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  • DAVID AND GOLIATH : UNDERDOGS MISFITS AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS
    DAVID AND GOLIATH : UNDERDOGS MISFITS AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS
    GLADWELL MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780241959596
    Title: DAVID AND GOLIATH : UNDERDOGS MISFITS AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS
    Author: GLADWELL MALCOLM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Why do underdogs succeed so much more than they should? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey to uncover the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

    From the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Vietnam, through the tactics of civil rights leaders and the problem of privilege, Gladwell demonstrates how terribly we misunderstand the true meaning of advantage and disadvantage. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? How can a disability leave someone better off? And do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into?

    Drawing on the stories of remarkable underdogs, history, science, psychology and his unparalleled ability to make the connections other miss, David and Goliath is a brilliant, illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking, and brings home the incredible leverage of the unexpected.

    'A global phenomenon . . . he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure . . . there is, it seems, no subject over which he cannot scatter some magic dust.' Observer

    'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius.' The Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DEAR PARENTS : Letters from the Teacher - your children, their education, and how you can help
    DEAR PARENTS : Letters from the Teacher - your children, their education, and how you can help
    STROUD GABBIE
    ISBN: 9781760875268
    Title: DEAR PARENTS : Letters from the Teacher - your children, their education, and how you can help
    Author: STROUD GABBIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    So many parents are buying the government line about standardised testing of students and programs like NAPLAN and MySchool, which somehow satisfy the 'consumer' in many people as they think they are getting results because of ranking and comparisons. But what these parents don't seem to realise is what those new ways of assessing students' skills are actually doing to their kids' ability to learn the crucial life skills and appreciation for learning that has thus far been the primary aim of teaching.

    In this funny, heartfelt and passionate series of letters to the Mothers and Fathers of Australia, Gabbie Stroud makes a plea to all parents to understand the fundamental changes to the way their children are being taught, and the results of such a process on the development of future generations. She wants parents to understand their responsibility as primary educators and to appreciate the benefits to their kids of the life-long benefits that committed and dedicated teachers can bring to them.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DENIAL OF DEATH
    DENIAL OF DEATH
    BECKER ERNEST
    ISBN: 9781788164269
    Title: DENIAL OF DEATH
    Author: BECKER ERNEST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the 'why' of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie - man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality.

    The book argues that human civilisation is a defence against the knowledge that we are mortal beings. Becker states that humans live in both the physical world and a symbolic world of meaning, which is where our 'immortality project' resides. We create in order to become immortal - to become part of something we believe will last forever. In this way we hope to give our lives meaning.

    In The Denial of Death, Becker sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates decades after it was written.

    Imprint: SOUVENIR PRESS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • DEPRESSION : THE WAY OUT OF YOUR PRISON
    DEPRESSION : THE WAY OUT OF YOUR PRISON
    ROWE DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9781583912867
    Title: DEPRESSION : THE WAY OUT OF YOUR PRISON
    Author: ROWE DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison gives us a way of understanding our depression which matches our experience and which enables us to take charge of our life and change it. Dorothy Rowe shows us that depression is not an illness or a mental disorder but a defence against pain and fear, which we can use whenever we suffer a disaster and discover that our life is not what we thought it was. Depression is an unwanted consequence of how we see ourselves and the world. By understanding how we have interpreted events in our life we can choose to change our interpretations and thus create for ourselves a happier, more fulfilling life. Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison is for depressed people, their family and friends, and for all professionals and non-professionals who work with depressed people.


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE : How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
    DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE : How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
    EVANS DAVE
    ISBN: 9781784742805
    Title: DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE : How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
    Author: EVANS DAVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2020 New Releas

    'Life has questions. They have answers' New York Times

    We will spend up to 120,000 hours at work in our lifetimes.

    But how best to use those hours is one of our most challenging questions.

    We all want to find meaning at work, but our managers can't get it for us. And as companies work to be more nimble and shift according to changing markets, the workplace is increasingly unpredictable. It's up to each of us to define and find our own happiness in this ever-moving landscape, which is rich with opportunity and possibility.

    Designing Your Work Life helps you understand the politics and psychology of work and equips you with the 'design thinking' principles - the innovative methodology pioneered at Stanford that has been fuelling the growth of Silicon Valley - to build a working life that works for you. Designers don't analyse, worry, think, complain their way forward; they build their way forward.

