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.

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

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...

Self-Contained Scenes from a single life

Self-Contained Scenes from a single life

Author: Emma John Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2022

There is a piece of cod-wisdom regularly dispensed to single women: romance will arrive when you least expect it. I had assumed it would also make its own travel arrangements too. Emma John is in her 40s; she is neither married, nor partnered, with child or planning to be. In her hilarious and unflinching memoir, Self Contained, she asks why the world only views a woman as complete when she is no longer a single figure and addresses what it means to be alone when everyone else isn't. In her book, she captures what it is to be single in your forties, from sharing a twin room with someone you've never met on a group holiday (because the couples have all the doubles with ensuite) to coming to the realisation that maybe your singleness isn't a temporary arrangement, that maybe you aren't pre-married at all, and in fact you are self-contained. The book is an exploration of being lifelong single and what happens if you don't meet the right person, don't settle down with the wrong person and realise the biggest commitment is to yourself.

Bigger Than Us

Bigger Than Us

Author: Fearne Cotton Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2022

For anyone seeking a path through our confusing lives, this read offers inspiration for tapping into the strength and support of those around us and releasing the blockers that hold us back. Including interviews with authors, thought-leaders, spiritual guides as Cotton calls them "amazing brains", she works with these wise minds to gain a better understanding of their specialities and how we can use this insight and advice to implement into our own lives. As Cotton peels back the layers of her own anxiety and self-limiting beliefs the reader joins her in this explorative, expansive, eye-opening and humbling journey to wisdom and to the destination of a happier and more hopeful life.

Everyday Wellness

Everyday Wellness

Author: MaryRuth Ghiyam Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2022

Do you want to nourish your body, but don't have the time, energy or motivation to make the necessary changes? Everyday Wellness contains twelve easy, actionable, and inspiring steps that are specially tailored toward anyone who feels stuck in terms of their health or happiness. Including everything from simple lifestyle changes, such as how 15 minutes of sunshine a day and positive thinking can literally change your life, to bigger hacks that cover how we eat, sleep, and move, these basic but profound steps will help you to harness your energy and take back control. Backed-up with case studies and scientific facts, Everyday Wellness is a tried and tested method that will help you to live more fully and constructively, even in the busiest of times.

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Author: Dr Julie Smth Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2022

Discover exactly how to navigate life's many ups and downs with the essential and empowering guidance of TikTok sensation, Dr. Julie Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares all the skills you need to get through life's ups and downs. Filled with secrets from a therapist's toolkit, this is a must-have handbook for optimising your mental health. Dr Julie's simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way. Written in short, bite-sized entries, you can turn straight to the section you need depending on the challenge you're facing - and immediately find the appropriate tools to help with . . . - Managing anxiety - Dealing with criticism - Battling low mood - Building self-confidence - Finding motivation - Learning to forgive yourself This book tackles the everyday issues that affect us all and offers easy, practical solutions that might just change your life.

Awaken Your Power Within

Awaken Your Power Within

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

'You are an infinite being with infinite potential. All you need to do is open yourself to a new consciousness, a true vision of who you really are and awaken to the power within' From leading health and performance coach, Gerry Hussey, comes a powerful guide to transforming your mind, body and soul. In Awaken Your Power Within, Gerry tells an open, honest and mind-blowing story of self-discovery that takes us inside the heart and mind of a young boy who dared to ask deeper questions about the mind and soul. Bringing together insights from psychology, neuroscience, gut health, quantum physics, mindfulness and philosophy, the book shows you how to break free from limiting and self-destructive habits and reclaim your inner world, so that you can live as your truest and most powerful self. From letting go of the fear of not being enough to opening up a deeper level of consciousness, Awaken Your Power Within is a life-changing introduction to the limitless possibilities of which you are capable.

Books of the Month
Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People

Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People

Author: Mark Westmoquette Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2021

We all have to deal with difficult or challenging people from time to time (and, let's admit it, at times we may also be a challenge for other people). They may be a stranger on train, an overly opinionated work colleague, a nosy neighbour, or even a close relative or friend. Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People explains how, using Buddhist practices such as mindfulness, we can remain 'Zen' at all times. This book isn't about removing difficult people from our lives - we may even like some of them (most of the time). It's about learning how to use kindness, patience and honesty to remain calm and help other people remain calm too. The book is written in a chatty and conversational tone. The science of the body's emotional and physical reactions to tense situations is well explained, and there are realistic (and entertaining) case studies. By the end of the book, I was thinking a lot more about how I interact with other people - the importance of taking a step back and understanding their point of view, and that how we respond to others, and how they respond to us, can teach us a lot about ourselves. Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People is a thought-provoking guide to improve relationships and interactions with other people.

