Seven self-help books to read when you desire happiness and a new approach to your life.

  1. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich– Timothy Ferriss
  2. This is a new, updated and expanded edition of this New York Times bestseller on how to reconstruct your life so it’s not all about work. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred – life plan – there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: how Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week; how to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want; how blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs; how to eliminate 50 per cent of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist; and how to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent ‘mini-retirements’.

This new updated and expanded edition includes: more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point; real-world templates you can copy for eliminating email, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than GBP5 a meal; how lifestyle design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times; and the latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

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2. The Power of Soft: How to get what you want without being a ****- Hilary Gallo

How to get what you want, whether you are closing million dollar deals, arguing over the washing up with your partner or trying to get your kids to go to bed. Pilates for the mind from the Malcolm Gladwell of negotiation.

Having spent decades negotiating deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds, Hilary Gallo realised that bullying behaviour rarely got him or his clients the outcomes they were looking for. Over the years he began to develop a new way of approaching negotiations — the power of soft — and soon found his work and home life getting richer. The power of soft started as a negotiation tactic and soon became a philosophy for life.

In life and in business we often mask our inner vulnerability by adopting a hard, unwavering and ultimately ineffective approach. In The Power of Soft, Hilary Gallo proposes drawing our strength from our mental core, improving our power relative to any situation. He teaches us to see reality by looking past our judgements and preconceptions without letting go of what we’re trying to achieve. Gallo pulls examples from the archives of human history — referencing everyone from Machiavelli to Butch Cassidy, F. Scott Fitzgerald to 007 — and draws on his own experience to show how we can all make use of the power of soft.

The Power of Soft perfects the art of balancing inner strength with a softer front, offering us an elegantly written and holistic piece of business literature in the style of Les McKeown and Malcolm Gladwell.

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3. Lean In– Sheryl Sandberg

Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this extraordinary edition of Lean In includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice; owning who you are; and leaning in for millennial men.

In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In became a massive cultural phenomenon, and its title became an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of best-seller lists both nationally and internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated op-ed pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked fierce debate about women and leadership. Now, this enhanced edition provides the entire text of the original book updated with more recent statistics and features a passionate letter from Sandberg encouraging graduates to find and commit to work they love. A combination of inspiration and practical advice, this new edition will speak directly to graduates and, like the original, will change lives.

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4. What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul– Deepak Chopra

The basis for the PBS Special, What Are You Hungry For? is the breakthrough book that can bring weight under effortless control by linking it to personal fulfilment in every area of a reader’s life.

After promoting this message worldwide for thirty years, bestselling author Deepak Chopra focuses on the huge problem of weight control in America with exciting new concepts. What are you hungry for? Food? Love? Self-esteem?  Peace? In this manual for “higher health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra creates a vision of weight loss based on a deeper awareness of why people overeat – because they are trying to find satisfaction and wind up using food as a substitute for real fulfilment.  Repudiating the failed approaches of crash dieting and all forms of deprivation, Chopra’s new book aims directly at the problem of finding fulfilment.  When that problem is solved, he argues, normal eating falls into place automatically, and the entire system of mind and body achieves what it desires.

“Everyone’s life story is complicated, and the best intentions go astray because people find it hard to change,” writes Chopra. “Bad habits, like bad memories, stick around stubbornly when we wish they’d go away. But you have a great motivation working for you, which is your desire for happiness. I define happiness as the state of fulfilment, and everyone wants to be fulfilled. If you keep your eye on this, your most basic motivation, then the choices you make come down to a single question: “What am I hungry for?” Your true desire will lead you in the right direction. False desires lead in the wrong direction.”

Wherever you are in life, this book will help point you in that right direction.

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5. Outliers: The Story of Success– Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

 

6. Taming the Tiger Parent: How to Put Your Child’s Well-Being First in a Competitive World- Tanith Carey

Practical, realistic solutions that give parents permission to take their foot off the gas and reclaim a more relaxed family life

Mozart in the womb, Baby Einstein DVDs for newborns, and ipad learning apps for toddlers—from the moment the umbilical cord is cut, today’s parents feel trapped in a never-ending race to ensure their child is the brightest and the best. But while it’s completely natural for us to want our kids to reach their potential, at what point does too much competition become damaging? With constant testing in schools also raising the stakes, how can we tell when hot-housing children is actually doing more harm than good? In this ground-breaking and provocative book, Tanith Carey presents the latest research on what this contest is doing to the next generation. She explains why, far from making our children more go-getting and successful, it can back-fire with life-long repercussions, damage their emotional well-being, and fracture their relationships with the very people who love them most: their parents. Packed with insights, experts’ tips, real experiences, and resources, this book is a timely guide to safeguarding your child’s well-being in a competitive world, so they can grow into the happy, emotionally balanced people they really need to be.

 

7. Mere Christianity- C. S. Lewis

In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

New books in-store!

A heads-up for you that lead titles of 2016 are available now at Chapters…

If you are in the mood for an exquisite book, do visit and browse our new collection. Books make great gifts, and if you have a bibliophile in your life, then you will certainly like what’s on our shelves right now.

