General Interest

  • Psychology Squared

    Psychology is one of the most important applied sciences, investigating everything from the way we interact with each other to the means by which we perceive and interpret the world around us. This is vital to selfunderstanding, but to the outsider psychological concepts can all too often seem like a blur of jargon and buzzwords. Ever wondered how your thought process works? Why you act the way you do? How you learn and remember?

    Psychology Squared is the key to a better understanding of the way your mind works. With 100 topics divided into 10 chapters, it guides the reader from basic concepts, through the current thinking about areas such as cognition, problem solving and emotion, to the latest ideas about psychological problems and interventions.

    Psychology Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to get to grips with exactly what makes us tick-previously complex topics are made much more engaging and comprehendible with infographics and accessible text.

  • Real: Living a Balanced Life

    This visually stunning, thought-provoking book is about looking around with awareness, noticing life's quiet details and knowing that the honesty of time changes everything – from a human face, a family home, or a fragile sampler book of antique lace.

    Real is about the agelessness of integrity; appreciating the imperfect; beauty and our involvement in creating it; acceptance; ancient crafts and craftsmanship; and letting everything age with grace.

    A detachable fold-out poster is featured inside, which could be used to giftwrap the book or displayed on your inspiration wall.

  • Rogerson's Book of Numbers

    Rogerson's Book of Numbers tells the stories behind our iconic numbers. It provides a dazzling mass of information for those intrigued by the many roles numbers play in folklore and popular culture, in music and poetry, and in the many religions, cultures and belief systems of our world.

    The stories unfold from millions to zero: from the number of the beast (666) to the seven deadly sins, the 12 signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a pack of cards. Along the way you will discover why Genghis Khan built a city of 108 towers, how Dante forged his Divine Comedy on the number 11 and why 13 is so unlucky in the west while 14 is the number to avoid in China.

    This is your pocket guide to the numerical mysteries of the universe.

  • Ron Mueck
    This catalogue is the definitive reference book on Ron Mueck's sculptures over 20 years of work. It features photos of his emblematic works, some of which have never been published before, and includes spectacular exhibition views of the new works presented at the Fondation Cartier.

    Analytical texts explore his work from the perspective of classical and modern art history, and invite readers to discover Ron Mueck's intimate universe.
  • Rules for My Daughter

    Rules For My Daughter is a collection of traditional, humorous and urbane fatherly advice for young women and girls.

    From internet dating ('Never trust a profile pic') to the practical ('The right friends will appreciate a well-timed burp. Your grandmother will not.') to aiming high ('There's more to life than being a passenger.' – Amelia Earhart), this endearing book of rules and quotations is the quintessential instruction manual for becoming a confident and industrious young woman.

  • Rules for My Son

    Rules For My Son is a collection of traditional, humorous and urbane fatherly advice for boys.

    From the sartorial ('Men should not wear sandals. Ever.') to the practical ('Keep a copy of your letters. It makes it easier for your biographer') to even a couple of sure-fire hangover cures ('There is no better remedy than a dip in the ocean'), the book of rules, photos and accompanying quotations is the quintessential instruction manual for becoming a Good Man – industrious, thoughtful, charming and, of course, well-dressed.

  • Talk About Contemporary Dance
    This introduction to contemporary dance explores the discipline in all its facets, from opera to hip-hop and from circus skills to fashion. A chronology of the key dates in the history of dance, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, provides context on how the art form has evolved over time.

    With profiles of contemporary dance's 30 most influential supporters and choreographers from Merce Cunningham to William Forsythe, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker to Akram Khan and Trisha Brown to Pina Bausch.
  • The Cell

    The microscopic cell is Earths greatest success story, and the common ancestor we share with all other organisms. Formed over three and a half billion years ago, life exploded from this minuscule powerhouse, first throughout the seas and then, over millions of years, across the lands to create the complex living forms populating the planet today.

    Yet, how has such a minute organism been so powerful? What has enabled it both to create and break down life on earth over billions of years? And, how have cells interacted to create an extraordinary diversity of plant, aquatic, terrestrial, and avian life?

    Jack Challoner shines a spotlight on the passage of the cell through time to explore how a continual myriad of interactions and symbiotic relationships have been, and continue to be, the extraordinary catalyst for life.

  • The Flowers

    Lisa Cooper's The Flowers gives us the opportunity to peer into the practices and vistas of someone who works with flowers daily as a leading floral designer and artist. Through anecdote, gentle instruction and photographic essays the reader will be taken from Cooper's studio workspace, to the growers' farms – the pictorial documentation of the flower growers captures the subjects within their 'natural' working environment, surrounded by a landscape of roses, knee-deep in camellias – and then on to the flowers displayed and arranged in the vase.

