Health & Fitness

May 2022 Featured Books

Menopausing

Menopausing

Author: Davina McCall Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2022

'Menopausing is more than just a book, it's a movement. An uprising. Menopause affects every woman, and yet so many approach it with shame, fear, misinformation or silence. Why is no one talking about this? Who has the correct information? And how can we get it? That's how this book has come about. We are going to tell you the truth, so you can make an informed decision about your life and your body ... mic drop.' For too long, women have had to keep quiet about the menopause - its onset, its symptoms, its treatments - and what it means for us. Menopausing will build an empowered, supportive community to break this terrible silence once and for all. By exploring and explaining the science, debunking damaging myths, and smashing the taboos around the perimenopause and menopause, this book will equip women to make the most informed decisions about their health... and their lives. Menopausing will also celebrate the sharing of stories, enabling women to feel less alone and more understood, and talk openly and positively about menopause. No more scaremongering: just evidence-based info No shame: real women, real menopause stories, real empathy, real community Honest, no-holds-barred advice: Dry vagina? Zero sex drive? Hair loss? We've got it covered The start of a movement: to get everyone talking about the menopause in every home, GP surgery and workspace

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

Author: Anna Mathur Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2022

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums will share advice and support on issues that new mothers face, from A for Anger, to I for Insomnia, providing an empowering pep talk for those days when new mothers need it most. Psychotherapist and mother of three, Anna Mathur, will support readers through the rollercoaster of feelings that come with being a new mum and provide expert advice based on her own professional and personal experiences. Whether you need some quick grounding, a note of compassion, or you want to untangle a feeling, flick to a page for a quick, uplifting moment of much-needed support. There are quick takeaway mantras and action tips for those tight on time, and further reading should you want to explore topics more deeply. This comprehensive A-Z covers everything from baby blues and anxiety to guilt, insomnia, stress, your inner critic and maintaining friendships.

The Mind Manual

The Mind Manual

Author: Alex George Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2022

Dr Alex is on a mission to empower us to make our own health choices, take positive control and feel equipped and inspired to make those small changes today that energise and future-proof for life. 'Health and happiness come from the cumulative effects of many small and positive daily changes to our lifestyle. It's about building sustainable and healthy habits - taking small and purposeful steps to a healthy future. By the end of the book I hope my readers have developed their own "bespoke health toolkit" to be used across every aspect of their lives, and to make long-lasting and meaningful change.' What you do consistently has a direct impact on your day-to-day health, your immune system, your mental health, your metabolism, your bone density, your heart health, your blood pressure, your energy levels and how you fight disease genreally. Your lifestyle is often your body's biggest support system and the more robust you can make that, the more you can rely on it to get you through. Think of it like your life insurance policy.

BeYOUtiful Radiate confidence, celebrate difference and express yourself

BeYOUtiful Radiate confidence, celebrate difference and express yourself

Author: Shelina Janmohamed Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2022

Here’s a book parents are going to want to share with their daughters, as it celebrates confidence, difference and everything that makes us feel happy in ourselves. Shelina Janmohamed was inspired to write it by a conversation with her own young daughter and the approach she takes is clear, fun and full of information that young people will find stimulating and useful. She’s open that how you feel about the way you look matters but shows that, as ideas of beauty are always changing, across cultures and time, beauty can be what you want it to be. She introduces us to lots of women, all regarded as beautiful, who challenged conventional ideas of beauty, confident in themselves and their bodies and encourages readers to be the same. She explores the role of social media, enabling readers to look critically at images they are shown and form their own opinions. The text is always engaging and supportive, and the photos and accompanying illustrations by Chanté Timothy amplify the message being delivered. Inclusive, intelligent and inspiring, this is an empowering examination of a topic that has been preoccupying girls for centuries. Shelve it alongside Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be by Gemma Cairney, another invaluable illustrated guide to navigating growing up.

The Hairy Dieters' Simple Healthy Food

The Hairy Dieters' Simple Healthy Food

Author: Hairy Bikers Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2022

The nation's favourite food heroes, aka the Hairy Dieters, are back to show you that losing weight and staying healthy doesn't mean losing out on taste and enjoyment. With more than 80 great new recipes, Si and Dave prove that healthy food can be delicious food - and also easy, accessible and affordable. With the abundance of health and nutrition information being published, it can be hard to keep up with what's good for you and what's not; what the latest advice is on low-fat products; or what you need to know about gut health or high fibre diets. As consumers, we are constantly bombarded by conflicting messages about what to eat and when - and unsurprisingly this can become overwhelming. Ten years on from the release of their first, multi-million copy selling diet book, THE HAIRY DIETERS, Si and Dave are aware of how confusing this can be. THE HAIRY DIETERS: SIMPLE HEALTHY FOOD is here to provide clear, simple nutritional ground rules - based on the advice of medical experts, including Professor Roy Taylor, and professional athletes - and delicious low-cal recipes to help you eat well, lose weight and stay healthy for the long term. This book is brimming with good-hearted healthy food, including tasty ways to start the day, light takes on lunch, speedy snacks, satisfying dinners and brilliant batch-cook basics. All made with easy-to-find ingredients and packed with the Hairy Bikers' trademark knockout flavours, so you won't feel like you're missing out when you cook from this book - these are healthy meals that the whole family will love.

