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  • 10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    BIDDULPH STEVE
    ISBN: 9781925048841
    Title: 10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    Author: BIDDULPH STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Steve Biddulph writes: '10 Things Girls Need Most is a revolution. For 40 years I've worked with parents in groups - and it is so much fun and so moving that I would love to do that with every parent in the world. But I can't! So 10 Things Girls Need Most aims to be the next best thing. This is a special kind of book. You can read it straight through and get great ideas for raising your daughter. But it also offers something extra that can give you so much more. On many pages you will find opportunities to interact. These are very simple - just a list to tick, or a couple of questions to respond to. These interactive tasks immediately get you thinking about your own life, your family and, of course, your daughter. 10 Things Girls Need Most is a dual gift. It provides the very best information that we have about girls growing up today - and, alongside, are interactive tasks and self-exploration practices will help you to put that into practice. '

    How does the content differ from Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls?

    SB: 'This is a whole new book on girls, and it has grown out of years of online discussions which have gone deeper and further than much of the coverage in Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls. It is a reflection of the issues that parents want to explore in more depth. Many of these are new.'

    Why is this called an interactive companion to Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls?

    SB: 'We found that parents were keen to share their experiences and concerns online. So this new book includes opportunities for parents to consider topics with more depth, courtesy of the reader-response style. The interactivity is a totally new concept. Focus groups have found it quite profound - as there are opportunities for the reader to respond to questions in the text. In this way it is a companion to Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls, exploring many of the same areas but with the added dimension of parent involvement and response to the questions.

    Steve Biddulph says: '

    The aim of this book is twofold. Firstly, to help you understand how daughters grow and thrive, and to be confident in raising your own. To lay down the foundations of good mental health early in your daughter's life, and to keep her strong all the way through. And secondly, to enlist you in the new wave of feminism, fighting against a world that is so toxic to our kids.'

    'We have the potential to change the world our daughters face. Girls are being exploited. We need to challenge the companies worldwide that profit from making girls insecure and compliant through manipulative marketing.

    'This book helps parents understand how we can win back girlhood - happy, wild and free. It's the core of individuality and self-belief - and is the new feminism that we want for our daughters.

    'It tackles the most important mental health risk in the world today - the harm that is being inflicted on girls and young women. The exploitation of it starts with babyhood and rockets through primary school and into the teens.'

    Imprint: FINCH PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 10% HAPPIER : How I Tamed the Voice in My Head Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story
    10% HAPPIER : How I Tamed the Voice in My Head Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story
    HARRIS DAN
    ISBN: 9781444799057
    Title: 10% HAPPIER : How I Tamed the Voice in My Head Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story
    Author: HARRIS DAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The perfect book for the spirituality sceptics who really do need meditation in their daily routine.

    10% HAPPIER is a spiritual book written for - and by - someone who would otherwise never read a spiritual book. It is both a deadly serious and seriously funny look at mindfulness and meditation as the next big public health revolution.

    Dan Harris always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. How else can you climb the ladder in an ultra-competitive field like TV news except through nonstop hand-wringing and hyper vigilance? For a while, his strategy worked. Harris anchored national broadcasts and he covered wars. Then he hit the brakes, and had a full-blown panic attack live on the air. What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through a bizarre series of events - involving a disgraced evangelical pastor, a mysterious self-help guru and a fateful gift from his wife - Harris stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: meditation. At first, he was deeply suspicious. He had long associated meditation with bearded swamis and unwashed hippies. But when confronted with mounting scientific evidence that just a few minutes a day can literally rewire the brain for focus,happiness, and reduced reactivity, Harris took a deep dive. He spent years mingling with scientists,executives and marines on the front lines of a quiet revolution that has the potential to reshape society. He became a daily meditator, and even found himself on a ten-day, silent meditation retreat, which was simultaneously the best and worst experience he'd ever had.

