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  • ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    FROMM ERICH
    ISBN: 9780061129735
    Title: ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    Author: FROMM ERICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love

    Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every art, love demands practice and concentration, as well as genuine insight and understanding.

    In his classic work, The Art of Loving, renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm explores love in all its aspects--not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, the love of God, and the love of parents for their children.


    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • ART OF MINDFUL BIRDWATCHING : Reflections on Freedom & Being
    ART OF MINDFUL BIRDWATCHING : Reflections on Freedom & Being
    THOMPSON CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9781782404286
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL BIRDWATCHING : Reflections on Freedom & Being
    Author: THOMPSON CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Who has never stopped to gaze enviously at a bird soaring effortlessly through the sky? Or delight in a sudden burst of birdsong through an office window? Bird flight and song are symbols of freedom and inspiration for the practice of mindful awareness, which in turn offers us greater freedom in our own experience of our minds and lives. The Art of Mindful Birdwatching explores how cultivating a deeper awareness of nature's songsters is a natural focus for practicing mindfulness meditation every day.

    Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson takes us on a journey through the natural world. She reveals how, through noticing bird life in habitats from the city to the coast, we connect with nature and appreciate the beauty, freedom, and complexity all around us.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ART OF MINDFUL SINGING : NOTES ON FINDING YOUR VOICE
    ART OF MINDFUL SINGING : NOTES ON FINDING YOUR VOICE
    DION JEREMY
    ISBN: 9781782404194
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL SINGING : NOTES ON FINDING YOUR VOICE
    Author: DION JEREMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2016 NEW RELEASE

    The Art of Mindful Singing is an enlightening insight into how we can all experience well-being through the meditative beauty and power of music.

    Jeremy Dion explores how singing can create a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us through its sacred notes of melody, bliss, and joy.

    Through personal anecdote and expert insight, he reveals how mindful singing provides a pathway to experiencing flow, a pure psychological state of bliss. Alongside practical meditations, we realize how releasing our voices is a universal, healing chord to promoting harmony and meaning in modern life.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    SELIGMAN MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781864713022
    Title: AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    Author: SELIGMAN MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is the first book to examine the mechanisms by which mentally healthy people become happy, and how happy people become very happy. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller LEARNED OPTIMISM, greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is an even bigger ground-breaker. It represents the first time any scientist has placed value in the study not only of mental illness, but of 'mental wellness'. It's not about curing one's ills, but about exercising one's strengths and virtues in order to achieve what Seligman terms 'authentic happiness'. The life-changing lesson of AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is that, by assessing the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and lasting levels of genuine contentment and joy.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AWAKENINGS
    AWAKENINGS
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780330523677
    Title: AWAKENINGS
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The story of a disease that plunged its victims into a prison of viscous time, and the drug that catapulted them out of it' Guardian

    Hailed as a medical classic, and the subject of a major feature film as well as radio and stage plays and various TV documentaries, Awakenings is the extraordinary account of a group of twenty patients.

    Rendered catatonic by the sleeping-sickness epidemic that swept the world just after the First World War, all twenty had spent forty years in hospital: motionless and speechless; aware of the world around them, but exhibiting no interest in it -- until Dr Sacks administered the then-new drug, L-DOPA, which caused them, temporarily, to awake from their decades-long slumber.


    'Not only a collection of astonishing case histories, Awakenings is also a memoir, a moral essay and a romance. It is a work of genius' Washington Post

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BACKSTABBERS AND BULLIES : How to Cope with the Dark Side of People at Work
    BACKSTABBERS AND BULLIES : How to Cope with the Dark Side of People at Work
    FURNHAM ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9781472929938
    Title: BACKSTABBERS AND BULLIES : How to Cope with the Dark Side of People at Work
    Author: FURNHAM ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An engaging guide to preventing dark-side behaviour, and dealing with any nasty, negative narcissists we encounter in the workplace.

    The idea of leadership failure and derailment has been brushed under the carpet for far too long and only now are statistics appearing on the sheer number of leaders who fail at their jobs. Backstabbers and Bullies provides the latest psychiatric and clinical perspectives on dark-side behaviour, including:

    - recognising and coping with over-confident, narcissistic and psychopathic leaders;
    - causes of leadership derailment and failure;
    - corrupt corporate cultures; and
    - the criminal personality.

    Fascinating reading for anyone who has worked alongside a corporate psychopath, business narcissist or histrionic show-off, Backstabbers and Bullies goes beyond the science to explain how to better understand, manage and prevent dark-side behaviour, as well as presenting advice for reducing derailment potential for yourself, your colleagues and your organisation.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
  • BAD FEMINIST  -  ESSAYS
    BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    GAY ROXANE
    ISBN: 9781472119735
    Title: BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    Author: GAY ROXANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Bad Feminist is collection of frank, funny, whip-smart and spot-on essays from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

    In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

    Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEAUTIFUL FAILURES : How the Quest for Success is Harming Our Kids
    BEAUTIFUL FAILURES : How the Quest for Success is Harming Our Kids
    CLARK LUCY
    ISBN: 9780857989260
    Title: BEAUTIFUL FAILURES : How the Quest for Success is Harming Our Kids
    Author: CLARK LUCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Nothing will ever be as easy as your school years,' well-meaning adults told her, but I knew for my daughter, and for many kids who have struggled as square pegs trying to make themselves round, this was dead wrong.

    When Lucy Clark's daughter graduated from school a 'failure', she started asking questions about the way we measure success. Why is there so much pressure on kids today? Where does it come from? Most importantly, as we seem to be in the grip of an epidemic of anxiety, how can we reduce that pressure?

