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  • BAD FEMINIST  -  ESSAYS
    BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    GAY ROXANE
    ISBN: 9781472119735
    Title: BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    Author: GAY ROXANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bad Feminist is collection of frank, funny, whip-smart and spot-on essays from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

    In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

    Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

    Imprint: Corsair
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BE MORE PIRATE : Or How to Take On the World and Win
    BE MORE PIRATE : Or How to Take On the World and Win
    ALLENDE SAM CONNIFF
    ISBN: 9780241307885
    Title: BE MORE PIRATE : Or How to Take On the World and Win
    Author: ALLENDE SAM CONNIFF
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you ever wanted to make your mark on the world and wondered how?

    Have you ever wanted to stand up to the system, break it, or make it better?

    Have you ever wondered how to find success amidst unpredictability?

    The answer? Be More Pirate.

    In Be More Pirate, Sam Conniff Allende reveals the game-changing innovations of 18th century pirates and identifies five key takeaways from this golden age of piracy.

    Imprint: PORTFOLIO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    WOLF NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780099595748
    Title: BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    Author: WOLF NAOMI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. This book exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846685828
    Title: BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.

    For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.

    Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

    Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    SRIVASTAVA RANJANA
    ISBN: 9781925750959
    Title: BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    Author: SRIVASTAVA RANJANA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Of all the experiences we share, two universal events bookend our lives: we are all born and we will all die. We don't have a choice in how we enter the world, but we can have a say in how we leave it.

    In order to die well, we must be prepared to contemplate our mortality and to broach it with our loved ones, who are often called upon to make important decisions on our behalf. These are some of the most important conversations we can have with each other – to find peace, kindness and gratitude for what has gone before, and acceptance of what is to come.

    Dr Ranjana Srivastava draws on two decades of experience to share her observations and advice on leading a meaningful life and finding dignity and composure at its end. With an emphasis on advocacy, leaving a legacy, and staying true to our deepest convictions, Dr Srivastava tells stories of strength, hope and resilience in the face of grief, and offers an optimistic meditation on living and dying well.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743534854
    Title: BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What do people actually mean when they say 'God'?

    Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some 'higher power', but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

    Mackay interviews dozens of Australians representing many different points on the spectrum of faith, including some who are part of the emerging 'spiritual but not religious' movement. He exposes the deep vein of ambivalence about religion that runs through our society: we may not actively worship, but we still like to see local churches operating in our midst, and we use 'our' church to marry, christen our babies, educate our children and commemorate our dead. He points out some uncomfortable truths, such as our tendency to call on God only in a crisis, and unpacks our human need for 'answers', even when science can't find them. He endorses the Christian ideal of the good
    life - a life lived for others - but acknowledges that there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

    Written with all the insight and compassion we have come to expect of our leading chronicler of Australian life, Beyond Belief is an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEYOND ORDER : 12 More Rules For Life
    BEYOND ORDER : 12 More Rules For Life
    PETERSON JORDAN B
    ISBN: 9780241407639
    Title: BEYOND ORDER : 12 More Rules For Life
    Author: PETERSON JORDAN B
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 12 Rules for Life, acclaimed public thinker and clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson offered an antidote to the chaos in our lives- eternal truths applied to modern anxieties. His insights have helped millions of readers and resonated powerfully around the world.

    Now in this long-awaited sequel, Peterson goes further, showing that part of life's meaning comes from reaching out into the domain beyond what we know, and adapting to an ever-transforming world. While an excess of chaos threatens us with uncertainty, an excess of order leads to a lack of curiosity and creative vitality. Beyond Order therefore calls on us to balance the two fundamental principles of reality - order and chaos -- and reveals the profound meaning that can be found on the path that divides them.

    In times of instability and suffering, Peterson reminds us that there are sources of strength on which we can all draw- insights borrowed from psychology, philosophy, and humanity's greatest myths and stories. Drawing on the hard-won truths of ancient wisdom, as well as deeply personal lessons from his own life and clinical practice, Peterson offers twelve new principles to guide readers towards a more courageous, truthful and meaningful life.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEYOND ORDER : 12 More Rules For Life
    BEYOND ORDER : 12 More Rules For Life
    PETERSON JORDAN B
    ISBN: 9780241407622
    Title: BEYOND ORDER : 12 More Rules For Life
    Author: PETERSON JORDAN B
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 12 Rules for Life, acclaimed public thinker and clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson offered an antidote to the chaos in our lives- eternal truths applied to modern anxieties. His insights have helped millions of readers and resonated powerfully around the world.

