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12 BIRDS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE: NATURE'S LESSONS IN HAPPINESS
by Charlie Corbett
read by Charlie Corbett
running time 6hrs 56mins
Can you recognise the cheerful chirrups of the house sparrow? A song thrush singing out at winter's darkest hour? Or the beautiful, haunting call of the curlew? At a time of great anxiety and uncertainty, while coping with the untimely death of his mother, Charlie Corbett realised his perspective on life was slipping. In a moment of despair, he found himself - somewhat damp - lying on the side of a lonely hill staring up at a leaden sky, a melancholy drizzle seeping into his bones. Suddenly he hears the song of a single skylark - that soaring, tinkling, joyous sound - and he is transported away from the drizzle and dark thoughts. Grounded by the beauty of nature, perspective dawns. No longer the leading role in his own private melodrama, but merely a minor part in nature's great epic. Such is the power of these creatures to raise you from life's periodic depths. Through twelve characterful birds, Charlie show us that there is joy to be found in the very smallest of events - if we know where to look, and how to listen. From solitary skylarks to squabbling sparrows, he explores the place of these birds in our history, culture and landscape, noting what they look like and where you're most likely to meet them. By reconnecting with the wildlife all around him, through learning to understand, love, and begin to move with the rhythms of the natural world outside his door, Charlie discovered nature's powerful ability to heal
by Tess Daly
read by Tess Daly
running time 3hrs 23mins
'I've always been passionate about wellness, and how to live the happiest, healthiest life we can. These are the small changes that make a big difference when it comes to putting your wellbeing first.' Model, presenter and mum of two daughters, Tess Daly is a much-loved TV personality. Now, for the first time, she shares her take on simple ways to look and feel amazing, whether you're 17 or 70. Eat: Gut-friendly advice and 40 easy family-friendly recipes Move: Exercises and stretches to help you stay energised and flexible Breathe: Expert practices to unlock the healing power of breath Sleep: Ways to help you get that vital rest to recharge you, ready for each day With plenty of accessible lifestyle hacks and expert advice, alongside simple recipes that are both healthy and delicious, this book shows that you don't have to spend lots of time or money to make every day that little bit healthier and a lot more fabulous.
7 STEPS TO STRONG
by Lisa Lanceford
read by Lisa Lanceford
running time 5hrs
Strong body equals strong mind. Lisa Lanceford's life was transformed through the power of fitness. The daily habit of working out and eating better led to improvements in her mood, confidence and personal relationships. Today, she feels strong, loves her body and is happier at home and work. Written with Lisa's characteristic warmth, accessibility and humour, and founded in nutritional science, 7 Steps to Strong outlines her essential advice for listeners in an easy-to-follow guide.
ABUNDANCE: THE INNER PATH TO WEALTH
by Deepak Chopra
read by Deepak Chopra
running time 8hrs
In Abundance, international best-selling author Deepak Chopra offers a simple seven-step plan to help you reset your focus, become the agent of your own life and strive for life's unbounded possibilities. Demonstrating how to work past self-generated feelings of limitation and providing meditations to help you focus your attention and intuition, this is your guide to a life of true power, prosperity and plenty.
by Ben Goldacre
read by Rupert Farley
running time 13hrs 15mins
Everyone has their own 'bad science' moments, encompassing everything from the useless pie charts on the back of cereal boxes to the use of the word 'visibly' in cosmetics adverts. Ben Goldacre takes the reader on a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of bad science.
CALM AND CONTROL VOCAL TICS AND BODILY TWITCHES
by Lynda Hudson
read by Lynda Hudson
running time 35mins
If you suffer from unwanted vocal or motor tics, this self help hypnotherapy recording could be very helpful. It teaches how to use breathing to let go of tension and breathe in a sense of calm. AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
THE DARKER THE NIGHT THE BRIGHTER THE STARS
by Paul Broks
read by Simon Bubb
running time 11hrs 20mins
A man's wife dies. What next? He smothers his sorrow and gets on with the days, but his brain won't rest. As a neuropsychologist he has spent a career trying to fathom the human brain, but now, he comes to realise, his brain is struggling to make sense of him. Combining neurological case stories and memoir, and with excursions into speculative fiction and mythology, this is a deeply personal meditation on grief, time and selfhood.
THE EARNED LIFE: LOSE REGRET, CHOOSE FULFILLMENT
by Mark Reiter & Marshall Goldsmith
read by Marshall Goldsmith
running time 8hrs 30mins
In The Earned Life, pioneering leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith shows us how to live our own lives—not someone else's version of them. The key to living the earned life, unbound by regret, requires our commitment to a habit of earning and connecting it to something greater than the isolated achievements of our personal ambition. Taking inspiration from Buddhism, Goldsmith implores readers to accept impermanence and avoid the Great Western Disease of 'I'll be happy when...'. He offers practical advice for shedding the obstacles, especially our failures of imagination, that prevent us from creating our own lives. With this audiobook as their guide, listeners can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done.
