Mind, Body & Spirit
The Science of Seeing Differently
Deviate attempts to ‘innovate your thinking by giving you new awareness’ of both your self-perception, which is often fixed by politics, religion or environment, and your perception of reality, which manifests through the senses and is, at best, a representation. Written by a neurologist, the book provides exercises, ‘self-experiments’ and principles which encourage you to engage with ambiguous information and self-doubt in order to gain a more creative understanding of the world.
The Invisible Woman
Taking on the Vintage Years
Following the success of her ‘Vintage Years’ column in the Guardian, Walmsley-Johnson bases this humorous guide around her own roller-coaster life. She tackles topics such as shopping, sex and finances, describes the difficulties of finding work at the age of 45 and discusses how lack of opportunities and the media’s negative attitude can combine to make middle-aged women feel invisible.
A Bestiary of Devils, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Magical Creatures
Every society has its monsters, and visual depictions have been created from the earliest times. Here, art historian Christopher Dell presents a broad selection of bestial images that span centuries, from the one-eyed giants of Japan and Ancient Greece to dragons, demons, werewolves and ghosts. Often with strangely similar attributes, Dell examines the cultural significance of these monsters and the insight they provide into the human mind.
The Essential Guide to Seers, Saints and Sages
Described by the author as a kind of spiritual ‘speed dating’, this book comprises brief introductions to the teachings of the greatest mystics and contemplatives in the Western Christian tradition. The thinkers, who range from Origen and Julian of Norwich to CS Lewis and Simone Weil, are presented as examples of nine ‘personality types’, which include Visionaries, Poets and Heretics.
The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible
This guide to the ageing process by two health and beauty journalists provides ideas for how to look after every part of the body and includes tips from inspirational older women. As well as reviewing tried and tested concealers and anti-ageing products – from neck treatments to hair masks – there is advice on building activity into your life, ‘keeping your marbles’, eating well and facelifts – with and without surgery.
The Complete Guide to Flexibility and Movement
Essential for the prevention of chronic pain, injuries and the improvement of muscle tone, stretching can also lower blood pressure, ease stress and increase alertness. This extensive collection of exercises is organized by body part, covering everything from the eyes to the toes, and includes sections on yoga, pregnancy and working with a partner. Each stretch is clearly photographed, with step-by-step instructions and an explanation of its benefits.
The Telomerase Revolution
The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging... and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives
Why does growing old lead to so many forms of illness? Recent advances in the study of human cells have revealed that the key to answering this question lies in the telomeres – the tips of chromosomes – which shorten every time a cell reproduces. As he explains these insights, Fossel highlights the ability of the enzyme telomerase to re-lengthen the telomeres and discusses its potential as a means of treating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The Man Who Saw the Future
The 17th-Century Astrologer Who Changed the Course of the English Civil War
William Lilly (1602–1681) produced uncannily accurate forecasts about the country’s fortunes during the Civil War and predicted the Great Fire of London. Highlighting the links between prophecy and politics in a tumultuous age, this biography describes how Lilly rose from humble farming origins to become an astrologer consulted by both King and Parliament; how he produced his prophecies and evaded efforts to silence him; and how his almanacs and astrological guidebook influenced popular culture.
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.
Can Onions Cure Ear-Ache?
Medical Advice from 1769 by William Buchan, MD
William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine was an 18th-century bestseller, a self-help manual intended for those who could not afford professional medical assistance. It covered everything from hiccups to consumption but, as Robert Winston writes in his foreword, ‘most remedies in Buchan’s time remained distinctly dodgy’. Melanie King introduces a selection from his A–Z of often hair-raising advice.
Kings of the Grail
The location and even the very existence of the Holy Grail have been shrouded in mystery for centuries. In this book the authors present the texts of parchment documents recently discovered in Egypt, revealing that the relic passed through the hands of kings and reached the Iberian peninsula in the mid eleventh century, having previously been preserved in Jerusalem. This evidence is combined with material from other sources to identify the Grail as a chalice now kept at León in northern Spain.
