The heart - we all have one, pumping away reliably in our chest, never stopping till the day we die. But few of us think much about this heroic organ until it starts to go wrong. In this lively and informative exploration of all aspects of the heart, Johannes Hinrich von Borstel offers a perfect mix of medical fact and amusing anecdote. A doctor, prospective cardiologist, and former paramedic - as well as one of Germany's most successful science-slammers - von Borstel's own experiences provide a personal insight into the human side of heart medicine, while clearly explaining the science behind cardiac disease and healthcare for the heart. His many tips on how to give your ticker the best chance of enduring for as long as possible include one that will certainly be close to many people's hearts- have more sex! Oh, and eat more vegetables ...Translated by david Shaw
The Sunday Times Bestseller. Why rely on drugs and surgery to cure you of life-threatening disease when the right decisions can prevent you from falling ill to begin with? How Not To Die gives effective, scientifically-proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers - heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes - and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide. Based on the very latest scientific research, How Not To Die examines each of the most common diseases, chapter by chapter, to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease. With emphasis on individual family health history and acknowledging that everyone needs something different, Dr Michael Greger offers practical dietary advice to help you make valuable decisions about your diet in order to live a longer, healthier lives.
Fat's in, sugar's out! The low carb, healthy fat lifestyle is a revolution that's turning the food pyramid on its head.It's time to flip the pyramid and break free of the fat phobia. This book is more than just a diet plan or a cookbook it's a new way of eating that will change your life. For good. What The Fat is a unique book of 3 parts:THE LIFESTYLE: Dietician and sports nutritionist Dr Caryn Zinn outlines a new way to think about food. A low-carb, healthy fat focus that will revolutionise the way people think about diet, exercise and weight-loss.THE FOOD: 80 original low-carb, healthy fat recipes created by Michelin-trained chef Craig Rodger.THE SCIENCE: Professor Grant Schofield examines the truth about fat: why do we get fat; what is good fat; the science behind why low-carb diets work using three real-life stories as a simple guide to the previously ignored, misunderstood, and sometimes even suppressed, science behind LCHF.
Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing. In his first major book, Beau Lotto draws on over a decade of pioneering research to show how our brains play tricks on us. With an innovative combination of case studies and optical and perception illusion exercises, DEVIATE will revolutionise the way you see the world. With this new understanding of how the brain works and its perceptive trickery, we can apply these insights to every aspect of life and work. DEVIATE is not just an engaging look into the neuroscience of thought, behaviour and creativity: it is a call to action, enlisting readers in their own journey of self-discovery.
Can you really rewire an adult brain?
In theory the answer is 'yes', but there's a problem: no one seems to know exactly how to do it.
In Override, Caroline Williams sets off on a mission to find out. Delving into the latest studies on brain plasticity, which indicate that brain games don't actually do much to make you smarter, she tries to square that finding with the reality of brain plasticity that the brain adapts physically as we learn something new.
Visiting top neuroscientists in their labs, she volunteers herself as a guinea pig in neuroscience studies, challenging researchers to make real changes to her functioning, but imperfect brain. She seeks to improve on her own weaknesses, such as a limited attention span and a tendency to worry too much, and then branches out into more mysterious areas such as intelligence, creativity, and the perception of time.
Trying everything from high-tech brain stimulation to meditation, adding bolt-on senses and retraining her stress response, Override is a very intimate, fascinating journey into discovering what neuroscience can really do for us and, crucially, whether it's worth all the bother.
Spark Joy is an in-depth, line illustrated, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home, from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms as well as a wide range of items in different categories, including clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, cosmetics, shoes, bags, wallets and valuables. Charming line drawings explain how to properly organise drawers, wardrobes, cupboards and cabinets. The illustrations also show Ms Kondo's unique folding method, clearly showing how to fold anything from shirts, trousers and jackets to skirts, socks and bras. The secret to Marie Kondo's unique and simple KonMari tidying method is to focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. Ask yourself if something 'sparks joy' and suddenly it becomes so much easier to understand if you really need it in your home and your life. When you surround yourself with things you love you will find that your whole life begins to change. Marie Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, presents her unique tidying philosophy and introduces readers to the basics of her KonMari method. It has already transformed the homes and lives of millions of people around the world. Spark Joy is Marie Kondo's in-depth tidying masterclass, focusing on the detail of how to declutter and organise your home.
