arts and the Common Good

Katharine Brisbane

$15.95

What is art? What is culture? And what value do we place upon it today? Katharine Brisbane looks back on our changing culture and the way public subsidy since 1968 has built massive opportunities for our artists, performers and those who have built an industry around them. She also traces the divisions that grew between the community and the arts sector, and the divide created by regulation between art and commerce. She concludes that the promised 'pursuit of excellence' has been fulfilled and exhausted; and proposes a way to salvage the achievements public subsidy has brought. She proposes throwing open our major institutions to public investment and private enterprise, releasing creativity into new directions and reconsidering how we might together build an inclusive cultural environment.
Selling Students Short: Why You Won't Get the University Education You Deserve

Selling Students Short: Why You Won't Get the University Education You Deserve

Richard Hil

$29.99

More students than ever before go to university, and what they experience there is vastly different from even a decade ago. The hi-tech libraries, designer lecture theatres, funky cafes and elaborate sporting facilities hide a reality very different to all the marketing hype. Class sizes have blown out, facilities are often inadequate, technology has increasingly replaced face-to-face teaching, and staff are weighed down by impossible workloads. Students work long hours in often low paid, casual jobs, feel lonely and isolated, and their education leaves them in debt for years. Richard Hil lifts the lid on today's university experience, drawing on numerous studies as well as interviews with 150 students around the country. Far from producing rounded citizens and flexible, job-ready graduates, Hil argues universities are turning out individuals often unable to obtain relevant work and lacking in some of the most basic professional requirements, and without the analytical and critical skills that once were the hallmark of a university education.
A Bigger Prize: Why Competition Isn't Everything and How We Do Better

A Bigger Prize: Why Competition Isn't Everything and How We Do Better

Margaret Heffernan

$19.99

The Olympics. X-Factor. The Rich List. The Nobel Prize. Everywhere you look: competition - for fame, money, attention, status. Being top seems to be everything - but what is it costing all of us? We depend on competition and expect it to identify the best, make complicated decisions easy and to motivate the lazy and inspire the dreamers.

But, as Margaret Heffernan shows in this eye-opening look at competition, competition regularly produces just what we don't want:  rising levels of fraud, cheating, stress, inequality and political stalemate. Siblings won't speak to each other. Children burn out at school. Doping proliferates among athletes. Auditors and fund managers go to jail for insider trading. Winners seem to take all while the desire to win consumes all, inciting panic and despair. We now know that competition often doesn't work, that the best do not always rise to the top and the so-called efficiency of competition creates a great deal of waste. So what are our alternatives? What are the skills needed for creative collaboration and how do we hone them? 

Talking to scientists, musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs and executives, in the follow-up to her bestselling Wilful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan has discovered that, around the world, individuals and organizations are finding creative, cooperative ways to work that don't pit people against each other but support them in their desire to work together. While the rest of the world remains mired in pitiless sniping, racing to the bottom, the future belongs to the people and companies who have learned that they are greater working together than against one another.

Some call that soft but it's harder than anything they've done before. They are the real winners, sharing a bigger prize.
Future Crimes: A Journey to the Dark Side of Technology - and How to Survive it

Future Crimes: A Journey to the Dark Side of Technology - and How to Survive it

Marc Goodman

$35.00

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology and modern times have lead to modern crimes. Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank-accounts and wiping out computer servers. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips opens his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, but based in startling fact, Goodman raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly, will empower readers to protect themselves against these looming technological threats - before it's too late.
The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do

The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do

Michael Bond

$19.99

Teenage cliques, jihadist cells, army units, polar expeditions, and football hooligans - on the face of it, each of these groups might seem exceptional, but the forces that bind and drive them can affect us all. In recent decades, psychologists have uncovered how and why our innate socialness holds huge sway over how we think and act, propelling us to both high achievement and unthinking cruelty. We are beholden to our peers, even when we think we're calling the shots.

This is the power of others.

In this captivating work, science writer Michael Bond investigates the latest breakthroughs in social psychology to reveal how to guard against groupthink, build better teamwork, identify shared objectives, become more ethical, and survive moments of isolation.