    Beautiful Failures explores, through personal experience and journalistic investigation, a broken education system that fails too many kids and puts terrible pressure on all kids, including those who 'succeed'. It challenges accepted wisdoms about schooling, calls on parents to examine their own expectations, and questions the purpose of education, and indeed the purpose of childhood.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    WOLF NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780099595748
    Title: BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    Author: WOLF NAOMI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. This book exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BECOMING US : THE ESSENTIAL RELATIONSHIP GUIDE FOR PARENTS
    BECOMING US : THE ESSENTIAL RELATIONSHIP GUIDE FOR PARENTS
    TAYLOR ELLY
    ISBN: 9780733329197
    Title: BECOMING US : THE ESSENTIAL RELATIONSHIP GUIDE FOR PARENTS
    Author: TAYLOR ELLY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There are thousands of books that tell you how to find Mr Right. But what do you do once you've found him, and thrown a child or two into the mix? Ninety-six per cent of couples report having more conflict and disagreements with their partner after the birth of a child. Elly Taylor, a relationship counsellor, has drawn on over fifty years of research and the experience of working with thousands of new parents to write this guide to relationships after children - and specifically, how becoming a parent can transform your relationship in positive ways. Part One discusses the key opportunities for growth and connection between parents. Part Two tackles the most common problem areas, providing practical and insightful approaches to resolving tricky issues. For example: 'We've been focusing so much on getting the baby into a routine, but everything else feels chaotic. What can we do?' 'I thought my husband would be willing to help change the nappies. He says he works 48 hours a week and that it's my job.' 'After holding the baby all day the last thing I feel like at night is holding my partner. I feel really guilty and I don't want to hurt his feelings, but I can't help it.' This is a refreshingly optimistic yet deeply practical book that all parents should read - it addresses the challenges couples face but doesn't focus on what a relationship loses when kids arrive - pointing out instead what it is possible to gain.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEHAVE : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    BEHAVE : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    SAPOLSKY ROBERT M
    ISBN: 9781847924711
    Title: BEHAVE : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
    Author: SAPOLSKY ROBERT M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Why do we do what we do? Behave is at once a dazzling tour and a majestic synthesis of the whole science of human behaviour. Brought to life through simple language, engaging stories and irreverent wit, it offers the fullest picture yet of the origins of tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, war and peace. Robert Sapolsky's ingenious method is to move backwards in time from the moment at which a behaviour occurs, layer by layer through the myriad influences that led to it- - We begin with the split-second reactions of the brain and nervous systema - Then we consider our response to sight, sound and smell in the minutes and seconds beforehanda - Next he explains the interactions of hormones, which prime our behaviour in the preceding hours and daysa - He proceeds through the experiences of adolescence, childhood and foetal development that shape us over our lifespansa - And continues over centuries and millennia through the profound influences of genetic inheritance, cultural context and ultimately the evolutionary origins of our species. Throughout, Sapolsky considers the most important question- what causes acts of aggression or compassion? What inspires us to terrible deeds and what might help foster our best behaviour? Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, that is unlikely to be surpassed for many years.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • BEING A HAPPY TEEN
    BEING A HAPPY TEEN
    MATTHEWS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780957881433
    Title: BEING A HAPPY TEEN
    Author: MATTHEWS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do you ever feel, "No one understands me!" Do you ever wonder, "Will I fall in love?" Do you ever ask "Am I normal?" If you answer "yes" to any of the above, you sound perfectly normal. You will also find this book useful!

    Imprint: SEASHELL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEING HAPPY : A HANDBOOK TO GREATER CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY
    BEING HAPPY : A HANDBOOK TO GREATER CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY
    MATTHEWS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9789810006648
    Title: BEING HAPPY : A HANDBOOK TO GREATER CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY
    Author: MATTHEWS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A self-help book which aims to help people understand themselves better and in turn become happier. This book covers many aspects of life, among them attitudes, confidence, luck, success, depression, humour, forgiveness and many more.

    Imprint: SEASHELL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846685828
    Title: BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.

    For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.

    Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

    Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETTER THAN SEX : WOMEN WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    BETTER THAN SEX : WOMEN WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    TRENOWETH SAMANTHA
    ISBN: 9781743791370
    Title: BETTER THAN SEX : WOMEN WRITE ABOUT SEX AND ROMANCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    Author: TRENOWETH SAMANTHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book is for anyone fascinated by the changing landscape of love in an era when love, sex and more is just a click away. This is a direct and honest collection of essays perfect for readers who are interested in fiction, memoir and essays written by contemporary women with strong opinions and unique perspectives.

    In an age that mashes internet porn with Tinder and arranged marriage, in an age in which everything (sexuality, gender, consent) seems fluid, what does the landscape of love look like, really? And how are the seismic jolts in the ways we negotiate sex and romance affecting women? In the third book in Samantha Trenoweth’s series of essays by contemporary women, contributors ask whether the Tinderverse has killed romance; are women, who are increasingly powerful in all sorts of areas of their lives, more or less empowered in their personal relationships than they were a decade ago; and do women actually have more choices or fewer?

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743534854
    Title: BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What do people actually mean when they say 'God'?

    Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some 'higher power', but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

    Mackay interviews dozens of Australians representing many different points on the spectrum of faith, including some who are part of the emerging 'spiritual but not religious' movement. He exposes the deep vein of ambivalence about religion that runs through our society: we may not actively worship, but we still like to see local churches operating in our midst, and we use 'our' church to marry, christen our babies, educate our children and commemorate our dead. He points out some uncomfortable truths, such as our tendency to call on God only in a crisis, and unpacks our human need for 'answers', even when science can't find them. He endorses the Christian ideal of the good
    life - a life lived for others - but acknowledges that there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

    Written with all the insight and compassion we have come to expect of our leading chronicler of Australian life, Beyond Belief is an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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