Since the 1990s clinical psychologist Dr Timothy Sharp has been helping people to become happier. As the founder of The Happiness Institute in Australia and consultant to numerous large organisations, as well as hundreds of individual clients and families, Dr Sharp has developed a range of simple but effective plans designed to increase happiness levels.Read more
In the prologue to Boyfriends We've All Had (and Shouldn't Have), Mandy Nolan says: 'I will never forget my first love letter. It was a moment that opened me to the possibility that I could be the object of someone else’s desire. I was 11 years old. It was simple, strangely poignant and obnoxious, all at the same time. It said:
"My name is William Sommerfield. I wear white. I have seen you on the bus. If you don’t go with me, you can get ******."
Despite his eloquent turn of phrase I took the latter option. And I have never looked back. Until now.'Read more
Paul Cleary reviewed 9/11 and the Art of Happiness in this weekend's Australian. 'While Kennedy's writing style is brisk, he chooses his words carefully ... in a poignant epilogue, he writes that the art of happiness is about making choices and taking action. He had no choice about what happened to his mother but he was able to choose how to respond.
We are delighted to announce the publication of a new Mandy Nolan 'femoir' in April this year, Boyfriends We've All Had (and Shouldn't Have). With typically wicked and irreverent wit, Mandy dissects the boyfriend types women fall in and out of love with in their search for Mr Right. Here is an extract, her reminiscences on Mr Shop-a-phobic, to whet your appetite: http://tinyurl.com/ke2tbfh.
Available in paperback and ebook from 1 April.
'Part sport part travelogue, [Andre] Leslie's treatise is a very funny true story about how a group of expatriates formed a cricket team in Berlin and then represented Germany in England and India,' Clare Calvert.
Find out more about Batting for Berlin here.
Australian literary giant Helen Garner praised first-time author Heath Lander's memoir The Bouncer in Spectrum's weekend review of the best books of 2013.
She says, 'Apropos extreme maleness and its secret fits of conscience, The Bouncer (Finch Publishing) is Heath Lander's account of his years in crowd control at Melbourne nightclubs. It's hair-raisingly funny, sometimes grotesque, and surprisingly touching: a remarkable piece of writing.'
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We are pleased to consider manuscript proposals on the following subjects: parenting, social issues, health, childcare and child health, memoir, family relationships, social ecology and relationships. We do not publish fiction. Our books are aimed at the general mass market audience and not solely directed at academics or professionals.
This beautifully written and evocative memoir is a fascinating insight into the lives of her family, living under apartheid, who struggled to create a sense of identity and personal worth. It's a book of historical relevance in its revelations about resistance to Apartheid by South Africans of mixed race; and it is also a book of social relevance to the debate on racism today, in Australia, South Africa, and elsewhere in the world.Read more
Birth Stories is a collection of nineteen candid stories by Australian women about the triumphs, challenges and delights of their experiences of childbirth. Each of these women discovered the value of being able to make informed decisions about their maternity care, and had positive and empowering birth experiences.Read more