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Quarterly Essay #71: Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Quarterly Essay #71: Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Laura Tingle

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In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general - some profiles in courage, and cunning - as well as styles of leadership. She looks at Macron and Merkel, Keating and Obama. Tingle notes that leaders must command not only their country, but also their party. Where does this leave Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten? She observes that Turnbull came to power seeking to do the opposite of everything Tony Abbott did, but neither leader's approach has been seen as a success. Why? And what can Australia's next prime minister learn from this?
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari

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In bringing his focus to the here and now, Harari will help us to grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend, encouraging us to focus our minds on the essential questions we should be asking ourselves today. Employing his trademark entertaining and lucid style, Harari will examine some of the world's most urgent issues, including terrorism, fake news and immigration, as well as turning to more individual concerns, from resilience and humility to meditation.
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Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Gabrielle Chan

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Gabrielle Chan is uniquely positioned with being a press-gallery journo in Canberra's cauldron, while living in a country town, married to a farmer, and of a Chinese immigrant parent. With this experience base, she goes deep into the psyche of the country mind-set, teasing out the conditions that define the country/city divide and its expression in protest voting patterns for independents and minor parties. Disenfranchised and dealt out. Recommended for those wanting to know more about root causes, as the world lurches to the right in the wake of Brexit and Trump, in an Australian context. Craig Kirchner

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A big story from a small town.

Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters. Why are we so fed up with politics? Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins? Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government?

In 1996 – the same year as Pauline Hanson entered parliament – Gabrielle, the city-born daughter of a Chinese migrant, moved to a sheep and wheat farm in country New South Wales. She provides a window into her community where she raised her children and reflects on its lessons for the Australian political story. It is a fresh take on the old rural narrative, informed by class and culture, belonging and broadband, committees and cake stalls, rural recession and reconciliation.

Along the way, Gabrielle recounts conversations with her fellow residents, people who have no lobby group in Canberra, so we can better understand lives rarely seen in political reporting. She describes communities that are forsaking the political process to move ahead of government. Though sometimes facing polar opposite political views to her own, Gabrielle learns the power of having a shared community at stake and in doing so, finds an alternative for modern political tribal warriors.
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Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Damien Cahill ,  Phillip Toner

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Since the 1980s, successive waves of 'economic reform' have radically changed the Australian economy. We have seen privatisation, deregulation, marketisation, and the contracting out of government services such as transport and education. For three decades, there has been a virtual consensus among the major political parties, policy makers and commentators as to the desirability of the neoliberal approach.

Today, however, the benefits of economic reform are increasingly being questioned, including by former advocates. Alongside growing voter disenchantment, new voices of dissent argue that instead of free markets, economic reform has led to unaccountable oligopolies, increased prices, reduced productivity and a degraded sense of the public good.

In Wrong Way, Australia's leading economists and public intellectuals do a cost-benefit analysis of the key economic reforms, including child care, aged care, housing, banking, prisons, universities and the NBN. Have these reforms for the Australian community and its economy been worthwhile? Have they given us a better society, as promised?
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No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia's Housing Crisis

No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia's Housing Crisis

Peter Mares

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More than a million lower-income households in Australia pay above the affordability benchmark for their housing costs. More than 100,000 people are homeless. Seventy per cent of us are concerned we'll never own property. Yet owning a home is still seen by most Australians as an essential part of our way of life.

It is generally accepted that Australia is in the grip of a housing crisis. But we are divided - along class, generational and political lines - about what to do about it. Award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on academic research, statistical data and personal interviews to create a clear picture of Australia's housing problems and to offer practical solutions.

Expertly informed and eminently readable, No Place Like Home cuts through the noise and asks the common-sense questions about why we do housing the way we do, and what the alternatives might be.
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Elections Matter: Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia

Elections Matter: Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia

Frank Bongiorno ,  Benjamin T. Jones ,  John Uhr

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In a world of fake news and populist politics, elections can seem like theatre. With growing rates of informal votes and a perceived narrowing of differences between the major parties, do Australian elections really matter?

Taking ten examples, this book argues that elections do matter (even when you think they don’t). It is not just elections with memorable jingles or triumphant campaigns from opposition to government that can shape the nation. Could it be that the Labor loss in 1969 formed the country more than the famous win in 1972? Or did the return of the Coalition in 1954 have more impact than securing government in 1949?

Elections Matter looks at prime ministers and policies that never were and examines how the democratic process could have produced a different country. Had key elections taken a different turn, Australia might have had a different constitution, a different head of state, a different health and education system and a different foreign policy approach. This book looks at ten elections that formed Australia.
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On Rape

On Rape

Germaine Greer

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'Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve. There has to be a better way.' Germaine Greer

It's time to rethink rape. Centuries of different approaches to rap as inflicted by men on women have got us nowhere. Rape statistics remain intractable: one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Very few rapes find their way into court. The crucial issue is consent, thought by some to be easy to establish and by others impossible. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. In On Rape Germaine Greer argues there has to be a better way.
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How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Michael Pollan

$35.00
It's as if we made entering gothic cathedrals illegal, or museums, or sunsets!'

When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people? Diving deep into this extraordinary world and putting himself forward as a guinea-pig, Michael Pollan has written a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs. How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness.
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Queerstories: Reflections on lives well lived from some of Australia's finest LGBTQIA+ writers

Queerstories: Reflections on lives well lived from some of Australia's finest LGBTQIA+ writers

Maeve Marsden

$29.99
There's more to being queer than coming out and getting married. This exciting and contemporary collection contains stories that are as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community from which they're drawn.

From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community.

Curated from the hugely popular Queerstories storytelling event this important collection features stories from Benjamin Law, Jen Cloher, Nayuka Gorrie, Peter Polites, Candy Royalle, Rebecca Shaw, Simon 'Pauline Pantsdown' Hunt, Steven Lindsay Ross, Amy Coopes, Paul van Reyk, Mama Alto, Liz Duck-Chong, Maxine Kauter, David Cunningham, Peter Taggart, Ben McLeay, Jax Jacki Brown, Ginger Valentine, Candy Bowers, Simon Copland, Kelly Azizi, Nic Holas, Quinn Eades, Vicki Melson, Tim Bishop and Maeve Marsden.
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Hugh Stretton: Selected Writings

Hugh Stretton: Selected Writings

Graeme Davison

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His book The Political Sciences was hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as 'a work of near genius.' His Ideas for Australian Cities was a groundbreaking intervention in urban studies and progressive thinking on social reform. This collection of Stretton's writing, compiled by Australia's leading urban historian, Graeme Davison, includes highlights from these and a wide range of other works, offering a definitive selection on history and politics, urban planning, and social and economic development. Whether criticising Paul Keating or defending life in the suburbs, Stretton was an eloquent original.

Robert Manne writes that 'Hugh Stretton may have been Australia's most distinguished post-war social scientist. With great intelligence and subtlety, Hugh's lifelong thinking offers an alternative to the neoliberal orthodoxy that took hold in the Anglophone world from the early 1980s and which, since the global financial crisis, has begun to lose its grip. The time is ripe for a collection.'
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The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason

The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason

Chapo Trap House ,  Felix Biederman ,  Matt Christman ,  Brendan James

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The creators of the cult-hit podcast Chapo Trap House deliver a manifesto for everyone who feels orphaned and alienated - politically, culturally, and economically - by the bloodless Wall Street centrism of the Democrats and the lizard-brained atavism of the right: there is a better way, the Chapo Way.

