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Mari Andrew started doodling when she worked at a bakery–she took some license with the display case labels. When customers noticed and began telling her the drawings brightened their days, Mari realized she could use that hobby to connect with people. She hit a professional rough patch in her late 20s and began to chronicle her work on Instagram. Nearly overnight, she became a sensation. Now when Mari Andrew posts something new, the Internet rejoices.
This book is organized by universal themes of becoming an adult–for example, loss, adventure, ambition. Within each chapter, Mari shares her personal experiences in never-before-seen essays, accompanied by spreads of her signature illustrations, 90 percent of which are brand new. Readers are bound to see some of themselves in this book, whether seeking advice on how to handle growing up, or just looking for a friend who can commiserate.
by Neil Gaiman
A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art. Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters.
Neil Gaiman once said that ‘the world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before’. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old.
Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are
by C.J. Frick
For dog owners and dog lovers everywhere, a humorous, fully illustrated book that shows us that even when we feel at our worst, our dogs still think we’re the best – so start acting like it!
With more than forty full-colour illustrations from The New Yorker’s Liza Donnelly, Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are reminds us just why our canine companions want us as their best friend. Hilarious, heartfelt, and howlingly clever, this book is sure to find a welcome home on any bookshelf, right next to the chew toys.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.
Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Becoming Andy Warhol
by Nick Bertozzi and Pierce Hargan
Celebrated during his lifetime as much for his personality as for his paintings, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is the man who invented Pop Art, the notion of 15 minutes of fame, and the idea that an artist could be as illustrious as the work he creates. With a unique, focused look at Warhol’s life, this graphic novel biography offers insight into the turning point of Warhol’s career and the time leading up to the creation of the Thirteen Most Wanted Men mural for the 1964 World’s Fair, when Warhol clashed with urban planner Robert Moses and architect Philip Johnson.
In Becoming Andy Warhol, New York Times bestselling writer Nick Bertozzi and artist Pierce Hargan showcase the moment when, by stubborn force of personality and sheer burgeoning talent, Warhol went up against the creative establishment and emerged to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th century.
Many of us don’t breathe properly, and our health and wellbeing suffers. In just four weeks, you can get your health – and life – back on track with this essential guide to retraining your breathing.
Breathing comes naturally to everyone – right? No: not right. Thanks to a range of life, work and environment factors, many of us don’t breathe properly – and it is having a major impact on our health and wellbeing. Your breathing affects your health, and it is also affected by what’s going on in your life. Regardless of the cause, improving your breathing can bring relief, sometimes even within days. This is especially true for those living with stress, anxiety and panic, as incorrect breathing can cause and contribute to these disorders.
This practical book by registered nurse and breathing retraining expert Mary Birch contains a week-by-week, step-by step-program to retrain the breathing pattern, as well as guidelines on lifestyle, exercise, food and nutrition. It also contains stories of people who have positively transformed their lives by learning to breathe properly.
Change Your Mind
by Rod Judkins
In Change Your Mind, Rod Judkins reveals that creative people are no more creative than the rest of us. Rather, their gift is that they believe they are creative, and because of this, they are. Many of these people lack traditional artistic abilities (Francis Bacon couldn’t draw, so he didn’t; Andy Warhol couldn’t paint, so he didn’t) but that doesn’t stop them. This self-belief accounts for 90 per cent of their success. Creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and benefit from, whether you re trying to start your own business, write music, come up with new ideas at work or just change your way of looking at the world.
Follow theses 57 insider tips, which include nuggets of wisdom such as the importance of focus, why you should never wait for inspiration and how you should always turn a failure into success. With real-life insights into the minds of writers, artists and musicians, from Picasso to Paul McCartney, Change Your Mind will unlock the creative genius you always knew you were.
by Philippa Stanton
Conscious creativity is about discovery – what inspires you to create, trying new methods and ideas to take your creativity further, and exploring how you see things – and how this makes you feel.
This book teaches you how to unlock your creative potential, see the beauty in the everyday, and cultivate a daily practice of meaningful, conscious creativity. This is a practical, process book, showing how we can all connect with our inner and personal creativity to express who we are, and embrace the joy of mindful creativity and making.
