New and forthcoming

Designing Your Life

Bill Burnett (and others)

Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it.

Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees contemplating a whole new future. Now in book form for the first time, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you.

Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making.

Because a well-designed life means a life well-lived.

Thirty Years In A Turtleneck Sweater

Nick Warren

Nick Warren was just like any other boy growing up in the 70s, he liked playing out and being a little sod, and loved his younger brother and sister. Then one day when he was six, his mother kissed him goodbye to go shopping and never came back.

Nick's dad, Des, took over as best he could, but because he had to work, things weren't easy. Nick even spent time in care. Everything changed when his dad brought a new mum home, who was kind like Julie Andrews, and, soon after, a new brother and sister whom his dad had rescued from an unhappy family. Then just as Nick felt everything was good again, his dad was taken away. A union man, Des was sent to prison simply for standing up for what he believed in. It was a cruel act that slowly tore the family apart.

Thirty Years in a Turtleneck Sweater is a moving story of painful events told through a young boy's innocent eyes. A heartbreaking tale of a son's love for his missing father and the love he finds with his adoptive mother.

Body Confidence

Astrid Longhurst

Have you been fighting the body war for years? Tried every tactic you know to win the battle and have still failed? Then this book is for you. If you spend all your energy hating your body - wishing your stomach was flatter, your nose wasn't so small or your skin was clearer - then you may lack body confidence. Life's too short to be spent disliking the person you are. Can you really afford to wait until you're 'perfect' before you start truly living? Body Confidence will help you move past your own boundaries, guiding you into a new way of thinking and being. It provides you with a blueprint to follow: a practical programme that takes you through a step-by-step process towards a body you love and feel totally confident in.

Don't Wait for Me

Ros Morris

Ros Morris's son Zach was a bright young musician who seemed on the brink of success when his behaviour suddenly spiralled out of control. He began using more powerful and dangerous illegal drugs and stayed up all night writing strange mathematical equations on his bedroom walls and drawing diagrams of spacecraft and pyramids. His once intelligent conversation deteriorated into mindless babble and at one point he thought he was God.

Over the next eight years, after he was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder, Zach was sectioned under the Mental Health Act on numerous occasions and his family had to repatriate him from three different continents when his psychosis re-emerged while he was travelling.

Don't Wait for Me is a mother's harrowing account of her son's descent into the hell of drug abuse and mental illness. It vividly describes the nightmare her family went through and highlights the despair, guilt, helplessness and anger experienced by all those involved.

It's Not Like That, Actually

Kate Carr

It is impossible to go back to the old life after a cancer diagnosis; the reality of surviving is complex. Kate Carr was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39, underwent extensive harrowing treatment, and in 1998 was told that she'd reached a significant milestone - the five-year mark. Reaching this point without the cancer returning is a strong indication that the treatment has been successful. The sad truth, however, is that, like all cancer sufferers who have reached this stage, she had to live every day with the knowledge that it can come back at any time. It's Not Like That, Actually charts Kate's diagnosis and treatment, while explaining in beautifully written detail the ups and downs - the reality - of moving on from there and dealing with the emotional burden that friends and family find it difficult to understand. A unique, inspirational, practical book for all cancer sufferers, and their families.

Rosemary Conley's Metabolism Booster Diet

Rosemary Conley

With a selection of eight 30-day diet plans specifically devised with the aim of speeding up the calorie-burning process, Rosemary Conley here sets out to demonstrate how, by eating more of the "right" foods, readers can "eat themselves slim" and stay that way. Varied and flexible, these low-fat eating plans can be interchanged for optimum results. Not only will you boost your metabolism, but your health, vitality and energy too.