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1. The book of Hygge: The Danish art of living well– Louisa Thomsen Brits

The most beautiful guide to the Danish custom of hygge, the everyday life philosophy for better living.

Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for yourself how life is better with hygge.

 

‘Best [book] for the philosophy of hygge’ You Magazine

‘…a philosophy for mindful living’ The Guardian

‘Her book is a thing of beauty’Irish Examiner


2. The Can’t Sleep Colouring Journal- Dr Sarah Jane Arnold

When your mind just won’t switch off and you’re fed up of tossing and turning in your bed, pick up this unique book and discover a new and creative way of getting a good night’s sleep.

Along with gorgeous patterns to colour you’ll also find:

· Simple tailored exercises designed to calm the mind, promote well-being and help you relax, ready for sleep

· Expert hints and tips on developing a good bedtime routine

· Inspirational quotes and plenty of room for your own thoughts and musings


3. Elizabeth is Missing– Emma Healey

Sunday Times Top Five Bestseller Elizabeth is Missing is the stunning, smash-hit debut novel from new author Emma Healey

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014
Shortlisted for National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book 2014
Shortlisted for National Book Awards New Writer of the Year 2014
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014
Longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction 2015

Meet Maud.

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable – or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.

But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.

Everyone, except Maud . . .


4. William Shakespeare: Notes & Quotes

One of history’s most influential and renowned playwrights, Shakespeare was able to manipulate language in a way that still resonates to this day. This elegant notebook, featuring some of the best-known quotations from his works, will inspire writers as they pen their own jottings and thoughts.

Practical and stylishly designed, these pages contain soft lines and decorative illustrations throughout, so writers will enjoy getting organized and jotting down their notes wherever they are.


5. The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill– Dominique Enright

The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill by [Enright, Dominique]Sir Winston Churchill remains a British hero, lauded for his oratorical skill. He wrote histories, biographies, memoirs, and even a novel, while his journalism, speeches and broadcasts run to millions of words. From 1940 he inspired and united the British people and guided their war effort. Behind the public figure, however, was a man of vast humanity and enormous wit. His most famous speeches and sayings have passed into history but many of his aphorisms, puns and jokes are less well-known.

This enchanting collection brings together hundreds of his wittiest remarks as a record of all that was best about this endearing, conceited, talented and wildly funny Englishman.


6. The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis– Patrick Kingsley

Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II – and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than the Guardian‘s migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. Throughout 2015, Kingsley travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making epic odysseys across deserts, seas and mountains to reach the holy grail of Europe.

This is Kingsley’s unparalleled account of who these voyagers are. It’s about why they keep coming, and how they do it. It’s about the smugglers who help them on their way, and the coastguards who rescue them at the other end. The volunteers that feed them, the hoteliers that house them, and the border guards trying to keep them out. And the politicians looking the other way.

The New Odyssey is a work of original, bold reporting written with a perfect mix of compassion and authority by the journalist who knows the subject better than any other.


7. The Girl on the Train– Paula Hawkins

23364977The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair

The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You’ll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”—USA Today

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe


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Snippets of Wisdom from Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”

This #1 New York Times bestseller received so much praise from readers all over the world.

Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, ‘Wild’ powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

A true story that portrays Cheryl Strayed’s quest to make peace with herself and her daring adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail is guaranteed to change your life. Take a look at some of these beautiful quotes from the book.


“The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.”


“The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.”


“I was a terrible believer in things,but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. I was as searching as I was skeptical. I didn’t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place, or even what the word faith meant, in all of it’s complexity. Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.”


“[Books] were the world I could lose myself in when the one I was actually living in became too lonely or harsh or difficult to bear.”

― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“But I wasn’t out here to keep myself from having to say I am not afraid. I’d come, I realized, to stare that fear down, to stare everything down, really—all that I’d done to myself and all that had been done to me.”

 

There is no doubting the fact that this wonderful memoir will be loved and treasured for generations to come. We hope you are as convinced as we are!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail- Cheryl StrayedClick here to browse “Wild” on our Web store.                                                                                                              Get your copy while stocks last!

A Literary Bouquet for Mothers!

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast on 8th May and if you’re looking for a perfect gift here are our picks for this special lady.

Show her how much you love her with these thoughtful gifts we’ve picked for her that are guaranteed to bring on a smile. Indulge mom further by bringing her to the Chapters Book Club meet up where we will be discussing work of the famous Bard “Shakespeare for grown-ups: Everything you need to know about the bard (Coats & Foley)” with Dr Devika Brendon.  Take a seat with mom and enjoy a pleasant evening at Chapters – coffee, books and great conversation is guaranteed to make a perfect evening.

  •  Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now by Ann Imig

We all need a pick-me-up sometimes and this hardcover hilarious book of essays does just the job. The book is a compilation of personal thought-provoking essays on motherhood and maternal love.

“Listen to Your Mother is a fantastic awakening of why our mothers are important, taking readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humour.”

The stories in the book cover such different aspects of motherhood- from special needs parenting, LGBT, step-parenting, surrogacy, foster parenting and the list goes on. Notable bestselling authors Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner are also among the contributors of this enthralling compilation.

