Mind, Body & Spirit
Through a Glass, Darkly
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All
When Sherlock Holmes’s creator turned to spiritualism to communicate with the dead, many thought him deluded. Re-examining old records, this book investigates the mediums and séances that gained widespread credence among many bereaved by the First World War.
The Accidental Memoir
This book is designed to guide you through the process of writing your life story. Work through it from start to finish or dip into it at any point. Its pages are filled with prompts, tips and exercises to get you writing, ranging from the creation of lists of your secrets and regrets to descriptions of food, music, pets and people special to you.
The Invention of the Modern Mind
This wide-ranging account of how Enlightenment philosophers developed a concept of mind explores the intellectual ground covered by English, Scottish, French and German thinkers, including the notion of the mind existing solely within, and nurtured by, the body. The author also demonstrates, with reference to Foucault, how these ideas led to mind sciences, including phrenology and psychology, and why in our own times consensus on the nature of the mind has yet to be achieved.
Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test & the Power of Seeing
A popular misconception of the controversial Rorschach test, which requires subjects to interpret a series of ten inkblots, is that there are no wrong answers. For professional psychologists, however, who still use the test on defendants, interviewees and patients, certain answers can point to worrying mental health issues. This absorbing ‘double biography’ of the Swiss psychiatrist and his inkblots reveals how modernist tendencies, coupled with clinical success, enabled Rorschach’s test to move from serious psychological practice into pop culture.
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.
Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day
In this guide to yoga for people of all shapes and sizes, Anna Guest-Jelley explains the philosophy behind the exercises, describes how to adapt traditional poses to suit body shape, and shows that yoga can improve not only strength and flexibility, but also self-image.
The Complete Yoga Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
This manual of Hatha Yoga, written by the founder of Dharma Yoga London, is aimed at serious practitioners and aspiring teachers. Step-by-step instructions for 65 asanas (postures) are given, accompanied by notes on the benefits of each and photographs of yoga practitioners executing the pose. Breathing, anatomy and the science and history of yoga are also covered in this comprehensive handbook.
The Complete Reflexology Tutor
Everything You Need to Achieve Professional Expertise
This authoritative reference volume for trainees and practitioners describes the theory and practice of reflexology. A comprehensive survey of each of the body’s systems includes foot maps and step-by-step techniques, and the manual also features an explanation of holistic healing, a complete hand routine, a guide to 70 common ailments, advice on other complementary therapies and a glossary of key words.
The Science of Stretching
There are varied stretching modalities, or types, and choosing which is most appropriate depends on the exercise, environment and target outcome. This guide draws on recent scientific research to explain different stretches, including static, dynamic and ballistic; and assesses each technique in the context of its effects on performance, pain and injury. Diagrams, tables and step-by-step illustrations are included to help you to choose the most beneficial regime for your requirements.
A Brief History of Medicine
From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy
From the birth of the scientific outlook in the sixth century BCE, when practitioners first began to rely upon observation and reason, to the race to map the human genome, Paul Strathern follows the development of medicine through the lives of individuals including Hippocrates, William Harvey and Alexander Fleming. This accessible volume offers essential insights into the history of medical practice and pays tribute to human perseverance and achievement.
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.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Exploring an ostensibly simple activity, this manual analyses every aspect of the sport from the mechanics of the running action and the body's energy systems to specific training programmes and exercise routines for sprinting, middle distance and endurance running.
Body Transformation Manual
The Ultimate 12-Week Workout Plan Suitable for Women and Men
This health advice guide acknowledges that physical training is only part of getting in shape, advising on nutrition and lifestyle as well as demonstrating specific exercise routines to provide a complete programme for weight loss and fitness.
Working With Chi
Practical Ways to Harness Healing Energy
According to ancient Eastern thought, ‘chi’ is a form of energy that animates every living thing on earth and keeping it in balance is essential to health and happiness. This practical guide includes an overview of the philosophical origins of chi; its relationship to the elements and the human meridians; dietary advice; and a photographic guide to Tai Chi and Chi Kung exercises. Slightly off-mint.
