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  • 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: $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
  • EVERYTHING HARDER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE
    EVERYTHING HARDER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE
    VALENTISH JENNY
    ISBN: 9781760642488
    Title: EVERYTHING HARDER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE
    Author: VALENTISH JENNY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2021 New Release

    It's human nature to test our limits. But what happens when this comes to define you?

    When Jenny Valentish wrote a memoir about addiction in 2017, she noticed the people who treated drug-taking like an Olympic sport would often hurl themselves into a pursuit such as marathon running upon giving up. What stayed constant was their need to push boundaries.

    Everything Harder Than Everyone Else follows people doing the things that most couldn't, wouldn't or shouldn't. Their insights lead Jenny on a compulsive, sometimes reckless journey through psychology, endurance and the power of obsession, revealing what we can learn about the human condition.

    There's the neuroscientist violating his brain to overcome his disgust response. The athlete using childhood adversity as grist for the mill. The wrestler turning restlessness into curated ultraviolence. The architect who hangs from hooks in her flesh to get out of her head. The performance artist seeking erasure by torturing his body. The BDSM dominant helping people flirt with death to feel more alive. The bare-knuckle boxer whose gnarliest opponent is her ego. The dancer who could not separate her identity from her practice until at death's door. The bodybuilder exacting order on a life that was once chaotic. And the porn-star-turned-fighter for whom sex and violence are two sides of the same coin.

    Darkly funny and vividly penetrating, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else explores our deeper selves and asks- what are your limits?

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • F**K NO! : How to stop saying yes, when you can't, you shouldn't, or you just don't want to
    F**K NO! : How to stop saying yes, when you can't, you shouldn't, or you just don't want to
    KNIGHT SARAH
    ISBN: 9781787478176
    Title: F**K NO! : How to stop saying yes, when you can't, you shouldn't, or you just don't want to
    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 sensations THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K, GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER, YOU DO YOU, and CALM THE F**K DOWN.

    It is something that happens to most of us every day. You are up to your eyeballs in work/childcare/social commitments and someone asks you to do that little something that promises to be the proverbial last straw that broke the camel's back. 'No!' you think. But what do you hear coming out of your mouth? 'Yes, that's great, I'd love to do that.' Why? How on earth . . .?? Do not fret. Help is at hand.

    In this new no-f**ks-given guide, 'anti-guru' Sarah Knight is going to show you how to stop saying yes when you mean to say no. How to be polite but firm. How to get the message across (nicely) that you really mean it.

    Read this book and start taking charge of your time and your life.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • F*CK HAPPINESS : How the Science of Psychology ignores Women
    F*CK HAPPINESS : How the Science of Psychology ignores Women
    GORE ARIEL
    ISBN: 9781760641993
    Title: F*CK HAPPINESS : How the Science of Psychology ignores Women
    Author: GORE ARIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For readers of Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me and Barbara Ehrenreich's Bright Side comes a provocative, persuasive look at how and why women's desires are more complex than we are led to believe.

    Happiness has become big business. Books, psychologists, consultants and even governments promote scientific findings into the psychology of happiness and how it can apply to the individual and to the broader society. The problem is that almost all of this science is performed by and for straight white men. And some of the most vocal of these experts suggest that women can become happier by espousing traditional gender values and eschewing feminism.

    Sceptical of this hypothesis, Ariel Gore immersed herself in the optimism industrial complex, combing the research, reading the history, interviewing the thinkers, and exploring her own and her friends' personal experiences and desires. F*ck Happiness is a nuanced, thoughtful and inspiring account of what happiness means and to whom, how it has played a role in defining modern gender roles and power structures, and how we can all pursue joy in our lives.

    Imprint: NERO BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FATHER HOOD : Inspiration for the New Dad Generation
    FATHER HOOD : Inspiration for the New Dad Generation
    BENEDICTUS / MACVEAN / MCUTCHEN
    ISBN: 9781760524920
    Title: FATHER HOOD : Inspiration for the New Dad Generation
    Author: BENEDICTUS / MACVEAN / MCUTCHEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'My dream as a dad would be for them to talk about me as a parent one day and say that he was always there. He played with us, he was present, he listened. He paid attention.' - Chris Hemsworth.

    Welcome to The Father Hood. Where we celebrate the growing tribe of hands-on dads who are discovering that becoming a father is the greatest opportunity a man can get to be better than he's ever been before; stronger, wiser, more driven and more compassionate. But there is no instruction manual or benchmark for fatherhood in modern life, aside from one golden rule: keep showing up.

    With a mix of celebrity interviews - from Chris Hemsworth, David Beckham, Osher Gunsberg and many more - as well as quotes and stats that capture the rise of the hands-on dad, The Father Hood is the guide to helping modern dads thrive and survive in the only job that really counts.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS
    FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS
    KING MADONNA
    ISBN: 9780733640209
    Title: FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS
    Author: KING MADONNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What do our girls think about their fathers? And what are fathers struggling with when it comes to their relationship with their daughters? The bestselling author of BEING 14 now tackles the complicated father/daughter relationship.