In a manifesto that renders all previous attempts at political satire obsolete, The Chapo Guide to Revolution shows you that you don’t have to side with either the pear-shaped vampires of the right or the craven, lanyard-wearing wonks of contemporary liberalism. These self-described “assholes from the internet” offer a fully ironic ideology for all who feel politically hopeless and prefer broadsides and tirades to reasoned debate.

Learn the “secret” history of the world, politics, media, and everything in-between that THEY don’t want you to know and chart a course from our wretched present to a utopian future where one can post in the morning, game in the afternoon, and podcast after dinner without ever becoming a poster, gamer, or podcaster.

The Chapo Guide to Revolution features illustrated taxonomies of contemporary liberal and conservative characters, biographies of important thought leaders, “never before seen” drafts of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom manga, and the ten new laws that govern Chapo Year Zero (everyone gets a dog, billionaires are turned into Soylent, and logic is outlawed). If you’re a fan of sacred cows, prisoners being taken, and holds being barred, then this book is NOT for you. However, if you feel disenfranchised from the political and cultural nightmare we’re in, then Chapo, let’s go...
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Fathers and Daughters: Helping Teen Girls and their Dads Build Unbreakable Bonds

Fathers and Daughters: Helping Teen Girls and their Dads Build Unbreakable Bonds

Madonna King

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What do our girls think about their fathers? And what are fathers struggling with when it comes to their relationship with their daughters? The bestselling author of BEING 14 now tackles the complicated father/daughter relationship.

Award-winning journalist, author and commentator Madonna King has interviewed over five-hundred girls and many fathers, as well as leading psychologists, school principals, CEOs, police, guidance counsellors and neuroscientists, to get the answers all mothers, fathers and daughters need to know.

Exploring a father's role in his daughter's life from a daughter's perspective as well as the father's, Madonna examines the key issues that arise to help families navigate the sometimes very difficult moments. This essential and insightful book reveals why daughters turn against their fathers, teen rebellion, discipline, sexual education, the impact of broken families, how much influence a father can/should have and what you can do to repair a broken relationship.

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS will give a voice to our girls, insight to our fathers and peace of mind to both.
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Untrue: why nearly everything we believe about women and lust and infidelity is untrue

Untrue: why nearly everything we believe about women and lust and infidelity is untrue

Wednesday Martin

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Men are biologically programmed to want sex with lots of different women, whereas women are designed to stay true to one person, right?

Wrong.

In Untrue, New York Times-bestselling author Wednesday Martin reveals that we are just at the beginning of understanding women's sexuality properly. From New York to Namibia to a conference of sex researchers in Montreal, she takes us on a journey to understand women who refuse monogamy, posing questions about why we became sexually exclusive in the first place.

Martin attends all-female sex parties where married straight women fulfill their fantasies; considers contemporary societies where women take many lovers; analyses how the invention of the plough suppressed female autonomy; and presents fascinating research about why women stray (their motivations are not so different from men's).

Frank and myth busting, Untrue validates the desires of women everywhere, including the 'silent majority' in committed relationships who struggle with staying faithful.
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City Life: The New Urban Australia

City Life: The New Urban Australia

Seamus O'Hanlon

$34.99
Remember when our cities and inner-cities weren't dominated by high-rise apartments? This book documents the changes that have come with the globalisation of the Australian city since the 1970s. It tells the story of the major economic, social, cultural and demographic changes that have come with opening up of Australia in those years, with a particular focus on the two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, which have been transformed. But throughout it also looks at how these changes have played out in the smaller capitals and regional centres.

How does one of the most urbanised, multicultural countries in the world see itself? This book challenges received ideas about Australia and how it presents itself to the world, and how in turn many Australians perceive and understand themselves. Rather than rehashing old stereotypes about mateship, the Bush or Anzac, this book places the globalised city and its residents at the heart of new understandings of twenty-first century Australia.

'Our cities are changing fast. Seamus' O'Hanlon tells us how and why, with a keen historian's eye for both the big picture and the local scene. An indispensable guide to the contemporary Australian city.' - Professor Graeme Davison
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Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

David Sornig

$35.00
In Blue Lake, David Sornig examines how the 8km-square zone to the west of central Melbourne became the city's blind spot. Once a fertile wetland with a large blue saltwater lagoon, it passed through various incarnations- from boneyards and rubbish tips; through the Depression-era Dudley Flats shanty town; to the modern-day docks. Through it all, one thing that has persisted is its uncanny, liminal quality.

As well as being a social history and a psychogeographic contemplation, Blue Lake is a biography of three specific characters- Elsie Williams, a Bendigo-born singer of Afro-Caribbean origin; Jack Peacock, the king of Dudley Flats' tip-scavenging economy; and Lauder Heinrich Rogge, a German hermit who lived for decades with sixty dogs on a stranded ship. By charting the rises and falls in their individual fortunes, Sornig reveals much about the race and class divides of their times and explores questions about those strange and singular places in the urban fabric where chaos is difficult to contain.

In masterful prose, Sornig reveals cracks in the colonial mythology of the ordered vision of progressive, urban Melbourne - a place where identities, both personal and public, have never quite been resolved. In doing so, he encourages readers to look harder at the places they live in - at the streets they walk, the buildings they enter, the empty spaces they pass - and to see in them intricate layers of time and history that have been hidden from view.
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The Old Greeks: Cinema, Photography, Migration

The Old Greeks: Cinema, Photography, Migration

George Kouvaros

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How should the people that initiated a journey be remembered? What obligations arise as a result of their passing away? What role do films and photographs play in the process of memorialisation?

Drawing on the events surrounding the arrival of the author’s family in Australia from Cyprus, The Old Greeks traces how film and photography serve as toolkits for making sense of the experience of migration - at the level of everyday life and creative practice. ‘The cinema is not just an art, a culture,’ Jean Mitry once wrote, ‘but a means to knowledge... not just a technique for disseminating facts but one capable of opening thought onto new horizons.’

George Kouvaros reveals how deeply the perceptual and emotional displacements that define migration are embedded in the forms of thinking produced by photographic media. Combining techniques and methods associated with autobiography, with those associated with critical analysis, The Old Greeks develops a form of writing that approaches complex social and cultural issues with intimacy. It also marks an acknowledgement that migration and the crossing of boundaries can pave the way for new forms of writing that challenge distinctions between literary genre and style.

The outcome can be viewed as a new aesthetics of migration shedding light on the complex forms of human interaction surrounding photography and film.
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Cats on Catnip

Cats on Catnip

Andrew Marttila

$24.99
Andrew Marttila has been a professional animal photographer for the past five years and most of that time has been dedicated to photographing cats exclusively. With his set-up he's able to capture wonderful split-second images of cats' most abandoned expressions as they enjoy every cats' favourite treat, catnip. Andrew rescues and raises orphan kittens with his partner Hannah Shaw (the Internet's famous Kitten Lady), and many of the models were hand-raised by Andrew and Hannah from newborns.

Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, grows wild in many parts of the world and is extremely easy to grow at home in most climates. It's part of the mint family and contained within the bulbs, stems, and leaves is an oil called nepetalactone. Once eaten, rolled on, or crushed, the oil binds to the cat's nasal receptors and stimulates a response that affects a number of areas in the brain, including the hypothalamus and amygdala, two regions that are key in regulating emotional and behavioral responses to stimuli. This produces a mild euphoric effect and typically lasts about ten to twenty minutes.

Catnip is non-addictive and harmless and provides a temporary respite from your cat's gruelling workload of napping all day.
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Best Bear Ever!: A Little Year of Liz Climo

Best Bear Ever!: A Little Year of Liz Climo

Liz Climo

$19.99
Fans have fallen in love with Liz Climo's charmingly quirky animal kingdom, which was first featured in The Little World of Liz Climo - and then followed up with Lobster is the Best Medicine.

Best Bear Ever! follows main characters Bear and Rabbit through the seasons, as they go on adventures, spend time with old friends, and make new ones too! This collection is a mix of new comics and fan favorites, plus a never-before-published long-form comic. Liz's fans will love adding this to their collections, while the year-long format will intrigue new readers as well.
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The Daily Show Presidential Twitter Library

The Daily Show Presidential Twitter Library

Trevor Noah

$29.99
As seen on The Daily Show, an illustrated portrait of the Donald J. Trump Twitter account, with analysis and 'scholarly' commentary from the writers of The Daily Show and an introduction by Trevor Noah.

In June 2017, just steps from Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah opened The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a 4,000-square-foot museum space that gave the 45th president and his amazing Twitter legacy the respect they deserve. In the single weekend it was open to the public, the Library pop-up drew 7,500 visitors and had to turn away countless others.

But the Presidential Twitter Library experience should not be limited to the elite coastal few. Not fair! All citizens, even the Mexican ones, should have the chance to see Donald Trump's tweets in their rightful context - organized and commented on in the fearless, hilarious, insightful voice of The Daily Show.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition catalogue presents the Library's complete contents, including:

The Masterpieces: In-depth critical appreciations of history's most important Trump tweets, from 'Very Stable Genius' to 'Covfefe' to 'Trump Tower Taco Bowl/I Love Hispanics!'

The Greatest Battles: @realDonaldTrump's brutal Twitter campaigns against fellow Republicans, Diet Coke, women generally, and Kristen Stewart specifically

Sad! A Retrospective: a compendium of the many people, events and twists of fate that apparently made Donald Trump feel this human emotion

Trumpstradamus: DJT's amazing 140-character predictions - none of which came true!

The Hall of Nicknames: the greatest of Trump's monikers, from 'Lyin' Ted' to 'Low I.Q. Crazy Mika', accompanied by original caricature artwork

Trump vs. Trump: You're going to want to sit for this one. Donald Trump has sometimes been known to contradict himself.

Always the Best: the greatest boasts of the greatest boaster of all time, ever!

Comprising hundreds of Trump tweets, and featuring a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, and even a place for readers to add their own future Trump tweet highlights - because he is making new Twitter history literally every day - The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is a unique portrait of an artist whose masterworks will be studied by historians, grammarians, and mental health professionals for years to come.
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My home, my life

My home, my life

Colm Cunningham ,  Natalie Duggan ,  Agnes Houston

$14.99
Most people with dementia want to live in the familiar comfort of their own home and maintain engagement with their community and their world.

My home, my life: Practical ideas for people with dementia and carers brings together the voice of people with dementia and carers with the best learning from research and care experience to provide insightful tips, strategies and real-life stories to support greater independence.

Whether it is through a better understanding of the impact of dementia and ageing, tips on good design at home, strategies for going out or approaches to communication and care, My home, my life will enable people with dementia, carers and their support networks to meet challenges with courage and creativity.

More than 280 tips!


Readers will find each chapter introduces what will be learned with a further summary of key points at the end. More than 280 practical tips and ideas are included in the book covering topics such as:

    * appointments
    * better bathrooms and bedrooms
    * care and communication
    * changed or distressed behaviours
    * emergencies and travel
    * food and nutrition
    * getting a good night's sleep
    * lighting and noise
    * maximising memory
    * sensory challenges
    * signage
    * understanding dementia

Real-life stories - your feedback welcome.

More than a dozen real-life stories are included in the book so that people with dementia and carers can see how other people have worked out solutions and strategies to common challenges so as to maximise independence.
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Embrace Yourself

Embrace Yourself

Taryn Brumfitt

$34.99
How to love the skin you're in – an inspirational lifestyle book by the world’s leading body acceptance activist.

‘Your body is not an ornament – it is the vehicle to your dreams.’

When was the last time you wore a bikini without a care in the world? Did a bomb in the pool? Or participated in an activity that gave you such a thrill you almost wet your pants? (Or you actually did!)

Taryn Brumfitt – Director of award winning documentary Embrace and fiercely passionate champion of women – has inspired over a million people across the world to embrace their bodies. Her message is urgent, critical, and incredibly inspiring. Learn to accept your body for all the wonderful gifts it brings you and reject the destructive fake images we are bombarded with every day.

Embrace Yourself is the ultimate ‘how to’ guide to loving your body at every shape and size. Do you hate your body and want to learn how to let go of the unhappiness it brings? Do you just want to reach a greater sense of body-loving nirvana? If the answer is yes, then this book might just change your life.

It’s time to access your joy. It’s time to Embrace Yourself.
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Interval Weight Loss for Life: The practical guide to reprogramming your body one month at a time

Interval Weight Loss for Life: The practical guide to reprogramming your body one month at a time

Nick Fuller

$32.99
Following the success of his bestselling book, Interval Weight Loss, Dr Nick Fuller is back with more practical advice to help you lose weight using his research-based approach.

In Interval Weight Loss Dr Fuller explained we all have a set weight at which our bodies feel most comfortable, and those who go on fad diets often end up regaining the kilos they’ve lost – hence the expression ‘battle of the bulge’.

In this companion book Dr Fuller takes you, stage by stage, through the process of convincing your body it’s at a new optimal weight so that you become slimmer and stay that way. And he answers all the questions readers have asked him, such as:

‘How should I kick-start the process?’
‘What should I do if I find my weight plateauing?’
‘Do I need to avoid certain foods?’
‘What should I do now that I’m at my goal weight?’

Filled with new nutritious recipes, and helpful, no-nonsense advice, Interval Weight Loss for Life provides you with the essential information that has enabled thousands of people to lose weight and keep it off. So, if you’re feeling battle-weary and are about to give up, then put down the latest celebrity diet you’re reading and arm yourself with this book. The battle of the bulge is almost over.
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Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease?

Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease?

Mike McRae

$29.95
Nostalgia used to be a killer nervous condition. Emotional women were once treated with a good orgasm, left-handed folk were beaten to be turned 'right', and rotten teeth pulled to cure the mentally unwell. Just who made these diseases 'diseases' anyway? And what makes us think we understand any better today?

