Mind, Body & Spirit
Oracles of the Dead
Ancient Techniques for Predicting the Future
Robert Temple examines four forms of institutionalized prophecy from the ancient world, comparing Greco-Roman practices – consultation of oracles and divination by entrails – with the Chinese use of Oracle-Bone cracking and the I Ching. He describes each system’s techniques, uses his own visits to Greek sites to reconstruct how ancient visitors experienced contact with the divine and draws connections between the Chinese system and the discoveries of modern science. Originally published as Netherworld.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Journeys into The Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
The Middle East has long sheltered many strange and distinctive faiths, the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations of antiquity: Persia, Babylon, and the Egypt of the pharaohs. Former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to remote regions where these mysterious religions cling on, living alongside Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Copts, now under threat from militant Islam. Drawing on extensive research and intrepid travel, this book provides a vital record of the past, present and perilous future of these remarkable religions.
A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Little was known about morphine and its addictive qualities when Louis Lewin published his first study of the drug in 1874, and his continued work in pharmacology and toxicology contributed greatly to the field, culminating in this classic manual, published in 1924. The book sets out detailed information on the properties and effects of all major drugs known at the time, including opium, cannabis, peyote, cocaine, coffee, cocoa and alcohol.
The Seven Sisters of Sleep
The Celebrated Drug Classic
Given the date of authorship (1860), Mordecai Cooke's examination of drug use and abuse is notable for its open-mindedness and even-handedness when discussing the addictions of world cultures beyond the tobacco habit of Victorian England. Exploring the science and social history of narcotic plants and the attempts to curb their use, the seven substances discussed are opium, cannabis, betel nut, coca, tobacco, the datura plant and the fly agaric mushroom.
The G Plan Diet
The Revolutionary Diet for Gut-Healthy Weight Loss
G is for gut, and this revolutionary diet aims for both a healthy gut and weight loss. The 21-day plan first gives your digestion a rest then gradually builds up gut health, banishing feelings of bloating and discomfort and improving energy levels. The book includes details of gut-friendly foods such as garlic, bananas and natural yoghurt; lists those you need to avoid; and provides 75 quick, easy and delicious recipes.
Crystal & Dragon
The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry & Chaos in Nature, Art & Consciousness
Presenting his argument for the dualistic interpretation of nature – order and disorder, symmetry and asymmetry – David Wade explores the interplay of form and energy and seeks to show how modern science is turning away from deterministic and inflexible views of the universe to embrace ancient philosophical traditions. He traces prevailing conceptions about the nature of the universe in religion, history, philosophy, science and art, and graphically illustrates their interconnectedness.
The Old Straight Track
Its Mounds, Beacons, Moats, Sites and Mark Stones
Published in 1925, this book elaborated Alfred Watkins's theory of 'ley' lines, first put forward in his Early British Trackways. Based on his fieldwork in Herefordshire, Watkins's surmise was that the straight lines crossing Britain were ancient alignments with marked points, used for navigation by Stone Age man.
The Green Roads of England
Starting at the 'central gathering ground' at Avebury, Cox's guide covers all the ancient roads of England, following the Stone Age ridge roads of southern England, describing, with the help of maps, plans and illustrations, the hill forts and other earthworks found along them and discussing other aspects of neolithic civilization. Facsimile edition.
The UFO Files
The Inside Story of Real-Life Sightings
From the ‘foo fighters’ that accompanied aircraft during the Second World War, through episodes such as the Roswell incident, the flying saucer sighting by RAF personnel at Farnborough in 1950 and the phenomena seen by radars at RAF Lakenheth-Bentwaters, to crop circles and alien abductions, this book examines the most impressive UFO stories of last century and weighs the claims of alien craft against the evidence as recorded in the Ministry of Defence files.
Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype
and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life
Thousands of people have adopted a gluten-free diet, believing it to be healthier. This book reveals how little scientific evidence there is to justify this trend, and shows that while a gluten-free diet is a lifesaver for those with coeliac disease, for others, it may injure their health. Dr Green provides an in-depth examination of every symptom and condition associated with gluten, how gluten works in the body, what the gluten-free diet cures – and what it doesn’t. Off-mint.