    Harris's life was not transformed into a parade of rainbows and unicorns, but he did gain a passion for daily meditation. While the book itself is a narrative account of Dan's conversion amid the harried and decidedly non-Zen world of the newsroom, it concludes with a section for the novice on how to get started.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 101 WAYS TO LIVE WELL
    101 WAYS TO LIVE WELL
    ISBN: 9781786572127
    Title: 101 WAYS TO LIVE WELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Feel like life's too busy to feel zen? Think again. Be a calmer, more productive, healthier you, without sacrificing precious hours. Discover the secret wellness hacks you can incorporate into life - whether it's a 5-minute focus exercise on your commute, 10 minutes' mindfulness at lunchtime, or balanced nutrition ideas for your next trip abroad.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS : WHO WE ARE HOW WE THINK WHAT WE DO INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION FROM 50 KEY THINKERS
    50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS : WHO WE ARE HOW WE THINK WHAT WE DO INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION FROM 50 KEY THINKERS
    BUTLER-BOWDON TOM
    ISBN: 9781857883862
    Title: 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS : WHO WE ARE HOW WE THINK WHAT WE DO INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION FROM 50 KEY THINKERS
    Author: BUTLER-BOWDON TOM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a journey that spans 50 books, hundreds of ideas and over a century in time, 50 Psychology Classics looks at some of the most intriguing questions relating to what motivates us, what makes us feel and act in certain ways, how our brains work, and how we create a sense of self. 50 Psychology Classics explores writings from some iconic figures such as Freud, Adler, Jung, skinner, James, Piaget and Pavolv, but also highlights the work of contemporary thinkers such as Gardner, Gilbert, Goleman and Seligman.

    Imprint: NICHOLAS BREALEY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 59 SECONDS : THINK A LITTLE CHANGE A LOT
    59 SECONDS : THINK A LITTLE CHANGE A LOT
    WISEMAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781447273370
    Title: 59 SECONDS : THINK A LITTLE CHANGE A LOT
    Author: WISEMAN RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you're looking to be more decisive in your life, find a new job or simply be happier, the chances are that this book has the 'magic bullet' you need.

    Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years, gurus and 'life coaches' have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective. Fortunately, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job-hunting to relationships, and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away . . .

    * Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you feel happier

    * Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape

    * Learn how putting just one thing in your wallet will improve the chance of it being returned if lost.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
    7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
    COVEY STEPHEN R
    ISBN: 9781471129391
    Title: 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
    Author: COVEY STEPHEN R
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the beloved classic that has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this reissue!

    With a new foreword, the wisdom of the 7 Habits still holds true after all these years. The 7 Habits have become so famous because they work. They have been integrated into everyday thinking by many millions of people. The reason: They work. Habit 1: Be Proactive. Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. Habit 3: Put First Things First. Habit 4: Think Win/Win. Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Habit 6: Synergize. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw.
    The book presents a principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity - principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 9 WAYS TO A RESILIENT CHILD
    9 WAYS TO A RESILIENT CHILD
    COULSON JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9780733334825
    Title: 9 WAYS TO A RESILIENT CHILD
    Author: COULSON JUSTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Have you ever watched your child give up too quickly and easily, moaning 'I can't'. Perhaps your child resists going to school because they don't like their teacher or their friend rejected them. Maybe they failed in a sporting contest or an exam.

    One of the most frequent questions Kidspot parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson is asked is 'How can I help my child become resilient?' Friendship problems, bullying, physical changes and parenting styles are just some of the issues that can affect our children's ability to bounce back from difficulty and adapt to challenging situations. Helping our children develop resilience can have lifelong positive effects.

    9 Ways to a Resilient Child will help parents enable their children to cope with the challenges that life throws at us all. Discover why winners aren't always grinners, the problems with common advice like 'Toughen up, princess', the negative impact of helicopter parenting, and how praise can harm instead of help. Understand both the protective and the risk factors affecting resilience for better or for worse. And uncover the psychological secrets that will build your child's ability to bounce back, stronger and more resilient than ever: from the ability to think flexibly, make safe and healthy choices, and exercise self-control, to the powerful impact of family, relationships, school and community.

    Dr Coulson aims to bolster resilience - not just in our children, but also in ourselves. Because resilient parents are more likely to have resilient kids.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ADHD NATION : THE DISORDER THE DRUGS THE INSIDE STORY
    ADHD NATION : THE DISORDER THE DRUGS THE INSIDE STORY
    SCHWARZ ALAN
    ISBN: 9781408706572
    Title: ADHD NATION : THE DISORDER THE DRUGS THE INSIDE STORY
    Author: SCHWARZ ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A groundbreaking and definitive account of the exploding misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mishandling of medication of children, and adults, with often disastrous results.

