Health & Lifestyle

  • A Life Less Throwaway

    Tara Button has become a champion of a lifestyle called ‘mindful curation’ – a way of living in which we carefully choose each object in our lives, making sure we have the best, most classic, most pleasing and longest lasting – kettles, desks, pots & pans, scissors, coats and dresses, instead of surrounding ourselves with throwaway stuff and appliances with built-in obsolescence. Tara advocates a life that celebrates what lasts, what is classic and what really suits a person.

    There are 10 steps to master mindful curation and each is explained in this book, from understanding and using techniques to freeing yourself from external manipulations. Finding your purpose and priorities and identifying your core tastes and style. Learning how to let go of the superfluous and how to make wise choices going forwards.

    Mindful curation is a lifestyle choice that will make you happier, healthier and more fulfilled spiritual as well as helping save the planet.

  • Art of Mindful Birdwatching

    Claire Thompson invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity of the avian world.

    Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of nature's songsters? Birds can do wonders for our hearts and minds – if we simply pay them attention. The Art of Mindful Birdwatching reveals how the practice of mindfulness enriches our birdwatching experiences – and explores how birds are, in turn, the ideal inspiration for the practice of mindfulness.

    To Claire, bird flight is a symbol of freedom to soar through life without constraint, and mindfulness similarly enables us to invite freedom and happiness into our own lives.

  • Bicycle Travel Journal
    This modern leather journal encourages you to take up travelling by bike and record your colourful journeys.

    Drawings act as prompters and punctuation marks, dividing sections, on travels through cities, the countryside, coasts and mountains … mapping out ideas and guiding imaginative riders through new landscapes, both real and imaginary.

    With 20 illustrations, blank pages to write on and 16 envelopes to store keepsakes of your journeys.

  • China
    Around 300 colour photos & concise texts provide a broad overview of China & its people. There's a map & we tour this ancient land from mountain to river & learn about the native flora & fauna. We learn the history, customs & beliefs of its people & see them realised in grand palaces & walled cities, religious art. We see the New China in the works of today's artists & performers.

  • China Cuckoo
    In booming Shanghai in the 1990s, Mark Kitto hits the big time. As a publisher, he creates the most successful English language magazines in China. But on the verge of signing a groundbreaking deal, the Communist Party takes over his business. Rejecting the corporate world and the glamour of Shanghai, Mark persuades his urbane Chinese wife to retreat to Moganshan, a beautiful and isolated mountain village once favoured by foreigners in the early 1900s as a summer retreat.
  • Complete Detox Workbook

    Every day we encounter natural chemicals that can cause damage or irritation to our bodies. By helping your body to combat these chemicals, the detox plans in this book are a fast, effective route to maximum health and well-being.

    From the gentle month-long plan, to the weekend energizer, the simple questionnaire will reveal which detox is best for you. You'll also learn how to boost your plan with herbs, supplements, exercise and hydrotherapy, and how to enhance your programme using relaxation, meditation and visualization techniques.

    With clear, practical plans to help you increase your energy, lose weight, relax and look great, the Complete Detox Workbook will cleanse and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

  • Day in the Bush
    45 day walks offer a host of accessible national parks, diversity of plants / animals and many Aboriginal rock art sites.

    All have detailed maps, comprehensive track notes, length and difficulty, what to take, where to buy food and to stop for lunch, suitability of walks for kids of all ages. Track condition updates on website link.
  • Detox - Collins Need to Know
    Feeling tired and sluggish?

    Rejuvinate your mind and body with a one-stop-guide has the right plan for you and everything you need to know to ensure it works, from delicious recipes to tips on eliminating toxins from home and work.
  • Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All

    Filled with Drybar's techniques and advice, this book exudes style and substance.

    On every page, readers will find a mix of beauty basics, insider secrets and easy-to-follow instructions. Three in-depth sections share the secrets of Drybar and help readers master techniques for great-looking hair. Learn about essential tools, then use the terrific step-by-step tutorials to master each of the signature Drybar styles.

    With over 100 style-inspiration photographs and how-to information presented in chic, Drybar-style, readers will get the foolproof, fail-proof, head-turning results that have made Drybar famous.

  • Fresh Faced Beauty

    Learn how easy it is to make your essential products at home using simple ingredients that can be found at your local supermarket or health-food store.

    The book is divided into three main areas: Bath & Body, Hands and Haircare. Master homemade hygiene with a stunning collection of recipes for soaps and body washes, luxury hand lotions, natural deodorants, hair-washing and styling products, dental care, foot scrubs, bubble bath and beyond.

    You'll find advice and recipes for both younger and more mature skin, including rejuvenating hand creams, cellulite-busting body scrubs and stretch-mark savers, as well as natural hand sanitizers, deluxe hair masks and amazing homemade gift ideas. Whether you want to whip up a simple, super-hydrating body lotion, a fragrant citrus shampoo or an all-natural teeth whitener, this book makes sure that your kitchen is the only cosmetics counter you'll ever need to visit.

  • Fresh Faced Makeup

    The book is divided into two main areas: Facial Skincare and Cosmetics.

    Learn how to identify your own skin type, then create personalized core products to cleanse, tone and moisturise, before rustling up the finishing touches to your skincare regime including blemish busters, exfoliators, serums, eye creams, face masks and more. Then give your cosmetics kit a complete makeover with recipes for foundation, concealer, bronzer, blusher, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, self tanner, perfume, nail polish, anti-shine powder as well as everyday and evening essentials to enhance your natural beauty.