A fascinating blend of evolutionary theory, behavioural science, and remarkable case studies, The Power of Others will teach you to truly harness your collective self.
The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present

The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present

Shumon Basar ,  Douglas Coupland ,  Hans-Ulrich Obrist

$19.99

Planet Earth needs a self-help book, and this is it the future is happening to us far faster than we thought it would and this book explains why fifty years after Marshall McLuhan's ground breaking book on the influence of technology on culture.

The Medium is the Massage, Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist extend the analysis to today, touring the world that's redefined by the Internet, decoding and explaining what they call the 'extreme present'.  The Age of Earthquakes is a quick-fire paperback, harnessing the images, language and perceptions of our unfurling digital lives. The authors invent a glossary of new words to describe how we are truly feeling today; and 'mindsource' images and illustrations from over 30 contemporary artists. Wayne Daly's striking graphic design imports the surreal, juxtaposed, mashed mannerisms of screen to page. It's like a culturally prescient, all-knowing email to the reader: possibly the best email they will ever read.

Welcome to The Age of Earthquakes, a paper portrait of Now, where the Internet hasn't just changed the structure of our brains these past few years, it's also changing the structure of the planet.  This is a new history of the world that fits perfectly in your back pocket.
Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Bruce Schneier

$35.95

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who's with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you're unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you're thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we're offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we've gained? 

In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day. You'll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even your car in the same way again.
Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the Ashes in 100 Quotations

Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the Ashes in 100 Quotations

Rob Smyth

$19.99

From the celebrated mock obituary following England's first-ever defeat by Australia on home soil in 1882, to the on-pitch insults (or 'sledges') of today, Ashes cricket has spawned nearly as many memorable quotes as it has balls bowled and runs scored.

This book charts the ebb and flow of Anglo-Australian cricketing fortunes across 131 years and 314 matches by telling the stories behind 100 memorable Ashes quotations. From fast bowler Jeff Thomson's classic 'I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out. I like to see blood on the pitch' in 1975, to Michael Clark's notorious advice to Jimmy Anderson to 'get ready for a f****** broken arm' in 2013, the quotations embrace quips, insults, examples of the dark art of sledging - and even the occasional considered cricketing judgement.

Evoking memorable moments and matches as well as highs and lows in the careers of Australia and England's greatest players, this is an informal, freewheeling, discursive and entertainingly opinionated history of the Ashes.
The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup

The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup

Heidi Blake ,  Jonathan Calvert

$29.99

When the tiny desert state of Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, the news was greeted with shock and disbelief. How had a country with almost no football infrastructure or tradition, a high terror risk and searing summer temperatures of 50C beaten more established countries with stronger bids?

The story behind the Qatari success soon developed into one of the greatest sporting scandals of our time. Allegations of corruption were soon flying, and when the Sunday Times Insight team received a cache of hundreds of millions of documents from a whistleblower, the contents of the FIFA Files became a global sensation, unearthing the corruption that lay at the heart of the bidding process. Now in this remarkable new book by the Sunday Times journalists at the heart of the investigation, Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, comes the most comprehensive account yet of what happened and who was involved.

Above all, it explains why, despite all the evidence, FIFA under Sepp Blatter continues to support Qatar - even to the extent of publishing an edited and abbreviated report into the process that was immediately denounced by its original author.  The Ugly Game is undoubtedly the biggest sporting story of the year.
The Finest Line: The Global Pursuit of Big-Wave Surfing

The Finest Line: The Global Pursuit of Big-Wave Surfing

Rusty Long ,  Kelly Slater

$54.99

Big-wave surfing has long been a part of the sport, but this subculture of the surf world is now moving out of the fringes. The current generation of surfers is continually reinventing the limits, making this the most advanced, dynamic, and exciting period in big-wave surfing history. This stunning coffee table book captures the essence of the sport through breathtaking images and stories, as well as exclusive interviews with the surfers who play the starring roles during these rare, large-swell events. Here you discover the complex logistics behind staging missions to the Cortes Bank, a phantom reef 100 miles out to sea; the mental and physical regimens of surfers such as Shane Dorian, Greg Long, and Grant Twiggy Baker; the psychology of living in pursuit of the world's meanest waves; the stories behind the paddle-in renaissance that has come to define the next level of big-wave surfing; and firsthand accounts of those now-rare tow-only days that captivate audiences worldwide. More than a collection of big-wave photographs, The Finest Line covers the giant, hallmark sessions from the most impressive spots around the globe, capturing the international flavor of the sport and exploring the insatiable drive of a rare breed of thrill seekers.
Breaking Parallel: A Guide to Crossfit Gymnastics and Body Movement