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is now the most common chronic condition among children, surpassing asthma. Yet research shows that ADHD can't be that prevalent. ADHD, a problem once thought to affect a small percentage of children, has exploded into one of the most misdiagnosed psychiatric conditions. Now, in the US doctors and Big Pharma are targeting adults to get the diagnosis and take medications that will 'transform their lives'.

    In ADHD NATION, Alan Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to tell the full story of this billion-dollar industry. There's the father of ADHD, Dr Keith Conners, who spent fifty years promoting the disorder in the US and pills like Ritalin before realising just what he had wrought; a troubled young girl and studious, teenage boy who get entangled in the ADHD machine and are prescribed medications that lead to serious problems; and the pharmaceutical industry that promoted the disorder and continues to earn billions from mishandling psychiatric conditions.

    An investigation of how Big Pharma, medical professionals and the US education system are complicit in the creation, maintenance and continuing expansion of the ADHD industry, this book sounds the alarm for UK readers and demands we wake up to the problem that we too could face in the future.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ADIEU TO GOD : WHY PSYCHOLOGY LEADS TO ATHEISM
    ADIEU TO GOD : WHY PSYCHOLOGY LEADS TO ATHEISM
    POWER MICK
    ISBN: 9780470669945
    Title: ADIEU TO GOD : WHY PSYCHOLOGY LEADS TO ATHEISM
    Author: POWER MICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adieu to God examines atheism from a psychological perspective and reveals how religious phenomena and beliefs are psychological rather than supernatural in origin. * Answers the psychological question of why, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, do religions continue to prosper? * Looks at atheism and religion using a fair and balanced approach based on the latest work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry and medicine * Acknowledges the many psychological benefits of religion while still questioning the validity of its supernatural belief systems and providing atheist alternatives to a fulfilling life.


    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $46.99

    Price: $46.99
  • AFFLUENZA
    AFFLUENZA
    JAMES OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780091900113
    Title: AFFLUENZA
    Author: JAMES OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading. Cities he visited include Sydney, Singapore, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Shanghai, and in each place he interviewed several groups of people in the hope of finding out not only why this is happening, but also how one can increase the strength of one's emotional immune system. He asks: why do so many more people want what they haven't got and want to be someone they're not, despite being richer and freer from traditional restraints? And, in so doing, uncovers the answer to how to reconnect with what really matters and learn to value what you've already got. In other words, how to be successful and stay sane.

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • AFTER BUDDHISM : Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
    AFTER BUDDHISM : Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
    BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780300224344
    Title: AFTER BUDDHISM : Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
    Author: BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A renowned Buddhist teacher's magnum opus, based on his fresh reading of the tradition's earliest texts.


    Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha's inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose long survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.


    This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today's globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha's vision of human flourishing.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • AFTERSHOCK : THE UNTOLD STORY OF SURVIVING PEACE
    AFTERSHOCK : THE UNTOLD STORY OF SURVIVING PEACE
    GREEN MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781846273315
    Title: AFTERSHOCK : THE UNTOLD STORY OF SURVIVING PEACE
    Author: GREEN MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2016 NEW RELEASE

    A gripping and groundbreaking book that tells the inside story of how the men and women we despatch to fight our battles adapt to life outside the combat zone.

    Over the last decade, we have sent thousands of people to fight on our behalf and called it heroism. But what happens when the heroes come back home, having lost their friends and killed their enemies, having seen and done things that have no place in civilian life?

    In Aftershock, Matthew Green will tell the story of our veterans' journey from the frontline of combat to the reality of return. Through first person accounts and wide-ranging interviews with former combatants and their families, serving personnel and military experts, as well as physicians and psychologists, Aftershock will look beyond the labels of shell shock and PTSD to get to the heart of today's post-conflict experience. It will pursue the question that the military are so reluctant to ask: why do people who are trained to thrive within the theatre of war so often find themselves ill-prepared for peace?