The Coldest Touch

The Coldest Touch

Author: Isabel Sterling Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2021

Billed as a paranormal romance for young adults, a missing person and a murder mystery theme sit centre stage, and actually friendship plays a key part in this novel. Elise can see how everyone she touches will die, the Veil sends vampire Claire to help Elise grow into her powers. Isabel Sterling has created a supernatural world championing LGBTQ characters, and it feels beautifully organic and straightforward, people (or vampires) are who they are. The two main characters narrate their own story ensuring a wider overview of thoughts and feelings. The vampire threat of compulsion is handled thoughtfully as is the theme of consent. Murder, violence, greed, and obviously death are major topics, the romance doesn’t exactly take a back seat, but it feels as though the author has so much to say, that there are times when the plot bubbles with all the different possibilities. I was fascinated by some of the supporting characters and wanted to know more about them. I felt as though there was still more to discover when I reached the end, is this the start to a new series? The Coldest Touch is a readable, engaging story perfect for paranormal loving older teens searching for LGBTQ centred characters.

eBooks of the Month
High Performance

High Performance

Author: Jake Humphrey, Damian Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/2021

How do Olympic medal-winning athletes turbo-charge their motivation? How do multi-millionaire founders develop the habits of champions? And how do Premier League football coaches lead their teams to victory? High Performance reveals the methods the world's most remarkable athletes, coaches and entrepreneurs use to excel. From taking responsibility for your situation to finding your 'trademark behaviours', thinking flexibly to crafting a high performance culture, Jake Humphrey and Professor Damian Hughes identify the eight crucial steps to becoming the best 'you' possible. Along the way, they draw on cutting-edge research to explain why these methods work - and how we can all use them. Anyone can learn the secrets of high performance. Drawing on conversations with... Dina Asher-Smith | Steven Bartlett | Tom Daley | Steven Gerrard | Evelyn Glennie | Kelly Holmes | Chris Hoy | Eddie Jones | Siya Kolisi | Frank Lampard | Jo Malone | Matthew McConaughey | Ant Middleton | Tracey Neville | Robin Van Persie | Mauricio Pochettino | Gareth Southgate | Holly Tucker | Jonny Wilkinson | Clive Woodward | Toto Wolff and many more...

Across The Parallel

Across The Parallel

Author: H. O. Ward Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2021

Focusing on the themes of reincarnation through the Taoism belief in the cycle of death and rebirth, ‘Across The Parallel’ by H. O. Ward follows three connected lives across history. We meet George, the skipper of a Lancaster bomber in the second world war, young Jiang, a nine year old boy chosen to study and live with the Toaist monks in 515 BC, and William, a nobleman who become ensnared in the scaremongering of witchcraft accusations in 1645. I liked that the author used certain actions or behaviors to link the characters and demonstrate that the same soul is journeying through each of these lives and I found the transitions between each of the sections, with the sections in a different font acting as a brief pause in the storylines, smooth and easy to read. I would have liked to see more of a connection between each time frame in terms of plot. For me, reading fiction for entertainment purposes,  I expected some sort of progress in each one, an ascension to a more spiritual place each time or maybe an improvement in moral standing with each life cycle. However, the book has inspired me to learn more about Taoism. In all, ‘Across the Parallel’ is an interesting and thought-provoking read. Each section is well-written and all of the characters are engaging.

Bitter Magic

Bitter Magic

Author: Nancy Hayes Kilgore Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/11/2021

Lady Margaret, a wilful teenager, not exactly fitting the title of Lady, has a burning curiosity to befriend Isobel and find out more about her craft and association with the fairies. Margaret suffers guilt and inner conflict on account of this association. To be fair, Isobel tries to help Margaret, until she is put on trial for witchcraft and names Margaret as being part of her coven.    There are a lot of dark moments in this book, and it asks a lot of hard questions about society, especially when it comes to the treatment of women.  I liked the characters, especially Margaret. A girl with spirit and questions. But, overall, a very good read, in particular if you do like history woven with fiction, as I do. Helen Lowry, A LoveReading Ambassador

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