Stress Awareness Month 2020

For stress awareness month we have put together three booklists offering different types of techniques and advice in how to cope and overcome stress.
One list is for all adults, one is aimed at parents and carers and the third is for children and teens.

The first step is always the hardest, but these books could help you take those steps.

Adult booklist,


The stress test
by Ian Robertson

The difference between too much pressure and too little can result in either debilitating stress or enduring demotivation in extreme situations. However, the right level of challenge and stress can help people to flourish and achieve more than they ever thought possible. In ‘The Stress Test’, Ian Robertson, armed with over four decades of research, reveals how we can shape our brain’s response to pressure and answers the question: can stress ever be a good thing?


The relaxation & stress reduction workbook
Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman and Matthew McKay

Each chapter of this workbook follows a practical format, including a history of the technique covered, symptom effectiveness, examples, checklist, further reading and homework.

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A life less stressed: the five pillars of health and wellness
by Ron Ehrlich

Life has never been more stressful. It is no coincidence that chronic degenerative disorders such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune illnesses and mental health conditions are on the rise. But if we want to tackle them, we need to look beyond their symptoms. That is the message of dentist and health advocate Ron Ehrlich, who untangles how problems in one part of the body are intimately linked to the whole being.

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Is your job making you ill?
by Ellie Cannon

A book aimed at advising, calming and empowering anyone, at any level, who is suffering as a result of their job. Full of take-home pro-active messages, experiential advice and case studies from Dr Ellie Cannon’s clinical experience of the last decade.


Notes on a nervous planet
by Matt Haig

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.

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Booklist for parents and carers,


Under pressure: confronting the epidemic of stress and anxiety in girls
by Lisa Damour

Though anxiety has risen among young people overall, recent research studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls since the turn of the century. So what’s to blame? And how can we help these girls? In the same engaging, anecdotal style and reassuring tone that won over thousands of readers of her first book, ‘Untangled’, clinical psychologist Lisa Damour starts by examining the science of stress and anxiety, then turns to the many facets of girls’ lives where stress hits them hard: the parental expectations they face at home, pressures at school, social anxiety among their peers, and on social media.


Help your child deal with stress – and thrive: the transformative power of self-reg
by Stuart Shanker

Stress can affect your child in many ways – whether it’s exam pressure, pressure exerted by friends online or in the playground, or related to health, with lack of sleep and anxiety at home contributing. This is a ground-breaking parenting book, in which Dr Stuart Shanker argues that by teaching children the art of self-regulation, it can transform their behaviour and help them to identify, talk about and manage their emotions. This leads to a harmonious home, and children who feel nurtured and supported.


Happy parent, happy child: a 10-step plan for a stress-free family life
by Dr Genevieve von Lob

We all know that raising happy, confident and resilient children can be a tough job in this fast-paced world – and there’s never any shortage of well-meaning advice on how to be a better parent. So, if you’re anxious and struggling to cope with the pressures of school and family life – or if you worry that you’re not doing enough to support your child through their problems – give yourself a break: this book outlines a genuinely practical 10-step plan for a stress-free family life.


Mindful parenting: find peace and joy through stress-free, conscious parenting
by Oli Doyle

Oli Doyle guides the reader through a six-week guide to show how mindfulness can help us be completely present in the messy reality that is parenting. The guide to making your parenting journey a means to achieve peace of mind will give parents the skills to enjoy every moment with their children.


The thriving child: the science behind reducing stress and nurturing independence
by Dr William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

As parents we all want the best for our children, but so often over-manage every aspect of their lives, leaving them overwhelmed, lacking motivation and at risk of mental health problems as adults. So how can we prevent this from happening? Over their combined sixty years of practice, William Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, the founder of an elite tutoring agency, have worked with thousands of children all facing this problem. In this ground-breaking book they will teach you how to set your child on the real road to success.

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Booklist for children and teens,


The teenage guide to stress
Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan is something of an authority on the teenage brain and is often invited to schools and colleges to speak on the subject. She came up with the idea of ‘The Teenage Guide to Stress’ because so many parents and teenagers contacted her for advice and help. The book is divided into three sections: Section one explains what stress is and looks at the ways teenage stress is different. Section two deals with a number of issues that affect teenagers – from anger, depression and sexual relationships to cyber-bullying, exams and eating disorders – and offers guidance and advice, as well as looking at how pre-existing conditions such as OCD and dyslexia are affected by adolescence. Section three is concerned with how to deal with and prevent the symptoms of stress, as well as healthy ways of looking after your mind and body.