A FAMILY GUIDE TO DEMENTIA
by Kate Corr (editor)
read by Derina Dinkin
running time 4hrs
This down to earth guide is for the silent army of unpaid carers who support people living with dementia. Whether you're just starting out, or already caring for a loved one, you'll find all the essential information you need. From dealing with challenging behaviour to sorting our financial and legal issues or searching for answers to tricky, ethical dilemmas, this book provides some long-awaited advice.
GOLDEN: THE POWER OF SILENCE IN A WORLD OF NOISE
by Leigh Marz & Justin Talbot-Zorn
read by Prentice Onayemi
running time 11hrs
The world is louder than ever. It's not just the noise in our ears, but also the noise on our screens and in our heads. 'Silence is golden,' the adage goes. But how do we find it in times like these? Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey exploring why silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, professional fulfilment, nourishing relationships, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, philosophy, business, politics, activism, and the arts, Golden teaches us how to go beyond the ordinary rules and offers tools of mindfulness to help individuals, organisations and whole societies dial down the noise and reclaim pristine quiet.
A HANDFUL OF EARTH: A YEAR OF HEALING AND GROWING
by Barney Bardsley
read by Ruth Sillers
running time 9hrs 30mins
When Barney Bardsley’s husband died of cancer, she steeled herself to cope by taking one day at a time. During this dark time she took to tending her small, scruffy allotment and she slowly began to find comfort in nature. As the seasons unfold, she charts how her own life is slowly restored under the garden’s healing influence.
I AM, I AM, I AM
by Maggie O'Farrell
read by Ann Stutz
running time 6hrs
A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. This is the extraordinary memoir from bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell.
JAMES ACASTER'S GUIDE TO QUITTING SOCIAL MEDIA
by James Acaster
read by James Acaster
running time 7hrs
This is a self-help book like no other. Because you are not helping yourself, James Acaster is helping you. When James quit all forms of social media in 2019, he felt like he'd been born anew, but he was worried he'd suffer withdrawal. He knew that in order to stay clean, he'd have to replace everything social media used to give him with three-dimensional real-life activities. And so it was that James found ways to anonymously bully strangers, see photos of everyone's dogs, get invited to as many parties as possible, immediately know about all celebrity deaths, get public figures fired, argue with everybody about everything and so much more without even owning a phone (he painted over the screen of his old one to stop himself looking at Instagram).
THE KNIFE'S EDGE
by Stephen Westaby
read by Gordon Griffin
running time 9hrs 45mins
Although Professor Stephen Westaby was born with the necessary coordination and manual dexterity, it was a head trauma sustained during university that gifted him the qualities of an exceptional heart surgeon: qualities that are frequently associated with psychopathy. This is his intimate and compelling exploration into the unique psyche of the heart surgeon, by one of the profession’s most eminent figures.
THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS: A NURSE'S STORY
by Christie Watson
read by Katherine Shaw
running time 9hrs
Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, this is her astounding account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.
MACULAR DEGENERATION: AN AUDIO SELF HELP GUIDE
by Paul Wallis
read by Joy Wallis
running time 6hrs 15mins
This book explains a new way of understanding blindness, our number one fear in life, and why family and friends are critical to adaptation. It explains a new way of understanding blindness later in life, containing information you will not hear from a doctor or eye clinic.
THE NAKED APE
by Desmond Morris
read by Bob Rollett
running time 8hrs 30mins
Zoologist Desmond Morris presents man as a risen ape, remarkable in his resilience, energy and imagination, yet an animal nonetheless, in danger of forgetting his origins. With penetrating insights on man's beginnings, sex life, habits and our astonishing bonds to the animal kingdom.
OLD AGE AND HOW TO SURVIVE IT
by Edward Enfield
read by Bob Rollett
running time 2hrs 30mins
Old age comes to us all, and Edward Enfield wittily advises on how to survive its trickier obstacles, not least the people who suggest you must ‘do something’. One of the great delights of the golden years is doing less – from giving up DIY and ambition, to not inviting people to dinner!
THE PAINFUL TRUTH
by Monty Lyman
read by Monty Lyman
running time 8hrs 5mins
We know pain when we feel it. We fear it and try to avoid it. But do we know what it really is? We're currently experiencing a Renaissance in pain science. In recent years our understanding of pain has altered so radically it's fair to say that everything we thought we knew about pain is wrong. As Dr Monty Lyman reveals, we misunderstand pain - with harmful consequences. Exploring cutting-edge research and encompassing phantom aches to persistent pain, and interviews with survivors of torture as well as those who have never felt pain, Dr Lyman not only provides hope for reducing and managing pain but takes us to a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. This is the untold story of pain - our most elusive feeling.
by Pooja Lakshmin
read by Pooja Lakshmin
running time 6hrs 15mins
Self-care has become a staple in women's lives. From juice cleanses to yoga workshops to luxury bamboo sheets we are sold breezy fixes in pastel-coloured packages and then made to feel at fault when they don't work like there is something wrong with us. But we are not broken: the game is rigged against us. And if we set aside those activities that don't serve us we can all reconnect with ourselves and become agents of change in our lives. In Real Self-Care psychiatrist and women's mental health specialist Dr Pooja Lakshmin will help you understand what a real and sustainable practice of caring for yourself looks like. Using case studies clinical research and actionable strategies to deal with common problems this book will help you set boundaries and move past guilt treat yourself with compassion live a life aligned with your values and assert your power. The result - having ownership over your life - is nothing less than a personal and social revolution. Because real self-care is not a noun - it's a verb. And while it may not be as easy as buying that crystal-infused water bottle the rewards are infinite.