Unwell is a fascinating and insightful exploration of the ever-changing nature of illness. Using humour, historical anecdotes, scientific research and personal stories, McRae illuminates the power of disease and medical diagnoses to define who we are and how we live.

In a time when extreme violence is blamed on poor mental health, when people suffer for want of health insurance, and research dollars depend on sharp marketing campaigns, understanding the social and cultural nature of disease is vital for our wellbeing - and the wellbeing of our community.
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Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda: An Integrated Practice of Ancient Healing Traditions

Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda: An Integrated Practice of Ancient Healing Traditions

Bridgette Shea, L.Ac., MAcOM

$54.95  $49.45
A comprehensive reference tool for maximizing healing of the mind, body, and spirit through a holistic synergy of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda

• Details the foundational principles of each tradition and the many concepts they share, such as qi and prana, meridians and nadis, and energy centers and chakras

• Provides tools for self-assessment including a primer on tongue diagnosis and a mental, emotional, and physical constitutional questionnaire

• Offers breathing exercises, dietary regimens, herbal recommendations, and guides for detoxification, including safe and gentle at-home cleansing

Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are two of the oldest healing systems in use today. Each is a complete art, in and of itself, and has profoundly contributed to the health and well-being of millions of people around the world. Drawing on their shared roots and spiritual principles, Bridgette Shea, L.Ac., MAcOM, shows how these two practices integrate seamlessly, with the two traditions’ individual strengths harmonizing to form a practical basis for prevention, wellness, detoxification, and treatment.

The author explains the foundational principles of both Chinese medicine and Ayurveda in detail, providing the reader with a working understanding of both disciplines. She examines shared concepts such as qi and prana, meridians and nadis, and energy centers and chakras. She explores the strengths of each practice, such as the clinical efficiency of diagnosis and the use of acupuncture for pain relief, improving fertility, and stress reduction in Chinese medicine and the dietary, detoxification, and spiritual guidance of Ayurveda, including the detox branch of Ayurveda known as Panchakarma. Moving beyond theory into practical application, she explores the Elements, known as the Five Phases and the Panchamahabhutas, and how they affect our well-being. She provides tools for self-assessment including a primer on tongue diagnosis and a mental, emotional, and physical constitutional questionnaire. Offering treatment and prevention strategies that draw from both disciplines, she encourages the reader to implement an integrated practice of these two systems in daily life or clinical practice. She details breathing exercises, dietary regimens, herbal recommendations, and guides for detoxification, including safe and gentle home cleanses, all rooted in the holistic synergy between Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.

Sharing case studies that highlight the interconnectedness of these approaches, Shea provides a comprehensive guide for self-healing of body, mind, and spirit and a practitioner’s resource to cross-reference complex questions with respect to both healing traditions.
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Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia

Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia

Anne Kenny

$39.99
Each year, more than 500,000 people are diagnosed with dementia in the United States. As stunning as that figure is, countless family members and caregivers are also affected by each diagnosis. Families are faced with the need to make vital end-of-life decisions about medical treatment, legal and financial matters, and living situations for those who no longer can; no one is prepared for this process. And many caregivers grapple with sadness, confusion, guilt, anger, and physical and mental exhaustion as dementia enters its final stage.

In Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia, Dr. Anne Kenny, a skilled palliative care physician, describes how to navigate the difficult journey of late-stage dementia with sensitivity, compassion, and common sense. Combining her personal experience caring for a mother with dementia with her medical expertise in both dementia and end-of-life care, Dr. Kenny helps the reader prepare for a family member's death while managing their own emotional health.

Drawing on stories of families that Dr. Kenny has worked with to illustrate common issues, concerns, and situations that occurs in late-stage dementia, this book includes practical advice about * making life-altering decisions while preparing for a loved one's inevitable death* medical care, pain, insomnia, medication, and eating * caring for the caregiver* having conversations about difficult topics with other family members and with health care, legal, and financial professionals Concrete to-do lists and lists of important points provide information at a glance for busy caregivers. Each chapter concludes with a list of additional resources for more information and help. Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia is a lifeline, an invaluable guide to assist in the late stage of dementia.
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8 Weeks to Wow: Transform Your Life with the Ultimate Workout, Nutrition and Motivational Plan

8 Weeks to Wow: Transform Your Life with the Ultimate Workout, Nutrition and Motivational Plan

Chief Brabon ,  Emilie Brabon-Hames

$29.99
Combines a simple exercise and diet program with the skills and know-how to transform your body for life.

Elite trainers James 'Chief' and Emilie Brabon love a challenge. As founders of ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP, the world's longest-running and most respected bootcamp fitness program, this power couple has spent decades helping ordinary people achieve - and maintain - extraordinary results. They've been responsible for turning TV-show contestants into strong, Lycra-ready Gladiators in record time, and have orchestrated some of the most stunning body transformations seen on Australian magazine covers. Their no-nonsense approach delivers results whether you're an out-of-shape office worker, celebrity or athlete.

In 8 Weeks to Wow, Emilie and Chief share the diet and fitness regime behind these incredible transformations. There are 8 weeks' worth of body-weight workouts, which can be done anywhere, and a total diet overhaul that harnesses the fat-burning power of their 'keto kickstart'. There are also 70 simple recipes to support you through the weeks, as well as motivating stories from people who committed to the program and have been blown away by the results.

Who will you be 8 weeks from now?
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Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave

Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave

Alice Gregory

$29.99
Sleep plays a crucial role in our waking lives, and we need to start paying it more attention. The latest research tells us that it's essential for learning and memory, for mental health and physical well-being, and yet we tend to only think about it when it's proving a struggle.

Nodding Off leads you on a fascinating journey through the science of sleep as it evolves throughout our lives; from babies to teenagers, from middle age to the later years of our life, there are constantly new challenges to our sleep. Based on knowledge accumulated over almost two decades as a sleep researcher, Professor Alice Gregory shares real-life stories and interviews with other sleep experts to find the answers to questions, such as:

Why do so many adolescents enjoy lying in at the weekends? Why do children experiencing anxiety, behavioural problems or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder so often have co-occurring sleep problems? Why are scientists turning to sleep disorders such as sleep paralysis to try to understand paranormal experiences?

With important tips on improving your sleep, Nodding Off is an essential read for anyone who sleeps, and more important still for those who don't get enough. Fans of Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep will love this book!
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Tarot Made Simple: The Ultimate Guide to Casting Spreads and Reading the Cards

Tarot Made Simple: The Ultimate Guide to Casting Spreads and Reading the Cards

Liz Dean

$26.99
Tarot Made Simple and tarot expert Liz Dean are your guides in this uniquely designed guide book that will have you learning to lay out the cards and read tarot quickly. Unique split-page format lets you interpret the cards quickly!

Tarot Made Simple makes learning the art of reading tarot cards approachable and stimulating. This unique guide book will teach you to lay out tarot spreads and quickly interpret them for your own daily readings, or longer term readings for friends and family. Formatted with a unique split-page design, the top pages of this guide present dozens of tarot spreads ranging from the classic Celtic Cross to specialized layouts for relationships, money and career, home, and creativity.