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Fighting invisible tigers : stress management for teens
by Earl Hipp

Stress is something we all experience. But research suggests that adolescents are affected by it in unique ways that can increase impulsivity and risky behaviors. While eliminating stress from life isnt realistic, young people can learn to control how they respond to it. This book offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in school, at home, and among friends. Theyll find current information on how stress affects health and decision making and learn stress-management skills to handle stress in positive waysincluding assertiveness, positive self-talk, time management, relaxation exercises, and much more. Filled with interesting facts, student quotes, and fun activities, this book is a great resource for any teen whos said, Im stressed out!


How not to lose it: mental health sorted
by Anna Williamson

The go-to mental health guide for kids! Exam stress? Friendship issues? Panic attacks? ‘How Not to Lose It’ will help you be the boss of all of this, and more. It’s not just your body that should be fit and healthy – your mind needs to be, too! ‘How Not to Lose It’ is the go-to guide for achieving a balanced mind and strong emotional well-being. With immediate, heart of the matter advice and a chatty yet honest tone, Anna Williamson addresses all of the key issues affecting children today.


Mental well-being and mindfulness 
by Katie Woolley

You can’t see mental wellbeing but you can feel it. Your mental wellbeing is all about how you think and feel. Some people call it ‘mental health’ or ’emotional wellbeing’. Having good mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time. We all experience feelings of anger, sadness, fear and frustration. These feelings are perfectly normal. Mental wellbeing comes from finding positive ways to manage these feelings as you grow and develop. This simply written title explores what mental health is, why it is important and ways to deal with some mental health problems such as stress and anxiety.


Would you like to know more about stress, Mind UK can help and provide support for adults.

Non-Fiction November

Non-Fiction November was created by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and is celebrated each November in honour of all things factual. This month long celebration is for those young readers who share a passion for reading about information, but also for those who have yet discovered the amazing world of factual books.

Libraries are a hub of information and there is so much on offer with your Hampshire library card. Why not make November the month you start your factual reading journey?
With your library card you can borrow up to 30 items at a time from your local library. If the kids have got a project to work on, instead of solely using the internet, you can pop down to the library and check out the information section and don’t forget there’s also a reservation system so you have access to books in all Hampshire Libraries.

This year the focus is on ‘Transport and Travel around the world’! It’s an exciting topic and we have some amazing books for your child to learn about travelling, transportation and the world. Check out the list below for a snippet of the many books you can find on Hampshire Library shelves. To browse all factual books for children visit our website.

Transport
by Paul Mason

This innovative series, illustrated with amazing isometric artwork, reveals the technology, science and engineering behind our world’s infrastructure. Discover in this book how transport helps us to travel around the world and the huge range of vehicles we use to move from place to place, from driverless cars to high-speed maglev trains. It also takes a look forward to see how transport might evolve in the future.

Wonders of our world
by Carron Brown and illustrated by Stef Murphy

What are the wonders of our world? Shine a light behind the page and see. From long, winding walls and reefs full of fish to lost ancient cities, the amazing wonders of our world are revealed.

Great explorers
by James Buckley, Jr.

Join the explorers and heroes that have dared to go where no-one has before. ‘Great Explorers’ is packed with fascinating facts about heroic explorers for kids just beginning to read fluently with support. From historical explorers such as Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, to modern explorers like Bear Grylls and Erik Weihenmayer, this book covers all bases for kids interested in exploration.

Transport around the world
by Moira Butterfield

Take a journey around the world to discover the transport methods used by of children just like you! Where in the world do children learn to run their own railway? What is the best way to travel across a sandy desert? What colours are the cable cars of La Paz, in Bolivia? Children will love reading about the transport that their contemporaries in other countries use; from boats paddled between houses and carts pulled across busy cities, to riding reindeer and the fastest trains!

Amelia Earhart
by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Mariadiamantes

In the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This volume follows Amelia Earhart, whose strong will and self-belief helped her overcome prejudice and technical problems to become the first female flier to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. This inspiring and informative biography comes with extra facts about her life at the end of the book.

