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The News: A User's Manual

The News: A User’s Manual

Alain de Botton

Explores our relationship with 'the news'. Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, this title offers a guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the 'noise' it generates.

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Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

Alain de Botton

We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety. This title looks at history,...

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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Alain de Botton

Why do so many of us love or hate our work? How has it come to dominate our lives? And what should we do about it? This title explores our love-hate relationship with our jobs.

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The Office: A Hardworking History

The Office: A Hardworking History

Gideon Haigh

This book traces the office from origins among merchants and monks to the gleaming glass towers of New York and the space age sweatshops of Silicon Valley, finding a legacy of invention and ingenuity - the telephone, the...

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The Brain That Changes Itself

The Brain That Changes Itself

Norman Doidge

A new discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. We see a woman...

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The Emotional Life of Your Brain

The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Richard Davidson, Sharon Begley

How to retrain our brain to improve our emotional behaviour by pioneering neuroscientist

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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Young began life severely learning disabled, and built herself a better brain and a brain training program that has helped thousands of others do the same. In the past five years, the idea that self-improvement can happen in the...

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You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

Jaron Lanier

Reveals how the internet is deadening personal interaction, stifling genuine inventiveness and even changing us as people. Showing us the way to a future where individuals mean more than machines, this book is a searing manifesto...

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How are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self Interest

How are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self Interest

Peter Singer

Singer suggests that people who take an ethical approach to life often find a deeper satisfaction in what they are doing.

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Love

Love

Tony Milligan

An exploration of love, a subject that has occupied philosophers since the time of Plato. Tackling the mood of pessimism about the nature of love that reaches back through Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard, it examines the links...

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Solitude and Loneliness

Solitude and Loneliness

S. Sarvananda

Referencing ancient Buddhist scripts and cultural touchstones such as Into The Wild, the art of Edward Hopper, and the work of Charlie Chaplin, Sarvananda considers how we think and feel about being alone.

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The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness

Alain de Botton

What makes a house truly beautiful? Why are many new houses so ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved? The author looks at buildings across the...

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A Little History of Philosophy

A Little History of Philosophy

Nigel Warburton

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. This book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in...

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Distraction: A Philosopher's Guide to Being Free

Distraction: A Philosopher’s Guide to Being Free

Damon Young

Shows how rewarding patient, sensitive and thoughtful attention to the world can be. This book suggests that the opposite of a life of distraction is one of genuine freedom.

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How to be Idle

How to be Idle

Tom Hodgkinson

As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. The Protestant work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. This book presents us with a laid-back argument for a...

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Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy

Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy

John Armstrong

Drawing on such writers and thinkers as Plato, Tolstoy, Freud and Stendhal, this title explores how our perception of love is formed by culture and history. It is suitable for those who believe or disbelieve in love.

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The Little Veggie Patch Co's Guide to Backyard Farming

The Little Veggie Patch Co’s Guide to Backyard Farming

Mat Pember, Fabian Capomolla

Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember are back with 'The Little Veggie Patch Co's Guide to Backyard Farming'.

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The Little Veggie Patch Co.: How to Grow Food in Small Spaces

The Little Veggie Patch Co.: How to Grow Food in Small Spaces

Fabian Capomolla, Mat Pember

Lots of Fun packed full of all the information you'll need (plus some hilarious tips and stories from the little Veggie Patch boys own experience along the way), this colourful guide is for anyone interested in growing their own...

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Philosophy in the Garden

Philosophy in the Garden

Damon Young

Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing in Chawton, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his Italian Gedankenbaum, 'thought tree'? In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon...

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How to Change the World

How to Change the World

John-Paul Flintoff, The School of Life

What difference can you make in the world?

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How to Think More About Sex

How to Think More About Sex

Alain de Botton, The School of Life

Think more about sex by thinking about it in a different way

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

How to Find Fulfilling Work

Roman Krznaric, The School of Life

Find life-enhancing work and realise your potential with this enlightening read

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How to Worry Less About Money

How to Worry Less About Money

John Armstrong, The School of Life

Break free of your destructive relationship with money, and learn how money can make you happy

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How to Stay Sane

How to Stay Sane

Philippa Perry, The School of Life

A handbook to console, nourish and gently lead us on the path to emotional balance

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How to Thrive in the Digital Age

How to Thrive in the Digital Age

Tom Chatfield, The School of Life

Discover how to live well with technology

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