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  • BE MORE PIRATE: Or How to Take On the World and Win
    BE MORE PIRATE: Or How to Take On the World and Win
    CONNIFF ALLENDE SAM
    ISBN: 9780241307885
    Title: BE MORE PIRATE: Or How to Take On the World and Win
    Author: CONNIFF ALLENDE SAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you ever wanted to make your mark on the world and wondered how?
    Have you ever wanted to stand up to the system, break it, or make it better?
    Have you ever wondered how to find success amidst unpredictability?

    The answer? Be More Pirate.

    In Be More Pirate, Sam Conniff Allende reveals the game-changing innovations of 18th century pirates and identifies five key takeaways from this golden age of piracy.

    Imprint: PORTFOLIO
    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: 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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 CREATIVE : Be inspired. Unlock your originality.: 20 thought-provoking lessons (BUILD+BECOME)
    BEING CREATIVE : Be inspired. Unlock your originality.: 20 thought-provoking lessons (BUILD+BECOME)
    ATAVAR MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781781317181
    Title: BEING CREATIVE : Be inspired. Unlock your originality.: 20 thought-provoking lessons (BUILD+BECOME)
    Author: ATAVAR MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    Being Creative discusses the important, sometimes challenging, but always relevant aspects of creativity - taking theories off the page through relatable examples and providing practical exercises.

    We often treat creativity as if it was something separate from us - yet, as Michael Atavar explores in this essential manifesto, it is, in fact, very simple: creativity is nothing other than the very core of 'you'. Through a series of practical and effective exercises, Atavar challenges you to open your mind, shift your perspective and ignite your creativity. Whatever your passion, craft or aims, Being Creative will expertly guide you from bright idea, through the tricky stages of development, to making your concepts a reality.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BEST DEATH : How to Die Well
    BEST DEATH : How to Die Well
    WINCH SARAH
    ISBN: 9780702259722
    Title: BEST DEATH : How to Die Well
    Author: WINCH SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    In April 2008 Sarah's husband, Lincoln, died from kidney cancer that was diagnosed only four months earlier. He was 48.

    Sarah is a registered nurse, sociologist and ethicist with experience in the research, training and management of end-of-life care. Her 30 years of working in the healthcare system did not fully prepare her for Lincoln's death, but it did help her and Lincoln plan for the best death possible. This book is the result of Sarah's personal and professional experiences. It is an intimate, compassionate and practical guide to help you and the people you love face death.

    This book helps you to- - understand and believe bad news including diagnosis and prognosis - develop your own end-of-life plan - get the support you need professionally and personally to make your plan happen - identify the legal documents that you may need - understand the dying process - troubleshoot care issues.

    It takes Sarah's first book, Best Death Possible, and expands on all she has learnt since then, including the process of grieving, understanding your options and where to access reliable information.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    AWAD AMAL
    ISBN: 9780143782612
    Title: BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    Author: AWAD AMAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As someone who has a foot in both the Western and Arabic worlds, Amal set out to explore the lives of Arab women, in Australia and the Middle East, travelling to the region and interviewing more than sixty women about feminism, intimacy, love, sex and shame, trauma, war, religion and culture.

    Beyond Veiled Cliches explores the similarities and differences experienced by these women in their daily lives - work, relationships, home and family life, friendships, the communities they live in, and more. Arab-Australian women are at the intersection - between Western ideals and Arab tradition. It can get messy, but there is also great beauty in the layers.

    In a time of racial tension and rising global fear around terrorism, there is a renewed fear of 'the other'. At its heart this fascinating book normalises people and their experiences. The breadth, variety and beauty of what Amal has discovered will enthral and surprise you.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BIG 5
    BIG 5
    CHOPRA SANJIV
    ISBN: 9781743548042
    Title: BIG 5
    Author: CHOPRA SANJIV
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fundamental promise of every exciting medical discovery, diet, and exercise program is the same: do this, buy this, or eat this and you will look better, live longer, and feel healthier. But few books can make the promise of this one: if you adopt the following five simple habits you will live a longer and healthier life, guaranteed.

    - Drink coffee
    - Exercise regularly
    - Add nuts to your diet
    - Get plenty of vitamin D
    - Meditate regularly

    No gimmicks, no catches, on ifs, ands or buts.

    Presented by a trusted expert, The Big 5 includes easily digestible data from studies conducted by reputable universities, involving thousands of subjects. As there's no profit-driven industry promoting these ideas, many people aren't aware of the incredible benefits of incorporating them into their lives. Now readers can see how these five things offer many more proven benefits than the latest expensive supplements, fad diets, jazzy exercise programs, or state-of-the-art gym equipment.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BIG MAGIC : CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR
    BIG MAGIC : CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR
    GILBERT ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781408866757
    Title: BIG MAGIC : CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR
    Author: GILBERT ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be.

    By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.

    Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLACK SHEEP : THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF BEING BAD
    BLACK SHEEP : THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF BEING BAD
    STEPHENS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781473610842
    Title: BLACK SHEEP : THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF BEING BAD
    Author: STEPHENS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Richard Stephens became the focus of international media attention in 2009 for his research on the psychological benefits of swearing as a response to pain. Now, fresh from winning the 2014 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, Richard's first popular science book uncovers other pieces of surprising and occasionally bizarre scientific enquiry showing that what we at first perceive as bad can, in fact, be good.

    More pub conversation than science book, Richard's writing style is very accessible - both engaging and humorous. Think wasting time is bad? Not always! Research shows that taking time out can help you solve difficult problems. And if you can't be bothered tidying up, well fine, research shows that people are more creative in a messy environment. Swearing is rude but research shows that in some situations it can be a form of politeness. Swearing can also be used as a tool of persuasion.

    Black Sheep casts a slant on a range of human experiences from life to death, sex to romance, from speed thrills to halting boredom and from drinking alcohol (in moderation) to headily excessive bad language. This is a fascinating left-field tour of the world of psychological science. Get ready for the many hidden benefits of being bad that you really won't have seen coming.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLINK : THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
    BLINK : THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
    GLADWELL MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780141014593
    Title: BLINK : THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
    Author: GLADWELL MALCOLM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's international bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a revolution in the understanding of the mind. An art expert sees a ten-million-dollar sculpture and instantly spots it's a fake. A marriage analyst knows within minutes whether a couple will stay together. A fire-fighter suddenly senses he has to get out of a blazing building. A speed dater clicks with the right person...

    This book is all about those moments when we 'know' something without knowing why. Here Malcolm Gladwell explores the phenomenon of 'blink', showing how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision. By trusting your instincts, he reveals, you'll never think about thinking in the same way again. "Trust my snap judgement, buy this book: you'll be delighted". (The New York Times).

    "Compelling, fiendishly clever". (Evening Standard).

    "Brilliant ...the implications for business, let alone love, are vast". (Observer).

    "Should you buy this book? You already know the answer to that". (Independent on Sunday).


    Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects. His other international bestselling books are Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF IKIGAI : Discover the Japanese Secret to a Long & Happy Life
    BOOK OF IKIGAI : Discover the Japanese Secret to a Long & Happy Life
    DE SURANY CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9781743794944
    Title: BOOK OF IKIGAI : Discover the Japanese Secret to a Long & Happy Life
    Author: DE SURANY CAROLINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ikigai is the Japanese secret to living happily and in good health. Sometimes translated as joie de vivre or raison d’être, it can be understood as the nexus between what brings us pleasure, what we’re naturally talented at and what we believe the world truly needs. In other words, ikigai gives us the feeling that our life makes sense.

    But how do we find our ikigai? That is the purpose of this twelve-week program from reiki master Caroline de Surany. It is packed with relatable anecdotes, inspiration from ancient tradition and more than seventy playful exercises to bring you closer to your own reason for being. It will empower you to understand your own values – where you find connection; how you feel love; what gives you a sense of place in the world – moving you towards a way of life that brings you peace of mind and lasting joy.


    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760632335
    Title: BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a question that many parents with sons are haunted by. Now that Clem is mother to a baby boy of her own, it is a question that haunts her too.

    How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood.

    In Boys Will Be Boys, bestselling and ground-breaking author of Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, dismantles the age-old idea that entitlement, aggression and toxicity are natural realms for boys, and reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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