THE SALT PATH
by Raynor Winn
read by Anne Reid
running time 11hrs
Just days after Raynor learns that her husband of 32 years is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset. Carrying only the essentials for survival, they live in the wild and through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.
TAKE IT IN: DO THE INNER WORK. CREATE YOUR BEST DAMN LIFE
by Giselle La Pompe-Moore
read by Giselle La Pompe-Moore
running time 8hrs 30mins
Daily life can be rough, and we can often feel disconnected from who we really are. The solution? Everyday spirituality. In this empowering book, spiritual guide and teacher Giselle La Pompe-Moore reveals how doing the inner work and being spirit-informed will help you create the life you never thought possible. With personal anecdotes, practical exercises and no-nonsense advice, Take It In will help you move through the self-criticism, fears and doubts that get in the way of you seeing your greater purpose, power and potential. Do the inner work and create your best damn life.
ULTRA-PROCESSED PEOPLE: WHY DO WE ALL EAT STUFF THAT ISN'T FOOD ... AND WHY CAN'T WE STOP?
by Chris van Tulleken
read by Xand van Tulleken
running time 11hrs 35mins
An eye-opening investigation into the science, economics, history and production of ultra-processed food. We have entered a new 'age of eating' where most of our calories come from an entirely novel set of substances called Ultra-Processed Food, food which is industrially processed and designed and marketed to be addictive. But do we really know what it's doing to our bodies? Join Chris in his travels through the world of food science and a UPF diet to discover what's really going on. Find out why exercise and willpower can't save us, and what UPF is really doing to our bodies, our health, our weight, and the planet (hint: nothing good). For too long we've been told we just need to make different choices, when really we're living in a food environment that makes it nigh-on impossible. So this is a book about our rights. The right to know what we eat and what it does to our bodies and the right to good, affordable food.
by Catherine Green & Sarah Gilbert
read by Miscellaneous
running time 9hrs 30mins
On 1st January 2020, Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, read an article about four people in China with a strange pneumonia. Within two weeks, she and her team had designed a vaccine against a pathogen that no one had ever seen before. Less than 12 months later, vaccination was rolled out across the world to save millions of lives from COVID-19. In Vaxxers, we hear directly from Professor Gilbert and her colleague, Dr Catherine Green, as they reveal the inside story of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and the cutting-edge science and sheer hard work behind it. This is their story of fighting a pandemic as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Sarah and Cath share the heart-stopping moments in the eye of the storm, they separate fact from fiction, they explain how they made a safe vaccine in record time with the eyes of the world watching and they give us hope for the future. Vaxxers invites us into the lab to find out how science will save us from this pandemic, and how we can prepare for the inevitable next one.
WAKE UP!: ESCAPING A LIFE ON AUTOPILOT
by Chris Barez-Brown
read by Chris Barez-Brown
running time 4hrs 30mins
We all know the feeling of driving a long distance and arriving at our destination with little memory of the journey. That's because when we are doing routine activities our subconscious takes over to save energy: we are on autopilot. This doesn't just happen when we drive. It happens every day when we are at work, with our loved ones, or simply living our lives. Wake Up! is a series of experiments designed to help you break free from this trap. From climbing a tree to writing a letter, here are a year's worth of balanced, playful experiences that will engage your imagination and stimulate your senses. By escaping autopilot more often you'll feel tuned in, tap in to who you really are, and make every day count.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
by Cariad Lloyd
read by Cariad Lloyd
running time 6hrs 28mins
When Cariad was just fifteen, her dad died. She became the person-whose-dad-had-died; a mess of emotions and questions; a grief-mess. Years later, she began trying to unravel this tightly wound grief. What had happened? What effect had it all had on who she was? She started Griefcast, the podcast that talks openly, honestly and at times cheerfully about life's most difficult moment: its end. Inspired by her own grief mistakes and lessons,...
ZEN AND THE ART OF SAVING THE PLANET
by Thich Nhat Hanh
read by John Sackville
running time 8hrs 30mins
In these troubling times we all yearn for a better world. But many of us feel powerless and uncertain what we can do. Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) is blazingly clear: there's one thing that we have the power to change-and which can make all the difference: our mind. Filled with powerful examples of engaged action he himself has undertaken, inspiring Buddhist parables, and accessible daily meditations, this powerful spiritual guide offers us a path forward, opening us to the possibilities of change and how we can contribute to the collective awakening and environmental revolution our fractured world so desperately needs.