England on Fire

England on Fire

Author: Stephen Ellcock Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/05/2022

A stunningly provocative and thought-provoking book viewing England from a different perspective, one where: “magic and rebellion and destruction are the horses to which the country is hitched. On these fabled shores we are all castaways, whether our family has lived here for four thousand years or four”. Stephen Ellcock’s books are particular favourites of mine, I regularly dip into All Good Things, and The Book of Change. Here he has joined forces with Mat Osman, whose short texts sit as an introduction to each chapter where the images chosen are allowed to sing. I love Mat’s introduction! He perfectly describes Stephen’s talent for choosing images and picking up on the thoughts and feelings of the moment. He also brings England to life: “Like a teenager sulking in their room, England is in one of its periodic spasms of insularity - but no matter, we’ve been here before”. Look deeper, explore roots that are bound to the ancient and to wilderness, join protests and anti-fascist marches, adore our absurdity while remaining aware of our capacity for division  and discord. While our dark times are explored, hope springs in the form of a new breed of artists, the images chosen here matter, they speak of and to our deepest emotions. This book has helped me to feel connected again with the country in which I live, my eyes opened in a new awareness. A LoveReading Star book, England on Fire is truly beautiful, it’s astute, inclusive, and absolutely magical.

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Emotional Magnetism: How to Communicate to Ignite Connection in Your Relationships

Emotional Magnetism: How to Communicate to Ignite Connection in Your Relationships

Author: Sandy Gerber Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2022

I absolutely loved this book by Sandy Gerber. I've read a few books about effective communication, and attended a few courses through the workplace, as this is something I am really interested in - the different ways we communicate, and how we can understand this to improve our relationships in all areas of our lives. It isn't just about the workplace! Sandy Gerber has a clear voice, and was able to articulate the different ways we communicate in simple, easy to understand language, with relatable examples to help our understanding. I found doing the quiz at the back really fun, and helped me to learn even more about my communication style and blocks. I honestly think everyone would benefit from reading this book, and have already recommended it to a few of my friends. Lucy Caruana, A LoveReading Ambassador

Indie Books We Love
Sorrow and Bliss

Sorrow and Bliss

Author: Meg Mason Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2022

It’s hard to believe it’s a debut as the challenging subject matter of depression is handled with such a deft touch. So dark, it’s pitch, pitch black. Yet so so sensitive. It’s a masterclass in ascerbic narration and perfectly pitches the dark and the light. When we first meet Martha, she talks about her husband Patrick with such disdain, such boredom and he comments that Martha can supply anyone with an inventory of his flaws. But then everyone thinks he’s perfection, so sweet, so kind, living his life in the middle setting with Martha swinging between the extremes. So where does it all go wrong? Narrated in the aftermath of their separation, Martha is forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, eccentric, bohemian parents this book is filled with laughs and tears. At the heart of the novel is long term mental illness, the crushing depression with which Martha has battled since childhood, a depression which comes in waves for weeks or months at a time. However, it’s never named in the book; what is more important is Martha’s quest to know herself, to work out who is she is and why she never seems able to find contentment. It’s hilarious. It’s brilliant. It’s a sharp observational and witty book of huge talent and I can’t wait to read more of what Meg Mason has to offer.

Books of the Month
Social Media Survival Guide

Social Media Survival Guide

Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2022

Benefitting from very clear and attractively designed pages to highlight information and with quirky appealing illustrations and a friendly, informative, but non-patronising and non-lecturing tone, this is a book which will attract readers to pick it up and engage with it. The tone of voice is particularly important to the sensitive pre-teen age group it is aimed at. They are growing up fast and want to be treated with respect and not just given stern warnings and rules they should stick to. In this case while dealing comprehensively with topics such as privacy settings, direct messaging, bullying, appearance-enhancing filters, influencers and fake news, it is taken for granted that the reader will make up their own minds and have their own choices. By using open ended questioning, literal screen shots of conversations and interactions and explaining how things work and what impact and consequences your actions can have, the reader feels respected. A popular additional feature of Usborne books has been the Usborne.com/Quicklinks facility where useful websites and other resources linked to book can be found. This used to particularly good effect with this title. Throughout the book you are pointed towards additional information and support around topics such as body image, bullying and mental health, as well as direct links to the tools for reporting inappropriate behaviour and images. Safety, mental health and wellbeing are prioritised throughout this extremely useful guide. A must for school libraries and one that parents will want to have available in the home for their own information too- the excellent glossary will be very helpful to the less media savvy amongst us!

Riding Out

Riding Out

Author: Simon Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/04/2022

Simon Parker’s 3,400 mile bike ride which begins and ends at Muckle Flugga in Shetland would have been remarkable at any time. Instead he ventures out into the murky throes of a pandemic, pursued by his own troubles which are then further exacerbated by news of a close friend’s death. His journey, like all journeys, is a metaphor for life, a journey of self discovery interwoven with observation and the freedom granted by just ‘passing through’. This metaphor is brought into sharp focus when he is unable to attend the funeral of his friend but pays his respects from a pavement. It is a heartbreaking picture that like much of the book exposes the author’s vulnerability but also the truth that every moment is a crossroads - even when it’s an ending. Despite some moments of darkness the book is very humorous and Parker spins many a good yarn as he pedals down and then back up the country. Collectively the land is broken, fractured by a virus, confused by rules and moral dilemmas, tormented by grief and worry. In all this our traveller finds hope through adventure. Somehow by threading his way around our island it is as if the author has stitched it back together again, patching things up and making it strong once more. Riding Out can be read as an inspiring cycling travelogue, but it is also a record of a very strange time for which many of us paid a price, not only for a lockdown bike, but with our mental health.

