Self help, health & well-being

The best self-help books recognise that personal development – whether from mental health books, books about mindfulness, or self-improvement books – is an never-ending journey. Whether you’re looking for secrets to business success from Steven Bartlett or The Chimp Paradox, new modes of self-care from Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?, or new life practices from guides like Atomic Habits, 12 Rules for Life, and Surrounded By Idiots, there’s a book to help you achieve your potential.


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How to... bundle

Designed to inspire and encourage readers to unlock their potential and provoke change, the Merky How To series helps to break down knowledge barriers and uplift the next generation.

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Books for healing

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Dr Rangan Chatterjee on 5 ways to overcome loneliness

The author of The Stress Solution discusses how nurturing your friendships can help heal loneliness and make you stress less. 


Books to inspire mindfulness

Explore a new perspective

Books about mental health against a colourful background.


Books that can help improve your mental health

Understanding issues such as depression, anxiety and burnout can be an important first step to coping during difficult times, and helping others do the same. Here is a selection of books that offer clarity and insight into important areas of well-being.


A helping hand for parents

Drift away with these audiobooks

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