    Award-winning journalist, author and commentator Madonna King has interviewed over five-hundred girls and many fathers, as well as leading psychologists, school principals, CEOs, police, guidance counsellors and neuroscientists, to get the answers all mothers, fathers and daughters need to know.

    Exploring a father's role in his daughter's life from a daughter's perspective as well as the father's, Madonna examines the key issues that arise to help families navigate the sometimes very difficult moments. This essential and insightful book reveals why daughters turn against their fathers, teen rebellion, discipline, sexual education, the impact of broken families, how much influence a father can/should have and what you can do to repair a broken relationship.

    FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS will give a voice to our girls, insight to our fathers and peace of mind to both.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FEAR FACTOR : How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone In-Between
    FEAR FACTOR : How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone In-Between
    MARSH ABIGAIL
    ISBN: 9781472137814
    Title: FEAR FACTOR : How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone In-Between
    Author: MARSH ABIGAIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • FEMININE MYSTIQUE
    FEMININE MYSTIQUE
    FRIEDAN BETTY
    ISBN: 9780141192055
    Title: FEMININE MYSTIQUE
    Author: FRIEDAN BETTY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This groundbreaking and life-changing work remains just as powerful, important and true as it was forty-five years ago, and is essential reading both as a historical document and as a study of women living in a man's world.

    When Betty Friedan produced The Feminine Mystique in 1963, she could not have realized how the discovery and debate of her contemporaries' general malaise would shake up society. Victims of a false belief system, these women were following strict social convention by loyally conforming to the pretty image of the magazines, and found themselves forced to seek meaning in their lives only through a family and a home. Friedan's controversial book about these women - and every woman - would ultimately set Second Wave feminism in motion and begin the battle for equality.
    This groundbreaking and life-changing work remains just as powerful, important and true as it was forty-five years ago, and is essential reading both as a historical document and as a study of women living in a man's world.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760633400
    Title: FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

    Fight Like A Girl will make you laugh, cry and scream. But above all it will make you demand and fight for a world in which women have real equality and not merely the illusion of it.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FIRST WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL : A New Story About Anxiety
    FIRST WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL : A New Story About Anxiety
    WILSON SARAH
    ISBN: 9781743535868
    Title: FIRST WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL : A New Story About Anxiety
    Author: WILSON SARAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sarah Wilson - bestselling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 1.2 million people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life.

    In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences.

    Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters.

    Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FIX
    FIX
    KING MICHELLE P
    ISBN: 9781471193064
    Title: FIX
    Author: KING MICHELLE P
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2021 New Release

    “A passionate, practical roadmap for addressing inequality and finally making our workplaces work for women” Arianna Huffington

    Foreword by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel 


    For years, we’ve been telling women that in order to succeed at work, they have to change themselves first - lean innegotiate like a man, don’t act too nicely or you won't get the corner office. But after sixteen years working with major Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality expert, Michelle King has realised one simple truth - the tired advice of fixing women doesn’t fix anything.

    The truth is that workplaces are gendered; they were designed by men for men. Because of this, most organisations unconsciously carry the idea of an 'ideal worker', typically a straight, white man who doesn’t have to juggle work and family commitments. Based on King’s research and exclusive interviews with major companies and thought leaders, The Fix reveals why denying the fact that women are held back just because they are women - what she calls gender denial - is the biggest obstacle holding women back at work and outlines the hidden sexism and invisible barriers women encounter at work every day. Women who speak up are seen as pushy. Women who ask for a pay rise are seen as difficult. Women who spend hours networking don’t get the same career benefits as men do. Because women don’t look like the ideal worker and can’t behave like the ideal worker, they are passed over for promotions, paid less, and pushed out of the workforce, not because they aren’t good enough, but because they aren’t men.

    In this fascinating and empowering book, King outlines the invisible barriers that hold women back at all stages of their careers, and provides readers with a clear set of takeaways to thrive despite the sexist workplace, as they fight for change from within. Gender equality is not about women, and it is not about men - it is about making workplaces work for everyone. Together, we can fix work, not women.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • FLIP : Who You Really Are and Why It Matters
    FLIP : Who You Really Are and Why It Matters
    KRIPAL JEFFREY J
    ISBN: 9780141992563
    Title: FLIP : Who You Really Are and Why It Matters
    Author: KRIPAL JEFFREY J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why do we know so much more about the cosmos than our own consciousness? Are there limits to the scientific method? Why do we assume that only science, mathematics and technology reveal truth?

    The Flip shows us what happens when we realise that consciousness is fundamental to the cosmos and not some random evolutionary accident or surface cognitive illusion; that everything is alive, connected, and 'one'. We meet the people who have made this visionary, intuitive leap towards new forms of knowledge- Mark Twain's prophetic dreams, Marie Curie's s?ances, Einstein's cosmically attuned mind. But these forms of knowledge are not archaic; indeed, they are essential in a universe that has evolved specifically to be understandable by the consciousnesses we inhabit.

    The Flip peels back the layers of our beliefs about the world to reveal a visionary, new way of understanding ourselves and everything around us, with huge repercussions for how we live our lives. After all, once we have flipped, we understand that the cosmos is not just human. The human is also cosmic.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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