The Hedgerow Apothecary Forager's Handbook

The Hedgerow Apothecary Forager's Handbook

Author: Christine Iverson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2022

Before picking up the Forager’s Handbook, the practice of ‘foraging’ seemed to me something of a dark art or perhaps even an act of desperation. Having spent a few evenings with this book, I now find myself planning trips out of town to hunt for beech nuts that I can make coffee with, or elderflower to create my own cordial. It’s so obvious, of course, that the countryside is packed with wild plants that provide remedies, health foods, and hold secrets that can be put to other uses in the home. We're just not looking anymore. Over the past centuries our knowledge of foraging has slipped away, like so many things, as we’ve sacrificed simple and sustainable living for mass manufacture and distribution. Author Christine Iverson writes, “When I go foraging in the hedgerows I feel I am following in the footsteps of our ancestors.” There is no doubt an emotional, or perhaps even spiritual benefit to be gained from ‘living off the land’ as much as possible, and discovering the gifts that nature has tucked away for us in the hedgerows. Helpfully, this apothecary focuses very much on the practical. It is arranged by season so you know what you have a chance of finding when you venture out, how to identify what you are looking for, and of course what the common uses are for what you find. The Forager’s Handbook is a wonderful companion to inspire a fun day out, but also to slip into your pocket as you stroll along should the opportunity for some spontaneous foraging arise.

See No Stranger

See No Stranger

Author: Valarie Kaur Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2022

I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of Valarie Kaur before reading her memoir, See No Stranger. She’s led a fascinating life: from a childhood in California and university education at Stamford, to becoming a legal observer at Guantanamo Bay and documentary-maker on gun violence and racial injustice. Kaur is now a renowned activist championing compassion. Her rallying cry in See No Stranger is for us to embrace ‘revolutionary love’ – a philosophy to show love to everyone, even our enemies. Kaur’s own troubling experiences make her pledge to end animosity all the more applaudable, and she provides steps on how we can reach that stage. Readers who enjoy memoir mixed with self-help and spirituality will find Kaur’s kind words a balm for these divisive times. 

Being You The Body Image Book for Boys

Being You The Body Image Book for Boys

Author: Charlotte Markey, Daniel Hart, Douglas Zacher Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2022

From early childhood boys often feel pressured to be athletic and muscular. But what impact does this have on physical and mental well-being through their teens and beyond? Worryingly, a third of teen boys are trying to 'bulk up' due to body dissatisfaction, and boys and men account for 25% of eating disorder cases. What can we tell our boys to help them feel happy and confident simply being themselves? Being You has the answers! It's an easy-to-read, evidence-based guide to developing a positive body image for boys aged 12+. It covers all the facts on puberty, diet, exercise, self-care, mental health, social media, and everything in-between. Boys will find answers to the questions most on their mind, the truth behind many diet and exercise myths, and real-life stories from other boys. Armed with this book, they will understand that muscles don't make a man - it's enough simply being you! For more scholarly articles and web pages with information about body image, see the companion website to this book: www.theBodyImageBookforBoys.com

Manifest

Manifest

Author: Roxie Nafousi Format: Audiobook Release Date: 06/01/2022

The first truly practical guide to manifesting, the hugely popular self-development practice that will change your life for good . . . Written and narrated by self-development coach and 'Queen of Manifesting' Roxie Nafousi, this is the essential guide to anyone and everyone wanting to feel more empowered in their lives. In just seven simple steps you can understand the true art of manifestation and create the life you have always dreamed of. Whether you want to attract your soulmate, land the perfect job, buy the home you have always wanted, or simply find more inner-peace and confidence, Manifest will teach you exactly how to get there. Discover Roxie's seven-step guide: 1. Be clear in your vision 2. Remove fear and doubt 3. Align your behaviour 4. Overcome tests from the universe 5. Embrace gratitude without caveats 6. Turn envy into inspiration 7. Trust in the universe A meeting of science and wisdom, manifesting is a philosophy and a self-development practice to help you reach for your goals, cultivate self-love and live your best life. Unlock the magic for yourself and begin your journey to turning your dreams into reality.

Audiobooks of the Month
Accountability: Facing The Truth To Discover Self-Empowerment

Accountability: Facing The Truth To Discover Self-Empowerment

Author: Laura Strobel Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2021

‘Accountability: Facing The Truth To Discover Self-Empowerment’ by Laura Strobel is a work of narrative non-fiction that shows the ramifications of a domestic incident through the American judicial system. An argument that ended in a punch and an aborted phone call to 911 turns Aurora’s life on it’s head when she is arrested for striking her husband. Through the narrative we see her shock and horror at being arrested, her 2 days in custody and the state mandated action required following her release. Aurora hears stories of violently abusive relationships, drug and alcohol dependency and more as she struggles to see the connection between her own situation and those around her. The book’s title ‘Accountability’ leaps out at the page as it slowly dawns that, regardless of her thoughts about those around her, Aurora is responsible for her own actions, actions which led to the consequences she experiences. As an outside reader it is clear to see the shock and denial as Aurora repeatedly asserts the punishment she’s enduring isn’t meant for her. There is irony at her repeatedly balling her fists and feeling fury while protesting that she did nothing wrong and is undeserving of the punishment. It is easy for the reader to relate to Aurora, everyone experiences anger from time to time, and this book shows one of the drastic consequences of not having the tools to properly manage it. Aurora’s denial comes across very strongly at the start of the book and I would have liked to see her feelings of accountability come across equally strongly towards the end of the book. Moments like her final meeting with the probation officer where her inner monologue is quite flippant and she states she has been “vindicated” I thought detracted from the book’s intended message of accountability -being responsible for and accepting the consequences of your own actions, whether you like them or not. This book has been written with honesty and although it has been edited to be a piece of narrative non-fiction it must have taken a great deal of courage to share this story in detail. ‘Accountability’ offers insight into the American judicial system and there are plenty of discussion points, helped by the questions included at the end. An interesting book that allows the reader to reflect on their own actions as they read. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