‘Flow’, that enviable condition of complete creative absorption, is hard for most of us to achieve in everyday life. In Conscious Creativity, Philippa Stanton offers us the key to the door: this book is a guide to unlocking your potential and making flow a natural part of your daily creative practice. Readers will find these pages packed with joyful wisdom, which will simultaneously open their eyes to the beauty of ordinary things and enable them to make the connection with their own creative impulses to ensure the best possible results. Rich, breathtaking new photography specially created for this book reinforces each lesson in an unforgettably visual way.
by Jocelyn de Kwant
Exploring meaningful ways we can appreciate each of life’s precious moments, this enchanting guide helps us to notice and note, embrace play and focus again on breathing and simply being.
Creative Flow is a mindful workbook to treasure, encouraging the use of focused creativity to cultivate beautiful awareness every day. Exploring meaningful ways we can appreciate each of life’s precious moments, this enchanting guide helps us to notice and note, embrace play, and focus again on breathing and simply being. Author Jocelyn de Kwant invites us all to embrace a beginners’ mind, to add time back into our busy lives using the art of creative mindfulness. Practical prompts entwine with lengthier meditative notes on the joys of doodling and scribbling, and the joy of sensory play and reconnecting with the natural world. This lovingly-illustrated workbook is a timely reminder of the ways in which creative flow can enhance and enrich our lives.
Questlove—musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore—shares his wisdom on the topics of inspiration and originality in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life.
In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he’s heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics—what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture—all in the service of guiding admirers who have followed his career and newcomers not yet acquainted with his story.
Whether discussing his own life or channeling the lessons he’s learned from forefathers such as George Clinton, collaborators like D’Angelo, or like-minded artists including Ava DuVernay, David Byrne, Björk, and others, Questlove speaks with the candor and enthusiasm that fans have come to expect. Creative Quest is many things—above all, a wise and wide-ranging conversation around the eternal mystery of creativity.
by Paulina Larocca
Creativity+ is a toolkit that gives you the keys to unlock your curiosity, questioning skills and creative forces.
It is more than a toolkit that helps you achieve your aims, Creativity+ is a philosophy for infusing creative thinking in all aspects of your life, supported by practical tools to bring your ideas to fruition.
Divided into the four phases of innovation (Vision, Discovery, Ideation and Momentum), you are provided with the Mindset (attitudes), Skillset (knowledge), Toolset (techniques) and a supporting Case Study that gives a real-life example of these skills in action.
Navigate easily through the colour-coded phases in this flip board design – because the creative process is iterative, sometimes you have to step back in order to leap forward.
Daily Rituals: Women at Work
by Mason Currey
In Daily Rituals: Women at Work, we see how brilliant female creators got to work, often in the face of sexism and opposition from those around them.
Barbara Hepworth sculpted outdoors and Janet Frame wrote wearing earmuffs to block out the noise. Kate Chopin wrote with her six children ‘swarming around her’ whereas the artist Rosa Bonheur filled her bedroom with the sixty birds that inspired her work. Louise May Alcott wrote so vigorously – skipping sleep and meals – that she had to learn to write with her left hand to give her cramped right hand a break.
From Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë to Nina Simone and Jane Campion, this is a book full of the day-to-day lives of some of the world’s most brilliant creative minds who – no matter what stood in their way – found the time and got to work.
The Daily Stoic : 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
Where can you find joy? What’s the true measure of success? How should we manage anger? Find meaning? Conquer grief? The answers to these questions and more lie at the heart of Stoic philosophy.
The Daily Stoic is a compelling, accessible guide to living a good life, offering daily doses of this classic wisdom. Long the secret weapon of history’s great figures, from emperors to artists and activists to fighter pilots, the principles of Stoicism have shone brightly through the centuries as a philosophy for doers. Tested in the laboratory of human experience over the last two thousand years, this timeless knowledge is essential to navigating the complexities of modern life. The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, and the slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as diamonds like Zeno, Cleanthes and Musonius Rufus. On each page, one for every day of the year, you’ll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes and provocative commentary to help you tackle any problem or approach any goal. By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you’ll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.
Eastern Body, Western Mind
by Judith Anodea
In Eastern Body, Western Mind, chakra authority Anodea Judith brought a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics and applying the chakra system to important modern social realities and issues such as addiction, codependence, family dynamics, sexuality, and personal empowerment.
Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development. Each chapter focuses on a single chakra, starting with a description of its characteristics and then exploring its particular childhood developmental patterns, traumas and abuses, and how to heal and maintain balance.
Who are we? How should we live? Professor James Miller introduces twelve great philosophers who dedicated their lives to answering these questions.