The bottom pages include interpretations for each of the the 78 cards of the tarot from renown tarot reader, Liz Dean, for you to quickly find and reference. There's no need to awkwardly flip pages in several books while you learn to give readings.

This beautifully formatted, full-color guide gives you a tarot layout for every concern that youll be able to read it instantly. So why wait? Get answers to your burning questions now with Tarot Made Simple.
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Secrets of Crystals

Secrets of Crystals

Jennie Harding

$19.99
A magnificent crystal identifier profiling more than 100 of the earth's most fascinating and beautiful minerals displayed in a spectrum of 20 color bands. Explore the significance of each color ray, and the crystals that it encompasses, then immerse yourself in factual references describing the form, source, and rarity of the stones. Expert guidance on the placement and use of crystals helps you learn how to use crystal healing at home.
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Secrets of Numerology

Secrets of Numerology

Dawne Kovan

$19.99
For thousands of years people have been aware of the significance of numbers. The early Greeks taught that numbers are central to the understanding of life itself, while Galileo, the medieval Italian astronomer, said, The book of nature is written in mathematical language . This attractively presented book explains both the history and theory of numerology, and, through practical advice, opens the door on a new world of possibilities. Rather than enduring the effects of various life circumstances, we can, through numerology, take part in their rhythmic process, one that links us with universal purpose and meaning. Numerology offers us the ability to order and control our lives.
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Pagan Portals: Poppets and Magical Dolls: Dolls for spellwork, witchcraft and seasonal celebrations

Pagan Portals: Poppets and Magical Dolls: Dolls for spellwork, witchcraft and seasonal celebrations

Lucya Starza

$16.99
Poppets are dolls used for sympathetic magic, and are designed in the likeness of individuals in order to represent them in spells to help, heal or harm. The word poppet comes from the Middle Ages in England, originally meaning a small doll or child, and it is still in use today as a name of endearment. The term is older than the phrase `Voodoo doll'. Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls explores the history of poppets and offers a practical guide to making and using them in modern witchcraft. It also covers seasonal dolls, from Brigid dolls, used in celebrations for the first stirrings of spring, to fairy dolls enjoyed in tree-dressing at Yuletide. Other topics covered include spirit dolls, ancestor dolls and dolls as representations of mythological beings and creatures from folklore. The newest book from Lucya Starza, author of Every Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days.
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Pagan Portals: Divination: By Rod, Birds and Fingers

Pagan Portals: Divination: By Rod, Birds and Fingers

Melusine Draco

$16.99
Divination is only a small part of a witch's stock in trade, and although a basic introduction to the subject can be learned from books, proficiency will only come through vigorous practice. This proficiency comes through the discovery of certain secret matters by a great variety of means, correspondences, signs and occult techniques. Before a witch can perform any of these operations with any degree of success, we need to develop the `art of seeing' and the ability to divine with rod, fingers and birds. Divination is what could be referred to as the practical element of Craft magic, and we don't even have to be witches to be able to read the portents. But it helps! A companion volume to Pagan Portals: By Spellbook & Candle and Pagan Portals: By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root, from popular Moon Books author Melusine Draco.
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After the First Six Weeks

After the First Six Weeks

Midwife Cath

$29.99
Midwife Cath has delivered more than 10,000 babies over the last 40 years, but her care of mothers and babies doesn't end when they leave the hospital. She strongly believes that all families need ongoing support, particularly in their first crucial year of parenting.

After the First Six Weeks is a follow-up to Midwife Cath's bestselling book The First Six Weeks. Week six is a major milestone for both babies and parents, and this comprehensive guidebook will provide a roadmap to 'what's next'-starting at six weeks and taking you through to the end of the first 12 months.

Midwife Cath covers all the joys and challenges of your child's first year at home, focusing on such issues as breast and bottle feeding; the introduction of solids; sleep; growth and development; the importance of play; safety; and her Bath Bottle Bed (BBB) routine and how it evolves over these 12 months.

Midwife Cath's invaluable experience and wisdom will help you establish routines that will ensure a healthier, happier baby and better-rested, more confident parents.
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What to Expect When You're Expecting: 5th Edition of the world's bestselling pregnancy book

What to Expect When You're Expecting: 5th Edition of the world's bestselling pregnancy book

Heidi E. Murkoff

$39.99
Totally revised and updated for a new generation of expectant mothers and fathers. The world's favourite pregnancy book just got better.

What to Expect When You're Expecting has long been the go-to manual for parents-to-be around the world. With detailed week-by-week explanations of what is happening to mother and baby, and advice backed by the latest research - think preparation, diet, self-care and complications - this book reassures parents while it tackles problems and addresses issues particular to today's technological, multicultural and rapidly changing society - from the use of alternative medicine and assisted conception, to options for labour, delivery and much more.

This edition has been revised and adapted to meet best Australian practice.
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Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Kim Brooks

$19.99
One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year-old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role our current culture of fear plays in parenthood.

In Small Animals, Brooks asks, of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves?

Fuelled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks’s own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children.

In her signature style – by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating – which has dazzled millions of fans and been called ‘striking’ by New York Times Book Review and ‘beautiful’ by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.
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13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success

Amy Morin

$24.99
In her international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, Amy Morin taught us what it takes to be mentally strong. Now she teaches parents the unhealthy habits to avoid in order to raise mentally strong children.

Do you prevent your child from making mistakes Do you give your child power over you Do you parent out of guilt If so, you're not alone. Every parent wants to provide their child with the best and safest future. But in today's increasingly complicated and scary world, many parents have taken things a step too far, mistakenly believing that giving their children the best chance at a successful life involves trying to shield them from pain and reality.

From free-range parenting to helicopter parenting, many of today's popular parenting practices aren't allowing parents to teach children the skills they need to become mentally strong adults. In 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, Amy Morin turns her focus to parents, revealing what not to do-the unhealthy thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that hold adults back from raising mentally strong children.

As a psychotherapist, an expert in family and teen therapy, and a foster parent, Morin has witnessed firsthand what works. When children have the skills they need to deal with challenges in their everyday lives, they flourish socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. Morin demonstrates through easy-to-follow steps that with appropriate support, encouragement, and guidance from adults, children grow stronger and strive for a better, brighter future.

Drawing on the insight she has gained from her experiences in her practice and her role as a foster parent, she combines case studies, practical tips, specific strategies, and proven exercises to help children of all ages-from preschoolers to teenagers-build the mental muscle and grit they need to develop into healthy, strong adults.
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Stop Staring at Screens: A Digital Detox for the Whole Family

Stop Staring at Screens: A Digital Detox for the Whole Family

Tanya Goodin

$19.99
Technology was designed to make our lives easier, and yet it's one of the biggest drivers of family rifts and stress. Making healthy and realistic decisions about when and where you really need technology can be tricky but is essential for restoring harmony in your home. Stop Staring at Screens has the answers you need.