The Kickass Couple 7 Secrets to Transform Your Relationship

The Kickass Couple 7 Secrets to Transform Your Relationship

Author: Dr Gloria Lee Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2021

The Kickass Couple 7 Secrets to Transform Your Relationship is written by Dr. Gloria Lee, a clinical psychologist. This book will be beneficial to all couples, no matter their ages or stage of the relationship. Dr. Lee aims to empower and support couples. Single people will also benefit from this information, so they can apply it when they are in a relationship. Dr. Lee explains that by understanding our own attachment styles/needs and those of our romantic partner; we can create an unbreakable, fulfilling partnership. She uses three sources of information: research, her own childhood experiences, and the insights gained from her clinical work with couples. This is a concise book, consisting of nine chapters. She begins by defining what a “kickass” couple is. She then explains how the quality of our relationships with our primary caregivers (our childhood attachment template) affect our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about relationships. It also affects our reactions and behaviour with partners. She discusses triggers, which are unresolved childhood wounds/needs. When couples are aware of their partner’s attachment styles, they can help each other move towards secure attachment and a more fulfilling relationship. She presents us with real-life stories from couples and stories from her own experiences in her childhood and marriage. She also gives tips on improving communication. She explains all the relevant theories logically. This book is helpful and easy to understand. Furthermore, I found it optimistic and encouraging. I highly recommend it. Susan Gibbs, A LoveReading Ambassador

Indie Books We Love

April 2022 Featured Books

Saint Death's Daughter

Saint Death's Daughter

Author: C. S. E. Cooney Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

Life gets complicated when Death gets involved. To be born into a family of royal assassins pretty much guarantees that your life is going to be... rather unusual. Especially if, like Miscellaneous Lanie Stones, you also have a vicious allergy to all forms of violence and bloodshed, and an uncanny affinity for bringing the dead back to life. To make matters worse, family debt looms - a debt that will have to be paid sooner rather than later if Lanie and her sister are to retain ownership of the ancestral seat, Stones Manor. Lanie finds herself courted and threatened by powerful parties who would love to use her worryingly intimate relationship with the goddess of death for their own nefarious ends. But the goddess has other plans...

Witches

Witches

Author: Brenda Lozano Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

Ancestral legacies and the power of female voices — Brenda Lozano’s Witches is a beguiling Pandora’s box of a book. Exploring two Mexicos through three women – an indigenous healer, a trans woman, and a journalist – the parallel narratives of two of the women are divinely interwoven to create a uniquely captivating story that packs long-lingering punch. “I am a shaman but most call me a curandera, that is how I am known. Some call me a bruja, a witch…I heal things people have lived in the past, so I heal what they live in the present. And so people say also that I heal their future”. So speaks the enticing voice of Feliciana, an indigenous healer who lives in a traditional-minded village in the Mexican province of Jalisco. When her cousin Paloma, a fellow healer, is murdered, a journalist from Mexico City goes to Feliciana’s village to report on her death. The challenges of being female in a macho society, the tussle between values of the past and the present, and the elemental need to understand one’s place in the world are potently evoked through the women’s stories, with the journalist discovering her true voice  through embracing Feliciana and Paloma’s experiences.

The Slimming Foodie in One

The Slimming Foodie in One

Author: Pip Payne Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The bestselling Slimming Foodie is back with a fantastic new collection of slimming recipes. These dishes are as tasty as ever but even simpler to prepare, as they can all be made in one pot, pan, tray or dish. The Slimming Foodie is known for her simple approach to food; she's a firm believer that you don't need to spend hours in the kitchen to deliver amazing results, nor do you have to completely change your eating habits to lose weight. With Pip's clever swaps and cooking techniques, you can slim down while still enjoying all your favourite foods - it's a modern weight-loss method that puts flavour first. In her first book, the Slimming Foodie showed us how easy and enjoyable slimming recipes can be. Now she has made dinnertime even simpler by creating delicious all-in-one meals with surprisingly few calories. From flash-in-the-pan dinners to slow-cooked comforts, you will find something for the whole family to enjoy without fuss and with minimal washing up! The Slimming Foodie in One is made up of seven chapters, each one reflecting a different method of one-pot cooking: Chapter 1: In a Pot Includes Pizza mac 'n' cheese, Chicken lemon pepperpot and Jumbled cottage pie Chapter 2: In a Pan Includes Black bean & mushroom dal, Special chow mein and Kofta meatballs with harissa chickpea sauce Chapter 3: In a Tray Includes Bombay burritos, Roesti-topped fish pie and Cheeseburger balls with loaded chippies Chapter 4: Soup-er Includes Arrabbiata orzo soup, Salmon & miso broth and Chicken & prawn laksa Chapter 5: In a Slow-cooker Includes White chicken chilli, Coffee-rubbed barbecue pulled pork and Fakeaway doner kebab Chapter 6: All in the Prep Includes Tex-mex macaroni, Crunchy Japanese-style rice salad and Chickpea & tuna salad Chapter 7: Jazz it Up Includes Speedy preserved lemons, Ketchup with a kick and Veggie salsa verde

