Mind, Body & Spirit
The Science of the Supernatural
Why do people have out-of-body experiences, see ghosts or believe that their pets are psychic? How can mind-control experts manipulate your thoughts? Wiseman uses the insights of psychological research to show what such 'paranormal' events reveal about our brains, behaviour and beliefs. He also explains techniques readers can use to unleash the power of the unconscious mind and replicate supposedly supernatural phenomena for themselves.
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.
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.
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.
The Secret History of the Spirit World
A new way to look at history is presented in this survey of 'spirit voices' and their impact on human affairs. The author presents a wealth of evidence to create a somewhat chilling picture of how our destiny has been regularly changed by individuals convinced they were in communication with intelligences from beyond. From ancient Egypt to Hitler, via popes, prophets, politicians and prime ministers, Brennan shows how their decisions were shaped by their supernatural beliefs and encounters.
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.
Yoga for Life
How to Stay Strong, Flexible and Balanced Over 40
Designed for the over 40s, this comprehensive guide to Yoga gives appropriate advice on posture, exercise, avoiding injury and finding inner calm. A founder of the Wellington Centre who has practised yoga since childhood, Fairley provides step-by-step, illustrated directions for a range of poses and sequences as well as suggestions for diet and help with a number of common problems, including headaches and sleeplessness.
Exercise Your Way to Health: Type 2 Diabetes
Exercise Plans to Improve Your Life
In this practical manual, expert physiotherapists show how healthy lifestyle choices and exercise can positively influence health and well-being and help alleviate the effects of type 2 diabetes. The book is in three parts: the first explains the condition; the second outlines a strategy for 'helping yourself to health'; and the third describes and illustrates appropriate exercises.
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.
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.
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.)
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. Such techniques as meditation and mindfulness are also explained in exercises
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.
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism
and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently
Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, Steve Silberman's history of autism draws on years of research and conversations with autistic people and their families to explore how clinicians' understanding of cognitive difference has changed since the condition's discovery in 1943. He also finds surprising reasons for the recent increase in diagnoses; tells real-life stories that raise awareness of the challenges faced by autistic people; and emphasizes the importance of developing supportive communities suited to all kinds of minds.
Sane New World
Taming the Mind
Comedian, author and mental-health campaigner Ruby Wax (b.1953) has been on a long, tough journey through depression, which included earning an MA in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. In this funny but moving bestseller she aims to show us how to rewire our thinking to become the master of our minds, not the slave, so we can regulate our moods and thoughts, and find that elusive thing called happiness.
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.
Loch Ness Monster
and Other Unexplained Mysteries
Modern interest in a Loch Ness Monster was sparked by a 1933 sighting reported by an English tourist. The event was duly recorded by the Daily Mirror - as all the intriguing developments in the story have been ever since, from credible witness accounts to blatant hoaxes. Collecting over a century of reports from the pages of the newspaper, this book examines the unfolding tale of Nessie as well as other ongoing mysteries such as UFOs, ghost sightings and crop circles.
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.
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.
Fireballs, Skyquakes and Hums
Probing the Mysteries of Light and Sound
Weird and mysterious phenomena can often be observed in skies around the world, ranging from unusual sunsets, comets and St Elmo's fire to less easily explicable voices and humming sounds, phantom planes and UFOs. In this book Antony Milne analyses reports of such sightings, delves into defence files on UFOs and surveys some of the explanations that have been suggested by physicists, biologists, meteorologists and astronomers.
How to Tell the Future
Sally Morningstar offers a practical, richly illustrated guide to the art of divination using a whole range of techniques: the ancient traditions of moon magic, palmistry and astrology; shamanism, dream therapy, mandalas that draw on Earth's energy; and the 'mysterious arts' of tarot, I Ching and runes. The book explains the practice of the techniques, with sample readings and guides to interpretation.
Choices for Later Life
Making the Most of Life After 50
As we reach our 50s, our life choices and challenges change significantly. Marie Lacheze offers a new way of dealing with health, relationships, social life, family and money, using practical advice, case histories and checklists. Her optimistic approach helps in facing difficult situations such as coping with elderly parents, living alone, living on less and a host of other changing circumstances common in later life.
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.
Consult the Oracle
A Victorian Guide to Folklore and Fortune Telling
It is unlucky to meet a white horse unless you spit at it, but a strange dog following you is good luck; dreaming of bees signals good fortune, while to dream of finding money is nothing short of disaster. First published in 1899 and by turns alarming and hilarious, this is a layman's guide to folk superstitions and remedies (a cinder wrapped in paper and dropped where four roads meet will cure a wart), charms and supernatural mysteries.
The Masonic Magician
The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite
This is the story of the Italian adventurer Alessandro Cagliostro (1743-95), who won fame and suffered ridicule for his 'Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry' and its supposed magical powers. Includes an English translation of the Rite.
Exercise Your Way to Health
Stress: Exercise Plans to Improve Your Life
The complex problems of modern living regularly trigger the body's natural response to threat or danger, releasing stimulants that can build up over time and cause anxiety, depression and a host of related disorders. With simple routines that can be done at your desk and at home, this book provides a programme of exercises and lifestyle tips designed to combat everyday stress and promote wellbeing.
Essex Ghosts and Legends
Scandals, Sieges and Spooks
The legend of a disgraced monk said to haunt Prittlewell Priory in Essex adds to the romance of the site, as does the story of a dragon attacking St Osyth's Priory near Clacton-on-Sea in 1170. This alternative guide to more than 40 castles, abbeys and priories across the county explores the quirky stories, ghostly legends, scandals and crimes that took place at these historic sites.
Napier's History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern
Herbalism is the oldest - and still the most widely used - form of medicine in the world. This concise history reveals its development through the ages, tracing a unique journey from Neolithic Kurdistan to Victorian Edinburgh, where Duncan Napier founded the firm that still bears the family name. The book also contains his autobiography and casebook, dealing with everything from the creation of Lobelia Syrup to a 48-foot tapeworm.
Pilates works by using low-impact exercises and stretches to build flexibility and muscle strength in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back, putting emphasis on developing a strong core and improving coordination and balance. This DVD and illustrated book, written and introduced by leading Pilates instructor Lynne Robinson, take you through a series of 20 simple routines focused on toning and shaping your bottom. Boxed set.