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The truth behind the expressions we use.
‘Cloud nine’, ‘at the drop of a hat’, ‘spitting image’, ‘mollycoddle’, ‘rigmarole’, ‘round robin’, ‘spill the beans’, ‘kick the bucket’, ‘balderdash’ and ‘touch wood’. There are so many curious words and phrases that we often use and yet haven’t you ever wondered why we say them, where they come from and what they mean?
Written by language expert Max Cryer, Curious Words and Phrases has all the answers behind some of the most interesting and perplexing words and expressions in the English language. Bulging with information, it’s a useful reference book and the ideal gift for anyone curious about the words and phrases we use.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm / 8.25 x 5.25 Inches | 432 Pages |
Persian soul, Islamic heart
Award-winning travel writer Jill Worrall, with her friend Reza Mirkhalaf, a leading tour manager from Tehran, describe an Iran the world has forgotten about.
Two Wings of a Nightingale uses the threads of Iran’s silk road heritage as a basis for a road trip travelogue. Many of the places visited have rarely been written about by westerners, and in writing this book Jill benefited from Reza’s expert knowledge on Iran’s history, religion, culture and architecture.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 272 Pages |
A guide to letting go of stress and anxiety
This is a comprehensive yet accessible and even enjoyable book on dealing with stress and anxiety. It examines the nature of stress and anxiety before going on to cover a range of strategies and approaches for dealing with them. The authors recognise that every individual is different and will choose different options. Case studies are included, the issue of medication is addressed and the importance of a healthy lifestyle is highlighted. The authors have drawn on their clinical, research and teaching work in the field, with the result that Release Your Worries makes use of the most up-to-date psychological approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Visit the Release Your Worries Website at http://www.releaseyourworries.com.au
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 288 Pages |
Knowing your child’s mind…
There is nothing so fascinating as the human brain. Over the past couple of decades, advances in technology have made possible new and exciting insights into how the brain grows, learns and operates. And there is growing consensus that this knowledge is of great relevance to parenting and all manner of child-rearing contexts.
Nurturing a Healthy Mind takes the available science on how the brain responds to environment stimuli and presents it in an easy-to-understand and user-friendly format. It ‘translates’ what neuroscience is telling us about the development of the brain from infancy to the early school years and explains how this knowledge can help us deal with the everyday realities of raising healthy and happy children.
So if you’ve ever wondered whether enrolling your three-year-old in enrichment programs will give them a head start in life, or have simply despaired at your four-year-old’s inability to sit still, you’ll find the book Nurturing a Healthy Mind essential reading.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 248 Pages |
For Mariners in Distant Seas
In this book John Dunmore has compiled the kind of exotic recipe book Elizabeth Cook herself might have written. It includes such delicacies as stewed albatross, turtle soup and roasted goat. Mrs Cook’s Book of Recipes is a beautiful gift book that will be enjoyed by anyone with imagination and a sense of history.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 165 x 125 mm | 96 Pages |
Your complete guide to health, diet, nutrition and natural foods
Learn how to heal yourself with the food you eat! Laugh with Health is the complete ‘body system’ guide to health and healing. Recommended by medical doctors and naturopaths, Laugh with Health is everyone’s essential reference for living a life of health and wellbeing. completely revised and updated edition.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 245 x 190 mm | 224 Pages |
This beautiful Leather Bound collectors edition is presented in its own full colour slip case. Each copy is individually signed and numbered by the author. With only 199 copies of this edition being produced this will be a rare collectable. Order your copy now.
SPECIFICATIONS: Leather Bound | 270 x 250 mm | 264 Pages |
The writings of Elizabeth Macquarie
‘In Her Own Words: The writings of Elizabeth Macquarie’ is a beautifully presented volume containing the annotated letters and journal of Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of early colonial Australia’s planning visionary, Lachlan Macquarie. This publication is historically significant as until now, very little has been in print about Elizabeth Macquarie and her influence in the shaping of our nation.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 270 x 250 mm | 264 Pages |
Vanishing Killers of the Animal Kingdom
Did you know that it’s possible to be bitten by a snake’s head for up to an hour after it’s been decapitated? On the flip side, for every person bitten by a shark each year, 25 people are bitten by New Yorkers. These facts and many more appear in this fascinating, beautifully illustrated tribute to our world’s ‘deadly’ wildlife.
SPECIFICATIONS: Case and Jacket | 195 mm x 135 mm / 7½ x 5¼ inches |15 Original Artworks | 272 Pages |
The truth behind the expressions we use
Have you ever wondered where terms like ‘end of your tether’, ‘gets my goat’ or ‘letting ones hair down’ come from? Or why we call some people ‘geezers’, ‘sugar daddies’ or ‘lounge lizards’? Or where the words ‘eavesdropping’, ‘nickname’ and ‘D-Day’ come from?
They are just a few of the many words and phrases that language expert Max Cryer examines in this fact-filled and fun new book.
Max explains where these curious expressions come from, what they mean and how they are used.
Along the way he tells a host of colourful anecdotes and dispels quite a few myths – Did Churchill originate the phrase ‘black dog’? And if ‘ivory tower’ can be found in the Bible, why has its meaning changed so drastically?
Curious English Words and Phrases is a treasure trove for lovers of language. Informative, amusing and value for money, this book is ‘the real McCoy’. From ‘couch potato’ to ‘Bob’s your uncle’, you’ll find the explanation here!
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 135 mm | 388 pages | eBook available
This gorgeous book would make a wonderful gift, for someone you love or for yourself!
By reading a thought each day from this wise little book, you can stop for a moment and nourish your soul. Often our lives are so busy that we forget to look within. Each vignette will seep in deeply, and give you cause to reflect on the important issues that underpin your relationships, careers and family life.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback, Cased with Jacket | 138 x 105 mm / 5 ½ x 4 ⅕ Inches | 38 Illustrations | 192 Pages |
Philip Weigall is considered to be probably the best writer on flyfishing in Australia and has a large following. Flyfishing, and fishing in general, is one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most popular outdoor activities. It’s a sad fact of flyfishing that there is no prescriptive manual for ensuring success.
It is an activity that defies simple evaluation, with enough variables to leave even the ‘experts’ scratching their heads from time to time. For example, why is it that a trout will respond to a certain fly one day, but ignore it entirely in identical conditions on another day? Acclaimed flyfishing author Philip Weigall attempts to answer this question and many more in this engaging book.
In his words, it is a book of ‘flyfishing truths’, a collection of techniques, ideas, concepts, knowledge and equipment that, to the best of his objective observations over many decades spent with a rod in hand, honestly seem to matter when it comes to catching trout.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback, Cased with Jacket | 195 x 135 mm / 7 ½ x 5 ¼ Inches | 196 Pages |
An easy-to-use reference guide to the words that most commonly confuse people in written English. Written by a teacher and journalist with years of experience in effective writing and communication.
‘Affect’ or ‘effect’? ‘Right’, ‘write’ or ‘rite’? ‘Soul’ or ‘sole’? ‘Pawn’ or ‘porn’? English can certainly be a confusing language, whether you’re a native speaker or learning it as a second language. This is the essential reference to help people master its subtleties and avoid making mistakes. Entries are organised alphabetically, with meanings and examples (including colloquial ones) being given to facilitate correct use. The book then looks at words that often confuse — childish vs. childlike, incredible vs. incredulous, for example — before providing a list of commonly misspelled words. It’s a book that deserves a place on every bookshelf: at home, in the study and at the office.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 198 x 126 mm / 7 ⅘ x 5 Inches | 256 Pages |