Beat Stress with Meditation
Meditation can help to relieve stress and anxiety by developing a calmer and more balanced approach to everyday situations. This practical step-by-step guide describes how to master progressive exercises and integrate meditation techniques into daily life, emphasising the importance of a holistic approach to health for the body and the mind.
Eat Your Way to Better Health
Nutritional expert Dale Pinnock (the Medicinal Chef) believes that simple changes to eating habits can relieve a range of digestive issues. In this guide, he examines the digestive tract and how conditions such as constipation, IBS and reflux might be eased through diet. Recipes range from Tummy Tea to Jerusalem Artichoke Soup and an Aubergine Layer Bake.
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.
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.
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.
The Shrinkology Solution
Discover Your Eating Type, Lose Weight and Keep it Off – For Life
This scientific approach to dieting identifies the different eating ‘types’, considers the emotional, behavioural and lifestyle issues that may influence how we eat and offers advice on how to lose weight healthily and sustainably. Slightly off-mint
A Short History of Disease
Over the centuries, disease has claimed more lives than natural disasters and warfare combined. Largely a social history, this book starts in prehistoric times, and moves from the Black Death of the 14th century to more modern conditions such as Ebola and MRSA. Incorporating individual case studies, the text also explores the human struggle to drive all disease to extinction.
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 Social Animal
A Story of How Success Happens
Arguing that public policy failures result from a simplistic model of human behaviour, Brooks explains what brain research has revealed about the influence of the unconscious mind on our actions. He illustrates these ideas through a fictional story of two ordinary people who led lives fulfilled, not by intelligence, wealth or prestige but through the character and ‘street smarts’ developed in the unconscious realm of emotions, intuitions and social norms.
The Body: A Complete User's Guide
How Your Body Functions and How to Keep it Healthy and Strong
This comprehensive reference guide uses fact boxes, illustrations, diagrams and medical imaging to introduce the workings of the human body. Each of the building blocks and dynamic systems of the body is explored, including cells; skin and bones; blood circulation; and brain function, and the clearly presented chapters also provide descriptions of significant breakthroughs in medical science and advice on how to maintain health and fitness.
Atlas of Human Anatomy
An exhaustive visual guide to human anatomy and a revision aid for medical students and health professionals, the Atlas comprises around 700 pages of meticulously detailed, coloured drawings and diagrams, all clearly labelled using international anatomical terminology. The book starts with an overview of the human body, with subsequent sections arranged by major systems, from skin to organs of the senses. Translated from the Spanish.
The Life and Times of the Penis
To possess a penis, Sophocles said, is to be 'chained to a madman'. This light-hearted but impressively researched book ranges across history, world cultures, literature, art, medicine and myth to examine man's relation to his characteristic member. It investigates the reasons why this unruly appendage all too often appears to have a mind of its own - and the joint relationship of man and his madman to the opposite sex.
Are you Sharp Enough to be a KGB Agent?
In a course that progresses from the level of junior operative to double agent, Spy School aims to sharpen your mind using techniques developed to train Russian intelligence agents. Following the story of a counter-intelligence operation, the book presents a series of documents and diary entries along with instruction on memory formation techniques, practical exercises, tasks and questions on the central plot. This Russian bestseller was translated by Svetlana Shcholokova.
A Brief Guide to Native American Myths and Legends
The world of Native American mythology is inhabited by such fantastical and capricious characters as the shape-shifting trickster Coyote and the mischievous Blue Jay. The seminal study of these sacred tales was written by the Scottish folklorist Lewis Spence in 1914; this updated edition has a new introductory essay, commentary on Native American culture and stories from tribes not covered by Spence, such as the Inuit.
Taoist Astral Healing
Chi Kung Healing Practices Using Star and Planet Energies
Taoist astrology teaches that harnessing the energies of the stars can break cycles of attraction and addiction, promote longevity, and enable us to heal ourselves and others. This step-by-step guide explains its origins and principles and offers practical meditation techniques that are intended to allow the inner and outer universes to become more connected, expanding self-awareness, balancing the emotions and promoting spiritual growth.
The Guide to Living Well
‘Essential reading’ says Age UK. Many of the problems associated with getting older can be postponed or prevented according to Sir Muir Gray, who shows how you can take control of the ageing process through exercise, by adopting various strategies and developing a positive outlook.
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 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.