“Brimming with essays from quick-witted, unique writers—ranging from new voices to established ones like Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner—this book covers all parenting territory. Part of it is funny and a lot of it is tear-jerking… You may find yourself staying up way past your bedtime because this one is so hard to put down.”

Parents magazine

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  • Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

This amazing storyteller of an author may sound familiar for those who attended the Fairway Galle Literary Festival earlier this year. Anuradha25448677 Roy was the winner of the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for Sleeping on Jupiter. The book is bound to suit reading enthusiasts of 21st century Asian literature and cultural fiction, among other genres. Sleeping on Jupiter received rave reviews from readers across the globe and has received critical acclaim from other contemporaries.

Readers can get an abundant view of modern day India and the relationships as well as religion and love that bind them together. The book is also highly recommended for those who are open to any genre, which in this case, is the ideal pick, owing to the authors fresh narrative and unique talent.

Read the original book description here.

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  • The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore

19876015This book beautifully portrays the peerless relation between mothers and daughters. Brimming with emotion, The Beekeeper’s Daughter shifts between two time zones, that of 1932 England and 1973 Massachusetts.

This simple women’s fiction novel, being devoid of complicated details and numerous characters, is the ideal gift for mother’s who deserve some time apart from everyday stress. Santa Montefiore excels in creating a  rather impressive plot line that shows how far we’d go to find true love and the relationships that bind us, regardless of time and place.

“because in spite of the most terrible suffering, the heart goes on loving; that is the beauty of love.”

Tip: The ending will leave you with a good deal of emotion. Highly recommended for readers of contemporary and romantic fiction.

For full book description, click here.

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  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

(Featuring cover artwork from the major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Adam Driver)

20821338This book made us laugh out loud! The author of Everything Changes made headlines with this high spirited and entertaining novel of family, love marriage and divorce.

“The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit Shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she’s pregnant.”

“It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.”


“Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking…[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.” USA Today


This is Where I Leave You is a must read for anyone looking for a laugh!

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  • My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

    This powerful novel by award winning author Elizabeth Strout is one of those novels every book lover must own! My Name is Lucy Barton received much praise, being the April pick for our book club launch on April 3rd. This moving story between Lucy and her mother will make you question the unimaginable. Strout’s insight and powerful writing form the backbone of this literary masterpiece.

“It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the time. Whatever we call it, I think it’s the lowest part of who we are, this need to find someone else to put down.”


Dr. Devika Brendon who leads our book club had this to say:

“Reading the book is like listening to Lucy Barton speak to you, like watching a person put a puzzle together, seeing how the pieces fit and arranging them in a way that makes sense to her at last. A tough, moving & realistic story told in the first person, about the need to survive when love is not there to rescue you.”


“A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.”—Marion Winik, Newsday


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  • Rosa’s Thai Café- The Cookbook

Rosa's Thai Cafe: The CookbookBook Synopsis- In keeping with the contemporary twist on authentic Thai cuisine “Rosa’s Thai Café The Cookbook” celebrates traditional Thai cooking techniques. The book features over 100 recipes, including dishes from the menu at Rosa’s as well as family favourites and regional dishes from founder Saiphin Moore’s regular trips back home. Recipes range from the aromatic Beef Massaman Curry to the Soft Shell Crab Salad, Larb Spring Rolls, homemade Sriracha Sauce and Mangoes with Sticky Rice.

 

 Non book gifts

  • Bookend Singles

Made from just a single piece of thin, durable polypropylene, these inventive bookends use a novel ‘living hinge’ tosolve a usually bulky bookend problem. They fold flat (great for retailers), they stand up straight (great for books) and, ifwe do say so ourselves, they look pretty fab anywhere around the home – which is great for everyone else.

On the base, each has complimentary coloured grippy feet to keep them rock steady, the bookends can be easily wiped clean and, most importantly, they’re very, very strong!

Sold as singles, if you only want one, or why not mingle, mix and match your perfect bookend partner from a choice of 7punchy colours in our singles dating lounge (or display box!). Perfectly at home in the lounge, kitchen, study or children’s bedrooms and absolutely ideal everywhere in the office.

  • alphabooks

Notebook shaped in the letter A, filled with quality cream plain paper, over 100 sheets.
Alphabet Letter Notebook from the new Alphabooks range.

This particular Alphabook is a gorgeous notebook in the shape of the letters with a clever book spine so it would blend in on a bookshelf! It is a unique personal gift for a stationary fan or a nice accessory for someone that loves their home! A fantastic product!

Measurements Approximately 13 x 19 x 3cm

  • the brilliant reading rest

The Brilliant Reading Rest comes in glorious technicolor – in fact, seven rather dashing technicolors that are right on-trend.

This one is durable and wipe-cleanable making it particularly suitable for the kitchen or workshop. It can be easily adjusted to three angle settings and conveniently folds down flat when not in use. But when wouldn’t it be!??

We think it’s very much brilliant by name, brilliant by colour and all round brilliant by design. This one is certainly ready to stand up and be counted!