Full of insights and exercises that will help you feel more happy and in control, this is the perfect antidote to the stress and busyness of our times. Pep up your perspective, feel more positive and sharpen your focus on what’s most important to your health and happiness.
Between these covers, you’ll find tools that will help you savour the good times and roll with the punches when things don’t go to plan.
Why do: Dutch babies seem so content, and sleep so well? Dutch parents let their kids play outside on their own? The Dutch trust their children to bike to school? Dutch schools not set homework for the under-tens? Dutch teenagers not rebel? What is the secret of bringing up the happiest kids in the world? The secret of bringing up the happiest kids in the world. In a recent UNICEF study of child well-being, Dutch children came out on top as the happiest all-round. In Growing Up Happy, Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison, both married to Dutchmen and bringing up their kids in Holland, examine the unique environment that enables the Dutch to turn out such contented, well-adjusted and healthy babies, children and teens. So what is the secret? Is it that babies are given a strict routine, or that children cycle to school and are allowed to play outside on their own? Is it that they don't get homework until they are ten, or that they seem content with secondhand toys? Does the fact that home births are popular have anything to do with it, or that Dutch parents have nailed the work/life balance? Is it because Dutch kids are seen and heard - or because they get to eat chocolate sprinkles on buttered bread for breakfast? Read this book if you want to find out what lessons you can learn from Dutch parents, to ensure your kids turn out happy!
Managing the emotional and physical challenges that come with aging can be difficult. Seniors face a number ofage-related issues, such as chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and anxiety and depression. And while some people may consider yoga a young person's practice, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests yoga can be beneficial for a wide variety of age-related ailments. Relax Into Yoga for Seniors-based on the innovative Yoga for Seniors program, and including new material for fans of the Relax Into Yoga for Seniors DVD-provides a step-by-step guide that combines the best of modern, evidence-based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience, and tradition of yogic teachings. With this book, you'll explore what yoga is and how to do it safely, including important movement considerations like how to get up and down from the floor with care, and how to stand and sit with healthy postural alignment. With this popular program, you'll be able to create a safe and effective individualized practice that will address your needs, take personal limitations into consideration, and help you relieve pain, become more flexible and active, and connect more deeply with your inner experience.
You see! This is how you die. - Coco Chanel
Shoot straight, you bastards! Don't make a mess of it! - Breaker Morant
If any of you have a message for the devil, give it to me, for I am about to meet him! - Lavinia Fisher
I am dying. Please... bring me a toothpick. - Alfred Jarry
Funny, reflective, scornful or delirious, we are fascinated by famous last words because, humanity in extremis, they seem to tell us something about ourselves. Featuring lovers, killers, artists, traitors, spies, rulers, poets and pariahs, this thoughtful volume brings together the hedonists and the fatalists, the pragmatists and the optimists in a collection of famous last utterances - and the stories behind them - from throughout history.
You gotta love this country when an AFL legend takes his mum instead of his girlfriend to the Brownlow, when an Australian cricket captain joins a bunch of fourteen year olds for a bit of street cricket, when a bloke wins the Australian Marbles Championship after being reunited with the tom-bowlers his brother threw away forty years ago, and when the dry cleaner down the road is called Drop Your Pants...Peter FitzSimons celebrates the good, the generous, the kind and the downright strange in this hilarious and heart-warming collection of stories from daily life and grassroots sporting fields around the country. It's enough for you to puff out your chest and say, Gotta Love This Country!
'A fascinating guide to modifying your diet to prolong the longevity of your brain as well as your health.' Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King's College London, and author of The Diet Myth 'Eye-openingafascinating, important.' Publishers Weekly, starred review It's a terrifying fact - Alzheimer's disease is now a leading cause of death in developed countries. But here's the good news- we now have the knowledge to extend the lives of both our bodies and our minds. By studying the diets of the Mindspan Elite - cultures where people live longest and levels of dementia are low - as well as how certain food additives and ingredients interact with our genes, esteemed scientist Dr Preston W. Estep has developed a revolutionary plan that will forever change how you think about diet and ageing. Long-held beliefs - namely in the inherent goodness of iron, protein and wholegrains - are torn down. Guidance on how to crack the code of nutritional labels is provided. Delicious recipes are there to be savoured. The Mindspan Diet will give you a whole new perspective on how food affects you, just as it shows that you can enjoy the richest flavours life has to offer and remain lean, healthy and cognitively intact for a very long time.