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.
Out of the Woods
A Guide to Life for Men Beyond 50
This practical guide is aimed at the maturing man, offering insight and advice on how to handle the changing roles and responsibilities of midlife onwards. Addressing a wide range of possible issues, from relationship breakdowns to health problems, there are checklists, case studies and exercises to help navigate the pitfalls and possibilities of the years beyond 50.
Drop a Dress Size
Losing weight needn't be about drastic calorie restriction and deprivation. Indeed, recent studies have found such diets to be counter-productive. What does work is making small changes to your overall lifestyle and maintaining them. With meal planners, clever swaps for eating out, realistic portion descriptions, exercises, store-cupboard guides and recipes, this book will help you lose enough weight to drop a dress size.
The Complete Complementary Health Program
Cases of asthma are on the increase, but symptoms such as wheeziness and breathlessness may be eased with complementary treatments and lifestyle changes. This book suggests foods to avoid, breathing exercises, and therapies that can help to relieve the condition.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World
The influenza pandemic of 1918–20, which infected a third of the global population, killed 50–100 million people (probably more than the First and Second World Wars combined), yet it barely figures in the collective memory. This story of how the virus ‘emerged, swept the planet and receded’ also investigates human coexistence with flu viruses over the past 12,000 years, and looks at how societies might best combat another pandemic. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
8 Techniques for a Safe Full-Body Workout
Joseph Pilates developed his method to align the body, encourage core strength and build muscles using specially devised apparatus. Practised improperly, however, Pilates’s moves can damage parts of the body. This guide, by a dance instructor and physical therapist, focuses on Reformer exercises and, using clear text and anatomical diagrams, describes eight movements, discusses how they could go wrong and suggests solutions.
Return of the Magi (1931)
'It is more profitable to study the history of the imperfect masters', writes Magre, than those 'so near the gods that they have been enveloped in the clouds of the empyrean'. His compendium of attainable spiritual heroes includes an anonymous master of the Albigenses who succumbs under torture, the Templars, the alchemist Nicolas Flamel and Madame Blavatsky. Translated from the French.
Mindfulness in Eight Weeks
The Revolutionary Eight-Week Plan to Clear Your Mind and Calm Your Life
With downloadable audio materials, this illustrated manual uses mental and physical exercises with clear step-by-step instructions to help readers to become aware of their habits, learn how to breathe, understand their feelings and reactions, and live mindfully.
The Wrinklies' Guide to Keeping Supple
New Pursuits for Old Hands
Discounting visits to the gym and running, Hales-Dutton emphasizes the importance of stretching to keep the muscles toned in later years, recommending activities that won’t strain the joints. A chapter on walking explains its health benefits, as well as how to do it properly. Swimming, cycling and yoga similarly have a chapter each, and the book includes dietary advice, simple exercises and daily suppleness challenges.
A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof
Roger Clarke is now best known as a writer on film, but was once the youngest member of the Society for Psychical Research. He has now returned to his childhood obsession by writing this history of ghosts and ghost-hunting in Western culture. Asking not whether ghosts exist but rather what our ghost stories reveal about us, he examines both famous hauntings such as the notorious events at Borley Rectory and investigations by sceptics and parapsychologists.
The History of Initiation
First published in 1829 and reprinted complete with its voluminous footnotes, for The Lost Library, Oliver's twelve erudite yet entertaining lectures explore the common roots linking many of the world's initiatory traditions, and describe rites including those of the Celtic mysteries, Bacchus, Zoroastrianism and Freemasonry.
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.
The Universal Kabbalah
Deciphering the Cosmic Code in the Sacred Geometry of the Sabbath Star Diagram
Alongside her career as a professor of English, Leonora Leet spent two decades working on the Kabbalah and Pythagorean geometry to produce this magnum opus, in which she derives a new model from the Tree of Life and her own Sabbath Star Diagram, based on seven Star of David hexagrams. She thereby expands the four worlds of the classical Kabbalah, synthesizing science and spirituality as she provides a mathematical basis for aspects of the Jewish mystical tradition.