The Glow Plan

The Glow Plan

Author: Abigail James Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2022

Abigail James wants you to use The Glow Plan to feel beautiful, inside and out. Beauty is not about perfection, but about feeling happy in your skin and the inner glow that comes from cultivating self-care. This book shows you how, presenting a 4-week programme to uncover your inner and outer radiance. Week by week, it offers simple but incredibly effective facial massage exercises as well as wellbeing tips that will ensure your inner calm shines through your skin. You will learn how to: Optimize mental health through restorative mindfulness and self-care practices Improve your skin through movement using yoga and breathing techniques Get your skin glowing by following the 4-week facial massage programme which also targets specific problem areas such as neck and jawline, droopy eyelids, tired and lacklustre skin Integrating practical facial massage with inspirational lifestyle tips, including nutrition advice and yoga techniques, The Glow Plan is a revolutionary programme for achieving healthier, firmer and radiant skin

Everyday Ways to Save Our Planet

Everyday Ways to Save Our Planet

Author: Laura Tobin Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2022

With over 200 “sustainable swaps” for families to implement, Everyday Ways to Save Our Planet by TV meteorologist Laura Tobin is a personal, practical and achievable guide to countering climate change. Written in response to many people feeling overwhelmed by what they can personally do to make a difference, Tobin takes us back to basics by breaking down the science in clear terms, before explaining how we can all do our bit to have a collective big impact, and it’s all underpinned by an inclusive can-do outlook: “My philosophy is that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something”. Sharing anecdotes from her own family's experiences, Tobin takes readers through areas of everyday life — from energy, water and transport, to how we manage our bathrooms, gardens and kitchens. Alongside fact files and infographics that make for sobering reading, we're presented with fixes to habits that hurt the environment. We can, for example, all easily brew our tea better, bathe better, and buy better. In short, Everyday Ways to Save Our Planet is an informative and welcoming step-by-step resource for anyone who isn’t sure how to start living their best eco-friendly life.

Amongst Our Weapons

Amongst Our Weapons

Author: Ben Aaronovitch Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2022

PRE-ORDER THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED BRAND NEW NOVEL IN THE #1 BESTSELLING RIVERS OF LONDON SERIES NOW There is a world hidden underneath this great city... The London Silver Vaults - for well over a century, the largest collection of silver for sale in the world. It has more locks than the Bank of England and more cameras than a celebrity punch-up. Not somewhere you can murder someone and vanish without a trace - only that's what happened. The disappearing act, the reports of a blinding flash of light and memory loss amongst the witnesses all make this a case for Detective Constable Peter Grant and the Special Assessment Unit. Alongside their boss DCI Thomas Nightingale, the SAU find themselves embroiled in a mystery that encompasses London's tangled history, foreign lands and, most terrifying of all, the North! And Peter must solve this case soon because back home his partner Beverley is expecting twins any day now. But what he doesn't know is that he's about to encounter something - and somebody - that nobody ever expects... Effortlessly original, endlessly inventive and hugely entertaining - step into the world of the much-loved, Number One bestselling Rivers of London series. 

Get Changed

Get Changed

Author: Kat Farmer Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2022

Get Changed is for the countless women out there who are wondering whether they know who they are anymore. Loss of identity is an experience all too familiar to Instagram style guru and professional stylist Kat Farmer. In her own life, she found that fashion helped her regenerate herself and rediscover her confidence. In Get Changed, Kat's authentic, down-to-earth voice, trademark humour, and insights into some of her personal anxieties make you feel like she's right there in the room with you. The book delivers the personal stylist experience to readers, a step-by-step practical guide to building the ultimate new wardrobe. Borrowing from the structure of a recipe book, the prep, the ingredients and the method, Kat breaks down the process with easy-to-remember tips and tricks; the reader will come away inspired and confident that they can build a wardrobe of clothes they love. Most importantly, Kat will show that finding your confidence again and discovering the new you can be as simple as getting changed. The book covers all the basics - sorting out and assessing your current wardrobe, working out what works for your body type and your lifestyle, how to shop successfully, key wardrobe pieces (crucially that will work together) all tackled with Kat's helpful, warm and funny approach.

Life Lines What Your Handwriting Says About You

Life Lines What Your Handwriting Says About You

Author: Tracey Trussell Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2022

Framed in the context of graphology dating back to the time of Confucius (“it did not just rock up in the twentieth century”), and underpinned by the belief that analysing a person’s handwriting can “uncover pretty much everything – someone’s character, behaviour, skill sets, values, aspirations and proclivities, core motivation and potential”, Life Lines by Tracey Trussell offers readers clearly presented, comprehensive insights into this fascinating field, with a distinctly holistic approach. Part One presents an intriguing compilation of personal and professional case studies that set out to show how “handwriting is intrinsically and unequivocally linked to the brain, inadvertently supplying a direct line to the human mind”, pointing out how people might hide their true character through their handwriting, revealing fears, insecurities and contradictions to the trained eye. It’s also fascinating on the way our handwriting changes through time, and how couples’ compatibility might be seen through the way they write. Part Two covers “the mental health landscape”, with up-to-the-minute detail on the effects of the pandemic, and how the likes of stress, dementia and criminality manifests itself through handwriting, while the section on the ”humanity of handwriting” makes a powerful case for why we should continue to write by hand in this era of communicating via keyboards and touch screens.