Eat Right 4 Your Type harnesses the power of our own amazing bio-chemistry to help you to cast aside the fad diets for good! Dr Peter D'Adamo and Catherine Whitney are back with a fully updated and revised edition of their sensational book to demonstrate how working with your blood type plays a key role in losing weight, avoiding disease and promoting fitness and longevity. After selling over a 7 million copies worldwide, this revised edition of the global phenomenon blood-type diet is packed with even more material - including a 10-Day Jump-Start Plan - to help you tailor your diet to suit you and your blood type, enabling you stay to healthy, live longer and achieve your ideal weight.
Are you overwhelmed by misleading health messages and fad diets? Confused about food? And do you want to know how to lose weight and have a healthier, happier body, for life? Look no further, Get Lean, Stay Lean is perfect for you...Dr Joanna will guide you through the six steps of Get Lean, Stay Lean to help reboot your body's computer and change the way it works, for the better. As a result, you'll become better at burning fat, controlling your appetite, controlling blood glucose and insulin levels, better at exercise, you'll perform better at work, and you'll have more energy to enjoy your life. Dr Joanna's program includes: A flexible template for eating, so you can build your own healthy diet, rich balance of smart carbs and good fats; Over 100 delicious, nutritionally balanced recipes the whole family will love; Nutritional breakdown, notes and portion guidance for every recipe; A sample weekly meal planner for the Get Lean phase of the program; Inspiring ideas for making exercise a rewarding part of daily life; Tips on how to manage stress and how to get a good night's sleep...
One of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine shares her proven four-step program to treat, reverse, and prevent autoimmune conditions and repair your immune system.
Are you constantly exhausted?
Do you frequently feel sick?
Are you hot when others are cold, or cold when everyone else is warm?
Do you have trouble thinking clearly, aka "brain fog"?
Do you often feel irritable?
Are you experiencing hair loss, dry skin, or unexplained weight fluctuation?
Do your joints ache or swell but you don't know why?
Do you have an overall sense of not feeling your best, but it has been going on so long it's actually normal to you?
IF you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have an autoimmune disease, and this book is the "medicine" you need. Among the most prevalent forms of chronic illness in this country, autoimmune disease affects nearly 23.5 million Americans. This epidemic-a result of the toxins in our diet; exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, and antibiotics; and unprecedented stress levels-has caused millions to suffer from autoimmune conditions such as Graves' disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, lupus, and more. In The Immune System Recovery Plan, Dr. Susan Blum, one of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine, shares the four-step program she used to treat her own serious autoimmune condition and help countless patients reverse their symptoms, heal their immune systems, and prevent future illness.
Real children need real experiences with real people to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and resilient. The second edition of this popular book explores the 10 essential building blocks that help children build resilience and self-esteem in our chaotic, uncertain world. We can't change the world, however we can help our children to develop emotional buoyancy and competence by experiencing lifes joys and successes, as well as its challenges and setbacks. When this is done within the safety of supportive relationships - especially in families and communities - one building block at a time from birth to 12, children can grow into being the capable, independent adults we all yearn to meet one day.
In virtually all families, there are moments when teens are unhappy with parental limits, rules, and requests-as well as times when those kids are disobedient or noncompliant, or get caught up in the moment and make bad decisions. But the parent-teen control battle goes beyond this; it's a chronic relationship pattern that uses up the family's emotional resources and can seriously impact child identity, self-esteem, and development, and cause stress for everyone around. This book offers a thorough understanding of the control battle and a clear prescription to end it. With Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle, you'll learn about the three elements that support this chronic conflict- reactivity, negative emotional tone, and being other-person oriented -and discover the two key changes that can be made to address the underlying issues, allowing you to move toward a more positive way of seeing your teen and working on behavioral change. Using tools based in structural family therapy (SFT), which targets the core relationship pattern driving the control battle, you'll be able to address specific issues and create a healthier pattern. If you're tired of the constant battle for control and you're ready to cultivate a more loving, peaceful, and supportive environment for the whole family, this book has the skills and understanding you need to be successful, no matter what you and your teen face.
