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Recommended Reading

What If We Stopped Pretending?

Jonathan Franzen

If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.

Stolen Focus

Johann Hari

We think our inability to focus is a personal failing a flaw in each one of us. It is not. This has been done to all of us by powerful external forces. Our focus has been stolen. Johann discovered there are twelve deep cases of this crisis, all of which have robbed some of our attention.

The Myth of Normal

Gabor Maté

Dr Mate connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living - with disease as a natural reflection of a life spent growing further and further apart from our true selves. But, with deep compassion, he also shows us a pathway to health and healing.

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery

Babette Rothschild

Safe and effective principles and strategies for recovery from trauma. This book gives self help readers, therapy clients, and therapists alike the skills to understand and implement eight keys to successful trauma healing.

It Didn't Start with You

Mark Wolynn

Depression. Anxiety. Chronic pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The root of these difficulties may reside in the traumas of our parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. Mark Wolynn has developed a pioneering approach to identifying and breaking these inherited family patterns.

The Road Less Travelled

M. Scott Peck

Confronting and solving problems is a painful process, which most of us attempt to avoid. Drawing heavily upon his own professional experience, Dr. M. Scott Peck, a practicing psychiatrist, suggests ways in which confronting and resolving our problems can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding.

Solitude: A Return to the Self

Anthony Storr

Storrbook argues that solitude ranks alongside relationships in its impact on an individual’s well-being and productivity, challenging the paradigm that “interpersonal relationships of an intimate kind are the chief, if not the only, source of human happiness.” 

Stepping Off the Relationship Escalator

Amy Gahran

Love and relationships are not one-size-fits-all. If you want to explore unconventional relationships, or simply to understand your options, you'll find guidance here. This is a friendly starting point for people to understand relationships don't always follow the norm.

Come as You Are

Emily Nagoski

Come As You Are reveals the true story behind female sexuality, uncovering the little-known science of what makes us tick and, more importantly, how and why. Sex educator Dr Emily Nagoski debunks the common sexual myths that are making women (and some men!) feel inadequate between the sheets.

All About Love

bell hooks

Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.

Lost Connections

Johann Hari

Depression and anxiety are now at epidemic levels. Why? Across the world, scientists have uncovered evidence for nine different causes. Lost Connections shows that once we understand the real causes, we can begin to turn to pioneering new solutions - ones that offer real hope.

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Dr Julie Smith

Filled with secrets from the therapy room, Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? offerssimple advice, effective strategies and powerful coping techniques to help readers stay positive and resilient no matter what life throws their way.

The Body Keeps The Score

Bessel Van Der Kolk

Dr van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress. The Body Keeps the Score sheds new light on the routes away from trauma - which lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind, using sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other routes to equilibrium.

Love's Executioner

Irvin D. Yalom

In recounting his patients' dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist.

Man's Search For Meaning

Viktor E Frankl

Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Logotherapy holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

The Art of Receiving and Giving

Betty Martin

Why would most people endure unwanted or unsatisfying touch, rather than speak up for their own boundaries and desires? Betty guides the reader through the Wheel of Consent framework, and shares practices to help us recover the ability to notice what we want and set clear boundaries.

The Discovery of Being

Rollo May

The brilliant psychologist Rollo May was a major force in existential psychology. He pays particular attention to the causes of loneliness and isolation and to our search to find new and firm moorings in order to move toward a future where responsibility, creativity, and love can play a role.


Melissa Febos

A gripping set of stories about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become. A wise and brilliant guide to transforming the self and our society. Febos examines the narratives women are told about what it means to be female and what it takes to free oneself from them.

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