Science of the Magical
From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers
From the Vikings' legendary sunstones to the mutant X-Men, magical myths and stories can offer clues to the realities they spring from - research inspired by legend has found what seems to be the 'sunstone', and the X-Men comics first appeared in the 1960s amid fears of radioactivity-induced mutations. Science journalist Matt Kaplan investigates stories of magic, divine intervention, the supernatural and sorcery, exploring the real basis of many myths and the relation between knowing and magic. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
How to Reach Enlightenment
This inspirational guide contains practical advice to help you unlock your spirituality. Its chapters offer strategies for learning how to live a conscious life enriched by enlightenment; find quiet and balance; serve others with compassion; and step into your authenticity. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Secret Life of Sleep
Beyond the data of modern scientific sleep research, the author explores every kind of information and writing about sleep, but looks particularly at how knowledge about it exists in cultural practices, rituals, oral teachings, proverbs and song. Arranged in chapters following the progress of a night’s sleep, the book discusses topics as diverse as sleeping babies and the meaning of dreams to reveal the importance of sleep and the interdependence of our waking and sleeping lives.
This popular fitness book, here in its 20th edition, explains how stretching forms an important link between the sedentary life and the active life, why we need to stretch and how to do it correctly. After the 'getting started' section the book is in three main parts: the stretches, with drawings and full instructions for each position; stretching routines and everyday activities; and stretching routines for 36 different sports and activities, from aerobic exercise to wrestling.
This book sets out to demystify the condition of depression by exploring its causes, and explains how to alleviate its effects. It offers guidance on finding professional help, using cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness techniques, and choosing the best medication or therapy for your individual circumstances.
Your Menopause Bible
The Complete Practical Guide to Managing Your Menopause
This substantial guide provides practical and reassuring help on all aspects of the menopause, from recognizing and easing the effects of hormonal insufficiency to maintaining healthy bones and general wellbeing, and ensuring a satisfying sex life. Hormone therapy and its natural alternatives are covered, as is advice on healthy eating, exercise regimes and when to seek medical intervention for your symptoms. The text is accompanied by charts, photographs and illustrations. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal
The Best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally
Beginning with an overview of nutrition and food safety, this directory explains the links between nutrition and health and includes features on topics such as dietary supplements, travel and food, and glycemic index. Part 2 comprises an A-Z of more than 170 foods - from acorn squash to zucchini - with details of their nutritional benefits and risks; and Part 3 lists over 100 health problems, with advice on which foods to eat to help the condition and which to avoid.
The Templar Treasure at Gisors
When the French King Philip the Fair ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar and the confiscation of their property in 1307, the Order was one of the most powerful and wealthy forces in Europe, answerable only to the Pope. Focusing on the medieval city of Gisors in Normandy, Jean Markale tells the story of the hunt for the fabled wealth that disappeared with the Templars, and sheds new light on the activities of the mysterious Order.
Wisdom of the Stars
Astrology and Spiritual Biography
People have been studying the effects of the stars on worldly events for thousands of years. This book traces the development of astrology and the use of personal horoscopes in different cultures throughout human history, and advocates the development of a new tool in astrology: a 'spirit birth chart' created in a person's later years that reflects the fruits of their life.
Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness
How Stories Create the World
This spiritual guide explores how the profound power of stories has given our world meaning and made us human. Exploring how ancient myths, megalithic structures, the formation of language and prehistoric cave art are narratives shaped by sacred proportion, Richard Heath explains that stories enable us to identify the spiritual aspect within the material world and to participate in the evolution of human consciousness.
Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Quest to Cure Tuberculosis
In August 1890, Robert Koch, Europe’s greatest scientist, was rumoured to have found a cure for tuberculosis; sufferers began to arrive in Berlin in their thousands. In November, when Koch was scheduled to make public his miraculous substance, physicians joined the pilgrimage - among them, the young Arthur Conan Doyle. In this study, Goetz explores the ‘historic if unwitting collaboration’ of Koch and Doyle; how both men’s lives were undone by tuberculosis; and the positive contribution of failed theories to medical progress.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the most renowned and most controversial scientific achievements of ancient Chinese civilization and still plays an important part in Chinese health care. This book, part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, provides an accessible overview of the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour reproductions and photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
The Stress Management Workbook
This workbook uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you manage stress. It features diagnostic tests and practical advice to teach you how to develop strategies to recognize and control the stress triggers in your life, and improve your communication skills, resilience, confidence and wellbeing.
All That Matters
What is stress, how can we understand it, and how can we strip away the myths that surround it? Here a leading health psychologist presents a concise and accessible introduction to stress, explaining what produces it, why people vary in their response to stress, its short- and long-term effects, its relation to physiological illness and its flipside - the relaxation response. Part of the All That Matters series.
Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
During the 1870s the famous Salpetriere Hospital in Paris had an entire ward dedicated to treating 'hysteria'. This mysterious illness baffled physicians and fascinated the public, who came to witness the spectacle of Dr Jean-Martin Charcot's demonstrations with his hysterical patients. After a profile of Charcot himself, this book tells the stories of Blanche, Augustine and Genevieve - three of the 'hysterics' under his care and hospitalized during a crucial moment in the history of psychiatry.
Britain's X-Traordinary Files
David Clarke opens The National Archives’ own X Files to uncover the secret, official accounts behind legendary paranormal and extraordinary phenomena. From the First World War mystery of the Angel of Mons, through sea monsters sighted by the Royal Navy, UFO sightings and psychic crime investigators, to the Beast of Bodmin Moor, Clarke brings to light secret documents created by military intelligence and government agencies, and examines the official evidence of encounters with the uncanny and inexplicable.
During the 1890s the Society for Psychical Research dispatched Ada Goodrich Freer to Scotland in search of evidence for second sight, which they hoped would prove the existence of life after death. First published in 1968, Strange Things presents Freer's own compilation of folklore and reports of supernatural phenomena, preceded by Campbell and Hall's investigation into her mysterious past and her debt to the notes of folklorist Father Allan McDonald.
Written in Blood
A Cultural History of the British Vampire
Paul Adams follows the blood-soaked path of the vampire and the undead from John Polidori's The Vampyre, published as the work of Byron in 1819, to the 1990s and the Anno Dracula series by novelist and cinema critic Kim Newman. As well as the writers most associated with the phenomenon - Bram Stoker and Montague Summers - the book discusses the vampire in popular fiction, Hammer horror movies, alleged encounters in Highgate Cemetery, and British rock bands.
Forgotten Ways for Modern Days
Kitchen Cures and Household Lore for a Natural Home and Garden
Using ingredients from kitchen cupboards, the vegetable patch and hedgerows, this compendium draws on the wisdom of the homemakers, gardeners and crafters of the past to clean clothes, cure a cough, freshen the skin, whiten laundry and remove smells from the fridge, among many other tasks. There are tips for the garden, cleaning and storage, natural health and beauty, all explained clearly and illustrated with photographs to show how much can be achieved the natural way.
A Practical Approach to Healing Common Back Ailments
The problems of back and neck pain have reached epidemic proportions, resulting in widespread suffering and loss of productivity. Healing Back looks at the causes and symptoms of spinal ailments and examines strategies for dealing with them. The emphasis is on the understanding of good posture and the integration of stretching, strengthening and healing exercises into daily life, but the book also provides information on remedial therapies, including alternative treatments such as acupuncture and shiatsu massage.
50 Puzzles to Improve Your Thinking
This further selection of 'left brain'/'right brain' puzzles encourages you to rate your performance in the different styles of thinking so that you can target improvements in your weaker areas and achieve a more balanced approach to your thinking.
50 Puzzles to Change the Way You Think
As well as 50 more puzzles stretching both your logical and creative brainpower, this book provides a 'before and after' thinking challenge to identify your mental approach and measure just how far it has developed after tackling the exercises in the book.