Woman, Eating

Woman, Eating

Author: Claire Kohda Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2022

Funny, unsettling and searingly affecting Claire Kohda’s Woman, Eating is a devour-in-one-sitting kind of novel. A feverish feast of female-centred fiction that explores our fundamental yearning to belong, and our complex relationship with food, hunger and our bodies through a brilliantly-bold, freshly-told twist on vampire tales. Lydia’s vampiric condition is revealed in wry style when she rents a studio space for artists. For a few pages, her sensitivity to sun and light could be interpreted as a medical affliction, before bam! We learn of Lydia’s struggle to source fresh pigs’ blood, and that her institutionalised, centuries-old mother was responsible for turning her into the part-human, part-demon she now exists as. An existence that’s left her unbearably isolated, feeling “like my body is a puppet”, and with a complex relationship to hunger and food. While she can’t digest the kind of sustenance humans enjoy, Lydia is acutely aware of the way humans “give food a lot of power…If you lose control in your life, you can find control in your food”. This is the first time Lydia has lived apart from her mother. Her loneliness is excruciating, and exacerbated when she meets new people at the studio and during her gallery internship. Lydia’s longing for physical and emotional closeness is palpable, as is her struggle to contain her impulse to feed herself fresh blood. Alongside this, the novel explores colonialism as vampirism — Lydia is a young British woman born to a Japanese father and a Malaysian mother whose father was “a white British man who had arrived in Malaysia as part of a colonising power. He ate many women, but for some reason had her drink from him so she would become what he was”. Such questions around identity and an intense sense of hunger sear through this uniquely powerful novel.

Books of the Month
You, Happier

You, Happier

Author: Daniel Amen Format: Audiobook Release Date: 22/03/2022

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen reveals the seven neuroscience secrets to becoming more than 30 percent happier in just 30 days?regardless of your age, upbringing, genetics, or current situation. Happiness is a brain function. With a healthier brain always comes a happier life. After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Amen has discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. In You, Happier, he explains them and offers practical, science-based strategies for optimizing your happiness. Dr. Amen will teach you how to discover your brain type based on your personality and create happiness strategies best suited to you; improve your overall brain health to consistently enhance your mood; protect your happiness by distancing yourself from the "noise" in your head; and make seven simple decisions and ask seven daily questions to enhance your happiness. Creating consistent happiness is a daily journey. In You, Happier, Dr. Amen walks you through neuroscience-based habits, rituals, and choices that will boost your mood and help you live each day with clearly defined values, purpose, and goals.

Audiobooks of the Month
Wisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be Bought

Wisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be Bought

Author: Jason A. Merchey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2022

Philosophising over the many different facets of wisdom. ‘Wisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be Bought’ by Jason A. Merchey is a look into the idea that wisdom in its many forms is needed to achieve ultimate contentment and satisfaction in life, yet seems to be the one thing that's lacking most from society. Although the author’s main focus and context is in America - it’s people, government and actions (by this I mean the author relates his ideas back to Trump, how America handled the COVID-19 pandemic etc.), the broad scope of ideas throughout this book could be applicable to anyone reading. Each chapter focuses on it’s own area of wisdom including: altruism, emotional regulation, critical thinking, empathy, self-discipline and open mindedness. I liked the layout of this book and that you can read from cover to cover or skip to the sections you have more of an interest in exploring. At the end of each section you can also find that the author has shared an additional “inspirational array of thoughts, beliefs, and quotations from many individuals throughout the ages”. A multifaceted and detailed book that has been well-researched and put together in a way that is clear and easy to understand. ‘Wisdom’ is a book for those with an interest in sociology and philosophy as well as self-improvement. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Author: Annie Burdick Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2022

This is a joyful and handy book which focuses on guidance for finding happiness and living in tune with your own personal piece of the great outdoors. Over the past few years we’ve found ourselves at home more than we might normally wish to be, and for those of us lucky enough to have them, we have grown to love our gardens even more. Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul cuts to the chase, zooming in on anything and everything in the garden that can bring you fulfilment, calm and well-being. Turning the traditional gardening book on its head this comes from the point of view of why gardens are good for us and includes sections on everything from mood-boosting and fitness to sensory experience and spiritual wellness. I particularly liked the pages dedicated to creativity and the ideas around music, art and writing in the garden - a far cry from facing up to the chores of weeding or mowing the lawn! This book has given me all sorts of inspiration for turning my garden into a stress-busting source of energy and has opened me up to the possibilities of its healing gifts. If you ever find yourself wanting to run away and escape the stresses of modern living, you may discover through this book that the answer is closer to home than you thought.

