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  • 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
  • BYSTANDER EFFECT : The Psychology of Courage and Inaction
    BYSTANDER EFFECT : The Psychology of Courage and Inaction
    SANDERSON CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780008361631
    Title: BYSTANDER EFFECT : The Psychology of Courage and Inaction
    Author: SANDERSON CATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why do good people so often do nothing when a small intervention could make a big difference? Pioneering psychologist Catherine Sanderson demystifies the mindset of bullies and bystanders to show why courage comes at such a high cost, and how we can learn to be brave.

    We are bombarded every day by reports of bad behaviour: from sexual harassment to political corruption, from bullying to corporate greed. We believe these things are wrong or even evil, but in practice few of us choose to intercede.

    The Bystander Effect draws on the latest developments in psychology and neuroscience to explain why we act differently in groups than when we are alone; how slippery slopes begin and prosper; and where the dissonance lies between good intentions and real action.

    Sanderson answers the question of why otherwise good people can become bystanders to evil of any scale, and gives practical strategies for how to resist pressures and make change in our own lives.

    Courage, this book shows, is not a virtue we're born with or without. A bystander can learn to be brave.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • C G JUNG : The Basics
    C G JUNG : The Basics
    WILLIAMS RUTH
    ISBN: 9781138195448
    Title: C G JUNG : The Basics
    Author: WILLIAMS RUTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    C. G. Jung: The Basics is an accessible, concise introduction to the life and ideas of C. G. Jung for readers of all backgrounds, from those new to Jung’s work to those looking for a convenient reference.

    Ruth Williams eloquently and succinctly introduces the key concepts of Jungian theory and paints his biographical picture with clarity. The book begins with an overview of Jung’s family life, childhood, and relationship with (and subsequent split from) Sigmund Freud. Williams then progresses thematically through the key concepts in his work, clearly explaining ideas including the unconscious, the structure of the psyche, archetypes, individuation, psychological types and alchemy. C. G. Jung: The Basics also presents Jung’s theories on dreams and the self, and explains how his ideas developed and how they can be applied to everyday life. The book also discusses some of the negative claims made about Jung, especially his ideas on politics, race, and gender, and includes detailed explanations and examples throughout, including a chronology of Jung’s life and suggested further reading.

    C. G. Jung: The Basics will be key reading for students at all levels coming to Jung’s ideas for the first time and general readers with an interest in his work. For those already familiar with Jungian concepts, it will provide a helpful guide to applying these ideas to the real world.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CALM THE F**K DOWN
    CALM THE F**K DOWN
    KNIGHT SARAH
    ISBN: 9781787476202
    Title: CALM THE F**K DOWN
    Author: KNIGHT SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest no-f**ks-given guide from New York Times bestselling author of the international sensation The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Get Your Sh*t Together, and You Do You.

    Do you waste time overthinking things you can't do anything about?
    Do you freak out when things don't go to plan?
    Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life?

    When life hands you a big fat f**king lemon, CALM THE F**K DOWN gives you practical ways to manage the situation, not to mention your anxiety about the situation. One hundred per cent practical and zero percent Pollyanna-ish, this is a book that acknowledges all the bad shit that can and probably will happen to you - from break ups and breakdowns to floods, family feuds and France running out of butter - and shows you what you can realistically do about it so you can get on with your life, stop worrying and wallowing, and start bouncing back.

    Think of CALM THE F**K DOWN as the friend who, instead of reassuring you that 'everything's going to be okay,' actually shows you how to make it so.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CARE OF THE SOUL  -  25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    CARE OF THE SOUL - 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    MOORE THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780062415677
    Title: CARE OF THE SOUL - 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    Author: MOORE THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times.

    In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life—everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities—and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things.

    Basing his writing on the ancient model of "care of the soul"—which provided a religious context for viewing the everyday events of life—Moore brings "care of the soul" into the 21st century. Promising to deepen and broaden the reader's perspective on his or her own life experiences, Moore draws on his own life as a therapist practicing "care of the soul," as well as his studies of the world's religions and his work in music and art, to create this inspirational guide that examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    LEVITIN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780241379394
    Title: CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    Author: LEVITIN DANIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if the best was yet to come? Recent studies show that our happiness levels peak at age 82, and that our decision-making skills improve as we age. As more of us live past the age of 80, in this ground-breaking book, Dr Daniel Levitin uses cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate the benefits of getting older.

    Packed with engaging interviews with individuals who thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book also reflects on challenges many readers will recognize. Levitin offers a realistic personal plan full of practical, cognitive enhancing tricks for everyone to follow over the years.

    Successful Ageing is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously. This book will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens of a society in which the average life expectancy continues to rise.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CHASING THE SCREAM
    CHASING THE SCREAM
    HARI JOHANN
    ISBN: 9781526608369
    Title: CHASING THE SCREAM
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE SOURCE OF THE VIRAL TED TALK

    'Screamingly addictive' STEPHEN FRY
    'Superb ... Thrilling story-telling' NAOMI KLEIN
    'A powerful contribution to an urgent debate' GUARDIAN

    What if everything we 've been told about addiction is wrong' One of Johann Hari 's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realised there was addiction in his family. Confused, he set out on a three-year, thirty-thousand mile journey to discover what really causes addiction and how to solve it.
    Told through a series of gripping human stories, this book was the basis of a TED talk and animation that have been viewed more than twenty million times. It has transformed the global debate about addiction.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846683145
    Title: CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.
    In this groundbreaking book, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates.
    Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMING TO OUR SENSES : Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
    COMING TO OUR SENSES : Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
    KABAT-ZINN JON
    ISBN: 9780786886548
    Title: COMING TO OUR SENSES : Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
    Author: KABAT-ZINN JON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON




    "[The] journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as if they actually mattered . . ." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Introduction

    Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. Now, with Coming to Our Senses, he provides the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our physical and spiritual wellbeing. With scientific rigor, poetic deftness, and compelling personal stories, Jon Kabat-Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear-driven, and rapidly changing world.

