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  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DRUNK TANK PINK : THE SUBCONSCIOUS FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK FEEL AND BEHAVE
    DRUNK TANK PINK : THE SUBCONSCIOUS FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK FEEL AND BEHAVE
    ALTER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781780745831
    Title: DRUNK TANK PINK : THE SUBCONSCIOUS FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK FEEL AND BEHAVE
    Author: ALTER ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Drunk Tank Pink' is a particular shade of pink. In 1979 psychologists discovered that it has an extraordinary effect: if you stare at it for two minutes, you dramatically weaken in strength.

    In this brilliant study of the strange recesses of our minds, Adam Alter reveals the world is full of such hidden forces that shape our every thought, feeling and behaviour - without us ever realizing.

    Some letters in product names make us more likely to buy them (nearly all successful brands contain a 'k' sound).

    We're more likely to be critical if we write in red rather than green biro.

    Your first report at school can determine your future career.

    Understanding these cues is key to smarter decision-making, more effective marketing, and better outcomes for our selves and our societies. Prepare for the most astounding and fast-paced psychology book since Blink and Predictably Irrational.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • EINSTEIN AND THE ART OF MINDFUL CYCLING
    EINSTEIN AND THE ART OF MINDFUL CYCLING
    IRVINE BEN
    ISBN: 9781782406655
    Title: EINSTEIN AND THE ART OF MINDFUL CYCLING
    Author: IRVINE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling shines new light onto one of the great scientific icons, and explores how pushing that pedal can nurture mindfulness in a spiritually stressful age. The author steers us through his own perspective on cycling - weaving the philosophical, practical and personal into an elegant balance. Add in a sprinkling of meditative insights, and we can all learn how to experience Einstein's enlightened outlook on life through the simple joy of riding a bicycle.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • 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
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘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: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • 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
  • EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD TRAIN WRECK
    EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD TRAIN WRECK
    WILSON ERIC G
    ISBN: 9780374533700
    Title: EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD TRAIN WRECK
    Author: WILSON ERIC G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Why can't we look away?Whether we admit it or not, we're fascinated by evil. Dark fantasies, morbid curiosities, Schadenfreude: as conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our wicked side, and we succumb to them at our own peril. But we're still compelled to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway, and there's no slaking our thirst for gory entertainments like horror movies and police procedurals. What makes these spectacles so irresistible?In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, the scholar Eric G. Wilson sets out to discover the source of our attraction to the gruesome, drawing on the findings of biologists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and artists. A professor of English literature and a lifelong student of the macabre, Wilson believes there's something nourishing in darkness. To repress death is to lose the feeling of life, he writes. A closeness to death discloses our most fertile energies.His examples are legion and startling in their diversity. Citing everything from elephant graveyards and Susan Sontag's On Photography to the Tiger Woods sex scandal and Steel Magnolias, Wilson finds heartening truths wherever he confronts death. In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, the perverse is never far from the sublime. The result is a powerful and delightfully provocative defense of what it means to be human - for better and for worse.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE : First Loves and Last Tales
    EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE : First Loves and Last Tales
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9781509821792
    Title: EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE : First Loves and Last Tales
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the best-selling author of Gratitude and On the Move, a final volume of essays that showcase Sacks’s broad range of interests–from his passion for ferns, swimming, and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

    Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar. Everything in Its Place is a celebration of Sacks’s myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • EVERYTHING IS F*CKED : A Book About Hope
    EVERYTHING IS F*CKED : A Book About Hope
    MANSON MARK
    ISBN: 9780062955937
    Title: EVERYTHING IS F*CKED : A Book About Hope
    Author: MANSON MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of the international mega-bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope.

    We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been—we are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education and communication our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness.

    What’s going on If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it’s Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that technology had made it too easy to care about the wrong things, that our culture had convinced us that the world owed us something when it didn’t—and worst of all, that our modern and maddening urge to always find happiness only served to make us unhappier. Instead, the “subtle art” of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result was a book that became an international phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide while becoming the #1 bestseller in 13 different countries.

    Now, in Everthing Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself.

    With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    SOLOMON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781784700720
    Title: FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    Author: SOLOMON ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1991 Andrew Solomon rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev’s resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country slowly, fitfully pushed towards freedom. We find him in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread suffering from depression and on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998. Far and Away tells these and many other stories of profound upheaval. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.

    A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures across seven continents and twenty-five years and tracks seismic shifts – cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet shows us the common humanity uniting peoples and places all over the world.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FAR FROM THE TREE : PARENTS CHILDREN AND THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
    FAR FROM THE TREE : PARENTS CHILDREN AND THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
    SOLOMON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780099460992
    Title: FAR FROM THE TREE : PARENTS CHILDREN AND THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
    Author: SOLOMON ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tells stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. This title introduces us to families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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