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  • 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 DISCARDING : How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy
    ART OF DISCARDING : How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy
    TATSUMI NAGISA
    ISBN: 9781473648210
    Title: ART OF DISCARDING : How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy
    Author: TATSUMI NAGISA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The book that inspired Marie Kondo and helped 2 million Japanese people to declutter their homes.

    A combination of tiny homes and a love of stylish homeware has left Japanese people hungry for advice on organization, decluttering and tidying up. Indeed, in this era of mass consumption, we are all drowning in 'stuff', despite our best efforts to keep on top of the clutter that collects in our homes, our office spaces and even our cars. All this clutter causes us mental anguish, however, as we all know, throwing things away can be difficult - it clashes with the values instilled in us from an early age of not wasting things, reusing items, and keeping things 'for a rainy day' - simply put, we feel guilty about getting rid of things. Enter Nagisa Tatsumi and her bold suggestion - that it's OK to throw stuff away.

    Tatsumi's book 'Suteru Gijyutsu', or THE ART OF DISCARDING, was a sensation when it was published in Japan, selling 1 million copies in the first six months after publication in 2000. In it, she argues that we need to learn to let go, and tackles head-on the psychological issues that people have with getting rid of things, in particular a reluctance to discard things 'just in case', the desire to hoard things, and guilt about getting rid of things that were given as gifts.

    The book offers practical advice and techniques to help readers learn to let go of stuff that is holding them back, as well as advice on acquiring less in the first place; if we buy less, there's less to get rid of. She takes readers through a step-by-step process of getting rid of household items, clothes, books - and promises a clutter-free, calmer life where we are free from 'accumulation syndrome' and ultimately, less is more.

    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: 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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: 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: 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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