Advice, guides & self-help

Sit up and pay attention

March 27, 2016
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Sit up and pay attention

Mindful Learning, by Dr Chris Hassed and Dr Richard Chambers (Exisle Publishing, RRP $35): In these busy times we have a tendency to do things with a lot of thought, often resulting in a lack of connection and a lack of interest. Clinical psychologist Dr Richard Chambers and Dr Craig Hassed understand that “mindfulness”...

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Must-do list a surefire holiday boredom-buster

February 16, 2015
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Must-do list a surefire holiday boredom-buster

Explore New Zealand: 101 Must-Do’s for Kiwis, compiled by AA (Random House NZ, RRP $45): The school holidays are now all but over, with the young ‘uns heading back to class on Monday, so maybe it’s time to start some pro-active planning for the next break. And with that next break being the biggie...

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Help in a cute little package

February 5, 2015
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Help in a cute little package

The Happiness Trap Pocketbook by Dr Russ Harris and Bev Aisbett (Exisle Publishing, RRP $25): A few years back, Dr Russ Harris came up with the novel concept of the happiness trap and told us all how to avoid it. This little book is a pretty much the same concept but all compacted and...

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Healthy eating begins, as it always did, with real food

August 23, 2014
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Healthy eating begins, as it always did, with real food

Optimum Health the Paleo Way, by Claire Yates (Exisle Publishing, RRP $40): It seems every week there is some new fad diet promising to fight flab in some miraculous way, but the so-called paleo diet is proof that there is really nothing new under the sun. The paleo way is is all about a...

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Book promises to put end to itch

July 9, 2014
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Book promises to put end to itch

The Eczema Diet, by Karen Fischer (Exisle Publishing, RRP $35): Aussie nutritionist and award-winning author Karen Fischer has drawn on her experience of being the mum of a child with eczema to produce a book that promises to change the life of anyone who suffers from eczema. Between 10 and 25 per cent of...

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Common sense money advice to baby boomers

July 6, 2014
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Common sense money advice to baby boomers

Twenty Good Summers, by Martin Hawes (Allen & Unwin, RRP $35): Martin Hawes is a man with a track record of writing sensible books on what to do with your money and with the current state of the economy, that is something most of us could benefit from. This is an updated and revised...

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Cute, quirky and a lot of laughs

April 4, 2014
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Cute, quirky and a lot of laughs

After Liff, by John Lloyd and Jon Canter (Faber and Faber, RRP $29): Subtitled “the new dictionary of things there should be words for”, this little hard-covered gem picks up where The Meaning of Liff  left off back in 1983. That original book was written by John Lloyd and the late Douglas Adams of...

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Humorous book on names has a Kiwi twist

March 24, 2014
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Humorous book on names has a Kiwi twist

Hey You: A Kiwi Compendium of Baby Names, by Rosemary Hepozden (Renaissance Publishing, RRP $25): I’m sure we’ve all, at some point, looked up the meaning of our own name in one of those dinky little books that list all the names you can think of (and a few you never would have thought...

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Advice from skin care to intuition

March 21, 2014
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Advice from skin care to intuition

Self-help books available now include: Emotional First Aid, by Dr Guy Winch (Exisle Publishing, RRP $30): We have methods of treatment for all our physical injuries but most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, guilt and loss. Dr Guy Winch – a licensed psychologist and...

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Cute – but plenty of sound advice

March 6, 2014
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Cute – but plenty of sound advice

How to Sail A Boat, by Matt Vance (Awa Press, RRP $26): The latest in the Awa Press Ginger Series tackles the topic of sailing. The “Ginger” books are guides to a variety of subjects, from art to birdwatching. They aren’t guides in the traditional sense, more an explanation of what is so awesome...

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