    For Cooper, there is no higher medium for the expression of human emotion than flowers, and her presentation of 17 floral designs also constitutes a collection of stories from her own personal 'garden of live flowers': the people – family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners and florists – who have influenced and inspired her.

  • The Vatican

    The Vatican: All the Paintings is organised and divided into 23 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican, including the Pinacoteca, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Palaces, St. Peter's Basilica and more.

    The most iconic and significant paintings and other pieces of art are highlighted with 300-word discussions by art historian Anja Grebe on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the work, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's impact on art history and more. All 1206 works of art are annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the work and the catalogue number (if applicable).

    The design of the book enables the reader to carefully examine and enjoy the 180 full- and half-page featured paintings as well as the rest of the collection of paintings, which appear four and six to a page. Several gatefolds through the book show triptychs, ceilings and frescos at an even larger size. Larger works of art like ceilings and frescos include overall views and details of the masterpieces.

  • Tips from Your Nana
    Wanting to grow your own vegies? Wondering how to make jam?

    Well, snuggle up under your patchwork quilt with a glass of elderflower champers and Nana (and friends) will show you how.

    This is a quirky, must-have household bible to keep close at hand.

    With simple instructions and pointers from those who have 'been there, done that', it is a practical step-by-step guide covering a wide range of lifestyle basics.

    Full of irresistible ideas, from old-fashioned lemonade to homemade body scrub, the book doesn't call for special ingredients.
  • Universal Crammer
    Everything you learnt at school, but have since forgotten. This book is a reminder of all the facts, theories and more that seemed so important before exam day but have now slipped all our minds. Divided into classroom subject-themed chapters. Flex your dormant brain muscles and see how much you can remember from those days of staring at the white board/black board (depending on whether you're from the era of computers or exercise books).The ideal nostalgia present!
  • What If Einstein Was Wrong?

    What if...? are the two words that sow the seeds for human speculation, experimentation, invention, evolution, revolution and change.

    What If Einstein Was Wrong? challenges a team of scholars to experiment with 50 topical science speculations, at a time when the hunt for the Higgs boson particle is threatening to undermine the foundations of our knowledge. Consider what time travel, warp speed, artificial gravity or the loss of Schrodinger's cat could mean to us, and en route accumulate the knowledge you need to debate the shape that our science might take in the future.

  • Where on Earth?

    This book contains fascinating geographical facts about the world around you – with all the boring bits left out.

    Explore the world's continents, countries and capital cities and marvel at the planet's most fantastic physical features – from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans. It's time to get to grips with the globe and answer the question: "Where on Earth?"

  • Who Are You? Test Your Personality

    A collection of 40 tests designed to answer who you are, how you got that way, and what, if anything, you can or should do to change.

    Each quiz can be taken in just a few minutes and is easily scored. Perfect for a handbag, briefcase, or knapsack! This entertaining and enlightening quiz book is great to have on hand anytime and anywhere, be it a long commute, a waiting room, or an evening at home.

  • Why It's Not All Rocket Science

    Why It's Not All Rocket Science examines 100 extraordinary projects, theories and experiments that have been conducted in the name of science. Some, including various nuclear tests, have attracted controversy and hostility; others, such as Johann Wilhelm Ritter's erotic self-experiments with a voltaic pile, seem downright weird.

    Robert Cave demonstrates, thoroughly and informatively, that it is only by doggedly asking awkward questions, and paying close attention to the answers, that scientists have been able to make progress. From spider monkeys to human cyborgs, and from swimming in syrup to chaos theory, Cave places each experiment and discovery in its scientific context to present an entertaining guide to some of the most jaw-dropping entries in the history of science.

    Why It's Not All Rocket Science contains chapters on the brain, the body, society and communications, planet Earth and the Universe, and to read it is to gain startling insights into why scientists seem to behave so oddly, and how their brilliant if sometimes bizarre work benefits all of society.

  • Why Knot?

    After years of hands-on research, Philippe Petit presents Why Knot?, a guide to tying his essential knots. Features include:

    • More than 60 ingenious, useful, beautiful, lifesaving and secure knots
    • Practical sketches illustrate original methods and there are clear, clever tying instructions
    • Photographs in which special knots were used during his spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks and special tying challenges
    • A practice rope is included in the special cover so you can start right away!

    If you're not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado.