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  • 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
  • BETA : Quiet Girls Can Run the World - There is More Than One Way to be the Boss
    BETA : Quiet Girls Can Run the World - There is More Than One Way to be the Boss
    HOLMAN REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781473656192
    Title: BETA : Quiet Girls Can Run the World - There is More Than One Way to be the Boss
    Author: HOLMAN REBECCA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Embrace your inner Beta and get ahead - on your own terms.

    What does success look like? 5AM conference calls and late nights in the office? Winning every argument in the office and always getting your own way? What does a successful woman look like? The shoulder-pad wearing Alpha? The dogmatist who rules with an iron fist?

    The reality is far more nuanced. Yet women are still reduced to Alpha boss, or the Beta secretary or assistant but when 47% of the workforce are reduced to two unhelpful stereotypes, how can you embrace your inner Beta and be a success on your own terms?

    It's an important question because the world is changing, fast. Successful companies need people who can lead with emotional intelligence, be flexible to new ideas and adapt their plans when required, leaving their ego at the door. The Beta woman's time is now.

    Beta celebrates the collaborators, the pragmatists, and the people who believe that being nice works and getting your own way isn't always the most important thing. It is a call-to-arms that explores the unsung workforce of Beta women who are being great bosses, great leaders and are still living their own lives: having relationships, making time for friends, having families. Beta inspires confidence and will help you in the workplace.

    Fully researched and rich with interviews, anecdotes and case studies, Beta will be a smart and entertaining read that really explores the role of women in the workplace today.

    Imprint: CORONET
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: $33.00
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 WOE : THE DSM AND THE UNMAKING OF PSYCHIATRY
    BOOK OF WOE : THE DSM AND THE UNMAKING OF PSYCHIATRY
    GREENBERG GARY
    ISBN: 9781922070654
    Title: BOOK OF WOE : THE DSM AND THE UNMAKING OF PSYCHIATRY
    Author: GREENBERG GARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A riveting exposé of the psychiatric profession's bible from psychotherapist Gary Greenberg, revealing the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented - and how suffering has been turned into a commodity. Since its first edition in 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been regarded as the leading authority on mental-health diagnosis and research. But throughout the DSM's various iterations, debate has raged over which psychological problems constitute mental illness - homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973; and Asperger's gained recognition in 1994, only to see its status challenged nearly 20 years later. By examining the history of the DSM and the controversies over its latest revisions, Greenberg challenges the status quo of modern psychiatric practice. He shows how difficult - even impossible - it is to rigorously differentiate mental illness from everyday suffering; and he sheds light on how the politics behind mental-health classification has caused diagnosis rates of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and bipolar disorder to skyrocket.

    Drawing on interviews with people on all sides of the debate, on historical examples, and on case studies from his own practice, Greenberg ultimately argues for a more humanistic approach to psychiatry. A combination of lively reportage and biting analysis, The Book of Woe will prove invaluable for expert and casual readers alike.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOUNCE : THE MYTH OF TALENT AND THE POWER OF PRACTICE
    BOUNCE : THE MYTH OF TALENT AND THE POWER OF PRACTICE
    SYED MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780007350544
    Title: BOUNCE : THE MYTH OF TALENT AND THE POWER OF PRACTICE
    Author: SYED MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everyone knows that David Beckham crosses the ball better than anyone else and that Tiger Woods never "chokes". But what are the hidden factors which allow the most successful sports stars to rise above their competitors - and are they shared by virtuosos in other fields? Matthew Syed, bestselling writer and international table-tennis champion (after many hours of practice) takes us on a revelatory exploration of being the best and the true nature of talent. In so doing he debunks many cherished myths – that we can be born brilliant (and that child prodigies prove it); that we are restricted by our genetic make-up; and that social background matters. He also makes some surprising discoveries, including the impact on performance of intense religious belief, why athletes and others ‘choke' and how a Hungarian man turned his daughters into three of the best chess players in history.Entertaining, provoking and positive, BOUNCE reveals how we can ALL be exceptional.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRAINSTORM : THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF THE TEENGAGE BRAIN
    BRAINSTORM : THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF THE TEENGAGE BRAIN
    SIEGEL DANIEL J
    ISBN: 9781922070944
    Title: BRAINSTORM : THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF THE TEENGAGE BRAIN
    Author: SIEGEL DANIEL J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this groundbreaking book, the bestselling author of Parenting from the Inside Out and The Whole-Brain Child shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children's lives into one of the most rewarding. Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and oftentimes maddening ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers' behaviour and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest forTrue Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest forTrue Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785041754
    Title: BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest forTrue Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.

    ‘True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.’ Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy.
    In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

    Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, ‘True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.’ Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.
    Brown writes, ‘The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.’

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BREAKING MAD : The Insiders Guide to Conquering Anxiety
    BREAKING MAD : The Insiders Guide to Conquering Anxiety
    WILLIAMSON ANNA
    ISBN: 9781472937681
    Title: BREAKING MAD : The Insiders Guide to Conquering Anxiety
    Author: WILLIAMSON ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A kick-ass guide to getting one over on anxiety, stress and other conditions that are holding you back. Written by someone who has been there and got through to the other side.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    MICHIE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781741752137
    Title: BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    Author: MICHIE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of how a corporate communications consultant discovered Buddhism is woven through this bestselling, simply written, inspiring introduction to meditation practice and Buddhist philosophy.

    What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment.

    David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals - the high level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays - but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist centre. There, he began the most important journey of his life.

    In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

    Every once in a while you come across an extraordinary book with the power to change your life. Buddhism for Busy People is one such book.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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