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  • ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    FROMM ERICH
    ISBN: 9780061129735
    Title: ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    Author: FROMM ERICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love

    Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every art, love demands practice and concentration, as well as genuine insight and understanding.

    In his classic work, The Art of Loving, renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm explores love in all its aspects--not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, the love of God, and the love of parents for their children.


    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF MEDITATION
    ART OF MEDITATION
    RICARD MATTHIEU
    ISBN: 9781782395393
    Title: ART OF MEDITATION
    Author: RICARD MATTHIEU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 MINDFUL READING
    ART OF MINDFUL READING
    BERTOUD ELLA
    ISBN: 9781782407683
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL READING
    Author: BERTOUD ELLA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The healing power of reading has been renowned since Aristotle; focus, flow and enlightenment can all be discovered through this universal act. The Art of Mindful Reading embraces the joy of absorbing words on a page, encouraging a state of mind as deeply therapeutic and vital to our wellbeing as breathing. Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud asks if reading is our daily nourishment how best should it be consumed? How should you read mindfully? And why will reading mindfully help you to read better?
    She explores how reading mindfully can shape the person you are, give you your moral backbone, and teaches empathy with others. Through meditative exercises, engaging anecdote, and expert insight, she reveals the enriching potential of reading for mindfulness.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ATTENTION SEEKING
    ATTENTION SEEKING
    PHILLIPS ADAM
    ISBN: 9780241986721
    Title: ATTENTION SEEKING
    Author: PHILLIPS ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    'Everything depends on what, if anything, we find interesting- on what we are encouraged and educated to find interesting, and what we find ourselves being interested in despite ourselves. There is our official curiosity and our unofficial curiosity (and psychoanalysis is a story about the relationship between the two) . . .'

    Based on three connected talks on the subject of attention, this pocket-sized book from Adam Phillips is a fascinating and memorable introduction to the nature and the uses of our attention.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • 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
  • AWARE : The Science and Practice of Presence - A Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice
    AWARE : The Science and Practice of Presence - A Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice
    SIEGEL DANIEL J
    ISBN: 9781925713503
    Title: AWARE : The Science and Practice of Presence - A Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice
    Author: SIEGEL DANIEL J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This ground-breaking new book from New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., introduces readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice.

    Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life.

    An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle 'Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.' Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.

    Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focussed and present, as well as more energised and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
    CONNIFF ALLENDE SAM
    ISBN: 9780241307885
    Title: BE MORE PIRATE: Or How to Take On the World and Win
    Author: CONNIFF ALLENDE SAM
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 A HAPPY TEEN
    BEING A HAPPY TEEN
    MATTHEWS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780957881433
    Title: BEING A HAPPY TEEN
    Author: MATTHEWS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Do you ever feel, "No one understands me!" Do you ever wonder, "Will I fall in love?" Do you ever ask "Am I normal?" If you answer "yes" to any of the above, you sound perfectly normal. You will also find this book useful!

    Imprint: SEASHELL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEING HAPPY : A HANDBOOK TO GREATER CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY
    BEING HAPPY : A HANDBOOK TO GREATER CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY
    MATTHEWS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9789810006648
    Title: BEING HAPPY : A HANDBOOK TO GREATER CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY
    Author: MATTHEWS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A self-help book which aims to help people understand themselves better and in turn become happier. This book covers many aspects of life, among them attitudes, confidence, luck, success, depression, humour, forgiveness and many more.

    Imprint: SEASHELL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    FINCHER LETA HONG
    ISBN: 9781788735346
    Title: BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    Author: FINCHER LETA HONG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the eve of International Women's Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of civil rights lawyers, labor activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China's urban, educated women. In Betraying Big Brother, journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses the greatest threat to China's authoritarian regime today.

    Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates both the challenges they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as Wei Tingting-one of the Feminist Five-wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness through online campaigns resembling #MeToo, and describing how the Communist regime has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles, Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BETTER THAN SEX : WOMEN WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    BETTER THAN SEX : WOMEN WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    TRENOWETH SAMANTHA
    ISBN: 9781743791370
    Title: BETTER THAN SEX : WOMEN WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    Author: TRENOWETH SAMANTHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book is for anyone fascinated by the changing landscape of love in an era when love, sex and more is just a click away. This is a direct and honest collection of essays perfect for readers who are interested in fiction, memoir and essays written by contemporary women with strong opinions and unique perspectives.

    In an age that mashes internet porn with Tinder and arranged marriage, in an age in which everything (sexuality, gender, consent) seems fluid, what does the landscape of love look like, really? And how are the seismic jolts in the ways we negotiate sex and romance affecting women? In the third book in Samantha Trenoweth’s series of essays by contemporary women, contributors ask whether the Tinderverse has killed romance; are women, who are increasingly powerful in all sorts of areas of their lives, more or less empowered in their personal relationships than they were a decade ago; and do women actually have more choices or fewer?

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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