The Story of You
‘In the brain’s microscopically small circuitry is etched the history and future of our species.’ The neuroscientist David Eagleman looks deeply into what the latest brain science findings mean for our lives. Without presupposing any specialized knowledge, the book challenges readers’ assumptions as it tackles questions such as how we decide, how we perceive reality, who we are, who’s in control and where we are heading as a species.
Using Mental Imagery to Reach Your Full Potential
This practical guide shows how to use the power of the imagination to achieve positive goals and unlearn old habits. The author explains the concept of mental imagery in the context of other cognitive processes, describes how to develop and improve the necessary techniques, and offers advice on how to apply new skills to personal and professional activities to promote the best possible outcomes.
The Book of Martial Power
The Universal Guide to the Combative Arts
Different martial arts emphasise different approaches and each has its own set of techniques, training methods and philosophies. Having studied Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Western traditions, Steven Pearlman has identified the underlying principles that he presents in this book, proposing a set of fundamental physical movements and postures and spiritual or mental attitudes that are applicable and enlightening to martial artists of all styles.
And Other Occult Writings from La Flèche
These 20 articles are mostly taken from a newspaper published in the 1930s by Maria de Naglowska. The paper promoted her religious system – the Third Term of the Trinity – which taught that the Holy Spirit of Christianity was feminine, and that sex could uplift humanity. Most of the articles are written by Naglowska herself; they cover topics including sacred sexuality, religious philosophy and feminism.
Advanced Sex Magic
The Hanging Mystery Initiation
This sequel to Naglowska’s The Light of Sex – appearing for the first time in English since its French publication in 1936 – focuses on the Hanging Initiation and comes with a warning that this should never be attempted alone. Sensory deprivation practices were necessary for initiation into Naglowska’s Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow, which believed in the transformative power of sex.
Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain
Hero Myths in the Mabinogion
The synopses and commentaries in this ‘explorative study’ help the reader to unlock the cultural significance and spiritual meanings of the ‘Four Branches’ and ‘Taliesin’, the most ancient myths in the Welsh Mabinogion. Matthews’ interpretations focus on the initiatory pattern of Britain’s inner guardians and the figures of the archetypal liberator Mabon and his mother, Modron the Great Goddess. Revised and updated edition of Mabon and the Mysteries of Britain.
The Complete Reiki Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
Reiki as a natural healing technique was rediscovered and developed in the late 19th century. It involves the transferring of energy through the arms and hands, and can be used to heal the self and others. This detailed guide explains the background to the practice and works through first, second and third degree healing. Suitable for beginners, the book also offers advice on how to become a Reiki practitioner.
The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong
Widely practised in the Far East, Qigong is growing in popularity in the West as a system of simple exercises that, used regularly, can help to improve movement, breathing and inner concentration. This guide explores the theory behind Qigong and includes detailed advice on how it should be practised. The final section describes the 18 core movements with clear diagrams to help achieve the correct posture.
Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
Moving Stretch® is a form of resistance stretching that can relieve pain and help anyone, from athlete to office worker, feel relaxed, stronger and more flexible. It works by reshaping the ‘fascia’ – a network of connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Including background information and a questionnaire, this comprehensive guide gives clear descriptions of over 100 stretches with multiple photographs and tips for getting each exercise just right.
Galileo & The Art of Ageing Mindfully
Wisdom From the Night Skies
As we grow older, time seems to pass alarmingly quickly. But retired priest Adam Ford has learned from a lifetime’s fascination with the night sky that contemplating unimaginably ancient stars gives an opportunity to develop a more positive perspective on ageing. In these meditations inspired by the life of Galileo he reflects on our place in the universe and shares his wisdom with younger generations.
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.
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.
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 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.