From Plato, who risked his reputation to tutor a tyrant, to Seneca, the philosopher of temperance who accumulated one of the greatest fortunes in Rome, to Kant, who privately wrestled with hypochondria while publicly advocating arch-rationality, each had a unique approach to examining life. Here is a fascinating insight into the ideals that have guided us for centuries, and those who have fought passionately to live up to them
Exercise your Demons: A Mindful Journal
by Lucy Irving
Filled with creative exercises and projects, along with positive meditations and metaphors, this is the most fun guide to tapping into your creativity and bringing mindfulness into your everyday existence. Personalize it with your own thoughts and stories, lists and scribbles, doodles and drawings, and you will discover how to name and tame those inner demons and put a new spin on your world.
by Erik Kessels
A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process.
Failed it! celebrates the power of mistakes and shows how they can enrich the creative process. This is part photobook and part guide to loosening up and making mistakes to take the fear out of failure and encourage experimentation. It showcases the best and most hilarious examples of imperfection and failure across a broad range of creative forms, including art, design, photography, architecture and product design, to inspire and encourage creatives to embrace and celebrate their mistakes. We live in an era when everyone is striving for perfection and we have become afraid of failure, which limits our potential. Mistakes help us find new ways of thinking and innovative solutions, and failures can change our perceptions and open up new ways of looking things. This book transforms mistakes from something to be embarrassed about into a cause for celebration. It includes over 150 visual examples drawn from Kessels personal collection of artworks and found photographs, along with tips, quotes, anecdotes and wisdom for celebrating with failure.
Go Your Own Way: Hacks, Tips and Tricks to Travel the World Solo
by Ben Groundwater
Go Your Own Way will help you take your first bold steps into solo travel, with tips on preparation, planning and safety, as well as funny and useful stories from travel writer Ben Groundwater_s own experiences. You_ll find details on all the best travel destinations for solo travellers, including the 10 best cities to visit, the 5 most amazing journeys, and also a few places that you may want to avoid on your own. This guide will help you meet people and make friends, but it will also enable you to do all the things you love, in your own company.
How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t
by Lane Moore
Lane Moore is a fool for love. From her addiction to romantic comedies to her tendency to form instant soulmate connections with strangers, Lane has a way of romanticizing everything and everyone. It’s no wonder the New York Times, in a review of her comedy show, ‘Tinder Live! with Lane Moore,’ called her ‘a flirt par excellence.’ But her romantic nature belies a decidedly unromantic childhood, one that sent her down a long and difficult road.
Lane considers herself an orphan, though she has two living parents. After being abused as a child, bullied by her peers, and targeted by older men at a young age, she became homeless after high school and lived out of her car in Los Angeles. Lonely and afraid, it took years for her to ultimately become empowered enough to start her life over again–but start over, she did.
Where others see a void, Lane sees an opportunity. Her estrangement from her family was a catalyst for her to build a new one with a community of friends, comedians, and oddball roommates in Los Angeles and then New York City. Her experience with sexual assault informed her work as the sex and relationships editor for Cosmopolitan, which turned her into a champion for young women. With an intoxicating blend of dark wit and relentless positivity, Lane sheds light on an often-stigmatized condition and reveals how she harnessed and drew strength from her loneliness to become the creative powerhouse she is today.
How to Adult
by Stephen Wildish
Adulting (verb): To do grown-up things and hold responsibilities such as having a job, paying rent or doing laundry. A verb used exclusively by those who adult less than 50 per cent of the time.
If you’ve forgotten to pay your council tax, you’re hungover at work (again) and you’ve been living off pesto pasta for the past seventeen days, it’s time to adult. Authentic grown-up Stephen Wildish has produced a book for everyone who feels they need assistance getting through the confusing landscape of the real world.
How to Do Great Work Without Being an Asshole
by Paul Woods
It’s long been an accepted, almost celebrated, fact of the creative industries that long hours, chaotic workflows, and egotistical colleagues are just the price you pay to produce great work. In fact, this toxic culture is the enemy of creativity, and with greater accountability and transparency in the industry – and more choice for young talent – than ever before, this unsustainable way of doing business is a ticking time bomb.
This is a straight-talking, fun read for all creatives: Director or junior, at an agency or client-side, working in design, advertising, publishing, fashion, or film.
Packed with anecdotes, self-analysis flowcharts (are YOU the asshole?!), exercises and action plans for better working practices.