    Perfect for anyone hoping to improve their current job, aiming for a promotion or even switching career paths, as well as recent graduates thinking about their future, Designing Your Work Life is a deeply empowering read. Part business book, part inspirational and innovative self-help, this book will help you answer one of life's most challenging questions.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • DIVIDED SELF
    DIVIDED SELF
    LAING R D
    ISBN: 9780141189376
    Title: DIVIDED SELF
    Author: LAING R D
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so revolutionized the way we perceive mental illness. Using case studies of patients he had worked with, psychiatrist R. D. Laing argued that psychosis is not a medical condition, but an outcome of the 'divided self', or the tension between the two personas within us: one our authentic, private identity, and the other the false, 'sane' self that we present to the world. Laing's radical approach to insanity offered a rich existential analysis of personal alienation and made him a cult figure in the 1960s, yet his work was most significant for its humane attitude, which put the patient back at the centre of treatment.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DOCTORING THE MIND : Why psychiatric treatments fail
    DOCTORING THE MIND : Why psychiatric treatments fail
    BENTALL RICHARD P
    ISBN: 9780141023694
    Title: DOCTORING THE MIND : Why psychiatric treatments fail
    Author: BENTALL RICHARD P
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Why is the Western world's treatment of mental illness so flawed? Who really benefits from psychiatry? And why would a patient in Nigeria have a much greater chance of recovery than one in the UK?

    In Doctoring the Mind, leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall reveals the shocking truths behind the system of mental health care in the West. With a heavy dependence on pills and the profit they bring, psychiatry has been relying on myths and misunderstandings of madness for too long, and builds on methods which can often hinder rather than help the patient.

    Bentall argues passionately for a new future of mental health, one that considers the patient as an individual and redefines our understanding and treatment of madness for the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DOWN GIRL : The Logic of Misogyny
    DOWN GIRL : The Logic of Misogyny
    MANNE KATE
    ISBN: 9780141990729
    Title: DOWN GIRL : The Logic of Misogyny
    Author: MANNE KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Misogyny is a hot topic, yet it's often misunderstood. What is misogyny, exactly? Who deserves to be called a misogynist? How does misogyny contrast with sexism, and why is it prone to persist - or increase - even when sexist gender roles are waning?

    In Down Girl moral philosopher Kate Manne argues that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward all or most women. Rather, it is primarily about controlling, policing, punishing and exiling the "bad" women who challenge male dominance. And it is compatible with rewarding "the good ones" and singling out other women to serve as warnings to those who are out of order.

    A powerful, lucid analysis of the logic of misogyny from a remarkable feminist thinker, Down Girl is essential reading for the #MeToo era.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DRIVE : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    DRIVE : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    PINK DANIEL H
    ISBN: 9781786891709
    Title: DRIVE : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    Author: PINK DANIEL H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A book that will change how you think and transform how you live

    Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

    Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation, and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ECRITS : A SELECTION
    ECRITS : A SELECTION
    LACAN JACQUES
    ISBN: 9780415253925
    Title: ECRITS : A SELECTION
    Author: LACAN JACQUES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Genius and charismatic leader of a psychoanalytic movement that in the 1950s and 1960s provided a focal point for the French intelligentsia, Jacques Lacan attracted a cult following. Ecrits is his most important work, bringing together twenty-seven articles and lectures originally published between 1936 and 1966. Following its first publication in 1966, the book gained Lacan international attention and exercised a powerful influence on contemporary intellectual life. To this day, Lacan's radical, brilliant and complex ideas continue to be highly influential in everything from film theory to art history and literary criticism. Ecrits is the essential source for anyone who seeks to understand this seminal thinker and his influence on contemporary thought and culture.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ELEMENT : HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING
    ELEMENT : HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING
    ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    ISBN: 9780141045252
    Title: ELEMENT : HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING
    Author: ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. It is here that people feel most themselves, inspired and able to achieve at their highest levels. In this ground-breaking book, world renowned creativity expert Ken Robinson identifies a crisis in education and business: whether it's a child bored in class, a disillusioned or misused employee or someone who feels frustrated but can't quite explain why, too many people don't realize what they are capable of achieving. Through stories of people - like Vidal Sassoon, Ariana Huffington and Matt Groening - who have recognized their unique talents and been able to make a successful living doing what they love, Robinson argues that age and occupation are no barrier and explains how it is possible for each one of us to reach our element. With a wry sense of humour, Ken Robinson inspires us, above all, to reconnect with our true self - it could just change everything.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
    EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
    GOLEMAN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780747528302
    Title: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
    Author: GOLEMAN DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. Daniel Goleman's fascinating and persuasive book argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play a much greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged.

    Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioural research, Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly well. These factors add up to a different way of succeeding in life - one he terms 'emotional intelligence'.

    Emotional intelligence includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence zeal and self-motivation, empathy and social deftness. These are the qualities that mark people who excel: whose intimate relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. These are also the hallmarks of character and self-discipline, of altruism and compassion.

