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  • ART OF MEDITATION
    ART OF MEDITATION
    RICARD MATTHIEU
    ISBN: 9781782395393
    Title: ART OF MEDITATION
    Author: RICARD MATTHIEU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Wherever he goes, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. In this authoritative and inspiring book, he sets out to answer these questions.

    Matthieu Ricard shows that practising meditation can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He talks us through its theory, spirituality and practical aspects of deep contemplation and illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples.

    Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation - based on selfless love and compassion - can bring to each of us.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF REST : How To Find Respite in the Moden Age
    ART OF REST : How To Find Respite in the Moden Age
    HAMMOND CLAUDIA
    ISBN: 9781786892836
    Title: ART OF REST : How To Find Respite in the Moden Age
    Author: HAMMOND CLAUDIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today busyness has become a badge of honour. We want to say we're busy, yet at the same time we feel exhausted. Instead we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care and this book can help us to work out how.

    The Art of Rest draws on ground-breaking research Claudia Hammond collaborated on - 'The Rest Test' - the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, which was completed by 18,000 people across 135 different countries. Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. And, as the survey revealed, how much rest you get is directly linked to your sense of well-being.

    Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARTISTS WAY : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
    ARTISTS WAY : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
    CAMERON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781788164283
    Title: ARTISTS WAY : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
    Author: CAMERON JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: August 2020 New Release

    Since its first publication, The Artist's Way has inspired the genius of Elizabeth Gilbert, Tim Ferriss, and millions of readers to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Julia Cameron guides readers in uncovering problems and pressure points that may be restricting their creative flow and offers techniques to free up any areas where they might be stuck, opening up opportunities for self-growth and self-discovery. The program begins with Cameron's most vital tools for creative recovery - The Morning Pages, a daily writing ritual of three pages of stream-of-conscious, and The Artist Date, a dedicated block of time to nurture your inner artist. From there, she shares hundreds of exercises, activities, and prompts to help readers thoroughly explore each chapter. She also offers guidance on starting a 'Creative Cluster' of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavours. A revolutionary program for personal renewal, The Artist's Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions, and take the steps you need to change your life.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    SELIGMAN MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781864713022
    Title: AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    Author: SELIGMAN MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is the first book to examine the mechanisms by which mentally healthy people become happy, and how happy people become very happy. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller LEARNED OPTIMISM, greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is an even bigger ground-breaker. It represents the first time any scientist has placed value in the study not only of mental illness, but of 'mental wellness'. It's not about curing one's ills, but about exercising one's strengths and virtues in order to achieve what Seligman terms 'authentic happiness'. The life-changing lesson of AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is that, by assessing the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and lasting levels of genuine contentment and joy.

    Imprint: William Heineman
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AWAKENINGS
    AWAKENINGS
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780330523677
    Title: AWAKENINGS
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The story of a disease that plunged its victims into a prison of viscous time, and the drug that catapulted them out of it' Guardian

    Hailed as a medical classic, and the subject of a major feature film as well as radio and stage plays and various TV documentaries, Awakenings is the extraordinary account of a group of twenty patients.

    Rendered catatonic by the sleeping-sickness epidemic that swept the world just after the First World War, all twenty had spent forty years in hospital: motionless and speechless; aware of the world around them, but exhibiting no interest in it -- until Dr Sacks administered the then-new drug, L-DOPA, which caused them, temporarily, to awake from their decades-long slumber.


    'Not only a collection of astonishing case histories, Awakenings is also a memoir, a moral essay and a romance. It is a work of genius' Washington Post

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760632335
    Title: BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a question that many parents with sons are haunted by. Now that Clem is mother to a baby boy of her own, it is a question that haunts her too.

    How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood.

    In Boys Will Be Boys, bestselling and ground-breaking author of Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, dismantles the age-old idea that entitlement, aggression and toxicity are natural realms for boys, and reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
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