Simple strategies can easily be implemented to create a happier, more productive team and – importantly – BETTER WORK!
This book is a quiet revolution, a guide filled with practical advice to help you curb your obsessions and build boundaries between your work, your job, and your life. From business anecdotes about fulfilling orders to more personal stories about Marlee Grace’s recovery from divorce and addiction, this book is full of wisdom and resilience, with plenty of discussion about ritual and routine as ways to create effective and positive creative life change.
Part workbook, part advice manual, part love letter, How to Not Always Be Working ventures into the space where phone meets life, helping readers to define their work-what they do out of sense of purpose; their job-what they do to make money; and their breaks-what they do to recharge, and to feel connected to themselves and the people who matter to them. Grace addresses complex issues such as what to do if your work and your job are connected, provides insights to help you figure out how much is too much, and offers suggestions for making the best use of your time.
by Emily K. Neuburger
Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling. Her 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity. Every spread invites a new approach to filling a page, from making a visual map of a day-in-my-life to turning random splotches into quirky characters for a playful story. It’s the perfect companion to all those blank books and an ideal launchpad to explore creative self-expression and develop an imaginative voice — for anyone ages 10 to 100!
by Austin Kleon
The world is crazy. Creative work is hard. And nothing is getting any easier!
In his previous books – Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, New York Times bestsellers with over a million copies in print combined – Austin Kleon gave readers the key to unlock their creativity and then showed them how to share it. Now he completes his trilogy with his most inspiring work yet.
Keep Going gives the reader life-changing, illustrated advice and encouragement on how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself in the face of personal burnout or external distractions. Keep working. Keep playing. Keep searching. Keep giving. Keep living. Keep Going. It’s exactly the message all of us need, at exactly the right time.
Life In Flow
by Kate Kendall
Slow down. Spark joy. Make connections and find that elusive balance
Written with a whole heart and inspired by lived experience, LIFE IN FLOW is a practical and contemporary guide to ‘living’ yoga off the mat through simple moving meditations and breathwork. For a new generation of men & women into mindfulness and holistic health, or for those just switching-on to it for the first time, LIFE IN FLOW is intended for the yoga-curious but also those craving real-world tools to ‘live yoga’ in everyday life
Includes four sections with practical instructions for slowing down, sparking joy, creating more conscious and meaningful connections, and remembering that when we live in service to others, life feels not only more rewarding but more fulfilling and whole.
This is what life in flow is all about.
by Scott McCloud
Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture in 1993 with Understanding Comics, a massive comic book about comics, linking the medium to such diverse fields as media theory, movie criticism, and web design. In Reinventing Comics, McCloud took this to the next level, charting twelve different revolutions in how comics are generated, read, and perceived today.
Now, in Making Comics, McCloud focuses his analysis on the art form itself, exploring the creation of comics, from the broadest principles to the sharpest details (like how to accentuate a character’s facial muscles in order to form the emotion of disgust rather than the emotion of surprise.) And he does all of it in his inimitable voice and through his cartoon stand-in narrator, mixing dry humor and legitimate instruction. McCloud shows his reader how to master the human condition through word and image in a brilliantly minimalistic way. Both comic book devotees and the uninitiated will marvel at this journey into a once-underappreciated art form.
Whether you’re posting a clip on Facebook, making a presentation video, introducing yourself to others online, or just sending out a greeting to friends, today everyone is filmmaker.
This book cuts away the jargon to offer a highly accessible, no-fuss guide to getting the best results from the kit you already own. In just 39 steps, it offers essential instructions and tips to help amateur movie-makers – filming anything from family celebrations to no-budget horror movies – make their creations look and feel more cinematic.
Drawing on its vast network of professional filmmakers as well as on its unique style (with a compelling illustration language and direct, quotation-rich approach), Little White Lies presents the definitive, fun, and straightforward handbook for making films.
by Alex Ross
Here is the beloved Marvel Universe of comics characters, brought to thrilling life as only Alex Ross can. They’re all here: Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and many more – all seeming to leap, blast, and launch off the page.
For almost thirty years, Ross has been working nonstop to create some of the most astonishing images in comics, and while Marvelocity collects the very best of that oeuvre, it’s much more than that. Inside are hundreds of drawings, paintings, and photographs that have never been published before, including an original ten-page story featuring Spider-Man versus the Sinister Six, redesign proposals for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, and a re-creation of an epic battle between the Sub-Mariner and Iron Man.
