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  • 10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    BIDDULPH STEVE
    ISBN: 9781925048841
    Title: 10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    Author: BIDDULPH STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Steve Biddulph writes: '10 Things Girls Need Most is a revolution. For 40 years I've worked with parents in groups - and it is so much fun and so moving that I would love to do that with every parent in the world. But I can't! So 10 Things Girls Need Most aims to be the next best thing. This is a special kind of book. You can read it straight through and get great ideas for raising your daughter. But it also offers something extra that can give you so much more. On many pages you will find opportunities to interact. These are very simple - just a list to tick, or a couple of questions to respond to. These interactive tasks immediately get you thinking about your own life, your family and, of course, your daughter. 10 Things Girls Need Most is a dual gift. It provides the very best information that we have about girls growing up today - and, alongside, are interactive tasks and self-exploration practices will help you to put that into practice. '

    How does the content differ from Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls?

    SB: 'This is a whole new book on girls, and it has grown out of years of online discussions which have gone deeper and further than much of the coverage in Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls. It is a reflection of the issues that parents want to explore in more depth. Many of these are new.'

    Why is this called an interactive companion to Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls?

    SB: 'We found that parents were keen to share their experiences and concerns online. So this new book includes opportunities for parents to consider topics with more depth, courtesy of the reader-response style. The interactivity is a totally new concept. Focus groups have found it quite profound - as there are opportunities for the reader to respond to questions in the text. In this way it is a companion to Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls, exploring many of the same areas but with the added dimension of parent involvement and response to the questions.

    Steve Biddulph says: '

    The aim of this book is twofold. Firstly, to help you understand how daughters grow and thrive, and to be confident in raising your own. To lay down the foundations of good mental health early in your daughter's life, and to keep her strong all the way through. And secondly, to enlist you in the new wave of feminism, fighting against a world that is so toxic to our kids.'

    'We have the potential to change the world our daughters face. Girls are being exploited. We need to challenge the companies worldwide that profit from making girls insecure and compliant through manipulative marketing.

    'This book helps parents understand how we can win back girlhood - happy, wild and free. It's the core of individuality and self-belief - and is the new feminism that we want for our daughters.

    'It tackles the most important mental health risk in the world today - the harm that is being inflicted on girls and young women. The exploitation of it starts with babyhood and rockets through primary school and into the teens.'

    Imprint: FINCH PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 12 RULES FOR LIFE
    12 RULES FOR LIFE
    PETERSON JORDAN B
    ISBN: 9780141988511
    Title: 12 RULES FOR LIFE
    Author: PETERSON JORDAN B
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jordan Peterson's work as a clinical psychologist has reshaped the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics ranging from the Bible to romantic relationships drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of polarizing politics, echo chambers and trigger warnings, his startling message about the value of personal responsibility and the dangers of ideology has resonated around the world.In this book, he combines ancient wisdom with decades of experience to provide twelve profound and challenging principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 30 DAYS 30 WAYS TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION
    30 DAYS 30 WAYS TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION
    AISBETT BEV
    ISBN: 9781460758106
    Title: 30 DAYS 30 WAYS TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION
    Author: AISBETT BEV
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From bestselling author Bev Aisbett comes a proven, practical and simple workbook to help people manage their depression, with a month's worth of daily strategies and exercises for work and for home.
    When you're suffering from depression, sometimes it's as much as you can do to get out of bed, let alone read a book. But this just isn't any other book. This is a practical day-by-day workbook, with clear, simple daily building blocks and exercises designed to help pull you out of the inertia of depression. It's a highly approachable, concise and above all practical way to help manage depression.

    Featuring all-new material from experienced counsellor and bestselling author of the self-help classics Living with IT and Taming the Black Dog, Bev Aisbett has based this book on many of the exercises she has been teaching and writing about for the past twenty years to help people manage their depression.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on the Mind Personality and Human Nature
    50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on the Mind Personality and Human Nature
    BUTLER-BOWDEN TOM
    ISBN: 9781857886740
    Title: 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on the Mind Personality and Human Nature
    Author: BUTLER-BOWDEN TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brand new edition of the bestselling guide to the greatest books in psychology, from Jung to Kahneman, from THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT to QUIET.