Why am I here? What happens after we die? These are some of the hardest questions a child can ask-and even harder for parents to answer, especially if you've chosen to raise your child without religion. Gathering the perspectives of educators and psychologists, as well as wisdom from everyday parents, Parenting Beyond Belief offers insights and advice on a wide range of topics including: Instilling values; Finding meaning and purpose; Navigating holidays; Coping with loss; Finding community without religion...and more. The second edition of this secular parenting bestseller brings back reflections from such celebrated freethinkers as Richard Dawkins and Julia Sweeney, and adds new voices including journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, essayist Katherine Ozment, sociologist Phil Zuckerman, and many others.
A New York Times Bestseller New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup helps you find purpose in work and life by committing to a life-changing quest. The Happiness of Pursuit helps you find real life fulfilment by undertaking a quest that is big and ambitious, surpassing the limits of routine-filled lives. Chris has undertaken a successful quest of his own, having visited nearly every country in the world by age 35, but your own quest needn't involve travel at all. What's needed is commitment and progressive accomplishment, losing oneself in a task - whether it be a physical journey, an artistic enterprise or a philanthropic feat. Chris has surveyed thousands who've undertaken such quests and identified: * How they went about it * The common mistakes * What happened when they hit the wall * How their lives changed when the quest was over The Happiness of Pursuit offers inspirational and practical advice to help you bridge the gap between 'impossible dream' and 'everyday reality'. Discover how your own quest can give you the self knowledge to find and live a more fulfilling life.
First published in 1977, in this extraordinarily prescient book Edward de Bono sets out his method for achieving the ultimate 21st century goal: work-life balance. Defined in terms of life-space and self-space, de Bono invites the reader to look at their life and measure the gap between these spaces - the smaller the gap, the greater our chances at happiness; but if the life-space is vastly bigger than the self-space, our coping ability is compromised and anxiety is likely. For anyone concerned with happiness and life-fulfilment this book is essential reading, and is perhaps more resonant with readers now than ever before.
An inspirational, life-affirming and beautiful health/wellness & recipe book from Rachael Finch. Rachael Finch is the poster girl for living a wholesome, holistic life. As a result, she is addicted to feeling amazing - and wants everyone else to feel amazing too. As a health coach, television host, model, social-media star and mum, she knows what it is to lead a busy life, and she also knows how easy it is to take shortcuts with your health when you're under pressure. But Rachael passionately believes life is too short to feel unhappy about yourself, and it's her goal to help transform the lives of other women to encourage them to live happy, healthy and strong. An inspiring, affirming and beautiful guide to looking and feeling great, inside and out, Happy Healthy Strong contains 85+ delicious clean wholefood recipes as well as a two-week vitality plan to kickstart your new self. Full of inspiring health and wellness principles, advice on mindfulness and work/life balance, as well as confidence-boosting tips, affirmations and goal setting, Happy Healthy Strong is all about loving your body, loving yourself, and achieving your best, happiest and healthiest self.
Over the course of her career, psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz has assembled the largest-ever research sample of child prodigies. Their accomplishments are epic. One could reproduce radio tunes by ear on a toy guitar at two years old. Another was a thirteen-year-old cooking sensation. And what Ruthsatz's investigation revealed is noth-ing short of astonishing. Though the prodigies aren't autistic, many have autistic family members. Each prodigy has an extraordinary memory and a keen eye for detail - well-known but often-overlooked strengths associated with autism. Ruthsatz proposes a startling possibility: might the abilities of child prodigies stem from a genetic link with autism? And could prodigies - children who have many of the strengths of autism but few of the challenges - be the key to a long-awaited autism breakthrough? This inspiring book about extraordinary children, indomitable parents and a researcher's unorthodox hunch is essential reading for anyone interested in the brain and human potential.
This is a book that shows how slowing down, switching off and creating space in our lives is good for both our health and our productivity. In a world that is more connected than ever comes unprecedented rates of depression, anxiety and stress related to constantly being ‘switched on’ both physically through technology and psychologically in our work and personal life behaviours. With studies showing a constantly switched on culture effecting the social development of children, the mental health of teenagers and burnout being experienced in working adults, this book dispels the guilt that comes with taking time for yourself and shows how simple it is to switch between being ‘on’ and taking much needed breaks to re-energise and re-focus.
