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Curious English Words and Phrases (2nd edition)

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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 |

1918: Year of Victory

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The end of the Great War and the shaping of history

An original account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century. With an historian’s eye for clear headed analysis combined with incredible attention to detail, the Australian War Memorial’s Ashley Ekins presents a compelling account of the world’s first ‘great war’ and its legacy.
Many believe this War set the pattern for the large-scale violence, devastation and genocide witnessed throughout the wars of the 20th century.

 

Live and Laugh with Dementia

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The essential guide to maximizing quality of life

Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible — to maximize quality of life for all concerned. Worldwide, over 45 million people live with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030; 135 million by 2050. For every person with dementia, their family and carers are faced with the decision of how best to care for them.

Live and Laugh with Dementia addresses our attitude towards dementia and caring for people with dementia. It supports and inspires carers to build their relationship with the person with dementia and provide meaningful engaging activities. As well as suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, tips for people with mild dementia are included in order to empower them to be active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 151 mm | 232 Pages |

Feed Your Brain: The Cookbook eBook

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Did you know your brain is the most nutrient-demanding organ in your body? The human brain uses an enormous 20% of the total energy gained from food you consume, meaning what you eat is intrinsically linked with your brain’s health and functioning.

Drawing on 20 years of research, author Delia McCabe presents the bible of delicious, easy ideas to keep your brain in tip-top condition. She shares fascinating facts about the most nutritious ingredients and tips and tricks for preparing meals the whole family will love; this is the ultimate collection of recipes to nurture and benefit not just your body and soul, but also your brain.

SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 235 x 191 mm | Colour | 240 Pages |

Today in New Zealand History

From the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Alexander Turnbull Library, this glorious, fully illustrated discovery of New Zealand’s key times brings history to life. Each day of the year features a story ranging from the nation-forming to the quirky. A timeline lists key events that have shaped the course of New Zealand’s political and constitutional development, while Born on this Day boxes scattered throughout provide details on around 100 figures of significance to New Zealand history.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 280 x 210 mm | Approximately 500 Colour Photographs | 304 Pages |

Feed Your Brain: The Cookbook

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Did you know your brain is the most nutrient-demanding organ in your body? The human brain uses an enormous 20% of the total energy gained from food you consume, meaning what you eat is intrinsically linked with your brain’s health and functioning.

Drawing on 20 years of research, author Delia McCabe presents the bible of delicious, easy ideas to keep your brain in tip-top condition. She shares fascinating facts about the most nutritious ingredients and tips and tricks for preparing meals the whole family will love; this is the ultimate collection of recipes to nurture and benefit not just your body and soul, but also your brain.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 235 x 191 mm | Colour | 240 Pages |

Release Your Worries

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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 |

Preposterous Proverbs

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Why fine words butter no parsnips

From our earliest years we have heard proverbs, and many of them are repeated without much thought. In ‘Preposterous Proverbs’, Max Cryer looks at a vast array of proverbs from around the world. Proverbs on birth, food, women and love rub shoulders with others on money, animals, sin and death. He has chosen some of the most interesting and perplexing, and with his characteristic wry wit he analyses their meaning and truth. A great book to dip into.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 198 x 126 mm | 272 Pages |

Mrs Cook’s Book of Recipes

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 |

Mountain Tails

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The lives and loves of my animal neighbours

Sharyn Munro, author of the acclaimed ‘The Woman on the Mountain‘, lives alone on her mountaintop refuge, surrounded by nothing but the Australian bush. As the only human resident, she has developed a keen interest in the lives and loves of her animal neighbours and it is their stories that she shares with us now.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 153 mm | 176 Pages |

Laugh with Health

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 |

Kevin’s Questions

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Does it matter to anyone if there is one less of us? Does it matter if any of us live or die?

Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

There are over 15 million children orphaned by AIDS in the world – children whose lives have been devastated by the loss of their parents and the stigma associated with this modern-day plague. Kevin Sumba is one of these children. Living in a squalid shantytown in Kenya, his life was one of loneliness and hardship – it was a constant struggle for him to clothe and feed himself – yet he still courageously worked to get himself an education.

Miles Roston, a documentary filmmaker, first met Kevin while making a film on AIDS orphans. Miles had seen the heartbreaking reality of life for young AIDS victims firsthand many times, yet he found that this particular boy entered his heart in a way he hadn’t anticipated. So together, he and Kevin set about answering ‘Kevin’s Questions‘, a journey that took them around the world, from New York to Nairobi.

SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 170 x 140 mm | 248 Pages |

Fit for Birth and Beyond

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A guide for women over 35

Many older women spend months, if not years, trying for motherhood, then endure an anxious pregnancy wondering if they are eating and exercising properly. Fitness expert Suzy Clarkson has been there. Her first pregnancy at the age of 38 was relatively trouble-free, but trying to get pregnant again a few years later was very different. Following fertility treatment, she finally gave birth to her second child at the age of 45.