Breaking Parallel: A Guide to Crossfit Gymnastics and Body Movement

Jeff R. Tucker

$54.90  $49.40

Breaking Parallel is a detailed body movement and strength-training guide designed to challenge your limits and develop solid, functional strength. Created by Jeff Tucker (director for the CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Course), the book offers hundreds of bodyweight movements rooted in elemental gymnastics, as well as numerous fitness programs that have proven successful for CrossFit athletes worldwide. Most fitness books focus on achieving one specific goal, such as lifting heavy weights or running long distances. Breaking Parallel is designed to develop the type of strength that allows you to do a broad assortment of tasks for a prolonged period of time - the type of strength needed in everyday life.

Breaking Parallel is more than a book filled a series of movements. It teaches you the elements of basic gymnastics, allowing you to breakdown inefficient movement from a visual perspective. However, in addition to supplying you with the ‘gymnastics eye,’ Breaking Parallel also teaches you how to fix a broad assortment of problems, including those that arise from strength issues, mobility issues, coordination issues, and issues caused by a lack of spatial awareness. Whether you are a coach, an athlete, or someone simply wanting to get into better shape, Breaking Parallel will not only teach you how to execute an array of highly functional movements, but also how to perfect them.

The book includes:

- Conditioning drills for developing basic strength.
- Mobility exercises needed for sports and daily life.
- Handstand exercises that develop balance and upper body strength.
- Ring drills that allow you to develop stability control.
- Hollow form techniques for developing solid core strength.
- Parallette exercises for lower body development, core strength, and arm strength.
- Inverted forms for developing keen spatial awareness.
Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

Ken Robinson ,  Lou Aronica

$32.99

Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education, and his talk, 'How Schools Kill Creativity', is the most viewed in the history of TED.

In this empowering, ground breaking book, he sets out his vision for how we can transform our industrial model of education to better meet the needs of the 21st century, not through political reform, but by changing the way we use it.

Creative Schools looks to people who are already revolutionising education for examples of how creativity can flourish despite the framework of standardisation: the teachers who are making better use of lesson time by redefining homework; the schools which have pioneered projects and partnerships to bring to life the practical aspects of learning, from building real cars to managing their own towns.
Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

McKenzie Wark

$35.00

Of all the liberation movements of the twentieth century, the one that succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams did not liberate a class or a gender or a race. It liberated an element: carbon. Today, the carbon liberation front threatens to crash the entire climate system. In Molecular Red, Wark looks for a way to understand, and perhaps even combat, this implacable force. He revisits the work of Alexander Bogdanov - Lenin's rival - and the great proletkult writer and engineer Andrei Platonov. In this reading, the Soviet experiment emerges from the past as an allegory for our time. Moving toward the present, Wark reads Donna Haraway's cyborg critique and science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson's Martian utopia as powerful resources for thinking about what the carbon liberation front has wrought.
All That is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times, and What We Can Do About it

All That is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times, and What We Can Do About it

Danny Dorling

$22.99

In All That is Solid Danny Dorling offers an agenda-shaping look at the UK's dangerous relationship with housing - and how it's all going to come crashing down. Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. In this ground-breaking book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times. Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain, All That Is Solid shows that the solution to our problems - rising homelessness, a generation priced out of home ownership - is not, as is widely assumed, building more homes. Inequality, he argues, is what we really need to overcome.
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women in the 1950s

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women in the 1950s

Virginia Nicholson

$35.00

In Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes, Virginia Nicholson tells the story of women in the 1950s: a time before the Pill, when divorce spelled scandal and two-piece swimsuits caused mass alarm. Turn the page back to the mid-twentieth century, and discover a world peopled by women with radiant smiles, clean pinafores and gleaming coiffures; a promised land of batch-baking, maraschino cherries and brightly hued plastic. A world where the darker side of the decade encompasses rampant prostitution, a notorious murder, and the threat of nuclear disaster. Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes reconstructs the real 1950s, through the eyes of the women who lived it. Step back in time to where our grandmothers scrubbed their doorsteps, cared for their families, lived, laughed, loved and struggled. This is their story.
Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Mona Eltahawy

$38.40  $34.55

A passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world, by an Egyptian American journalist and activist.