    This brand new edition of the bestselling 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS includes new classics like THINKING FAST AND SLOW; QUIET and THE MARSHMALLOW TEST.

    In a journey spanning 50 books, hundreds of ideas and over a century, 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS looks at some of the most intriguing questions relating to what motivates us, what makes us feel and act in certain ways, how our brains work, and how we create a sense of self. 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS explores writings from some iconic figures such as Freud, Adler, Jung, Skinner, James, Piaget and Pavlov, but also highlights the work of contemporary thinkers such as Gardner, Gilbert, Goleman and Seligman. 50 PSYCHOLOGY CLASSICS will further your understanding of human nature and yourself.

    Imprint: NICHOLAS BREALEY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE : 30th Anniversary Edition
    7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE : 30th Anniversary Edition
    COVEY STEPHEN R
    ISBN: 9781760856823
    Title: 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE : 30th Anniversary Edition
    Author: COVEY STEPHEN R
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 7 habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. Why? Because they work!

    With Sean Covey's added takeaways on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the 7 habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders.

    They include:
    Habit 1: Be Proactive
    Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
    Habit 3: Put First Things First
    Habit 4: Think Win/Win
    Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
    Habit 6: Synergize
    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

    This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity-principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 9 WAYS TO A RESILIENT CHILD
    9 WAYS TO A RESILIENT CHILD
    COULSON JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9780733334825
    Title: 9 WAYS TO A RESILIENT CHILD
    Author: COULSON JUSTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you ever watched your child give up too quickly and easily, moaning 'I can't'. Perhaps your child resists going to school because they don't like their teacher or their friend rejected them. Maybe they failed in a sporting contest or an exam.

    One of the most frequent questions Kidspot parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson is asked is 'How can I help my child become resilient?' Friendship problems, bullying, physical changes and parenting styles are just some of the issues that can affect our children's ability to bounce back from difficulty and adapt to challenging situations. Helping our children develop resilience can have lifelong positive effects.

    9 Ways to a Resilient Child will help parents enable their children to cope with the challenges that life throws at us all. Discover why winners aren't always grinners, the problems with common advice like 'Toughen up, princess', the negative impact of helicopter parenting, and how praise can harm instead of help. Understand both the protective and the risk factors affecting resilience for better or for worse. And uncover the psychological secrets that will build your child's ability to bounce back, stronger and more resilient than ever: from the ability to think flexibly, make safe and healthy choices, and exercise self-control, to the powerful impact of family, relationships, school and community.

    Dr Coulson aims to bolster resilience - not just in our children, but also in ourselves. Because resilient parents are more likely to have resilient kids.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACCIDENTAL FEMINISTS
    ACCIDENTAL FEMINISTS
    CARO JANE
    ISBN: 9780522872835
    Title: ACCIDENTAL FEMINISTS
    Author: CARO JANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Women over fifty-five are of the generation that changed everything. We didn't expect to. Or intend to. We weren't brought up much differently from the women who came before us, and we rarely identified as feminists, although almost all of us do now. Accidental Feminists is our story. It explores how the world we lived in-with the pill and a regular pay cheque-transformed us and how, almost in spite of ourselves, we revolutionised the world. It is a celebration of grit, adaptability, energy and persistence. It is also a plea for future generations to keep agitating for a better, fairer world.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AFTER BUDDHISM : Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
    AFTER BUDDHISM : Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
    BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780300224344
    Title: AFTER BUDDHISM : Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
    Author: BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A renowned Buddhist teacher's magnum opus, based on his fresh reading of the tradition's earliest texts.


    Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha's inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose long survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.


    This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today's globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha's vision of human flourishing.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    BLOOM PAUL
    ISBN: 9780099597827
    Title: AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    Author: BLOOM PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In a divided world, empathy is not the solution, it is the problem.