- Practical, easy-to-follow eating plans with menus that satisfy
- Over 150 recipes including seasonal menu plans
- Lifetime maintenance programme
- Health benefits
- A special programme of exercises to boost metabolism

Bobbi Brown Beauty

Anne-Marie Iverson (and others)

Bobbi Brown Beauty is the ultimate beauty reference. It provides all the basic techniques and information necessary for a woman to look and feel her prettiest in all of the varied situations of her life-from quick daytime make-up to the perfect look for an interview, black-tie events and even her own wedding. Bobbi Brown helps readers to recognise their own remarkable beauty traits and to develop their own natural beauty styles, offering clear systematic advise on such issues as: how to make lipstick last; how to do make-up fast; how to handle bad beauty days; how to get out of the make-up rut; what men really think about your make-up; how to wear foundation so that it doesn't lokk or feel like foundation. Bobbi's mission is to take the myth and mystique out of beauty and to offer a book that contains what every women from fifteen to seventy-five, really wants to know in a straightforward and easy-to-follow way.

Gulp!

Gabriella Goddard

How to bite the bullet, break through your challenge and create the life you want.

Every day, thousands of us confront a challenging situation, one that requires us to step outside our comfort zone and brave the unknown. We feel the fear in the pit of our stomach, yet deep down we know it's time to bite the bullet and meet it head on. Perhaps you're stuck in a rut and you want to change something in your life: buy your own home, get a new job, downsize to the country, move abroad, or find a partner. Or you've had a life-changing event - a serious illness, divorce or redundancy - thrust upon you and you've got no choice but to embrace it. Gulp! is the ultimate remedy for anyone in a panic about facing that challenge. It provides a seven-day crash course on how to feel confident, motivated and energized so that you can take a big 'gulp', break through your challenge and create the life you really want. Whatever your situation, and no matter how big or small your issue is, if you believe that you can get through it then you will. So don't panic. Take a deep breath and relax. Your seven-day crash course starts here. What's more, Gabriella's inspiring no nonsense, practical approach leaves no room for excuses, but she will take you by the hand and help guide you through your big Gulp! moment.

150 Things Every Man Should Know

Gareth May

Do you know how to change a tyre? Give a speech? Or shave without leaving a nasty rash? How about ironing a shirt? Urinal etiquette? Or how to know if you are falling in love?

Neither did 24-year-old author Gareth May until he started to gather centuries-old male wisdom for the 'metrosexual' generation. Stuck on the verge of a major motorway with a punctured tyre after swerving to avoid a low-flying pigeon, Gareth was confronted with the fact that he had no idea how to mend his puncture and get back on the road.

Later, after the excoriating diatribe and accusations of uselessness from his father, he reflected that it wasn't just practical, manly skills - tying a tie properly, wielding a power drill, changing a leaky faucet - that had passed him by. Gareth was clueless about just pretty much every skill perceived as the key to coming of age as a modern man. Sophisticated stuff, like how to hold a baby or how to end a relationship without being a complete git...

While girls share magazines with dog-eared problem pages, the modern boy has no such manual, no instruction leaflet to ease their transition into manhood. Until now.

Gareth May has written the essential manual for young men across the world. From stubborn spots to slow dancing dos and don'ts, the perfect fry-up to putting on a condom in less than ten seconds, witty, brilliantly honest and down-to-earth, 150 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW tells you all those things your best friend can't.

From Here To Maternity

Mel Giedroyc

'I'm 35 years old. A low-ranking TV personality. Rather immature and carefree, my only responsibility to date has been a guinea pig. All that's about to change. I'm pregnant, and now I've become a cheddar cheese junkie, inseparable from my dungarees. Help!'

Who can Mel turn to?

Pen, her best friend, who is still annoyingly carefree and single, and whose effect on Mel is like an injection of pure caffeine to the system?

Jools, the hippy who recommends basil nosegay for labour pains and placenta pate canapes when entertaining?

Amanda, the well-heeled, pregnant-friend-from-Hell who, only weeks after her textbook delivery, is planning to have her firstborn taught to ski?

Kate, Mel's sister and mother of two, whose offspring are inclined towards dangerous Captain Hook impersonations and sudden mood swings?

Mel's mother, who got Mel through babyhood by way of regular coffee mornings and who impresses on her the importance of portable 1950s baby gear that looks about as foldable as a Transit van?

Dan, the dad-to-be, who suddenly stops going to the pub to concentrate on Mel's dietary requirements and has adopted the sinister habit of always keeping a tape measure attached to his belt?