* Find sanity-saving solutions and practical tips
* Follow diagnostic quizzes
* Identify key triggers
* Address common issues
* Learn what works best for you and your family
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Great Minds Don't Think Alike: discover the method and madness of 56 creative geniuses

Great Minds Don't Think Alike: discover the method and madness of 56 creative geniuses

Emily Gosling

$24.99
Great Minds Don't Think Alike surveys some of the most brilliant minds of the past and present. Discover the methods and rituals they used to forge a constructive, creative pathway, from the downright peculiar to the reassuringly pedestrian.

Learn the importance of daily routines with Sylvia Plath, embrace randomness with David Bowie and transcend tragedy with Frida Kahlo.

With 56 tried and tested creative techniques from inspired, and inspiring, minds - among them, architects, musicians, playwrights, painters and philosophers - enjoy an illustrated compendium of ingenious insights to kickstart your own creative process.
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The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt

The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt

Robert I. Sutton

$19.99
From the bestselling expert: an entertaining and evidence-based guide to dealing with horrible people.

Being around assholes, whether at work or elsewhere, can damage performance and affect wellbeing: having one asshole in a team has been shown to reduce performance by 30 to 40 percent, and research shows that rudeness spreads like a common cold. In The Asshole Survival Guide, Stanford professor Robert Sutton offers practical advice on identifying and tackling any kind of asshole - based on research into groups from uncivil civil servants to French bus drivers, and 8,000 emails that he has received on asshole behaviour.

With expertise and humour, he provides a cogent and methodical game-plan to fight back. First, he sets out the asshole audit, to find out what kind of asshole needs dealing with, and asshole detection strategies. Then he reveals field-tested, sometimes surprising techniques, from asshole avoidance and asshole taxes, to mind-tricks and the art of love bombing. Finally, he explains the dangers of asshole blindness - when the problem might be yours truly.
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A Very Human Ending: How suicide haunts our species

A Very Human Ending: How suicide haunts our species

Jesse Bering

$35.00
A meditation on the human tendency to end our own lives, by an author who brings his own experience of depression to bear on this rarely discussed subject.

Suicide remains one of the biggest killers in the Western world, yet we struggle to talk about the factors that lead someone to take their own life. More often than not, it is negative social evaluations - real or imagined - that drive us to such an extreme course of action. So what is it about the human brain that means that we may not only entertain suicidal thoughts but, in some cases, actually act upon them?

In A Very Human Ending, psychologist Jesse Bering dispels the silence and shame that surround the subject of suicide. Combining cutting-edge scientific research with investigative journalism and first-person testimony, Bering seeks to provide a better understanding of the suicidal mind. He speculates as to why we are the only species on earth that deliberately ends its own life and analyzes the journals and notes left behind by suicides for clues about why humans end it all.

His penetrating anaylsis aims to demystify a subject that simultaneously attracts and repulses. A Very Human Ending is guaranteed to jump-start a new conversation about a perennial problem that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.
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Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

Thomas Page McBee

$32.99
'A blazingly wise and beautiful book.' - A L Kennedy

In this ground-breaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence.

Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body - McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it.

A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.
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The Little Book of Yes: How to win friends, boost your confidence and persuade others

The Little Book of Yes: How to win friends, boost your confidence and persuade others

Noah Goldstein ,  Steve Martin ,  Professor Robert B. Cialdini

$12.99
This travel-sized handbook will become your go-to key for ensuring that the world says 'yes' to you, your ideas and your requests.

We all want to hear 'yes'. 'Yes' connects us to the world, and carries us into the future. So why do we find it so hard to get others to agree? And how can we improve our chances?

The Little Book of Yes contains 21 short essays that outline a range of effective persuasion strategies, each proven to increase the chances that someone will agree to your request. That someone could be a friend, a colleague, a partner, a lover, a manager, a sibling, a parent, even a stranger. The timeless principles and practical lessons in this collection can be used to tackle a variety of everyday challenges, from repairing a soured relationship to negotiating a higher fee for your work, from convincing a dithering friend to take action, to building your social network and personal brand.

Full of wisdom from the leaders in influence, with carefully curated advice, this little book is essential reading for any freelancer, manager, entrepreneur, parent or person who wants more from their world.
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The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium

The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

$31.95
The author of Flow shows us how to overcome our evolutionary heritage in order to re-create ourselves for the next milennium. He explains that we must recognize that there is a common good - and only by transcending our biological and social programming can we achieve it - becoming in the process, complex and integrated individuals.

“A book of singular importance and timeliness, one with momentous implications for the future.” -Howard Gardner
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The Genius Checklist: Nine Paradoxical Tips on How You can Become a Creative Genius

The Genius Checklist: Nine Paradoxical Tips on How You can Become a Creative Genius

Dean Keith Simonton

$59.99
What it takes to be a genius: nine essential and contradictory ingredients.

What does it take to be a genius? A high score on an IQ test? Brilliant physicist Richard Feynman's IQ was too low for membership in Mensa. Suffering from varying degrees of mental illness? Creativity is often considered a marker of mental health. Be a child prodigy like Mozart, or a later bloomer like Beethoven? Die tragically young, like Keats, or live to a ripe old age like Goethe? In The Genius Checklist, Dean Keith Simonton examines the key factors in creative genius and finds that they are more than a little contradictory.

Simonton, who has studied creativity and genius for more than four decades, draws on both scientific research and stories from the lives of famous creative geniuses that range from Isaac Newton to Vincent van Gogh to Virginia Woolf. He explains the origin of IQ tests and the art of estimating the IQ of long-dead historical figures (John Stuart Mill: 200; Charles Darwin: 160). He compares IQ scores with achieved eminence as measures of genius, and he draws a distinction between artistic and scientific genius. He rules out birth order as a determining factor (in the James family alone, three geniuses at three different birth-order positions: William James, firstborn; Henry James, second born; Alice James, born fifth and last); considers Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule; and describes how the lone genius gets enmeshed in social networks.

Genius, Simonton explains, operates in ways so subtle that they seem contradictory. Genius is born and made, the domain of child prodigies and their elders. Simonton's checklist gives us a new, integrative way to understand geniuses - and perhaps even to nurture your own genius!
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Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

Beth Kempton

$29.99
'More than ever, we need books like this' Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast A whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.

Wabi sabi ( wah-bi sah-bi ) is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in zen and the way of tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.

Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything, and concentrate on what really matters.

From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, wabi sabi will teach you to find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.

This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life, and finding happiness right where you are.
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Psychogeography

Psychogeography

Merlin Coverley

$19.99
Psychogeography. In recent years this term has been used to illustrate a bewildering array of ideas from ley lines and the occult, to urban walking and political radicalism. But where does it come from and what exactly does it mean?

This book examines the origins of psychogeography in the Paris of the 1950s, exploring the theoretical background and its political application in the work of Guy Debord and the Situationists. Psychogeography continues to find retrospective validation in much earlier traditions, from the visionary writing of William Blake and Thomas De Quincey to the rise of the flaneur and the avant-garde experimentatin of the Surrealists. These precursors to psychogeography are discussed here alongside their modern counterparts, for today these ideas hold greater currency than ever through the popularity of writers and filmmakers such as Iain Sinclair, Will Self and Patrick Keiller.

