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Reading can grant many gifts including empathy, escapism, and joy. In the face of the immense hardship of the last twelve months, we witnessed more people than ever turning back to reading. We turned to books for clarity in times of uncertainty, and to seek facts from trustworthy sources. This fabulous collection of books is sure to inspire, invigorate and provide solace during precarious times.

  • Fake Medicine - Bradley McKay

    The health industry is worth millions of dollars. From immune boosting shots, detoxes and sun gazing - it is easy to feel overwhelmed by conflicting information. Amidst a global pandemic, where we know that health is paramount – we ask, what does it mean to be truly well? We all want to live healthier, happier, and longer lives, but too many of us are fooled my misinformation. Too often we are misled by marketing or scammed by sciencey-sounding salespeople. Enter Dr Brad McKay, Australian GP and science communicator, experienced broadcaster, interviewer, and public commentator. He has seen the rise of misinformation permeate our lives and watched as many of us have turned away from health experts. Too often, we place our trust in online influencers, celebrities, and Dr Google when it comes to making important health decisions. Fake Medicine explores the potential dangers of wellness warriors, anti-vaxxers, fad diets, dodgy supplements, alternative practitioners, and conspiracy theories.

  • Keep Sharp - Sanjay Gupta

    As we move through life, we are constantly looking for ways to keep our brains firing. In this new book, neurosurgeon Dr Sanjay Gupta offers insights from top scientists all over the world, collating methods to protect brain function and maintain cognitive health at any age. Keep Sharp expertly deconstructs the correlations between ageing and cognitive decline. Dr Gupta explores whether there is a 'best' diet or exercise regimen for the brain and explains whether it is healthier to play video games that test memory and processing speed, or to engage in more social interaction. The book also provides readers with a personalized twelve-week programme featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day. Keep Sharp is the only owner's manual you will need to keep your brain young and healthy at any age!

  • I'm So Effing Tired - Amy Shah

    Burnout is seemingly, the tagline of the times. Too many of us find ourselves overwhelmed, overstressed, and overtired. And, to an extent, we normalise it. Being exhausted is a badge of honour. Dr. Amy Shah, drawing on her personal experience and the latest science provides a guide to conquering burnout and increasing energy. From a leading medical doctor and nutritional expert comes a comprehensive guide to conquering burnout, increasing your energy. It's time to regain the energy you've lost, so you can get back to the life you want to live.

  • The Lonely Century - Noreena Hertz

    Even before a global pandemic introduced us to terms like social distancing, loneliness was already becoming the defining condition of the twenty-first century. In a world which is seemingly so interconnected online loneliness still pervades both the political and personal realms. From Noreena Hertz, dubbed 'one of the world's most inspiring women' by Vogue and 'one of the world's leading thinkers’ comes an intriguing exploration spanning from; 'how to communicate in real life' class for smartphone-addicted university students to bouncy castles at Belgian far-right gatherings, from 'renting a friend' and paying for cuddles in the U.S. to nursing home residents knitting bonnets for their robot caregivers in Japan. Boasting bold solutions which we can apply at home, at work, and within our neighbourhood, Hertz asserts that we many can reverse the loneliness epidemic. She embarks on a quest for radical change, within the workplace, businesses and at a government level. Noreena Hertz helps us to understand why this is the lonely century, how we got here and what each of us can do to help reduce loneliness for ourselves and our communities.

  • Breathtaking - Rachel Clarke

    From the bestselling author of Dear Life, Breathtaking is a compassionate, heartbreaking and compelling account of an NHS doctor in the midst of the greatest public health crisis in living memory. Palliative care doctor, Rachel Clarke depicts life, death, hope, fear, medicine at its most impotent and also at its finest, the courage of patients in enormous adversity, the stress of being torn between helping those patients and endangering your spouse and children, the long fretful nights ruminating over whether the PPE you wear fits the science or the size of the government stockpile. Faltering, fumbling, tenacious, undaunted, this is medicine in the time of coronavirus.

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