But this isn’t just the story of the Marvel characters – it’s also the incredibly inspiring true tale of a little boy who only ever wanted to draw and paint super heroes. And with enough determination, talent, and very hard work, that’s precisely what he did. Marvelocity is the result, and is sure to entrance and delight fans of all ages.
Milk. Made. is an elegant and comprehensive tour of the art of cheese-making and eating – from selecting cultures, to the practises of production that cross continents, and right through to the best recipes to enjoy them. Within the pages, you will find sections on the key types of cheese (and other dairy products) as well as how to make the cheese, store the cheese, serve the cheese, and the history of the cheese itself. For those who don’t want to make it but simply love to eat it, Milk. Made. includes 60 comprehensive recipes such as Croque monsieur, Onion soup with grilled cheese croutons, Beetroot and feta tart, Sour cream scones, Classic fondue and many more.
by Day Schildkret
“Morning altars” are colorful mandalas that combine nature, art, and meditation. Incorporating the natural world into the everyday encourages positive well- being, even with the simplest of the earth’s gifts, such as leaves, flowers, berries, feathers, and stones. These stunning pieces of art are a peaceful and creative avenue to express gratitude for nature, to practice mindfulness, and to add meaning to daily life.
In this book, Day Schildkret guides readers through the creation of morning altars, a seven- step process that includes wondering and wandering, place meditation, clearing space, creating, gifting, walking away, and sharing his art with others. Since his first morning altar, Schildkret has built hundreds more. His work has been warmly received on social media and he teaches workshops on altar building, all with the intention of sharing the positivity and beauty they have brought to his life.
Notes on a Nervous Planet
by Matt Haig
The world is messing with our minds. What if there was something we could do about it?
Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on earth.
Rewording the Brain
by David Astle
Recent studies have shown that puzzle-solving and wordplay are among the most effective ways to boost the power and agility of your brain. A cryptic crossword a day can help keep memory loss at bay.
Why? The answer lies in the art of teasing out a clue, a discipline that calls for logic, interpretation, intuition and deduction as well as the ability to filter nuance and connotation. All these challenges and more are found in the cryptic crossword. And all are invaluable in increasing your brainpower and improving your memory and cognitive capacity.
In this entertaining and essential book, cryptic crossword guru David Astle explains how your brain responds to and benefits from attempting these crosswords. A growing body of research suggests cryptic crosswords are the ideal workout for your brain, and Astle shows how regular training of this kind can be fun as well as fundamental.
If you’ve always been intimidated by cryptic crosswords, fear not! Rewording the Brain. is an accessible guide to developing and sharpening your puzzle talents. Novices and expert solvers alike will gain plenty of cryptic insights. There has never been a better time to start solving, nor a better teacher than the legendary DA.
Also included are 50 cryptic crosswords hand-picked to keep your brain abuzz, ranging from beginner-friendly to fiendishly complicated!
by Peter H. Reynolds
The world needs your voice. If you have a brilliant idea… say something! If you see an injustice… say something!
In this empowering new picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices.
Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are… what you are thinking… and what you believe. And how you’ll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!
by Marie Kondo
Spark Joy is an in-depth, line illustrated, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home, from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms as well as a wide range of items in different categories, including clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, cosmetics, shoes, bags, wallets and valuables. Charming line drawings explain how to properly organise drawers, wardrobes, cupboards and cabinets. The illustrations also show Ms Kondo’s unique folding method, clearly showing how to fold anything from shirts, trousers and jackets to skirts, socks and bras.
The secret to Marie Kondo’s unique and simple KonMari tidying method is to focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. Ask yourself if something `sparks joy’ and suddenly it becomes so much easier to understand if you really need it in your home and your life. When you surround yourself with things you love you will find that your whole life begins to change. Marie Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, presents her unique tidying philosophy and introduces readers to the basics of her KonMari method. It has already transformed the homes and lives of millions of people around the world. Spark Joy is Marie Kondo’s in-depth tidying masterclass, focusing on the detail of how to declutter and organise your home.
That Sense Of Wonder
by Francesco Dimitri
All of us experience a sense of wonder at some point in our lives. Perhaps you felt it when you experienced your first kiss; when you grasped the perfectly balanced beauty of an equation; or when you first saw the rose windows of Chartres Cathedral? Whatever the circumstances that triggered the feeling, you were left speechless by this extraordinary world of ours. We may speak different languages, cling to different ideas about politics, religion and love – but a longing for wonder connects us all through space and time.