When the Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy published an article in  Foreign Policy  magazine in 2012 titled  Why Do They Hate Us?  it provoked a firestorm of controversy. The response it generated, with more than four thousand posts on the website, broke all records for the magazine, prompted dozens of follow-up interviews on radio and television, and made it clear that misogyny in the Arab world is an explosive issue, one that engages and often enrages the public. 

In  Headscarves and Hymens,  Eltahawy takes her argument further. Drawing on her years as a campaigner and commentator on women's issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women in countries from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya as second-class citizens.

Eltahawy has traveled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting with women and listening to their stories. Her book is a plea for outrage and action on their behalf, confronting the  toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend. 

A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure,  Headscarves and Hymens  is as illuminating as it is incendiary.
The Two-Step Low-FODMAP Diet and Recipe Book

The Two-Step Low-FODMAP Diet and Recipe Book

Sue Shepherd

$34.99

Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, Dr Sue Shepherd has developed the Complete Low-FODMAP Diet to effectively treat the symptoms of IBS, which includes abdominal pain, bloating, distension, excess wind and altered bowel habits. The diet works on identifying then eliminating or restricting certain kinds of food that cause bowel irritation. In the last decade, the Low-FODMAP Diet has come to be regarded as the most effective treatment for the symptoms of IBS, providing relief in 75 per cent of patients. The Two-Step Low-FODMAP Diet and Recipe Book details the two-phase program that helps readers implement the diet by restricting certain foods, then gradually re-introducing key ingredients, making the diet practical, accessible and suitable for a journey of healthy eating. As well, there are over 80 recipes, using readily available ingredients, and weekly meal plans to help readers start the diet and maintain it over the longer-term.
Helping Your Baby to Sleep: Why Gentle Techniques Work Best

Helping Your Baby to Sleep: Why Gentle Techniques Work Best

Annie Gethin ,  Beth Macgregor

$24.99

Helping Your Baby to Sleep is a completely revised, updated and expanded edition of this Australian baby sleep classic. It now contains extended advice, especially on common sleeping problems, a whole new chapter on toddler sleep and strengthened practical guides. Helping Your Baby to Sleep offers parents ways of creating better sleep conditions for their babies that won't endanger their mental health and allows them to feel loved and safe. Babies thrive when parents are sensitive to their needs at all times, including during the night. Examining the science of baby sleep reveals that babies wake up and need help to settle for many reasons, as frustrating as this may be to parents. The authors offer a strengthened rebuttal against two recent Australian studies promoting sleep training and controlled crying. They point out that the research was poorly designed and roundly criticised by academics across the world. There is no evidence of controlled crying's safety and plenty of evidence about the risks associated with this technique, so it simply shouldn't be advised to parents any more. Many parents find that their confidence is deeply undermined by all of the poor advice they receive about what they should expect; about how their baby is sleeping and how they should be parenting.
Spotless Baby

Spotless Baby

Shannon Lush ,  Jennifer Fleming

$19.99

A fabulous new book in the Spotless series, perfect for anyone who looks after babies and toddlers! Stains, spills, poo, wee, vomit. Once you have kids, there's no avoiding mess. It's everywhere - on every surface of your home, your baby and yourself! Here at last is the essential tool in every parent's baby-raising arsenal - the book that tells you everything you need to know for safe, environmentally friendly and cost-effective ways to keep your babies and toddlers spotless. With chapters covering bathing, playtime, laundry, feeding and bedtime, Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming give you practical solutions on how to avoid the worst of the mess, and how to deal with it when the inevitable happens - from poo to spew and everything in between.
The Art of Creative Thinking