    Now in this long-awaited sequel, Peterson goes further, showing that part of life's meaning comes from reaching out into the domain beyond what we know, and adapting to an ever-transforming world. While an excess of chaos threatens us with uncertainty, an excess of order leads to a lack of curiosity and creative vitality. Beyond Order therefore calls on us to balance the two fundamental principles of reality - order and chaos -- and reveals the profound meaning that can be found on the path that divides them.

    In times of instability and suffering, Peterson reminds us that there are sources of strength on which we can all draw- insights borrowed from psychology, philosophy, and humanity's greatest myths and stories. Drawing on the hard-won truths of ancient wisdom, as well as deeply personal lessons from his own life and clinical practice, Peterson offers twelve new principles to guide readers towards a more courageous, truthful and meaningful life.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • BLINK : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    BLINK : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    GLADWELL MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780141014593
    Title: BLINK : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    Author: GLADWELL MALCOLM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's international bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a revolution in the understanding of the mind.

    An art expert sees a ten-million-dollar sculpture and instantly spots it's a fake. A marriage analyst knows within minutes whether a couple will stay together. A fire-fighter suddenly senses he has to get out of a blazing building. A speed dater clicks with the right person...

    This book is all about those moments when we 'know' something without knowing why. Here Malcolm Gladwell explores the phenomenon of 'blink', showing how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision. By trusting your instincts, he reveals, you'll never think about thinking in the same way again. "Trust my snap judgement, buy this book: you'll be delighted". (The New York Times).

    "Compelling, fiendishly clever". (Evening Standard).

    "Brilliant ...the implications for business, let alone love, are vast". (Observer).

    "Should you buy this book? You already know the answer to that". (Independent on Sunday).

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    VAN DER KOLK BESSEL
    ISBN: 9780141978611
    Title: BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    Author: VAN DER KOLK BESSEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Here one of the world's experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.

    'Van der Kolk draws on thirty years of experience to argue powerfully that trauma is one of the West's most urgent public health issues . . . Packed with science and human stories.' New Scientist

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOMBER MAFIA : A Story set in War
    BOMBER MAFIA : A Story set in War
    GLADWELL MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780241535868
    Title: BOMBER MAFIA : A Story set in War
    Author: GLADWELL MALCOLM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2021 New Release

    A riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war, from the international bestselling author of Talking to Strangers and host of the award-winning podcast Revisionist History

    Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought. But a small band of idealistic strategists had a different view. This "Bomber Mafia" asked: What if precision bombing could, just by taking out critical choke points - industrial or transportation hubs - cripple the enemy and make war far less lethal?

    In The Bomber Mafia, Gladwell delves deep into questions of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BOY THE MOLE THE FOX AND THE HORSE
    BOY THE MOLE THE FOX AND THE HORSE
    MACKESY CHARLIE
    ISBN: 9781529105100
    Title: BOY THE MOLE THE FOX AND THE HORSE
    Author: MACKESY CHARLIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A reminder of the most important things in life. A book of hope for uncertain times.

    Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most poignant life lessons. Charlie's first book includes his most-loved illustrations and new ones too.

    The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos.

    'A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart' Richard Curtis

    Imprint: Ebury Press
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785041754
    Title: BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.

    ‘True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.’ Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy.
    In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

    Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, ‘True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.’ Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.
    Brown writes, ‘The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.’

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BREAKING OPEN THE HEAD
    BREAKING OPEN THE HEAD
    PINCHBECK DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780007149612
    Title: BREAKING OPEN THE HEAD
    Author: PINCHBECK DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: Harper Perennial
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    MICHIE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781741752137
    Title: BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    Author: MICHIE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of how a corporate communications consultant discovered Buddhism is woven through this bestselling, simply written, inspiring introduction to meditation practice and Buddhist philosophy.

    What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment.

    David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals - the high level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays - but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist centre. There, he began the most important journey of his life.

    In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

    Every once in a while you come across an extraordinary book with the power to change your life. Buddhism for Busy People is one such book.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BURN IT DOWN : Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution
    BURN IT DOWN : Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution
    FAHS BREANNE
    ISBN: 9781788735384
    Title: BURN IT DOWN : Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution
    Author: FAHS BREANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark collection spanning three centuries and four waves of feminist activism and writing, Burn It Down! is a testament to what is possible when women are driven to the edge. The manifesto raging and wanting, quarreling and provocative has always been central to feminism, and it's the angry, brash feminism we need now.
    Collecting over 75 manifestos from around the world, Burn It Down! is a rallying cry and a call to action. Among this quarrelsome sisterhood, you'll find-
    Breanne Fahs argues that we need manifestos in all their urgent rawness their insistence that we have to act now, that we must face this, that the bleeding edge of rage and defiance is where new ideas are born.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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