Jesus, King Arthur, and the Journey of the Grail
The Secrets of the Sun Kings
Here the author argues that the Ardagh Chalice, which is on display in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, is actually the Holy Grail, the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper. He tells its story, from its arrival in England with Joseph of Arimathea to its engraving by King Arthur and the journey to the monks of Lindisfarne. (First published as The Celtic Chronicles: The True Story of the Holy Grail, 2006.)
Nordic walking has become a popular activity that is especially beneficial for those with balance or joint problems, since it is high intensity but low impact. This introduction teaches a range of warm-up exercises and walking techniques, with tips to help you avoid injury, select appropriate footwear and use the specially designed poles on different terrains. There are also suggested walking routes, though most of the examples are in North America. Outdoor Adventures series.
The Guardian of All Things
The Epic Story of Human Memory
All animals have some form of memory, but humans are unique in the complexity of our memories and our ability to pass them on to the next generation. Malone's history of human civilization traverses 10,000 years; focusing on those moments when each new technology - from cave paintings to the internet - enhanced our ability to store and communicate information, he reveals the importance of memory as the driving force behind some of the greatest human achievements.
Sane New World
Taming the Mind
With characteristic wit, honesty and clarity, Ruby Wax draws on her personal experiences of depression as well as her studies in psychotherapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to introduce practices that can ‘change your mind and how you think’. Explaining why the way we think about our experiences is so important for our mental health, Wax shows how to regulate mind and moods, creating healthier, happier and more flexible ways of thinking.
Fitness After 40
How to Stay Strong at Any Age
The author, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, has created an exercise programme specifically designed to target the fitness and performance of more mature adults. Through a measured but determined approach, she shows how to improve flexibility and strength to stay fit and look great, so you need not be merely 'a bad sequel to your 20-year-old self'. Although written for an American market, the text easily translates to a British readership and the exercises are universal.
The Holy Grail
The History of a Legend
The Holy Grail has haunted the human imagination for centuries. It represents the highest Christian ideals, yet it is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. How did it became such a potent image? Is it simply a symbol of a perfection that lies beyond our reach? Ranging across theology, history, literature and art, Richard Barber's book traces the stories surrounding this most elusive of symbols, from Chretien de Troyes' 12th century writings to the Grail's iconic status in new- age mysticism.
Stronger and Fitter for Life
Feel Better, Live Better, Age Better
Many people see fitness training as something for younger people, or feel daunted by gyms and pumping iron. Personal trainer Graeme Marsh shows that you can do exercise no matter what your age or current level of fitness. Packed with colour photographs showing you how to do a range of exercises, this book will help you feel better, live better and age better.
Why Millions Survive Cancer
The Successes of Science
One in three people develop cancer in their lifetime but enormous strides have been taken in its treatment in recent decades. No longer a taboo subject, greater awareness has also helped contribute to earlier diagnoses and better chances of survival. This guide provides accessible explanations of what cancer is, how it is treated, recent developments in research and, most importantly, advice on lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of cancer.
The Year I Turn...
A Quirky A-Z of Ageing
Whether it is wearing leopard-skin tights or finally feeling content, Angela Neustatter shows that growing old often involves an appreciation of the here and now. Drawing on medical research and expert information, she tackles thorny subjects such as loss and health but also shows what is possible when we have time, such as becoming active, reading that novel, being kinder and, most of all, enjoying ourselves.
Ghosts of Neath
The small Welsh town of Neath teems with rumours of ghosts, from monks wondering the ruins of Neath Abbey to miners deep in the mountains. Local paranormal expert Robert King explores graveyards, old houses and Neath's eeriest pubs to reveal tales of cruelty, violence and forbidden love. Alongside his detailed local knowledge, King weaves in traditional Welsh myths and gripping first-person accounts from the people of Neath.
Depression can be crippling but this practical guide, using techniques based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), can help sufferers gain a fuller understanding of their condition, identify the relationships that can have a positive impact on their recovery and improve communication skills. With practical exercises, case studies and worksheets to monitor progress, this book can help those suffering depression to take charge of their condition and improve their prospects for recovery.