This year we’ve seen readers looking for strong non-fiction titles that fall into the wellness and self-care genres. We get it. Books are a way of making sense of the world and 2020 certainly has been a difficult year to make sense of. As always, we’re with you on your reading journey, so we’ve created…
Better Reading BE
On the last Tuesday of every month we will do a Facebook LIVE that focusses on titles we feel inspire, educate, empower and nurture readers. We’re looking for special books: books written by experts in their field, books that celebrate women, and books that educate. Subjects that are covered include mindfulness and meditation, healing and health, powerful memoirs, and self-development.
We look forward to taking this new journey with you. To rewatch our first BE LIVE, click here. Below are the titles we discussed.
Why we love it: Unbecoming is a funny, heartbreaking and provocative homage to midlife unravelling as women on the brink of elderhood speak honestly about their lives and wonder what the hell to do with vaginas that are not ready to be put out to pasture just yet. A must-read for any woman over 50, but a delight for all. This is a novel but reads like a memoir, or an invitation into a secret sisterhood.
What it’s about: While on her three-month marriage-and-motherhood sabbatical in the country, Jo bumps into her old friend Fiona who invites her on a ‘sacred silent walk to mark her 57th birthday. The last thing Jo wants is to share anything about herself – these are Fiona’s friends, not hers. And what’s she going to say? That she has no idea who she is anymore? But under the canopy of the open night sky, around a small, tended fire, the women share wise counsel, spill their secrets and offer up their stories, each exposing corners of truth the others – and all women – need to hear.
Why we love it: One might think that Julia Baird had a crystal ball and glimpsed into the future, with the very timely publication of Phosphorescence. If there is one book you need to read this year, as the world seemingly spins out of control… this is it. Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving, this book will give you hope.
What it’s about: Phosphorescence is a beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness – the ‘light within’ that Julia Baird calls ‘phosphorescence’ – which will sustain us even through the darkest times.
Why we love it: Seeking ways to channel and capture the clarity and peace of mind so often lacking in our lives, Jackman writes with a lightness of touch, sharing her own experiences and digging into her subject with the zeal of an investigative journalist and an enquiring mind. Both experienced meditators and those simply wanting a little peace in their lives will love this book.
What it’s about: Through her personal quest for a better way of being, author and respected journalist Christine Jackman seeks out the best ways to regain clarity and peace of mind in a busy and noisy world.
Why we love it: David Sinclair has proposed a radical new theory of ageing, suggesting that we can reset the code, slow, stop or even reverse ageing. And his research backs it up. Fascinating, educational and empowering, Lifespan hands you back the reigns to your own health. Listen to the fascinating podcast we recorded with David here.
What it’s about: What if ageing is a disease? And that disease is curable. In this paradigm-shifting book from acclaimed Harvard Medical School doctor and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people on earth, Dr. David Sinclair reveals that everything we think we know about ageing is wrong, and shares the surprising, scientifically-proven methods that can help readers live younger, longer.
Why we love it: Wim Hof has become a modern icon for his astounding achievements, breaking world records withstanding extreme temperatures and running barefoot marathons over deserts and ice fields. He’s unusual and inspiring. This is a great book for anyone who needs to really try something different in their life – as crazy as it sounds, it’s backed by science and countless followers who swear by the method around the world.
What it’s about: In The Wim Hof Method, this trailblazer of human potential shares his simple three-pillar approach that anyone can use to improve health and performance – and see real results within just a few days. Refined over forty years and championed by scientists across the globe, you’ll learn how to harness three key elements of Cold, Breathing and Mindset to master mind over matter and achieve the impossible.
Why we love it: This stunning book contains the nine humble, compelling and life-affirming lessons that Benjamin has learned along the way in his extraordinary, and long, life. These are lessons that we can all harness for ourselves. A gorgeous gift for any friend who needs support right now.
What it’s about: 100-year-old Benjamin Ferencz is the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg Trials, where he prosecuted 22 leading Nazis. Parting Words follows the story of Benjamin’s life, and each chapter includes his learnings on how we can all make the most of ours – from the subjects of ambition and determination to happiness and love.
Why we love it: Stories of Hope examines Heather’s extraordinary journey, in the form of a series of beautifully rendered tales of the people she has met, the remarkable stories they have shared with her, and the lessons they hold for us all. This is a wonderful book about the power of listening.
What it’s about: From a young age, Heather Morris discovered that people would tell her their stories if she stopped and listened. In Stories of Hope, she explores the art of listening – a skill she employed when she met Lale Sokolov, the Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Why we love it: With worldwide problems looming large in their lives, there has never been a tougher time for young adults to navigate self-doubt and conquer the anguish of fitting in, while trying to find their own path and discover their unique identity. Inspiring and entertaining, this is the book every adult wishes they’d been given during puberty. A book for our times.
What it’s about: Learn how to stop doubting yourself, embrace change and let your kindness loose. This book has simple steps and easy strategies which will inspire tweens and teens to fearlessly follow their own path. Includes real-life examples of people who have successfully made a difference to their own life and to the world.