Around the world in 80 ways
by Henrietta Drane and illustrated by Katy Halford

Travel around the world by yacht, tram, train, unicycle, jetpack, camel – any way you can imagine, in this non-fiction children’s book. Every mode of transport is part of a charming scene. See how astronauts travel around space, watch surfers ride the waves at the beach, and race to an emergency with the firefighters. Illustrator Katy Halford’s beautiful drawings brings the scenes to life and fun complementary facts will prompt discussion and laughter between readers.

If you would like to have a first hand look at the many amazing factual books you can find for children, come along to your local library today!

Audiobook Month 2019

We love books! Reading them, holding them, smelling them – we just love them! But like many others in the 21st Century we sometimes struggle to find the time to sit down with a book. There are just too many things that needs doing; housework, homework, walking the dog, taking the kids to swimming or football, cooking – the list goes on!

But don’t despair! We have found the solution; audiobooks!
These books on CDs, playaways and downloadable books are the answer to every busy booklover’s book-despair.

Through the BorrowBox app you can download eAudiobooks straight to your phone, tablet or memory stick to enjoy on your way to work, while taking the dog for a walk or any time you want to read a book but adulthood is getting in the way.

From libraries you can borrow audiobooks on CDs, MP3 CDs or playaways – brilliant to use while doing housework or even on those long car journeys with the family.

There are audiobooks for everyone and there is so much choice!

CDs or MP3 CDs that you can put into a CD player or computer to listen to.

Playaways where all you need is an AAA battery and headphones and you’re good to go – the playaway is even small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, in your pocket or bag.

eAudiobooks from BorrowBox, that you can download straight into your phone and bring with you wherever you go.

All these different formats mean audiobooks are available to an even greater audience then it ever has been. From young children to elderly, from busy parents to not-as-busy-but-still-busy adults – there is something for everyone!

Not only do we have a wide range of audiobooks, eAudiobooks are free to download through the BorrowBox app too!
Children’s audiobooks, in all formats, are completely free for everyone and are brilliant on those long car journeys.

Are you more of a magazine or newspaper kind of person? Then you might be interested in one of our other great audio service available from libraries in Hampshire; National Talking Newspapers and Magazines!
This service is available for anyone that struggle reading printed text and all that one need to do is bring a USB stick into a Hampshire Library and us which of the 90+ titles you would like to have and it will be added to the memory stick for you to enjoy at home. It’s another amazing free service offered in libraries.

This year’s suggested reads are rather exciting, from thrillers to romance and from fantasy to non-fiction! This list is just adult fiction and non-fiction books, for the teen and children list; head over to our junior Audiobook Month 2019 blog!
Have a look through these titles, who knows, maybe you will find your next read!


18th abduction
Written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Read by Pat Starr
Format: CDs

When three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer must unravel the mystery of their disappearance. But what starts as a missing person case quickly escalates to a troubling murder investigation. As pressure at work mounts, Lindsay must rely on her husband Joe to support her at home. Yet Joe is pursuing a mysterious case himself, as a woman running from her past brings him terrifying information – the notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country has appeared on the streets of San Francisco. As Lindsay searches for the three missing women, a frightening new twist forces her and Joe’s investigations to collide. His mystery informant has gone missing, and all four abducted women are in grave danger. As shocking revelations emerge, Lindsay and Joe find themselves caught up in an international crime operation unlike anything they’ve seen before.


Terminal
Written by Kathy Reichs
Read by Cristin Milioti
Format: eAudiobook
Terminal

A terrifying new Virals adventure for Tory Brennan – great niece of Dr Temperance Brennan – and the Virals team as they come face to face with their greatest enemy. Tory Brennan and the Virals are forced to confront the existence of a rival pack – The Trinity – who wants them off the scene – declaring war by engraving ‘One Territory. One Pack’ on a local landmark. What’s more this pack’s powers seem stronger and their eyes glow red rather than golden when they flare.
Chance Claybourne, who now owns his father’s pharmaceutical company, shares The Trinity’s powers – he accidentally infected himself and his ex-lab tech Will Speckman. Chance claims he’s on Virals’ side but can they trust him? And if Speckman is one of The Trinity, who are the other two?
As the tension mounts between the two packs an even greater threat looms. Covert government agents are closing in on them, determined to find out exactly how their powers work, to experiment on them. Have The Trinity pack given them Virals to save themselves? Or are both packs at risk?