Wonder is the impulse behind scientific and philosophical inquiry, artistic creativity and spiritual yearning. It is the most fruitful human sense: firing our curiosity; inspiring us to hope and dream. But our sense of wonder – that feeling we had as children seeing the Milky Way for the first time – gets used up. Faced with the practical demands of adulthood, we trade a sense of wonder for a sense of reality, which all too often brings anxiety and unhappiness in its wake. By exploring the nature of wonder in many areas of human experience, from the natural world to the spirit world, from science to storytelling, Francesco Dimitri reveals how we can reclaim our sense of wonder – not to become children again, but to become happier and more fulfilled adults, better equipped to face the challenges of modern life.
The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo
Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.
The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.
The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.
Marie Kondo’s method is based on a ‘once-cleaned, never-messy-again’ approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.
The Inner Game of Music
by Barry Green and W. Timothy Gallwey
The Inner Game of Music is the battle that all musicians have to fight against elusive opponents such as nervousness, self-doubt and fear of failure. Using the world-famous Inner Game principles, developed by bestselling author Timothy Gallwey, acclaimed musician Barry Green explains the basic principles of ‘natural learning’ and shows how you can apply them to reach a new level of musical application and performance.
In precise, easy to understand language, Green and Gallwey explain how natural skills – such as awareness, trust and willpower – can be nurtured and enhanced. Through a series of tailored exercises The Inner Game of Music demonstrates the ways in which musicians can achieve exact intonations, artistic phrasing and improved technique. There are also chapters on ensemble playing, improvisation, composition and creativity, as well as listening skills – an essential part of the Inner Game. Following a methodology with a proven track record for generations of aspiring and professional musicians, The Inner Game of Music is invaluable to anyone seriously interested in music, and is guaranteed to deliver positive results whether you are a student, teacher, performer, or simply an appreciative listener.
The School of Life Dictionary
by The School of Life
A dictionary is a guide to a language. This dictionary is for the distinctive language that The School of Life `speaks’: that of emotions. It is an alphabetical selection of some 200 words and phrases that shed light on our feelings about ourselves, other people, and the workings of the modern world. Too often, we struggle to find the right words to explain what we mean; The School of Life’s dictionary is a tool to help us convey our true intentions with economy and precision. The School of Life – an organisation dedicated to making sense of our emotional lives – offers us a complete vocabulary with which to understand some of our key emotional states and ideas and to express them succinctly and successfully to the world.
Things Are What You Make of Them
by Adam J. Kurtz
Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else). From the creative mind and heart of designer Adam J. Kurtz comes this upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular essays, this handwritten and heartfelt book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. Perforated tear-and-share pages make it easy to display the most crucial reminders or to pass a bit of advice on to someone who needs it. As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple & vibrant book will be a touchstone for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who wants to be more creative–even when it would be easier to give up and act normal.
Who Says You Can’t? You Do
by Daniel Chidiac
Do you want to change your life? Well, who says you can’t? Would you be surprised to learn that the only person stopping you achieving what you want in life is yourself? Why do you think there are so few people living their dream and millions of others slipping further away from theirs with every day that passes?
Daniel Chidiac’s writing has touched millions of people worldwide and helps to transform thousands of lives daily. By opening Who Says You Can’t? You Do, you embark on a psychological and emotional journey that will unlock your true potential. This challenging and extraordinarily rewarding book is the ultimate guide to discovering the fulfilment you have been searching for your whole life. Who Says You Can’t? You Do is a psychological and emotional journey that will help you overcome your self-doubts and unlock your true potential through 7 steps that cover self-discovery, energy, achievement, relationships and physical health.
The Yellow Table
by Anna Watson Carl
When people share a meal, magic happens—and this cookbook, named for the table in the author’s childhood kitchen, celebrates that joy. Featuring delicious seasonal recipes perfect for feeding the people you love, it includes everything from Pumpkin Spice Pancakes to Watermelon, Feta, & Mint Skewers, Three-Bean Turkey Chili, and Spring Pea Risotto—plus stress-free dinner-party menus, sweets, and wine pairings from an award-winning sommelier!
* Not in conjunction with any other offer. Discount applies to selected marked titles in store and online until 30 April 2019.