Maximise Your Child’s Performance

Maximise Your Child’s Performance

Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/01/2022

Jennie Segar is a mother who has worked as a teacher, tutor, nanny, and governess all over the world. She found it rewarding to nurture young minds. Maximise Your Child’s Performance is the result of her wanting to share this knowledge. It is an interesting and helpful resource. The book is compact and comprehensive and covers several topics. It is filled with practical advice gained from Segar’s own experiences and research. Segar has taken all the common sense information we already know to be beneficial for children’s development, added other relevant information, and put it together in one impactful book. Segar gets straight to the point and reminds caregivers to give consequences in steps and to try to find a way to say “yes” to some part of a request rather than “no” to everything. She briefly discusses educational toys, the usefulness of Karate and Yoga, and the advantages of learning a musical instrument. She also mentions the importance of sharing stories and being creative, the importance of free time, organised activities, and free play. She stresses the importance of good nutrition and good quality sleep. Segar also includes a chapter on technology and its impact and the benefits of animals/pets. There also is an addendum at the back of the book with sentence starters that can be used for creative writing with middle school students. I recommend this book to all carers of young children and anyone interested in maximizing the potential of young minds.  Susan Gibbs, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Awaken Your Power Within

Awaken Your Power Within

Author: Gerry Hussey Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/12/2021

With years of helping clients strip back learned behaviours and remove blockers to success, Hussey has a brilliant track record in building high performance teams and supporting individuals – and he brings this to the masses in Awaken Your Power. With meditations, exercises and prompts for journaling, this is a usable guide to keep you on track and you’ll find yourself scribbling away as you read to make sure you capture the wise words within and manifest the. This book documents Hussey’s journey from a shy boy with little self-confidence to the man he is today full of belief with a wealth of experience. He shares this journey so that we too can learn from his experiences and to empower us to grow and embark upon our own development journey. It will challenge you. You will resist some of it. Change is not always easy. But immerse yourself in these and be open to possibilities. You won’t regret it, we promise!  The LoveReading LitFest invited Greg Hussey to the festival to talk about Awaken Your Power Within.  The digitally native, all year round, online literature and books festival, with new content released every week is a free-for-all-users festival. What are you waiting for? Check out a preview of the event and sign up to become a member. 

You Only Live Thrice Perspective is a Superpower

You Only Live Thrice Perspective is a Superpower

Author: Karl Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2021

 ‘You Only Live Thrice Perspective is a Superpower’ by Karl Perry is the author’s account of undergoing procedures to attempt to correct atrial fibrillation, followed by surviving a cardiac arrest and the heart bypass that followed. Having a close relative experience a heart attack around a year ago, I could relate to and understand the experiences and thoughts that the author describes throughout the book as well as some of the procedures described. I can relate most to witnessing the change in perspective, the letting go of the little stressors (for the most part) and a shift in focus towards the bigger picture. There’s plenty of irreverence and humour at the different awkward situations experienced during his hospital stay alongside the difficulty and worry. I found Chapter 13 and the account of Perry’s cardiac arrest written by his wife to be particularly poignant and emotive. Although the author’s heart issues and recovery from them are the main focus of this book, the author also goes on to include the loss of his mother and the closing of his business as part of this memoir. The writing throughout is open, reflective and despite dealing with loss, pain and trauma has an uplifting tone. The author’s intention to grow from these negative life events and the milestones and achievements that the author has managed to achieve since his cardiac arrest are truly inspiring and demonstrates the power of changing his perspective. This really is an encouraging read. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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The Elements of Investing

The Elements of Investing

Author: Burton G. Malkiel, Charles D. Ellis Format: Audiobook Release Date: 27/08/2019

In his classic book The Elements of Style, Professor William Strunk Jr. whittled down the art of powerful writing to a few basic rules. Forty years later, E.B. White initiated a revision, and thus The Elements of Style became known as Strunk & White. Following this same format, authors Charles Ellis and Burton Malkiel, two of the investment world's greatest thinkers, have combined their talents to produce The Elements of Investing-a short, straight-talking audio book about investing and saving that will put you on a path towards a lifetime of financial success. The Elements of Investing lays to rest the popular shibboleths that undergird the hyperactive trading of the average investor. In it, Malkiel and Ellis skillfully focus their message to address the essentials and offer a set of simple, but powerful thoughts on how to avoid Mr. Market and his "loser's game," and instead enjoy the "winner's game" approach to investing. All the investment rules and principles you need to know are here-with clear advice on how to follow them. In just a few hours of listening time, you will learn all you need to know to be truly successful in investing. Divided into five essential elements of investing this little audio book packs a big message that can help secure your financial future all the way through retirement. Topics touched upon include:  Diversifying broadly over different types of securities with low-cost "total market" index funds and different asset types-and why this is important  Focusing on the long term instead of following market fluctuations that are likely to lead to costly investing mistakes  Using employer-sponsored plans to supercharge your savings and minimize your taxes  And much, much more. A disciplined approach to investing, complemented by understanding is all you need to enjoy success. This practical guide explains what you really need to know and puts you on the right course for long-term success through all kinds of markets.

Audiobooks of the Month

March 2022 Featured Books

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Author: Dr. Rangan Chatterjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2022

Happiness is good for your health. Learn how to nurture yours. During his 20 years as a GP, Dr Rangan Chatterjee has seen first-hand how motivation isn't always enough for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's only when we learn how to support our own mental wellbeing and cultivate core happiness that these choices become easy. In his latest book, Dr Chatterjee shares cutting-edge insights into the science of happiness and reveals 10 simple ways to put you back in control of your health. It features real-life case studies and over 20 practical exercises, including lessons on how to: Treat yourself with respect Improve your relationship with your phone Deal with criticism Whether you are at a crisis point or simply want to experience more joy, this book will help you feel calmer, more confident, and able to live your life to the full. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE LATEST BOOK FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FEEL BETTER IN 5