Essentially this book encourages people to take a step back from their busy lives to harness the power of perspective and focus. Throughout history people have acknowledged taking time out as imperative in being an effective parent, partner, employee and leader. However, with technology and social media connecting us 24/7 research is showing that more than ever people are yearning again for time away, time on their own, time to escape the busyness, time to disconnect, time to switch off, but just don’t know how.
As life roles change; Dad’s being stay at home parent, Mum’s in the board room and grandparents as parents a new way of how we look at being at our best no matter your life role is needed if we are to have a healthy population into the future. Whether it be the new mother wanting time for an uninterrupted cup of tea, or the CEO needing time to make an informed decision, or the child closing their bedroom door just to have their own space, being able to disconnect and have guilt free time out is a message needed for all ages and it is needed now to ensure we curb the alarming mental health status and poor physical health we are experiencing as a result of over-connection, overwhelm and overstimulation. We need to simply learn how to ‘switch off’.
'We are all frazzled, all of us...' Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. Ruby Wax shows us how to de-frazzle for good by making simple changes that give us time to breathe, reflect and live in the moment. Let Ruby be your guide to a healthier, happier you. You've nothing to lose but your stress...
Creative Visualization is the art of using mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive changes in your life. It is being successfully used in the fields of health, business, the creative arts, and sports, and in fact can have an impact in every area of your life. With more than seven million copies sold worldwide, this pioneering bestseller and perennial favorite helped launch a new movement in personal growth when it was first published.
Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has inspired millions. Today's generation will be newly inspired by Covey's An Effective Life, a new approach to practicing the motivating principles taught by one of the greatest teachers of all time. An Effective Life shares original new perspectives on life and self-evaluation, striking infographics, and inspirational quotes in a fresh new package designed for the generation early in their careers and for those long-time Covey admirers who seek to improve their work and personal lives based on principles. You ll also find a Personal Journal to help you process the insights you've gleaned from the book. This book is more than an inspiration, it is an introduction to important principles needed to live An Effective Life.
Find peace and joy through stress-free, mindful parenting, with bestselling author Oli Doyle's six-week guide. In Mindful Parenting, bestselling author and mindfulness guru Oli Doyle provides a six-week guide to reveal how mindfulness can help us be completely present in the messy reality that is parenting. This inspiring, empowering guide to making your parenting journey a means to achieve peace of mind, will give parents the skills to enjoy every moment with their children. Key learnings include: how to move beyond beliefs about parenting and the need to be the perfect parent; learn how to appreciate and enjoy the simple things in life; and how to make 'not knowing' a positive opportunity in family life. The Mindful Living series is a new series of short mindfulness books dedicated to enhance three important areas of our lives: parenting, relationships and work. Oli Doyle shows that all the key domains of life provide great opportunities to practice mindfulness and discover peace of mind.
Build nurturing, meaningful relationships by living in the present moment, with bestselling author Oli Doyle's six-week guide. In Mindful Relationships, bestselling author and mindfulness guru Oli Doyle reveals a practical, six-week plan to prove that relationships are fertile ground for growth, learning and development. This simple introduction to mindfulness in relationships gives readers the chance to turn every interaction with other human beings into an opportunity to discover inner peace. Key learnings include: how to leave the history of your relationships behind and enjoy others as they are now; how to move from trying to influence and control to allowing others to be as they are; and how to bring lightness into your mind by relating to people in a different way. The Mindful Living series is a new series of short mindfulness books dedicated to enhance three important areas of our lives: relationships, parenting and work. Bestselling author and mindfulness guru Oli Doyle shows that all the key domains of life provide great opportunities to practice mindfulness and discover peace of mind.
Turn your job into a gateway to joy, contentment and stress-free living, with bestselling author Oli Doyle's six-week guide. In Mindfulness at Work, bestselling author and mindfulness guru Oli Doyle guides you through a a six-week plan to show that even with demanding bosses and stressful environments, we actually can be happy at work. This guide will explore the possibilities that work provides for finding our stuck points, embracing difficult emotions and noticing the patterns of thought that keep us from feeling peaceful. Key learnings include: how to move beyond stressful future thinking to focus on what can be attended to now; how flow can benefit you and your organisation by making you calmer, more alert and more attentive to detail; and how to see work as your teacher rather than your project. The Mindful Living series is a new series of short mindfulness books dedicated to enhance three important areas of our lives: work, relationships and parenting. Oli Doyle shows that all the key domains of life provide great opportunities to practice mindfulness and discover peace of mind.