Adversaries into Allies

Bob Burg

The Sages asked, "Who is mighty?" and answered, "Those who can control their own emotions and make of an enemy a friend."

In the bestselling book The Go Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann revolutionized the way we think about success via one very simple lesson: "Shifting one's focus from getting to giving (constantly and consistently providing value to others) is both very fulfilling and the most profitable way to do business.

Now Burg is back with a new book, offering deeper insight into what it means to be truly influential and providing powerful strategies for mastering the art of winning people over.

Perfect Business Plan

Ron Johnson

A carefully prepared plan is essential to the success of any business. Planning ahead means you make better decisions today, and helps you take into account as many of the relevant factors as possible. The business plan is vital to the people who finance the business - but above all it's vital to the people who carry out its day-to-day management. Perfect Business Plan provides a planning framework and shows you how to complete it for you own business in one hundred short, easy-to-follow steps. The book is comprehensive and yet concise and to the point. It is written in simple, clear language and is designed to be of immediate, practical benefit to readers.

Chapters include:
--Planning to plan
--Essential expertise
--Key business factors
--Basic estimates
--Essential calculations
--Planning to manage
--Collating the plan
--Implementation
--Your own plan

The Perfect series is a range of practical guides that give clear and straightforward advice on everything from finding your first job to choosing your baby's name. Written by experienced authors offering tried-and-tested tips, each book contains all you need to get it right first time.

Invisibles

David Zweig

What do fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters, and structural engineers have in common?

For most of us, the better we perform the more attention we receive. Yet for many "Invisibles"-skilled professionals whose role is critical to whatever enterprise they're a part of-it's the opposite: the better they do their jobs the more they disappear. In fact, often it's only when something goes wrong that they are noticed at all.



Millions of Invisibles are hidden in every industry. And despite our culture's increasing celebration of fame in our era of superstar CEOs and assorted varieties of "genius," they're fine with remaining anonymous.

Walking Diet

Les Snowdon

No Calorie Counting. No special jogging outfits. No pain=gain formula. The walking diet is the revolutionary health and diet programme that everyone can follow. Simply by following this 30 day walking plan, you can become fitter, healthier and slimmer. Research has proved that walking, not jogging, is the most efficient form of exercise, and the only one you can safely follow for the rest of your life. It is the exercise of the Nineties.

Adolescence

Erin Shale (and others)

Adolescence has changed. Young people now enter puberty earlier - in many cases at ten or eleven - and leave home later. What's more, modern society expects children to grow up emotionally all too quickly. Most adolescents rebel against their parents to some extent and although parenting adolescents is challenging and exciting, dealing with the issues arising just before and during the teen years can be the hardest. How often have you heard comments such as 'Nothing I do is right!' and 'I'm going crazy!'? Take heart, clear and concise advice is at hand. In Adolescence, experts Michael Carr-Gregg and Erin Shale fully outline the skills, knowledge and strategies parents need to guide their children to adulthood. Sensible, practical, sympathetic techniques are outlined for:--communicating well with your adolescent--setting appropriate, negotiated boundaries--handling problems such as depression, relationships, emerging sexuality, drugs and eating disorders--providing young people with an environment in which they feel safe, valued and listened toAdolescence will provide the 'book of instructions' parents have long thought should come with each child.

How to Be Happy (or at least less sad)

Lee Crutchley (and others)

HOW TO BE HAPPY (OR AT LEAST LESS SAD) is a workbook offering a place of solace, distraction, and a fresh perspective on life. This book will not fix you and it will not make you happy, but it promises to help you rediscover the simple pleasures in life and, ultimately, make you feel that little less sad.

"This book made me nervous when I first scanned through it because I knew it would work! This isn't a self-help book; it's more of a blue-collar, get-down-to business friend with calloused hands who is ready to boogie when you are. This book is about action. But also acknowledgement. There are no platitudes and its author is no Pollyanna. It's an explicit map that leads to a place where you're going to feel measurably better, and better equipped to face life's vicissitudes." - Rob Delaney, Comedian