New on the shelf: Health books worth a read


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Full length of mature woman reading book on chair. Beautiful female is relaxing by houseplant against window. She is wearing casuals at home.

Looking for a Smart Thinking read this spring? Try one of these health books and inspire a life of wellness.

Mothering Our Boys

By Maggie Dent

Noble Words

In Mothering our Boys, former counselor and teacher and mother of four sons – Maggie Dent takes an in-depth look at the relationship between mums and their boys. In working with parents for over 30 years, Maggie has seen every kind of mother-son relationship there is, and witnessed the spectrum of emotions they can bring. Her work, in combination with her own experience of raising boys, has allowed her some unique insights into the common problems these relationships face from building character to letting them go on the bumpy ride to adulthood.

I’m Absolutely Fine!

By Annabel Rivkin & Emilie McMeekan


Rivkin and McMeekan describe this book as the manual for imperfect women, looking at what it is to be a grown-up woman with all the anxiety and potential through everyday life. Topics covered include relationships, sex, friendship and self-image and the book offers great advice and a good belly laugh. From things you know, like nothing good happens at three in the morning to things you should know, like how to horrify your teenage stepchildren the book can leave you happier, stronger and better prepared.


By Marcus Riley

Impact Press

Chairman of the Global Ageing Network Marcus Riley believes we can either accept that old age means to fade away, or we can seize the opportunity to revel in our later years with joy, passion and wisdom. Sharing real stories of people flourishing at all stages of later life, Riley shows how can plan and live your entire life to the full.


By Joseph Burgo

Pan MacMillan

Shame is a difficult emotion, and most of us do what we can to avoid it. But psychologist Joe Burgo shows us how we can use shame – which is an inevitable part of being human – as a tool for better understanding ourselves and our relationships with others.

The Art of Kindness

By Meredith Gaston

Hardie Grant

Author and illustrator Meredith Gaston has created The Art of Kindness to help us all foster thoughtfulness and kindness in our lives.  Meredith says “in this busy, bustling and impatient world we call home, a world that too often seems brash, disconnected and overwhelming, kindness remains a breath of fresh air, a life-affirming anchor. An uncomplicated healing source of joy and comfort.”



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