Mind & Body - books to help you be better

Whether you are continuing your health journey or just beginning, our Mind & Body section will help you be better, at Mindfulness, Moving or managing each day more efficiently. Have a look through our collection and fulfil your potential today! Looking for more lifestyle literature? Check out our Lifestyle & Health selection.

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

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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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.

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

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 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

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. 

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
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.

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

Indie Books We Love

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

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.

If you feel like a bit of a makeover is in order, but know that quick fixes never work, then our new Mind, Body and category could be perfect for you.

We have a selection of books that will give you the knowledge to make changes to your life physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

From books on better backs to coping better with relationship break ups all the books can help in some way, but please don’t expect any quick fixes or miracle cures!