    You'll also find advice and recipes for mature skin, simple fridge-to-face solutions for beauty emergencies and great gift ideas. Whether you want to whip up a simple homemade moisturiser, a rosehip facial serum, a brightening face scrub or an all-natural lipstick, this book will revolutionize your beauty regime.

  • Garden Apothecary

    Reece Carter shows you how to grow and make your own gentle herbal remedies, taking you right through from growing your own plants to concocting your own tinctures and ointments. Using 40 of his favourite recipes, Reece reveals how you can use organic raw ingredients to relieve a wide range of everyday ailments, naturally.

    These natural remedies can help you:

    • Boost your immunity and fight flus and colds
    • Relieve stress and sleep issues
    • Improve your digestion and gut health
    • Increase your vitality and libido
    • Resolve skin and beauty problems

    This book will inspire you to take hold of your health with remedies backed by traditional use and modern science that can all be rustled up from your own garden or pantry.

  • Great Barrier Reef
    The Great Barrier Reef really is like nowhere else on earth. For many of us, the thought of it conjures up images of beautiful azure waters teeming with colourful fish against a background of coral of every shape, colour and form imaginable. Yet there is so much more to the Great Barrier Reef than this. It is a massive, complex ecosystem, and one that has gone through enormous changes throughout the history and evolution of our planet.

    Produced in partnership with the BBC's The Great Barrier Reef television series, the book takes you on a journey along 2300 km of Australia's north-eastern coastline, through the diverse range of habitats that make up this extraordinary water world. Along the way, discover how the Great Barrier Reef was formed, learn about life on the Reef and meet the plants and animals that inhabit it. The Great Barrier Reef also looks at the environmental challenges facing this incredibly delicate ecosystem, and what the future may hold.

    Illustrated in spectacular full-colour photography throughout, The Great Barrier Reef also features hints and tips on how to make the most out of any trip to the Reef, making it the ultimate guide to one of the most treasured natural wonders of the world.
  • Handmade Beauty

    Handmade Beauty is an inspirational guide to making skincare and haircare products at home. Cosmetic experts Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton show how, with a few basic materials and some kitchen equipment, anyone can craft simple yet effective recipes with natural ingredients.

    The first part of the book explores the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make the cosmetic projects. The second part of the book is devoted to 37 luscious recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. The featured projects cater for all skin and hair types, and include face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, body butters, bath bombs, foot sprays, shampoos and hair treatments.

    Step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions throughout ensure that recipes are easy to follow. The book concludes with ideas on packaging and presenting your beautiful homemade products.

  • Handmade Spa

    Handmade Spa is a unique and comprehensive guide to replicating the luxury of the spa experience in your own home using natural, botanical preparations. The book contains over 40 recipes, focusing on cosmetic treatments for skin, hair and body, as well as the creation of therapeutic spa accessories such as reed diffusers and wheat packs.

    The authors encourage you to explore your kitchen, garden and local shops for the natural products and active ingredients that will grant you the ability to create your very own home spa paradise. All are accompanied by step-by-step instructions and clear, illustrative photographs, enabling you to bring the entire realm of spa treatments, as well as the practice of mind and body self-care, into your own home.

    This unique guide includes some of the most creative and innovative thinking in botanical and cosmetic science, and reveals the importance of scent and fragrance families in soothing, healing or rejuvenating body and mind.

  • Healing Herbs

    Healing Herbs is conveniently organized by plant, making it easier for the home herbalist to find, identify, and use healing plants from the backyard. Herbalist Tina Sams identifies the 20 most common and healthful herbs and over 100 natural remedies that are easy, inexpensive and effective.

    Along with medicinal information, this book includes traditional folklore and fortifying recipes for each edible or medicinal plant, and plenty of easy-to-follow instructions to help fill a backyard herbalist's medicine chest with remedies to keep the whole family happy and healthy.

  • Healthy Eating for Kids
    This book is all about making nutritious food appealing and fun for all the family-and appearance counts as much as taste! It will provide you with dozens of recipes. There are inspirational ideas for healthy breakfasts and snacks, fun lunches, wholesome main meals and special treats that you will want to eat time and time again. All the recipes are easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated with inspiring photography.

    It provides advice on nutrition including:

    • Proteins
    • Carbohydrates
    • Healthy Fats
    • Vitamins and Minerals.

    Plus, there is a 5 day wall-chart-game with stickers.
  • Herbs for Common Ailments

    Rosemary Gladstar shows you how to use 56 common herbs to address a wide range of everyday ailments, from burns, wounds and itchy skin to headaches, congestion, indigestion, strains, bruises, sore throats, coughs, fevers, colic, cramps and insomnia.

    She also shows you how to stock a simple first-aid kit with safe, effective herbal remedies.

  • How to Wear Makeup

    From applying a sultry smoky cat-eye to a flawless red lip, How to Wear Makeup is a guide to perfecting any beauty routine. There is advice on the best products to include in a makeup bag, tips for seasonal skincare tips and the best techniques for transitioning looks from day to night – a must-have for anyone seeking fresh and simple ways to wear makeup.

    Covering everything from foundation and contouring basics, eyeshadow and eyeliner tutorials, finding the best shade of lipstick for any occasion and tips for eyebrow shaping, How to Wear Makeup is the perfect pocket reference, gift wrapped in an irresistible package.