The Library of Lost and Found
Written by Phaedra Patrick
Read by Sarah Borges
Format: eAudiobook
The Library of Lost and Found

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.

All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heart-warming reminder that even the quietest life has the potential to be extraordinary.


Into the World
Written by Stephanie Parkyn
Read by Ulli Birvé
Format: eAudiobook
Into the World

1791. In the midst of the French Revolution, unwed mother Marie-Louise Girardin takes one last look at her baby son before entrusting him to her friend, the revolutionary Olympe de Gouges. She must escape, and only the most daring plan will bring her both the anonymity she needs and the independence to return one day for her son.
Marie-Louise disguises herself as a man and joins a voyage of exploration employed as a steward on the Recherche, one of two ships commissioned to journey to the Great Southern Ocean to find the missing explorer La Perouse.
Inspired by a true story, Into the World is a compelling novel of the amazing life of Marie-Louise Girardin battling perilous seas, her own self-doubt, and finding unforeseen loves on a journey to reclaim her child.


After you left
Written by Carol Mason
Read by Elizabeth Knowelden
Format: MP3 CD

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left alone and bewildered, her life in pieces. Then she meets Evelyn, a visitor to the gallery where she works. It’s a seemingly chance encounter, but Alice gradually learns that Evelyn has motives, and a heartbreaking story, of her own. And that story has haunting parallels with Alice’s life. As Alice delves into the mystery of why Justin left her, the questions are obvious. But the answers may lie in the most unlikely of places.


Something to Tell You
Written by Lucy Diamond
Read by Clare Wille
Format eAudiobook
Something to Tell You


15 minutes to happiness: easy, everyday exercises to help you be the best you can be
Written by Richard Nicholls
Read by Richard Nicholls
Format: Playaway

Through his incredibly popular podcast, Motivate Yourself, registered psychotherapist Richard Nicholls set out to cut through some of the myths and misconceptions about self-help and offer effective solutions to real-life problems. In his first book, Nicholls looks at the science behind what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making ourselves happy. He discusses how little changes to our thoughts, emotions, lifestyle, attitude, self-esteem, health and social interaction can dramatically improve our lives, and includes easy 15-minute tasks to integrate into your day that are proven to help with happiness and wellbeing.


Big week
Written by James Holland
Read by Charles Armstrong
Format: CDs

During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces launched their first-ever round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. The aim was to smash the main factories and production centres of the Luftwaffe and draw the German fighter force up into the air and into battle. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this monumental air assault very quickly became known simply as Big Week. Following the fortunes of pilots, aircrew and civilians from both sides, ‘Big Week’ is a blistering narrative of one of the most critical periods of the entire war, one that culminated in the largest air battle ever witnessed.


Mary Queen of Scots
Written by John Guy
Read by Jan Cramer
Format eAudiobook
Mary Queen of Scots

Who was the real Mary Queen of Scots? The most enigmatic ruler of England lived a life of incredible drama and turmoil: crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months old, and Queen of France at sixteen years, she grew up in the crosshairs of Europe’s political battles to become Queen Elizabeth’s arch rival.This audiobook tells the story of the fraught and dangerous relationship between these two women of incredible charisma and power – a relationship that began with both seeking a political settlement, but which led them down a path of danger, from which only one could emerge victorious.


Dare Not Linger; The Presidential Years
Written by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa
Read by Adrian Lester
Format: eAudiobook
Dare Not Linger


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National Share-a-Story Month – Travelling Tales

National Share a Story Month is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, providing a fantastic opportunity bring children and stories together.
We’ve put together a list of books that are perfect for sharing!

A bare bear: a book of words that sound the same
Written by Caz Hildebrand and illustrations by Ashlea O’Neill

Meet a yak who can’t stop yackety-yacking, a hare with huge hair and a bear who’s, well, rather bare! Playing with language in a wonderfully fun and memorable way, this beautifully designed book will entertain and delight children everywhere.

 

Cats and robbers
Written and illustrated by Russell Ayto
Cats and Robbers

Get ready for fun and hilarity in this action-packed comedy caper – featuring three hapless robbers, two very clever cats, and one robbery gone wrong! These robbers are masked and armed with their robbing list. They’re going to steal the loot from the big old house on the hill. Except they haven’t planned for the cats who live there. With booby traps ready, they’re going to stop the villains sneaking and creeping their way to the prized safe. Will the robbers get what they came for? Or will these two clever kitties foil their plan and keep the loot for themselves?

 

At the library
Written by Heather Alexander and illustrated by Ipek Konak

What’s it like inside a library? Who is welcome, how do you use one and what is there to do? This beautifully illustrated book introduces children to libraries, big and small, and all the amazing things these institutions have to offer. From books to computers, from story time to special guests and from unique collections to very important rules. This is a wonderful way for children to learn about libraries and the value of reading, sharing and community. In addition, the unique design of the book allows children to discover a ‘hidden’ image by holding the page up to a bright light, much like a lift-the-flap mechanism.

King Pong
Written by Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by Kelly Breemer

For ages 5-7
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King Pong is the bravest, strongest gorilla in the jungle but there’s just one problem: he has never had a bath.

 

I want to be a bat!
Based on the original story by Steve Smallman, written by Katie Woolley
For ages 5-7
Reading Gems: I Want to Be a Bat! (Level 1) [Book]

Mouse wants to fly like Bat. He wants to sleep upside down like Bat too, but he doesn’t like eating moths! Yuck! ‘Reading Gems’ is a supplementary reading programme that supports a child’s learning at school. Featuring original stories, delightful characters and humorous illustrations, the ‘Reading Gems’ books have been designed to put the fun back into reading.

 

Ivy and Bean series
Written by Annie Barrows and Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
For ages 6-8

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humour make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.

Beatrix the bold and the curse of the wobblers
Written by Simon Mockler and illustrated by Cherie Zamazing
For ages 8-10

Ten-year-old Beatrix is very good at telling jokes, dancing and throwing knives. She also happens to be a queen of a distant land – though she doesn’t know that yet. She also happens to be the queen who is quite possibly destined to lead the Wobblers to bold victory over the Evil Army – though she doesn’t know that yet either. Beatrix lives in an enormous golden palace with Aunt Esmerelda the Terrible and Uncle Ivan the Vicious, but as she’s only been allowed to see one new room per birthday, she’s only ever been inside ten rooms of the palace. Her aunt and uncle have always told her that if she goes beyond the woods outside the palace she’ll fall off the edge of the world. And the Dark, Dark Woods and all that lies beyond must be avoided at all costs – what if the dreaded Wobblers were to get her? But finally, the veil Beatrix has been living under is starting to slip. Beatrix knows she needs to be bold.

 

The beasts of Grimheart
Written by Kieran Larwood and illustrated by David Wyatt
For ages 8-10

The Gorm have started to attack the forest, trying to flush out the Darkhollow rabbits. Podkin and the others leave for Sparrowfast warren, on the other side of the forest, to ask his uncle for help and for the use of his magic bow (one of the 12 Gifts). As they make their way through the forest, Vetch turns traitor and tries to seize the Gifts Podkin and Paz own for his masters, the Gorm. The young rabbits flee into the forest depths, where they discover a lost tribe of rabbits and a another of the sacred Gifts – a crown which lets the wearer speak to animals. With their new allies, Podkin, Paz and Pook emerge, meeting up with the others at Silver Rock warren. His uncle and the Sparrowfast rabbits are already there, as the Gorm have marched round the forest edge and taken their warren.

 

The boy who flew
Fleur Hitchcock
For ages 8-10

Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. What will Athan choose – flight or family?

Bloom
by Nicola Skinner
For ages 10+

A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older, ‘Bloom’ is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives.

 

The colour of the sun
David Almond
For ages 11+

One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more dramatic and strange. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. As he turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit summit at the top of the town, where the real and imaginary world begin to blur.

 

The monsters we deserve
by Marcus Sedgwick
For ages 11+

Taut, tense, terrifying. Author Marcus Sedgwick writes of the monsters we create in literature and in our own minds in this reappraisal of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’.

 

If there is a specific genre or author that your child likes, you can use ‘Who Next?’ – a place to search for similar authors or new authors of specific genres. You can even narrow it down by age and find the perfect book for your child!
You can find it through our Digital Library here, it’s completely free all you need is your library card!

Is your child under 5? Did you know all Hampshire Libraries have Storytime sessions – 30 minutes where stories are shared. It’s not only free, but there’s no need to book! You can just drop by, and if your child only wants to sit down and listen to one story – that’s okay!
Find out when your local library has their next Storytime here.