Qualified in physiotherapy, Suzy has now devised a practical guide to assist older women through their pregnancies, using her own experiences of motherhood to support her text. This easy-to-follow fitness programme will take you through each trimester, showing suitable exercises and suggesting how to develop healthy habits to achieve a safe outcome, a successful childbirth and a speedy recovery afterwards. The book is fully illustrated with step-by-step photographs showing the exercises in detail. The information she provides is based on the latest research, and is endorsed by leading specialists in obstetrics and fertility.

But the book is more than its exercises. Suzy is a ‘real mum’ who offers encouragement and a compassionate helping hand to all older mothers. Fit for Birth and Beyond is the guide you can trust and use with confidence.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Paperback | 242 x 184 mm | 256 Pages |

Facing Age

A practical guide for families 
‘How can we help our parents as they grow old, and what about our own retirement?’ As the population ages, increasing numbers of people are facing difficult questions about ageing, retirement, death and its aftermath. Many find it difficult to absorb and understand the detailed information required in order to make sensible decisions for their parents and for themselves. Nancye Bourke presents all the information you need in this clear and practical self-help guide.
Community and health support systems in Australia and New Zealand are well established to assist the ageing person and their family as they move through the active retirement years to the point where failing health requires increasing support. Facing Age describes the systems available to support ageing, death and its aftermath. Among the issues covered are how assessment works, the provision of assistance in the home, hospitalisation, the problems of disability and abuse and remaining mentally healthy. Death creates a new set of questions as funerals must be arranged and estates settled.
These days families are often widely scattered, possibly with a range of values and beliefs as well, so it is especially important that good communication and mutual respect are maintained. Nancye Bourke offers excellent advice to family members in such situations and emphasises the importance of understanding the special emotions of absence and grief that surface at times of crisis and loss.
Facing Age concludes with a comprehensive list of useful addresses and contact details.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 mm x 153 mm | 224 Pages |

Enjoy Emotional Freedom

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are a ground-breaking new approach to treating stress, emotional difficulties and anxieties that so many of us experience. In this compassionate and engaging book, leading experts Steve Wells and Dr David Lake guide you through the principles of EFT and their own effective Simple Energy Techniques (SET) to outline the steps you can take to change your life for the better.

Whether you want to break free of old, destructive patterns, overcome a serious problem or simply learn to be in control of your emotions, Enjoy Emotional Freedom will teach you to harness the power of energy to forever transform your health and wellbeing.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 mm x 253 mm | 240 Pages |

Elephants in the News

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Pachyderms in Limerick
This delightful look at the wonderful world of the elephant is bound to put a smile on everyone’s face! Newspaper articles from around the world on various aspects of elephant life have been reproduced and then given a humorous twist in the form of an accompanying limerick. Glorious full-colour illustrations enhance the text throughout to create a truly memorable package.
So, if you want to find out how elephants behave when they’re in love or whether their artwork is receiving critical acclaim, then Elephants in the News is the book for you. After all,
‘In circus, on plains, or in zoos,
No matter what yardstick you choose,
Come work, strife, or play,
At the end of the day
We elephants always are news!’
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 175 mm x 165 mm | 128 Pages |

Curious English Words and Phrases

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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

Black Obsession

The All Black’s quest for World Cup success

To coincide with the commencement of the 2009 Bledisloe Cup Series and with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, Exisle Publishing proudly releases Gregor Paul’s controversial new book Black Obsession. This explosive book examines why it is that the world’s greatest Rugby nation continues to fail in their quest for World Cup glory.

Since the first World Cup in 1987, the All Blacks have amassed a winning record that is far superior to any other country. Yet by the time the next World Cup rolls around in 2011, it will be 24 years since the All Blacks have been world champions. How can that be? This very readable book draws some provocative conclusions on why New Zealand no longer produces great leaders and why rugby remains such an important part of the national psyche. Part travel guide, part social history and part self-help manual, it is the ideal book for all those fans who can’t help steering conversations towards All Black World Cup failures.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 mm x 153 mm | Photographs | 232 Pages |

Smile Cry: Happy or sad, wailing or glad – how do you feel today?

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A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Smile Cry is an innovative picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years.

Readers’ follow three adorable characters — piglet, bunny and cat — as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life.

It’s the little things that touch the hearts of children the most, and Smile Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood.

The clever ‘flip book’ format means that the ‘Smile’ story reads from front to back, while the ‘Cry’ story reads from back to front, with both delicious narratives meeting in the middle. A heartfelt picture book that will be treasured for years, Smile Cry is perfect for ages 3 and upwards.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 215 x 288 mm / 8 ½ x 11 ¼ Inches | 32 Pages | Colour |