From the urban wanderer to the armchair traveller, psychogeography provides us with new ways of experiencing our environment, transforming the familiar streets of our everyday experience into something new and unexpected. Merlin Coverley conducts the reader through this process, providing an explanation of the terms involved and an analysis of the key figures and their works.
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The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

Judith Orloff

$24.99
Empaths are sensitive, intuitive, and caring, but they're also shock absorbers with an extremely sensitive nervous system, says Dr. Orloff, leaving them susceptible to issues like anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue. This guidebook helps readers find a balance between giving and self-care, transform their sensitivities into healthy levels of compassion, and use their intuition as an alley. It offers self-assessments to explore common attributes of empaths, daily rituals and meditations to re-center and replenish, and strategies to combat negative energy and create and sustain positive relationships.
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Beat PTSD: How a Combat Soldier Conquered Chronic PTSD to Live a Life that Truly Matters, and How You Can Too

Beat PTSD: How a Combat Soldier Conquered Chronic PTSD to Live a Life that Truly Matters, and How You Can Too

Kevin Lloyd-Thomas

$29.95
1 Out of Every 3 Veterans Suffer from PTSD.

International Author Kevin Lloyd-Thomas is an Infantry combat veteran of two tours of Vietnam. Forward Scout, Machine Gunner, and Section Commander in a mechanized ready reaction and reconnaissance platoon, a platoon whose very existence became a controversy.

Very happy in his marriage and successful in his business life, until nearly three years of unemployment threw his life into utter chaos - sending him crashing and burning into chronic PTSD, alcohol, substance and tobacco abuse, losing everything he had as a result.

And then to planning his own suicide. Not if, but how.

This book is full of practical advice and ideas that will guarantee your road to success. Kevin tells of the mistakes he made, the bitter lessons learned, and how not to make the same mistakes he did. Kevin shares his breakthrough strategies, techniques, tools, and proven steps, to get you firmly and successfully back on track to living the life of your dreams.
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Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now

Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now

Alan Rusbridger

$32.99
‘It was my good luck – and the world’s – that Alan Rusbridger was the Guardian’s editor when powerful governments tried to prevent the paper from revealing that they had deceived and disempowered their citizens. Alan is a fearless defender of the public interest who has had a singular career in journalism. His book is an urgent reminder that there is still a place for real journalism - indeed, our democracies depend on it.’ - Edward Snowden

A powerful and profound study of the news - how we read it, who controls it and why it matters - from former Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger.

We are living through the greatest communication revolution since Gutenberg. In Breaking News Alan Rusbridger offers an open, personal and agenda-setting account of how we arrived at the news world of today.

The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and accuses anyone who criticisms him of being fake. Politicians openly rubbish the views of 'so called experts', dissemble and mislead. So how do we hold those in power accountable? Fox News, Breitbart Media and the Murdoch papers peddle views not news, pushing politically-motivated agendas. So, where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does it mean for democracy? And what will the future hold?

Reflecting on his twenty years as editor of the Guardian and his experience of breaking some of the most significant news stories of our time, including the Edward Snowden revelations, phone-hacking, wikileaks and the Keep in the Ground campaign, Rusbridger answers these questions and offers a stirring defence of why quality journalism matters now more than ever.
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The Power and the Story: The Global Battle for News and Information

The Power and the Story: The Global Battle for News and Information

John Lloyd

$24.99
Is journalism in jeopardy? In a time of technological shifts and the market transformations how can journalists respond? Are we truly post-truth?

John Lloyd answers these questions and more in this global examination of democratic legitimacy, technology and the news. With first hand research Lloyd journeys from post-communist Russia to Nigeria, from Saudi Arabia to Israel, from Mexico to China, and lays bare just how the power of the story matters more than ever.

With nuance and expertise Lloyd argues that a free press has to be part of any tolerably free future and offers fascinating insight into the trade with the responsibility to hold power to account.
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Fight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

$22.99
'With wit, insight and glorious, righteous rage, Clementine Ford lays out all the ways in which girls and women are hurt and held back, and unapologetically demands that the world do better. A passionate and urgently needed call to arms, Fight Like A Girl insists on our right to be angry, to be heard and to fight. It'll change lives.' Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident

'A friend recently told me that the things I write are powerful for her because they have the effect of making her feel angry instead of just empty. I want to do this for all women and young girls - to take the emptiness and numbness they feel about being a girl in this world and turn it into rage and power. I want to teach all of them how to FIGHT LIKE A GIRL.' Clementine Ford

Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

Fight Like A Girl will make you laugh, cry and scream. But above all it will make you demand and fight for a world in which women have real equality and not merely the illusion of it.
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The Guilty Feminist: From our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies

The Guilty Feminist: From our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies

Deborah Frances-White

$29.99
In 2015 I described myself as 'guilty feminist' for the first time. My goals were noble but my concerns were trivial. I wanted desperately for women to be taken seriously in leadership roles all over the world, but I also wanted to look good sitting down naked.

A funny, joyful, frank and inspiring book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, from the creator of the hit comedy podcast, Deborah Frances-White.

From inclusion to the secret power of rom coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Deborah Frances-White explores what it means to be a 21st-century feminist, and encourages us to make the world better for all women.

The book also includes exclusive interviews with performers, activists and thinkers - Jessamyn Stanley, Zoe Coombs Marr, Susan Wokoma, Bisha K. Ali, Reubs Walsh, Becca Bunce, Amika George, Mo Mansfied and Leyla Hussein - plus a piece from Hannah Gadsby.
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New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future

James Bridle

$29.99
How the Information Age destroys knowledge.

As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world.

In reality, we are lost in a sea of information, increasingly divided by fundamentalism, simplistic narratives, conspiracy theories, and post-factual politics. Meanwhile, those in power use our lack of understanding to further their own interests. Despite the apparent accessibility of information, we’re living in a new Dark Age.

From rogue financial systems to shopping algorithms, from artificial intelligence to state secrecy, we no longer understand how our world is governed or presented to us. The media is filled with unverifiable speculation, much of it generated by anonymous software, while companies dominate their employees through surveillance and the threat of automation.

In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems, and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.
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Every Woman's Guide To Saving The Planet

Every Woman's Guide To Saving The Planet

Natalie Isaacs

$32.99
Climate change is the biggest issue of our time. Natalie Isaacs used to think climate change was someone else's issue. After all, what can one person do to make a difference? Then she cut her electricity bill by 20 per cent and saw how much money and CO2 pollution she'd saved. From there she was inspired to take further action on climate change and to embrace the mantra 'less is more'.

In Every Woman's Guide to Saving the Planet, Natalie shares her journey from disengaged apathy to real action. Now the founder and CEO of the internationally recognised climate action organisation 1 Million Women, she explains:

, why climate change is the biggest issue of our time , why women, who make around 85 per cent of household spending decisions, are incredibly powerful when it comes to taking climate action , how to get started on changing your own behaviours, whether it's switching to keep cups, reusable shopping bags or low-energy lightbulbs , how to make your new behaviours stick , how to cut back on waste, whether energy, food, fashion or single-use plastic , why stuff can't make us happy and why less truly is more , how to inspire your family, friends and community to take climate action. With handy 'toolkits' packed full of practical how-to's, Every Woman's Guide to Saving the Planet will get you started on your own climate action journey. Natalie's message is simple: never underestimate the power you have in your life to change the world.