    In each of the book's eight parts, Jon Kabat-Zinn explores another facet of the great adventure of healing ourselves -- and our world -- through mindful awareness, with a focus on the "sensescapes" of our lives and how a more intentional awareness of the senses, including the human mind itself, allows us to live more fully and more authentically. By "coming to our senses" -- both literally and metaphorically by opening to our innate connectedness with the world around us and within us -- we can become more compassionate, more embodied, more aware human beings, and in the process, contribute to the healing of the body politic as well as our own lives in ways both little and big.

    Imprint: HYPERION PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED
    COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED
    KISHIMI ICHIRO / KOGA FUMITAKE
    ISBN: 9781760630492
    Title: COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED
    Author: KISHIMI ICHIRO / KOGA FUMITAKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A single book can change your life.

    Already an enormous bestseller in Asia, with more than 3 million copies sold, The Courage to be Disliked demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be.

    Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 19th century psychology alongside Freud and Jung, it follows an illuminating conversation between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher explains to his pupil how each of us is able to determine our own lives, free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the expectations of others. It's a way of thinking that's deeply liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change, and to ignore the limitations that we and those around us can place on ourselves.

    The result is a book that is both highly accessible and profound in its importance. Millions have already read and benefited from its wisdom. Now that The Courage to be Disliked has been published for the first time in English, so can you.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COURAGE TO BE HAPPY
    COURAGE TO BE HAPPY
    KISHIMI ICHIRO / KOGA FUMITAKE
    ISBN: 9781760529710
    Title: COURAGE TO BE HAPPY
    Author: KISHIMI ICHIRO / KOGA FUMITAKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Courage to be Happy is a profound insight into the way we should live our lives that has already sold more than one million copies in Japan.

    As in The Courage to be Disliked, we follow a Socratic dialogue between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher believes that the key to a life of happiness and fulfillment is offered to us by the theories of Alfred Adler, a forgotten giant of 19th century psychology, who's long been overshadowed by his two contemporaries Freud and Jung. The young man is full of doubt that life can be genuinely improved by simply changing your thinking. Patiently, the philosopher explains the essence of Adler's 'psychology of courage', taking the young man through the mental steps necessary to achieve it, and demonstrating the changes it will bring to the way we live our lives.

    This is a work that is truly life-changing in its power, and universally applicable in its scope.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CREATING AN AWESOME YOU : A Practical Guide for Young Adults
    CREATING AN AWESOME YOU : A Practical Guide for Young Adults
    HUTCHISON DIANA
    ISBN: 9780648387152
    Title: CREATING AN AWESOME YOU : A Practical Guide for Young Adults
    Author: HUTCHISON DIANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whatever your worries, and wherever you're starting from, this clear and friendly guidebook gives you all the tools you need to be awesome. From laying a solid foundation, to building your goals, to reaching new heights, you can become who you always wanted to be.

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DAMNED WHORES AND GODS POLICE
    DAMNED WHORES AND GODS POLICE
    SUMMERS ANNE
    ISBN: 9781742234908
    Title: DAMNED WHORES AND GODS POLICE
    Author: SUMMERS ANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God's Police was first published in 1975.

    That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and before large numbers of women became visible in employment, in politics and elsewhere across society. It's hard to imagine an Australia where these abuses were not yet fully understood as obstacles to women's equality, yet that was Australia in 1975. It was in this climate that Anne Summers identified 'damned whores' and 'God's police', the stereotypes that characterised all women as being either virtuous mothers whose function was to civilise society or bad girls who refused, or were unable, to conform to that norm and who were thus spurned and rejected by mainstream Australia.

    These stereotypes persist to this day, argues Anne Summers in this updated version of her classic book which, in the 40 years since it was first published, has sold well over 100,000 copies and been set on countless school and university syllabuses. Who are today's damned whores? And why do women themselves still want to be God's Police?
    And although sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape are well understood today they are nevertheless still with us and seem to be increasing.

    The fight is far from over.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DARE TO LEAD : Bold Work Tough Conversations Whole Hearts
    DARE TO LEAD : Bold Work Tough Conversations Whole Hearts
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785042140
    Title: DARE TO LEAD : Bold Work Tough Conversations Whole Hearts
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brene Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she's showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

    Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead.

    When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that's necessary to do good work.

    But daring leadership in a culture that's defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that we're choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we're scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can't do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start.

    BrenU Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to non-profits, civic organisations and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions-

    How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

    Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme.

    Brene writes, 'One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.'

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DARING GREATLY
    DARING GREATLY
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9780241257401
    Title: DARING GREATLY
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable.

    Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect. But in a powerful new vision Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that vulnerability is in fact a strength, and when we shut ourselves off from revealing our true selves we grow distanced from the things that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

    Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across the home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.

    This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

    'Brilliantly insightful. I can't stop thinking about this book.' Gretchen Rubin

    'A wonderful book. I couldn't put it down.' Seth Godin

    'This is big, big, big, big, BIG!' Oprah Winfrey



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
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