Feel Good Food

Feel Good Food

Author: Joe Wicks Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2022

Make the food that makes your day What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel. From energy-boosting breakfasts to satisfying family feasts, the food you eat can transform your day. So I've created over 100 quick and tasty recipes that will put a spring in your step and have you feeling your best. With easy weeknight dinners and home-cooking hacks, energy-packed snacks and delicious food to feed a crowd, these nutritious meals are designed for energy and balance, and take the stress out of healthy home cooking. Packed with feel good food that everyone will love, it's never been easier to eat well. Joe Wicks was a number 1 Sunday Times Manuals bestseller in the w/e June 13th 2021

Move More At Your Desk

Move More At Your Desk

Author: Kerrie-Anne Bradley Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2022

A practical guide to show you small, simple, varied and doable ways to move more so that your body is less stiff, stronger, more energized and feels good. It focuses on movements you can easily do throughout the day – whether in the office or at home. Most of us sit still for the majority of the day at our desks, not to mention hours binge watching Netflix. No self-respecting cat gets up without stretching, but humans have forgotten this need for regular movement. Back ache, migraines, RSI and even digestion issues can be aggravated by sitting still for too long. Move More At Your Desk shows you how to improve your sitting posture, strengthen, stretch and improve flexibility, to counter the issues caused by too little movement. Illustrated throughout, the book is divided into 5 sections presenting movement snacks you can choose throughout your day: -Neck and shoulders - Moving your spine - Legs and hips - Hands and wrists - Breathing. Each section provides exercises, tips and tricks targeting areas that are badly affected by stiffness and pain. Build new habits, learn how to move just a bit more each day, and within four weeks aches and pains will be gone, you will feel more energized, positive and alive at work. Move More At Your Desk will give you everything you need to improve your overall health, posture and core strength.

You Can Have a Better Period

You Can Have a Better Period

Author: Le'Nise Brothers Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2022

A practical guide to understanding your cycle and balancing your hormones with nutrition, lifestyle changes and yoga for calmer, less painful periods. Written by Le’Nise Brothers, a nutritional therapist, yoga teacher and popular women’s health coach, You Can Have A Better Period is a straight-talking resource to help women understand their menstrual cycles and finally get answers to questions such as: “why am I so moody right before my period?”, “are periods supposed to be so painful?”, “why is my period so heavy?”, “is it normal to get headaches right before my period?” and more. Le'Nise takes us through each phase of our cycle, including clear and practical nutrition and lifestyle changes. The book explains which supplements work and the key stress management habits we can implement to bring long-lasting and sustainable changes to our hormones and menstrual health. In Western society, we have accepted a cultural narrative that periods are supposed to be painful, emotional and messy. This book is a practical guide that helps women change the way they look at their period and menstrual cycle to finally harness the power of the fifth vital sign.

Mama A World of Mothers and Motherhood

Mama A World of Mothers and Motherhood

Author: Hélène Delforge, Quentin Gréban Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/02/2022

Undoubtedly a beautiful gift to give and share for Mother’s Day, Mama also makes the perfect present for mums-to-be, new mothers, and long-time mamas. Hélène Delforge's stirring, honest words are a universal, lyrical wonder, with Quentin Gréban's portraits of mothers from all corners of the globe, across many different eras, infused with life, love and radiant detail. Mama presents a journey through motherhood in all its complexity from those first steps, first words, first giggle, first exclamation of “Mama!” and first “I love you”, through to worries about the world — how mothers need to be “a fortress against the hardships of the world”. Then there are those guilt-inducing remarks, the conflicting “unwanted advice” about breastfeeding, bottles, how to handle a crying baby, and where your baby should sleep. It’s an emotive tale of change, of mother and child journeying together, of planting seeds, tending them, and watching them bloom. Above all, this is a soulful once-a-mama-always-a-mama story to treasure, no matter how old you or your child might be.

Atlas of the Heart

Atlas of the Heart

Author: Brené Brown Format: Audiobook Release Date: 14/02/2022

In her latest book, five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr Brené Brown, writes, "If we want to find the way back to ourselves and each other, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories, and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection." In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through 87 of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and lays out an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances - a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heart-breaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection. Over the past two decades, Brown's extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as Brown's singular skills as a researcher/storyteller, to lay out an invaluable, research-based framework that shows us that naming an experience doesn't give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning and choice. Brown shares, "I want this to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves. Even when we have no idea where we are."

Audiobooks of the Month
In The Shadow of the Mountain

In The Shadow of the Mountain

Author: Silvia Vasquez-Lavado Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Silvia grew up in Peru, suffered sexual abuse between the ages of 6 and 10 by a family friend. This is such a vivid and honest story which must have taken such strength and courage to write. We join Silvia on her journey to the warrior and absolute "badass" she is today, healing her trauma through nature. Climbing over the Hillary Bridge for the first time to Everest in  2005 Silvia felt at home, that she could breathe more easily, and that for the first time in her life, the shadow of the mountain overpowered her shadow of trauma and she realised your trauma isn’t the same as your identity. Silvia set up her non profit Courageous Girls and tells of the incredible experience hiking to Everest base camp with other survivors of sexual violence. It's a physically tough and emotional journey where the team form an incredible bond and you appreciate fully that sisterhood is not just a phrase. She went on to become one of the first women in the world to climb the Seven Summits. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Selena Gomez who calls Silvia "a warrior", you can't help but love everything she has achieved thus far. And you cant wait to see what comes next. I want to press this book into the hands of everyone I know." The LoveReading LitFest invited Silvia to the festival to talk about In The Shadow of the Mountain. The digitally native, all year round, online literature and books festival, with new content released every week is a free-for-all-users festival. What are you waiting for? Check out a preview of the event and sign up to become a member. 

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