    As Goleman demonstrates, the personal costs of deficits in emotional intelligence can range from problems in marriage and parenting to poor physical health in adults, and to eating disorders and depression inchildren. (New research shows that chronic anger and anxiety create as great a health risk as chain-smoking.) But the news is hopeful. Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth. Goleman's argument gives new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality. He shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because the emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, Goleman provides detailed guidance as to how parents and schools can benefit from this. The message of this eye-opening book is one we must take to heart.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EMPATHY INSTINCT : How to Create a More Civil Society
    EMPATHY INSTINCT : How to Create a More Civil Society
    BAZALGETTE PETER
    ISBN: 9781473637535
    Title: EMPATHY INSTINCT : How to Create a More Civil Society
    Author: BAZALGETTE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute, without which mutually co-operative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. Via the MRI scanner we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the internet, the justice system, decent healthcare, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.

    In this wide-ranging and accessible book full of entertaining stories that are underlined by the latest scientific research, Peter Bazalgette also mounts a passionate defence of arts and popular culture as a means of bridging the empathy gap.

    As the world's population expands, consuming the planet's finite resources, as people haunted by poverty and war are on the move and as digital communications infinitely complicate our social interactions, we find our patience and our sympathy constantly challenged. Here is the antidote.

    Culminating in a passionate manifesto on empathy, THE EMPATHY INSTINCT is what makes us human and what can make us better humans.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ESSENTIAL JUNG : SELECTED WRITINGS
    ESSENTIAL JUNG : SELECTED WRITINGS
    JUNG CARL / STORR ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780006530657
    Title: ESSENTIAL JUNG : SELECTED WRITINGS
    Author: JUNG CARL / STORR ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    ‘Jung was on a giant scale…he was a master physician of the soul in his insights, a profound sage in his conclusions. He is also one of Western Man's great liberators.' J. B. Priestly, Sunday Telegraph

    This compact volume of extracts from the twenty volumes of Jung's published writings presents him clearly, in his own words and in precis.Jung's writing is the key to understanding 20th-century psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Most of the terms of reference now used (‘extrovert', ‘collective unconscious', ‘archetype') are Jungian.

    This is essential reading for both students of psychology and the general reader.

    Imprint: FONTANA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ETHICAL SLUT
    ETHICAL SLUT
    HARDY JANET W / EASTON DOSSIE
    ISBN: 9780399579660
    Title: ETHICAL SLUT
    Author: HARDY JANET W / EASTON DOSSIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The classic guide to love, sex, and intimacy beyond the limits of conventional monogamy has been fully updated to reflect today's modern attitudes and the latest information on nontraditional relationships.

    For 20 years The Ethical Slut has dispelled myths and showed curious readers how to maintain a successful polyamorous lifestyle through open communication, emotional honesty, and safer sex practices. The third edition of this timeless guide to communication and sex has been revised to include interviews with poly millennials (young people who have grown up without the prejudices their elders encountered regarding gender, orientation, sexuality, and relationships), tributes to poly pioneers, and new sidebars on topics such as asexuality, sex workers, and ways polys can connect and thrive. The authors also include new content addressing nontraditional relationships beyond the polyamorous paradigm of omore than twoo- couples who don't live together, couples who don't have sex with each other, nonparallel arrangements, couples with widely divergent sex styles, power disparities, and cross-orientation relationships, while utilizing nonbinary gender language and new terms that have come into common usage since the last edition.

    Imprint: Ten Speed Press
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • EVERYDAY BLESSINGS : MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS
    EVERYDAY BLESSINGS : MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS
    KABAT-ZINN JON
    ISBN: 9780349404790
    Title: EVERYDAY BLESSINGS : MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS
    Author: KABAT-ZINN JON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everyday Blessings is a practical and inspiring book which offers a clear outline for people who want to understand and embrace mindful parenting. It is one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive and deeply personal experience of being a parent and shows you how to apply the practice of mindfulness meditation to parenting children of all ages.

    In the rush, rush, rush of too-much-to-do-and-no-time-to-do-it , the important, nurturing aspects of parenthood can easily disappear. Even the smallest degree of mindfulness can have profound effects on children, no matter how old they are, and on the quality of parent-child relationships.Jon Kabat-Zinn, a mindfulness pioneer, and his wife Myla share their experiences of using mindfulness within their own family. By encouraging moment-to-moment awareness and acceptance, this thoughtful and practical book will help you to slow down, grow in compassion, enrich your life as a parent and nourish the internal life of your children.

    Imprint: PIATKUS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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