    As today's battle-scarred troops begin to lay their weapons down, Aftershock will be a hard-hitting, nuanced and powerfully compelling account of the hidden cost of conflict.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    BLOOM PAUL
    ISBN: 9781847923158
    Title: AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    Author: BLOOM PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a divided world, empathy is not the solution, it is the problem; a source of prejudice, not kindness.

    We think of empathy – the ability to feel the suffering of others for ourselves – as the ultimate source of all good behaviour. But while it inspires care and protection in personal relationships, it has the opposite effect in the wider world. As the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows, we feel empathy most for those we find attractive and who seem similar to us and not at all for those who are different, distant or anonymous. Empathy therefore biases us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Guiding us expertly through the experiments, case studies and arguments on all sides, Paul Bloom ultimately shows that some of our worst decisions – in charity, child-raising, criminal justice, climate change and war – are motivated by this wolf in sheep's clothing.

    Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, Against Empathy overturns widely held assumptions to reveal one of the most profound yet overlooked sources of human conflict. It demonstrates with absolute clarity that, when faced with moral decisions, we must choose reason and compassion, not empathy, as our guides.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780330523608
    Title: ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'An inexhaustible tourist at the farther reaches of the mind, Sacks presents, in sparse, unsentimental prose, the stories of seven of his patients. The result is as rich, vivid and compelling as any collection of short fictional stories' Independent on Sunday As with his previous bestseller, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks uses case studies to illustrate the myriad ways in which neurological conditions can affect our sense of self, our experience of the world, and how we relate to those around us. Writing with his trademark blend of scientific rigour and human compassion, he describes patients such as the colour-blind painter or the surgeon with compulsive tics that disappear in the operating theatre; patients for whom disorientation and alienation -- but also adaptation -- are inescapable facts of life.

    'Sacks' great gift is his capacity to place himself in the position of his subjects, to see the world the way they see it and to empathize with their condition with great compassion but without patronage or pity' Daily Telegraph

    'Writing simply and beautifully, Sacks uses individual case histories to reveal the infinite complexities of the human mind' Daily Mail




    Author Biography: Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film) and Musicophilia. Born in London and educated at Oxford, he now lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire.


    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANXIETY BOOK
    ANXIETY BOOK
    BLACK ELISA
    ISBN: 9780733635335
    Title: ANXIETY BOOK
    Author: BLACK ELISA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since journalist Elisa Black wrote an article about her lifelong struggle with anxiety in March 2015, it has been read by hundreds of thousands of people. Clearly, what Elisa had to say found a readership far bigger than she could have expected - and with millions of Australians suffering from anxiety, it's little wonder.

    There is far more to Elisa's story, though, than one article can cover. In this book, weaving memoir with science, Elisa uses the stages of her own life to relate to stages in everyone's lives and the types of anxiety that may be experienced during each phase. She includes the latest in research and other scientific information about anxiety, its causes and treatment. Elisa's story will inspire fellow anxiety sufferers to believe that there is a way to manage their condition and live more freely.

    From her own experience she also offers hope that anxiety does not have to dominate a life, or even dent it - it can be managed and conquered.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANXIOUS : THE MODERN MIND IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY
    ANXIOUS : THE MODERN MIND IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY
    LEDOUX JOSEPH E
    ISBN: 9781780747675
    Title: ANXIOUS : THE MODERN MIND IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY
    Author: LEDOUX JOSEPH E
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anxiety is all around us: phobias, OCD, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress. Why are our brains so anxious? And what can we do about it?

    Anxiety is natural. It is useful. By anticipating harm, we are better equipped to deal with it. But when anxiety is persistent and excessive, and chronically interferes with daily life, then an anxiety disorder exists. These are the most common mental health problems in the UK today.

    Using cutting-edge research from his lab, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux explains both how fear and anxiety are natural, adaptive ways of dealing with challenges and opportunities, and how they become pathological states. Some people are cool cats, their feathers never seem to be ruffled, while others are nervous Nellies. Your disposition affects the way you approach the world; anxious people find threats where others don't, and their brains are different, as LeDoux shows.

    Anxiety is part of life, but we want to be able to use it rather than be used by it. In order to survive and thrive, the brain has to marshal its resources and energies. It is when these resources are unevenly allocated that problems arise. But there are methods each of us can learn for regulating this process. LeDoux outlines them and explains the science behind them that makes them work.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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