The Art of Creative Thinking

Rod Judkins

$19.99

The Art of Creative Thinking reveals how we can transform our businesses, our society and ourselves through a deeper understanding of human creativity. Rod Judkins, a lecturer in creativity at the world-famous St Martin's College of Art, will examine the behaviour of successful creative thinkers and explain how all of us can learn from them to improve our lives. Judkins will draw on an extraordinary range of reference points, from the Dada Manifesto to Andy Warhol's studio, via Steve Jobs, Nobel Prize winning economists and many others, and distil a lifetime's expertise into 90 succinct chapters. Along the way he shares the story of most successful class in educational history (in which every single student won a Nobel prize); shows why graphic nudity during public speaking can be both a curse and surprisingly persuasive; and reveals why, in the twenty-first century, it's technically illegal to be as good as good as Michelangelo.
Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life

Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life

Paul Dolan

$22.99

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

The Hidden Pleasures of Life: A New Way of Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future

Theodore Zeldin

$29.99

What is the point of working so hard? What can replace the shortage of soulmates? What else can one do in a hotel? Through these questions, and many others, Zeldin demonstrates that both the greatest problem and the greatest opportunity of the twenty-first century lie in our relationships with others. With endless examples from his unparalleled research and his experiences with the giants of modern business and politics, this book reveals how our society is full of untapped potential for human interactions. Zeldin illuminates how our lives can be enriched by the realisation that it is only by truly relating to others that we get a taste, even just a nibble, of what it is possible to experience as a human being.
How We are

How We are

Vincent Deary

$22.99

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.
Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Toxic People in Everypart of Your Life

Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Toxic People in Everypart of Your Life

Wendy L. Patrick

$29.99

Are you a good judge of character? Can you identify a manipulative or dangerous person when they cross your path? What if they are charming, successful and good-looking? Can you recognise a wolf in sheep's clothing? In Red Flags, Dr Wendy L. Patrick draws on her extensive professional experience to demonstrate that these people rarely look or seem as we expect. She offers simple strategies for identifying and guarding yourself against deceptive or potentially damaging relationships. You need this book if you are: selecting anyone to take care of your children; interviewing or hiring new employees; testing a potential partner's trustworthiness; lending money or building business relationships With Red Flags, learn empowerment, exercise assertion, and cultivate the defences you need to protect yourself and others from being undermined, manipulated or victimized.
O's Little Book of Happiness

O's Little Book of Happiness

The Editors of O the Oprah Magazine

$24.99

With a sprightly dose of insightful inspiration, a sprinkling of practical advice, and a bounty of exuberant stories by great writers, O's Little Book of Happiness features some of the best work ever to have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine. Inside you'll find Elizabeth Gilbert's ode to the triumph of asking for what you want; Jane Smiley's tribute to the animal who taught her about lasting fulfillment; Shonda Rhimes's secret to trading stress for serenity; Brene Brown's celebration of the power of play; Neil de Grasse Tyson's take on our joyful participation in the universe; and much more. In revisiting fifteen years of the magazine's rich archives, O's editors have assembled a collection as stunning as it is spirit-lifting.
No One Understands You and What to Do About it

No One Understands You and What to Do About it

Heidi Grant Halvorson

$28.99

Have you ever felt you're not getting through to the person you're talking to, or not coming across the way you intend? You're not alone.  That's the bad news. But there is something we can do about it. Heidi Grant Halvorson, social psychologist and bestselling author, explains why we're often misunderstood and how we can fix that. 

Most of us assume that other people see us as we see ourselves, and that they see us as we truly are. But neither is true. Our everyday interactions are colored by subtle biases that distort how others see us - and also shape our perceptions of them.  You can learn to clarify the message you're sending once you understand the lenses that shape perception.

Based on decades of research in psychology and social science, Halvorson explains how these lenses affect our interactions - and how to manage them. Once you understand the science of perception, you'll communicate more clearly, send the messages you intend to send, and improve your personal relationships. You'll also become a fairer and more accurate judge of others. Halvorson even offers an evidence-based action plan for repairing a damaged reputation. 

