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  • ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY
    ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY
    BURTON ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780141192284
    Title: ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY
    Author: BURTON ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ostensibly a guidebook to melancholia or depression, Burton's masterpiece is really an all-encompassing examination of the human condition.

    The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the seventeenth-century English priest and scholar. It 'opens and cuts up' the condition of melancholy, or depression, as we know it today, and in doing so explores a dizzying range of additional topics including goblins, beauty, the geography of America, digestion, the passions, alcohol and kissing. Burton believed that reading was a cure for melancholy, and so the book itself - one of the most unique and uncategorizable works of all time - can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • ANXIOUS : THE MODERN MIND IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY
    ANXIOUS : THE MODERN MIND IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY
    LEDOUX JOSEPH E
    ISBN: 9781780747675
    Title: ANXIOUS : THE MODERN MIND IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY
    Author: LEDOUX JOSEPH E
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anxiety is all around us: phobias, OCD, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress. Why are our brains so anxious? And what can we do about it?

    Anxiety is natural. It is useful. By anticipating harm, we are better equipped to deal with it. But when anxiety is persistent and excessive, and chronically interferes with daily life, then an anxiety disorder exists. These are the most common mental health problems in the UK today.

    Using cutting-edge research from his lab, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux explains both how fear and anxiety are natural, adaptive ways of dealing with challenges and opportunities, and how they become pathological states. Some people are cool cats, their feathers never seem to be ruffled, while others are nervous Nellies. Your disposition affects the way you approach the world; anxious people find threats where others don't, and their brains are different, as LeDoux shows.

    Anxiety is part of life, but we want to be able to use it rather than be used by it. In order to survive and thrive, the brain has to marshal its resources and energies. It is when these resources are unevenly allocated that problems arise. But there are methods each of us can learn for regulating this process. LeDoux outlines them and explains the science behind them that makes them work.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF HAPPINESS   -   20th Anniversary Edition
    ART OF HAPPINESS - 20th Anniversary Edition
    DALAI LAMA
    ISBN: 9780733639814
    Title: ART OF HAPPINESS - 20th Anniversary Edition
    Author: DALAI LAMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 20th anniversary edition of the beloved guide to happiness from one of the world's great spiritual leaders.

    The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living is a practical, inspirational guide that combines the wisdom of the Dalai Lama's eastern spiritual tradition with human happiness expert Dr Howard C. Cutler's western perspective.

    From health, self-esteem, family and relationships to anger, stress, anxiety and jealousy, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how we can find balance and achieve lasting happiness in our lives.

    Mental wellbeing and the power of positive psychology have never been so important, and, more than ever, people are turning to the world's great spiritual leaders in their search for meaning. The Art of Happiness is a landmark book that will continue to uplift spirits around the world for decades to come.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 MEDITATION
    ART OF MEDITATION
    RICARD MATTHIEU
    ISBN: 9781782395393
    Title: ART OF MEDITATION
    Author: RICARD MATTHIEU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wherever he goes, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. In this authoritative and inspiring book, he sets out to answer these questions. Matthieu Ricard shows that practising meditation can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He talks us through its theory, spirituality and practical aspects of deep contemplation and illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation - based on selfless love and compassion - can bring to each of us.


    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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 GARDENING : Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    ART OF MINDFUL GARDENING : Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    REDWOOD, ARK
    ISBN: 9781782405832
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL GARDENING : Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    Author: REDWOOD, ARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2014 NEW RELEASE

    The Art of Mindful Gardening explores how mindfulness can bring a new dimension to gardening. Ark Redwood guides you through the changing seasons, expanding your knowledge of how to be conscious of the present and providing expert insights on meditating into your natural environment.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • 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
  • ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    PATTERSON CHRISTINA
    ISBN: 9781786492746
    Title: ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    Author: PATTERSON CHRISTINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?

    If you want to make God laugh, Woody Allen once said, tell God your plans. But most of us don't find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most of us want love. Most of us want a nice job, healthy children and a comfortable home. Many of us grew up with parents who made these things look relatively easy and assumed we would manage it, too. So what do you do if you don't? Or if you had some of these things and lost them? What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?

    For the journalist Christina Patterson, it was her work as a writer and columnist on a national newspaper that kept her going through the ups and downs of life, health and mid-life dating. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she'd never done before. After years of talking to famous people about their successes, she started to talk to people about their losses and disappointments and try to find out what had got them through.

    The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. There's Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from the board of a FTSE-100 company. There's Winston, who fell through a ceiling and on to a purple coffin. There's Louise, whose baby died, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there's Christina, eating far too many crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life.

    The Art of Not Falling Apart is a joyous, moving and sometimes shockingly honest celebration of life as an adventure, one where you ditch your expectations, raise a glass and prepare for a rocky ride.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF THE GOOD LIFE : Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life
    ART OF THE GOOD LIFE : Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life
    DOBELLI ROLF
    ISBN: 9781473667488
    Title: ART OF THE GOOD LIFE : Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life
    Author: DOBELLI ROLF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Since antiquity, i.e. for at least 2,500 years and probably much longer, people have been asking themselves what it means to live a good life. How should I live? What constitutes a good life? What's the role of fate? What's the role of money? Is leading a good life a question of mindset, or is it more about reaching your goals? Is it better to actively seek happiness or to avoid unhappiness? Each generation poses these questions anew, and somehow the answers are always fundamentally disappointing. Why? Because we're constantly searching for a single principle, a single tenet, a single rule. Yet this holy grail - a single, simple path - doesn't exist.

    Over the past few decades, a silent revolution has taken place within various fields of thought. Within science, politics, medicine and many other areas, scholars have come to realise that the world is far too complicated to summarise in one big idea or handful of principles. We need a toolkit of mental models in order to understand the world. It's high time somebody compiled a similar toolkit designed for practical living. Voila. Here you'll find fifty-two such intellectual tools - they may not guarantee you a good life, but they'll give you a better chance.

    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASSHOLE SURVIVAL GUIDE
    ASSHOLE SURVIVAL GUIDE
    SUTTON ROBERT I
    ISBN: 9780241298992
    Title: ASSHOLE SURVIVAL GUIDE
    Author: SUTTON ROBERT I
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Being around assholes, whether at work or elsewhere, can damage performance and affect wellbeing- having one asshole in a team has been shown to reduce performance by 30 to 40%, and research shows that rudeness spreads like a common cold. And social media has only given rise to further incivility - 40% of people have experienced harassment online. But in The Asshole Survival Guide, Stanford professor Robert Sutton offers practical advice on identifying and tackling any kind of asshole - based on research into groups from uncivil civil servants to French bus drivers, and 8,000 emails that he has received on asshole behaviour. With expertise and humour, he provides a cogent and methodical game-plan to fight back. First, he sets out the asshole audit, to find out what kind of asshole needs dealing with, and asshole detection strategies. Then he reveals field-tested, sometimes surprising techniques, from asshole avoidance and asshole taxes to mind-tricks and the art of love bombing. Finally, he explains the dangers of asshole blindness - when the problem might be yours truly. Readers will learn how to handle assholes - in the workplace and beyond - once and for all!

    Imprint: PORTFOLIO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    SELIGMAN MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781864713022
    Title: AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    Author: SELIGMAN MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    '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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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