Can't sleep because your thoughts won't switch off? Ever walked into a room to get something, only to realise you've forgotten what you were looking for? Does a constant stream of unnecessary chatter run through your head? Do you wish you could stop that mental noise whenever you wanted to? Australian bestseller SILENCE YOUR MIND offers a completely new approach to meditation - the experience of mental silence - that will help recharge your mental batteries and leave you feeling more positive, dynamic and wholly engaged with the world. It clearly explains how just 10 to 15 minutes of simple meditation practice each day can turn off that unnecessary mental chatter, thereby awakening your hidden abilities in work, sport, studies and creative pursuits. Scientifically based, this is fundamentally different from any meditation book you may have read before. Australian Dr Ramesh Manocha is leading the world in research into the positive impacts of the mental silence experience. His findings show that authentic meditation is easy, enjoyable, health-giving and life-changing. SILENCE YOUR MIND has sold over 10 000 copies in Australia. Royalties from its sale are directed to further research and educational activities in the field of meditation.
Stephen R. Covey s First Things First has inspired millions. Today s generation will be newly inspired by this collection of motivating and inspirational philosophy from one of the greatest teachers of all time. A Time Conscious Life shares classic and universal perspectives on utilizing the time we have to live, love, learn, and leave a legacy. Through striking infographics and inspirational quotes, both new readers and long-time Covey admirers will discover this life-changing material in a fresh new package. Readers will also find a Personal Journal to help process the insights gleaned from the book. This book is more than an inspiration, it is an introduction to important principles needed to live, love, learn and leave a legacy through living a Time Conscious life.
Psychopaths seem to be everywhere. They are on the news and at the movies. People who lack empathy, be they ruthless entrepreneurs or crazed ‘spree killers’ are frequently labeled psychopathic; the charming socializer is just as suspect as the awkward anti-social loner. The conception of what defines a psychopath seems to be a morass of contradictions, the only consistency being the supposition of a lack of empathy.
The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy examines how the requirements, stimuli, affects and environments of work condition our empathy. In some cases work calls for no empathy – characters who don’t blink or flinch in the face of danger nor crack under pressure. In other cases capitalism requires empathy in spades – charming, friendly, sensitive and listening managers, customer service agents and carers.
When workers are required to either ignore their empathy to do a job, or dial it up to increase productivity, they are entering a psychopathic modality. The affective blitz of work, flickering screens, emotive content, vibrating alerts and sounding alarms erode our sensitivities whilst we are modulated with attention stimulants, social lubricants and so called anti-anxiety drugs. This is amidst a virulent and exacerbating climate of competition and frenzied quantification. Capitalism pressures us to feign empathy and leverage social relationships on one hand, whilst being cold and pragmatic on the other. We are passionate and enthusiastic whilst keeping a professional distance.
Sympathy, care, compassion and altruism are important; The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy argues that it is a mistake to presuppose that empathy can achieve these. Rather than being subject to the late capitalist organization of our empathy, psychopathy could be a means of escape.
In the wake of recent scandals concerning charities such as Kids Company and BeatBullying, as well as the wave of suspicion they have generated about the third sector as a whole, celebrated restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab offers a scathing critique of the cosiness between government and charity, and proposes that the solution lies in business.Indeed, he believes we are entering a post-philanthropy age, where social entrepreneurs are better placed to sustainably solve our problems than the outdated and ineffective donations model. With social mobility on the wane and inequalities widening, he argues, the convention of paying taxes to provide a welfare state that fixes the problems of the poor and infirm is now considered a myth.The problem is that charities aren't evolving in the way businesses have to. They expand by the amount of hope and faith by which they can convince largely uninformed, if well-meaning, donors and philanthropists to finance them. Businesses expand through success, and success wins over hope.Put simply, Wahhab argues, charity sucks because business does it better.
The war on the old has been declared.In the post-Brexit world, intergenerational conflict has become a visible phenomenon. There is an overwhelming sense of blame from younger generations: it was 'the wrinklies', the grey-haired plutocracy, who voted Leave; who are overburdening hospitals, shutting the youth out of the housing market and hoarding accumulated wealth.By 2020, we are told, one in five Britons will be pensioners, and living a longer retirement than ever before. 'A good thing', politicians add, through gritted teeth. The truth is that for them, 'the old' are a social, economic and political inconvenience.John Sutherland (age 78, and feeling keenly what he writes about) examines this intergenerational combat as a new kind of war in which institutional neglect and universal indifference to the old has reached aggressive, and routinely lethal, levels. This is a book which sets out to provoke but in the process tells some deep and inconvenient truths, revealing something British society would rather not think about.