This book is not about making a good impression, although it will certainly help you do that. It's about coming across as you intend. It's about the authenticity we all strive for.
Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig

$24.99

What Does It mean To Feel Truly Alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it... Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.
The Man Who Couldn't Stop: The Truth About OCD

The Man Who Couldn't Stop: The Truth About OCD

David Adam

$19.99

A Sunday Times Bestseller 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.
Mindfulness Meditation: For a Quieter Mind, Self-Awareness and Healthy Living

Mindfulness Meditation: For a Quieter Mind, Self-Awareness and Healthy Living

Joseph Emet

$19.99

Mindfulness meditation is an ancient and, increasingly popular, technique for improving quality of life. Joseph Emet is a qualified practitioner of meditation in Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition.

Learn how to reduce stress in the workplace, manage depression and enjoy life. Mindfulness meditation is widely recognised to have a positive impact on mental and physical health, and is supported by the Mental Health Foundation.
Moments of Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Find Stillness in a Busy World

Moments of Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Find Stillness in a Busy World

Adam Ford

$12.99

Speed, pressure and stress are what we expect in modern life yet do we really need to accept that reality? Moments of Mindfulness offers an opportunity to pause, breathe, notice and become aware of ourselves and the world around us. Our collective of expert authors share inspiring meditative insights on what mindful living really means, along with meaningful exercises to practise and enjoy every day. From experiencing the beauty of the natural world to cycling and walking mindfully to work, we can all learn to live consciously and joyfully, like never before.
Real: Living a Balanced Life

Real: Living a Balanced Life

Victoria Alexander

$59.99

Real salutes what the world has to offer. This visually stunning, thought-provoking book is about looking around with awareness, noticing life's quiet details and knowing that the honesty of time changes everything - from a human face, a family home, or a fragile sampler book of antique lace. Real is about the agelessness of integrity; appreciating the imperfect; beauty and our involvement in creating it; acceptance; ancient crafts and craftsmanship; and letting everything age with grace. Illustrated with photographs taken by the author in 27 countries, Real affirms that we are more alike than we sometimes admit - we all have a desire for warmth and love - and that there is dignity in simple things. A detachable fold-out poster is featured inside, which could be used to giftwrap the book or displayed on your inspiration wall.
Come as You are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Come as You are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Emily Nagoski

$29.99

An essential exploration of women's sexuality that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy. After all the books that have been written about sex, all the blogs and TV shows and radio Q&As, how can it be that we all still have so many questions? The frustrating reality is that we've been lied to - not deliberately, it's no one's fault, but still. We were told the wrong story. Come As You Are reveals the true story behind female sexuality, uncovering the little-known science of what makes us tick and, more importantly, how and why. Sex educator Dr Emily Nagoski debunks the common sexual myths that are making women (and some men!) feel inadequate between the sheets. Underlying almost all of the questions we still have about sex is the common worry: 'Am I normal?' This book answers with a resounding yes! We are all different, but we are all normal - and once we learn this, we can create for ourselves better sex and more profound pleasure than we ever thought possible.
Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

Andrew Scull

$55.00

This hugely ambitious volume, worldwide in scope and ranging from antiquity to the present, examines the human encounter with Unreason in all its manifestations, the challenges it poses to society and our responses to it. In twelve chapters organized chronologically from the Bible to Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humours to modern pharmacology, Andrew Scull writes compellingly about madness, its meanings, its consequences and our various attempts to understand and treat it.
Freud Verbatim: Quotations and Aphorisms

Freud Verbatim: Quotations and Aphorisms

$32.99

Sigmund Freud has inspired more fascination and controversy than any other intellectual in history. Despite the intense opposition he encountered during his life, this explorer of the unconscious exerted an irresistibly stimulating effect on contemporary thought. As the founder of psychoanalysis and the creator of such commonly used terms as ego, superego, and id, Freud has had an unrivalled impact on the modern world. Freud Verbatim is a collection of quotes, maxims, observations, and witticisms by Freud on subjects ranging from politics and religion to love and sex. In addition to assembling passages from Freud's major works, this collection also makes use of personal letters to his friends and family. Organized into ten thematic chapters, this compilation, in a handsome two-colour printed format, provides a representative look into all of Freud's work.
Psychology in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