For more information go to 1millionwomen.com.au
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The Tom Wills Picture Show

The Tom Wills Picture Show

Martin Flanagan

$25.00
Martin Flanagan, journalist at the Age, has often written of the great Wonders of Australian Sport, his love of the AFL, of the importance of Aboriginal players in the highest echelons of Australian sport.

A few years ago he threw himself at the mysterious and distressed figure of Tom Wills - our early Colonial cricket celebrity, who put together the Aboriginal Cricket Team set for Great Britain in 1868 - and helped write the original Code for Australian Rules. A hero for several original clubs - Melbourne, Collingwood and Richmond for example. Yet things fall apart, as things have often done for our sporting stars...

So Flanagan went deeper: "I dared myself to actually picture Tom Wills in the various situations I knew him to have been in during his life and backed my fancy. It was like entering a creative delirium. Pictures appeared before me which I wrote down in scenes. If I do the same thing in ten years' time, I may come up with a different story but I doubt that will happen. I doubt the energy that accompanied the writing of this treatment will ever return."

And so we have his The Tom Wills Picture Show , shedding light on a most complex character...
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Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck

Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck

Tim Lane ,  Elliot Cartledge

$24.99
Part biography, part personal reflection and part investigation, Chasing Shadows: The Life And Death Of Peter Roebuck will celebrate Roebuck's immense achievements as a player, captain, writer, broadcaster and philanthropist, but not shy away from the controversies that plagued his life and hang so darkly and with such uncertainty over his shocking death. Initial investigations have already uncovered details previously unknown to the public, while some of the cricket world's giant figures have volunteered due praise - and criticism - for this remarkable figure.

Tim Lane and co-author Elliot Cartledge will explore the `Roebuck phenomenon', how this seemingly awkward and eccentric intellectual giant became, briefly, an English cricket captain, was embroiled in a long-standing feud with the likes of Ian Botham and Viv Richards, gained adulation throughout the sub-continent and Australasia and established what was essentially a homespun charity to put scores of impoverished Africans through secondary schooling and university.

Along with the recollections and revelations of colleague and confidante Tim Lane, the book will feature in its telling the likes of Ian Botham, Viv Richards, Ian Chappell, Mark Nicholas, Steve Waugh, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Kerry O'Keefe, Martin Crowe, Mike Coward, Jim Maxwell and many others, including members of the Roebuck family.

The book has one supreme quality: it is fair-minded. Martin Flanagan, Sydney Morning Herald This first-class work of investigative reporting tracks down key figures who shed crucial light on Roebuck's life, while resisting pat conclusions. Steven Carroll, Canberra Times This tantalising kaleidoscope of a book, which honours the complexity of the man while rigorously pursuing the truth. Steven Carroll, Canberra Times There could be no more difficult person to interperet Tim Lane, Sunday Age
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Footy's Revolution

Footy's Revolution

Elliot Cartledge

$32.99
From private ownership to drug scandals, salary caps, `franchise' teams and media proliferation, the ascent of the AFL has been filled with drama, while some of the game's biggest stars - Lockett, Ablett, Carey, Hird, Goodes, Dangerfield and Franklin - have strutted the national stage, garnering admiration and controversy in equal measures.

With crowds falling and the competition in Victoria in disarray, desperate measures were required. Many of the original clubs faced a precarious future as the game was ruthlessly rationalised, nationalised and marketed to a new generation. As the code shook off its suburban shackles, sponsorship flooded in, old grounds were swept aside, themed rounds became the norm, Indigenous players rose in prominence and interstate clubs ruled the roost.

The AFL has become a genuine national force, with round-the-clock news and opinions, and spectators watching every move, both on and off the field. The game is now played in supersized stadia from Brisbane to Perth, Sydney to Adelaide, with Melbourne steadfastly clinging to its `spiritual home' status.

Footy's Revolution is packed with insider tales, snapshots and first-hand accounts from coaches, players and commentators on the AFL's remarkable rise - and the controversies that accompanied it.
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The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab

The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab

Carl Miller

$35.00
A groundbreaking examination of the new centres of power and control in the twenty-first century.

The old gods are dying. Giant corporations collapse overnight. Newspapers are being swallowed. Stock prices plummet with a tweet. Governments are losing control. The old familiarities are tumbling down and a strange new social order is rising in their place. More crime now happens online than offline. Facebook has grown bigger than any state, bots battle elections, technologists have reinvented democracy and information wars are breaking out around us. New mines produce crypto-currencies, coders write policy, and algorithms shape our lives in more ways than we can imagine. What is going on?

For centuries, writers and thinkers have used power as a prism through which to view and understand the world at moments of seismic change. The Death of the Gods is an exploration of power in the digital age, and a journey in search of the new centres of control today. From a cyber-crime raid in suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, and from the digital soldiers of Berkshire to the hackers of Las Vegas, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller traces how power - the most important currency of all - is being transformed, fought over, won and lost. As power escapes from its old bonds, he shows us where it has gone, the shape it now takes and how it touches each of our lives.

Astounding opportunities are at our fingertips. But are we more powerful as individuals than ever before? Or more controlled?
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A Short History of Drunkenness

A Short History of Drunkenness

Mark Forsyth

$22.99
Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.

A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way- What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.

This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.
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Is Gender Fluid?: A primer for the 21st century

Is Gender Fluid?: A primer for the 21st century

Sally Hines (University of Leeds UK)

$24.99
When we are born, we are each assigned a gender based on our physical anatomy. But why is it that some people experience such dissonance between their biological sex and their inner identity? Is gender something we are or something we do? Is our expression of gender inborn or does it develop as we grow? Are the traditional binary male and female gender roles relevant in an increasingly fluid and flexible world? This intelligent, stimulating volume assesses the connections between gender, psychology, culture and sexuality, and reveals how individual and social attitudes have evolved over the centuries.
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Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age

Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age

Donna Zuckerberg

$54.99
A disturbing expose of how today's alt-right men's groups use ancient sources to promote a new brand of toxic masculinity online.

A virulent strain of antifeminism is thriving online that treats women's empowerment as a mortal threat to men and to the integrity of Western civilization. Its proponents cite ancient Greek and Latin texts to support their claims-arguing that they articulate a model of masculinity that sustained generations but is now under siege.

Donna Zuckerberg dives deep into the virtual communities of the far right, where men lament their loss of power and privilege, and strategize about how to reclaim them. She finds, mixed in with weightlifting tips and misogynistic vitriol, the words of the Stoics deployed to support an ideal vision of masculine life. On other sites, pickup artists quote Ovid's Ars Amatoria to justify ignoring women's boundaries. By appropriating the Classics, these men lend a veneer of intellectual authority and ancient wisdom to their project of patriarchal white supremacy. In defense or retaliation, feminists have also taken up the Classics online, to counter the sanctioning of violence against women.

Not All Dead White Men reveals that some of the most controversial and consequential debates about the legacy of the ancients are raging not in universities but online.
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