In the wake of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015, millions took to the streets to demonstrate their revulsion, expressing a desire to reaffirm the ideals of the French Republic: liberte, egalite, fraternite. But who were the millions of demonstrators who were suddenly united under the single cry of ‘Je suis Charlie’?
In this probing new book, Emmanuel Todd investigates the cartography and sociology of the three to four million who marched in Paris and across France and draws some unsettling conclusions. For while they claimed to support liberal, republican values, the real middle classes who marched on that day of indignant protest also had a quite different programme in mind, one that was far removed from their proclaimed ideal. Their deep values were in fact more reminiscent of the most depressing aspects of France’s national history: conservatism, selfishness, domination and inequality.
By identifying the anthropological, religious, economic and political forces that brought France to the edge of the abyss, Todd reveals the real dangers posed to all western societies when the interests of privileged middle classes work against marginalised and immigrant groups. Should we really continue to mistreat young people, force the children of immigrants to live on the outskirts of our cities, consign the poorer classes to the remoter parts of the country, demonise Islam, and allow the growth of an ever more menacing anti-Semitism?
While asking uncomfortable questions and offering no easy solutions, Todd points to the difficult and uncertain path that might lead to an accommodation with Islam rather than a deepening and divisive confrontation.
Since surfing began in Australia there has been an ongoing search for the perfect loca6on, an endless search that began the tradition of The Roadie . Surfing Roadies is a collection of funny, ridiculous, but all-too-true stories of what can (and did!) happen when we hit the road in search of that perfect wave. Whether it was Bryon, or Crescent, Margaret River or Bali, the stories in here will have you laughing, reminiscing, and maybe, just maybe, get you thinking about putting a board on the roof, calling a mate and doing one more...for the road.
The Tennis Book is the pre-eminent single volume illustrated work of tennis reference, tracing the game from its relaxed beginnings as a pastime of the 1800s through to what has become the high energy, all-action global sport of the 21st century. This new and fully updated edition includes comprehensive chapters profiling the legends of the game and more than 150 top players, analysis of tennis' greatest matches, world famous tournaments and global development, as a well as extensive features on the politics, controversies and oddities of the game. Packed with more than 200 photographs and complete with a record of all Grand Slam winners, every player, every tournament and every issue of importance in the game of tennis is highlighted in detail in the book. Written by two of the game's leading authorities, The Tennis Book is the definitive work on world tennis, with every page an information packed celebration of one of the world's most exhilarating sports.
'A remarkable story that will appeal to those who ride a board and those who have never set foot in the water alike.' NEWCASTLE HERALD In GHOST WAVE, Chris Dixon dives deep into the fascinating history of Cortes Bank and the motley brotherhood of argumentative, damaged, brave and quirky margin walkers who discovered and scaled the tallest mountain in the sea. Along the way, he'll show how these pioneering wave-addicts changed our very understanding of the science of surfing, while giving sea-level credence to environmentalists' fears that the weather is indeed going haywire. GHOST WAVE is the result of extensive interviews not only with these surfers and those close to them, but also with psychologists who provide insights into their strange addiction to deadly waves. Dixon draws on the knowledge of oceanographers and meteorologists as well as emulating his own experience as a lifelong surfer. 'The object of my obsession for the past few years has been a sunken island 100 miles off the southern California coast called the Cortes Bank. On just the right swells, in just the right conditions, the three foot deep summit of this mile-high mountaintop produces the biggest surfable wave on the face of the earth ...'
In The Road to Sparta famed ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes explores the story of the world's first marathon, all while reliving the historic 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta in one of the most difficult ultra races in the world - the Spartathlon...In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. Pheidippides was hailed a hero, as he saved the development of Western civilization. The run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history...Karnazes honours Pheidippides and his Greek heritage by completing the treacherous course without the aid of modern endurance nutrition and only eating and drinking what would have been available in 490 BCE. Through vivid description and telling insights, The Road to Sparta offers readers a rare glimpse into the mind-set and motivation of an extreme athlete during his most difficult and personal challenge to date.