Book Reviews August 2021

Fully Human

Steve Biddulph



What if there were parts of our minds which we never use, but if awakened, could make us so much happier, connected and alive? What if awakening those parts could bring peace from the conflicts and suffering we all go through? From the cutting edge, where therapy meets neuroscience, Steve Biddulph explores the new concept of ‘supersense’ – the feelings beneath our feelings – which can guide us to a more awake and free way of living every minute of our lives. And the Four Storey Mansion – a way of using your mind that can be taught to a five-year-old, but can also help the most damaged adult. In Fully Human, Steve Biddulph draws on deeply personal stories from his own life, as well as those of his clients, and from the frontiers of thinking about how the brain works with the body and the wisdom of the ‘wild creature’ inside all of us.


Women & Money

Janet Xuccoa


RRP $34.95

Janet Xuccoa’s latest book is for all women wanting to take control of their finances, become financially independent, and adopt a whole-life approach to money and wealth. A successful professional and investor, Janet shares financial insights into how money works and what’s required when investing in assets to create financial wellbeing. “Women should not leave it up to someone else to handle finances. It’s easier than you think, and I can show you how,” says Janet, who exhorts all women to learn how to manage their money and how to create wealth. Women & Money: Mastering the Struggle will teach you how to: adopt a whole-life approach to money and wealth; navigate money relationships with yourself and your partner; effectively manage money flows; create your own financial retirement plan; apply 101 economics to make intelligent proactive financial decisions; invest in superannuation and managed funds; select insurance policies; buy a business; and so much more.

Waihī joins the MHF ranks


My Amy

Tyler James



Written with searing honesty and published for the 10th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death, My Amy is an evocative portrait of an unbreakable lifelong friendship – and a devastating study of fame, addiction and self-sabotage. Only one person knows what really happened to Amy, other than Amy herself. He is Tyler James, her best friend from the age of 13. They met at stage school as two insecure outsiders, formed an instant connection and lived together from their late teenage years right up until the day she died, aged just 27. Tyler was there by her side through it all.

He also knew better than anyone the real Amy Winehouse, whom the tabloid-reading public rarely saw – the hilarious, uncompromising force-of-nature busy taking care of everyone else. We all think we know what happened to Amy Winehouse, but we don’t. This definitive insider’s story tells us all, finally, the truth.


What happened to you?

Oprah Winfrey and Dr Bruce Perry



Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain development and trauma expert, Dr Bruce Perry, discuss the impact of trauma and adverse experiences, and a fresh approach to healing. Through wide-ranging, and often deeply personal conversation, Oprah Winfrey and Dr Perry explore how what happens to us in early childhood – both good and bad – influences the people we become. They challenge us to shift from focusing on, “What’s wrong with you?” or “Why are you behaving that way?”, to asking, “What happened to you?” This simple change in perspective can open up a new and hopeful understanding for millions about why we do the things we do, why we are the way we are. It offers a road map for repairing relationships, overcoming what seems insurmountable, and ultimately living better and more fulfilling lives.


Brain Reset

David Gillespie


RRP $39.99

Anxiety, depression and addiction are the scourge of modern-day living. How are they linked? How do we beat them? According to bestselling author and researcher David Gillespie, we are more addicted than ever before, which is playing havoc with our dopamine levels. This is fuelling epidemic-like levels of depression, anxiety and stress. Gillespie reveals a large and robust body of research that shows how addictive activities, such as screen use, sugar consumption, drinking, gambling, shopping and smoking, spike our dopamine levels, which in turn affects our brain’s ability to regulate our mood. The good news is that we can break the cycle. There are myriad root causes of mental illness, many of which are beyond our control; David argues that it makes sense to tackle the thing that is within our control – our see-sawing dopamine levels. Packed with cutting-edge research, case studies and practical advice, David’s latest book arms us with the tools we need to break our addictions, conquer uncertainty and reset our brains.

Between the alps and the ocean


New Zealand Coastlines 

Gillian & Darryl Torckler


RRP $29.99

New Zealand Coastlines features the stunning images of Darryl Torckler’s innovative photography, with text commentary from Gillian Torckler. This book takes the reader on a tour around the watery border of New Zealand. While most of the photographs were taken by walking a little way from the beaten track, every image was captured from terra firma or from a boat nearby. These locations are accessible to any and everyone. Presented geographically, the photographed areas include:

• North: Bay of Islands to the Cape, down to Ninety Mile Beach and Hokianga

• East: from the Bay of Islands to Napier, including the outer Hauraki Gulf and islands, White Island

• Central: Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman District

• West: the coasts from south to the north

• South: the South Island, including all of the southern east coast, Stewart Island, Fiordland

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