Psychology in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

Marcus Weeks

$19.99

To what extent is memory based on mood? Why do we compare ourselves to others? Are there different types of intelligence? How do we change with age? This book answers all these questions and many more in 200 short and accessible essays. From Pavlov's dogs to experimental ethics and from the development of personality to cognitive behavioural therapy, this book will take you from the foundations of psychological thought to modern-day applications, drawing on recent research and established theories. Each essay is accompanied by an illustration or diagram to help unravel complex ideas. The principles of psychology apply to each and every one of us as they shed light on everything from our childhood development to our interaction with others - and Psychology in Minutes is the perfect insight to this fascinating subject.
The Blame Business: The Uses and Misuses of Accountability

The Blame Business: The Uses and Misuses of Accountability

Stephen Fineman

$39.99

Blame infuses society in myriad ways. At its worst it sours and destabilizes relationships: it divides lovers, co-workers, communities and nations. It breeds rancour and the desire for revenge. In the hands of skilled propagandists blame is a potent tool for persecution; in the hands of the media it is a vehicle for creating victims and social unease. Yet blame, appropriately placed and managed, safeguards moral order and legal culpability. Blame is thus a curious construction, destructive on the one hand, necessary on the other. The Blame Business is a fascinating journey through the landscape of blame, focusing on its roots and enduring manifestations, from ancient witch-hunts to today's scapegoating and stigmatization, and from righteous anger to blame cultures. In an era of increasing unease about governance in public and private enterprises, Stephen Fineman delves behind the scenes of organizations infected with blame and profiles the people who try to hold them to account. With a critical eye he examines the vexed issue of public accountability as politicians and corporate leaders play their' blame games'. This book raises the challenging question of how we might mitigate the corrosive effects of blame. What are the limits of remorse and forgiveness? What role is there for state apologies for historical wrongdoings? Is restorative justice the answer? This absorbing book deepens our understanding of blame and how it shapes all of our lives.
Where the Wild Mums are

Where the Wild Mums are

Katie Blackburn

$19.99

The day Mum didn't get dressed and went on strike, Dad called her 'a Wild Thing' and Mum said 'Cook your own dinner' and stomped off upstairs to have a bath... In this hilarious, touching homage to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, a worn-out mum finds herself floating across time and space to the place where the Wild Mums are. Dazzled by her party tricks, they crown her Queen of the Wild Mums and try to entice her to join their conga... But Mum has just remembered who she loves best of all... Lovingly illustrated by the award-winning Sholto Walker, this little book is the perfect gift for baby showers, new mums - or any mum who's ever wanted to go on strike.
How to Survive Anything: A Visual Guide to Laughing in the Face of Adversity

How to Survive Anything: A Visual Guide to Laughing in the Face of Adversity

Lonely Planet

$29.99

How to Survive Anything. A visual guide to laughing in the face of adversity. Earthquake imminent? Stuck in the middle seat on a long-haul flight? Here is a book that will teach you How To Survive Anything. Using the witty, graphic format it will help you withstand any challenge, from the extreme to the ordinary, that life might throw your way.
Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot

Carl Barks

$49.95

Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laugh-out-loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance. Donald gives Uncle Scrooge a parrot for his birthday but the feathered troublemaker escapes with the combination to Scrooge s safe holding ninety tons of money. Hijinks ensue as Donald and his nephews set off on an unexpected adventure to recover the lovesick bird. Then, Donald and the boys are shanghaied by a mysterious stranger, who whisks them off to face perils in the desert in Ancient Persia, where they uncover a lost city and its reconstituted inhabitants! And Barks cuts loose from his regular panel designs to deliver one of his finest stories, Vacation Time (it has its own Wikipedia page), as Donald displays unusual depths of courage and heroism when he has to rescue Huey, Dewey, and Louie on a wilderness outing gone wrong.
Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organised Cybercrime - from Global Experience to Your Front Door

Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organised Cybercrime - from Global Experience to Your Front Door

Brian Krebs

$19.99

There's an online epidemic that costs governments billions and threatens the personal security of consumers everywhere - This is the first insider look at the global drug-spam problem - how it works, who buys, and who profits - through the story of the world's two largest pharmacy spam operations. Blending cutting-edge research and first-hand interviews, award-winning reporter and cybercrime expert Brian Krebs delivers a riveting account of this spam empire and proposes concrete solutions for stopping it before it's too late.
           
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