    We think of empathy – the ability to feel the suffering of others for ourselves – as the ultimate source of all good behaviour. But while it inspires care and protection in personal relationships, it has the opposite effect in the wider world. As the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows, we feel empathy most for those we find attractive and who seem similar to us and not at all for those who are different, distant or anonymous. Empathy therefore biases us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Guiding us expertly through the experiments, case studies and arguments on all sides, Paul Bloom ultimately shows that some of our worst decisions – in charity, child-raising, criminal justice, climate change and war – are motivated by this wolf in sheep's clothing.

    Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, Against Empathy overturns widely held assumptions to reveal one of the most profound yet overlooked sources of human conflict.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGELESS SOUL : An uplifting meditation on the art of growing older
    AGELESS SOUL : An uplifting meditation on the art of growing older
    MOORE THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781471163692
    Title: AGELESS SOUL : An uplifting meditation on the art of growing older
    Author: MOORE THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ageless Soul reveals a fresh, optimistic and rewarding path towards ageing. Renowned psychotherapist and bestselling author Thomas Moore shows us that as we grow older we become more distinctive and complex.

    Drawing on stories from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher, Moore argues for a new vision of ageing and shows readers how to embrace the richness of the experience and how to feel fulfilled as they grow older.

    Thomas Moore is the New York Times bestselling author of Care of the Soul,as well as many other books on enriching your life. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist. Today he lectures widely on creating a more soulful world and on spirituality.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALL ABOUT LOVE : New Visions
    ALL ABOUT LOVE : New Visions
    HOOKS BELL
    ISBN: 9780060959470
    Title: ALL ABOUT LOVE : New Visions
    Author: HOOKS BELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The acclaimed first volume in bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation"

    “The word ‘love' is most often defined as a noun, yet . . . we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, bell hooks (renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist) skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question “What is love” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society's failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation.

    The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life.” All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.

    Imprint: MORROW
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780330523608
    Title: ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks uses case studies to illustrate the myriad ways in which neurological conditions can affect our sense of self, our experience of the world, and how we relate to those around us. Writing with his trademark blend of scientific rigour and human compassion, he describes patients such as the colour-blind painter or the surgeon with compulsive tics that disappear in the operating theatre; patients for whom disorientation and alienation – but also adaptation – are inescapable facts of life.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANXIETY
    ANXIETY
    THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    ISBN: 9781912891214
    Title: ANXIETY
    Author: THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    Far more than we tend to realise, we're all - in private - deeply anxious. There is so much that worries us across our days and nights: whether our hopes will come true, whether others will like us, whether the people we care about will be OK, whether we can escape humiliation and grief...

    Too often, we bottle up our anxieties or try to avoid looking at them directly. We are ashamed of how worried we are and end up feeling isolated and yet more worried. None of this is necessary. Anxiety is deeply normal and, like so much else that troubles our minds, it can be understood and brought under our control. We all deserve to wake up every day without a sense of foreboding.

    This is a guide to anxiety: why we feel it, how we experience it when it strikes and what we can do when we come under its influence. Across a series of essays that look at the subject from a number of angles, the tone is helpful, compassionate and in the best sense practical.

    Imprint: School of Life Press
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ANY ORDINARY DAY : Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
    ANY ORDINARY DAY : Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
    SALES LEIGH
    ISBN: 9781760893637
    Title: ANY ORDINARY DAY : Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
    Author: SALES LEIGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

    In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows.

    Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9781760895242
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species - understanding its abuse will define our future.

    A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper's trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ART OF GROWING UP
    ART OF GROWING UP
    MARSDEN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760556723
    Title: ART OF GROWING UP
    Author: MARSDEN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When I hear parents say 'I want my children to enjoy their childhood; there'll be time when they're older to learn about those things', I hear the voices of those who are scared of the vastness of the universe. These adults have a view of childhood as some kind of discrete interval, rather than just a few years from the continuum of life. How fortunate that the spirit, courage and curiosity of many young people remain largely undefeated by such adults.

    John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds - through both his award-winning, internationally bestselling young adult fiction and his work as one of Australia's most esteemed and experienced educators. As the founder and principal of two schools, John is at the coalface of education and daily witness to the inevitable and yet still mysterious process of growing up.

    Now, in this astonishing, insightful and hugely ambitious manifesto, John pulls together all he has learned from over thirty years' experience working with and writing for young people. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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