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National Gardening Week – a booklist

27 April – 5 May marks the National Gardening Week, this year’s focus is on home-grown produce.
We’ve put together a list of books that will help you grow your own fruit and vegetables – even if you don’t have a garden or a balcony!


How to garden when you’re new to gardening
Edited by Emma Tennant and Jane Simmonds

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Let the RHS guide you through the surprisingly simple steps to creating a garden you can enjoy with your friends, and even show off to them. Are you surrounded by weeds? Is your lawn forlorn? Are the bushes deceased? Fear not! ‘How To Garden When You’re New To Gardening’ shows you the basics to get your green space under control and keep it that way. With the expertise of the RHS, this book gives simple step by step instructions, with clear images to help you build your dream garden, no matter the size and scale. Take the pain out of planting, potting, and pruning and enjoy your precious patch of land. 


Can anything stop slugs? a gardener’s collection of pesky problems and surprising solutions
by Guy Barter

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The RHS’s Chief Horticultural Advisor, Guy Barter, provides expert advice, responding to the questions posed by thousands of gardeners every year. This entertaining and informative guide provides a wealth of information on a range of common problems encountered in a garden – as well as some slightly more unusual ones.


Grow, harvest, cook: from artichokes to zucchinis, gardening advice, storage tips and 280 delicious recipes
by Meredith Kirton & Mandy Sinclair
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Illustrated throughout, this text offers fresh and simple seasonal recipes for more than 90 different types of fruit, vegetables and nuts, alongside gardening and harvesting tips for growing your own produce.


Grow your own cake: recipes from plot to plate
by Holly Farrell & Jason Ingram
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The veg plot and fruit garden are the new starting points for the healthiest, best cakes – and with this book you can grow and bake the tastiest cakes with most of the ingredients not far from your fingertips, all the way from sowing the seeds to cutting the cake.


Grow your own vegetables in pots and containers
by Paul Peacock
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This book is aimed at the majority of us who live in terraced houses, high rise flats, town houses and semi-detached properties with a small garden and often nowhere to grow but the patio. It shows how to make the most of pots and planters; how to plan for a reasonable yield; and how never to run out of at least something to special eat.You might not have all the space in the world, but you can enjoy all the flavour in the world. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you will be able to grow, nurture and harvest your own fruit, vegetables and herbs in a range of pots and containers, including recycled ones such as plastic milk bottles, and kitchen sinks.


Grow your own: how to be an urban farmer
by Angus Stewart & Simon Leake
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This volume shows how to grow food in city environments. Urban environments require specific techniques to optimise growing conditions for plants and this book will give simple step by step methods and information that will enable the average city dweller to grow food plants and create their own fertiliser from their kitchen scraps to whatever scale their time and resources permit.


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Stress Awareness Month 2019

For stress awareness month we have put together three booklists offering different types of techniques and advice in how to cope and overcome stress.
One list is for all adults, one is aimed at parents and carers and the third is for children and teens.

The first step is always the hardest, these books could help you take those steps.

Adult booklist,


The stress test
by Ian Robertson

The difference between too much pressure and too little can result in either debilitating stress or enduring demotivation in extreme situations. However, the right level of challenge and stress can help people to flourish and achieve more than they ever thought possible. In ‘The Stress Test’, Ian Robertson, armed with over four decades of research, reveals how we can shape our brain’s response to pressure and answers the question: can stress ever be a good thing?


The relaxation & stress reduction workbook
Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman and Matthew McKay

Each chapter of this workbook follows a practical format, including a history of the technique covered, symptom effectiveness, examples, checklist, further reading and homework.

Try the eBook


A life less stressed: the five pillars of health and wellness
by Ron Ehrlich

Life has never been more stressful. It is no coincidence that chronic degenerative disorders such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune illnesses and mental health conditions are on the rise. But if we want to tackle them, we need to look beyond their symptoms. That is the message of dentist and health advocate Ron Ehrlich, who untangles how problems in one part of the body are intimately linked to the whole being.

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Is your job making you ill?
by Ellie Cannon

A book aimed at advising, calming and empowering anyone, at any level, who is suffering as a result of their job. Full of take-home pro-active messages, experiential advice and case studies from Dr Ellie Cannon’s clinical experience of the last decade.


Notes on a nervous planet
by Matt Haig

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.

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Booklist for parents and carers,


Under pressure: confronting the epidemic of stress and anxiety in girls
by Lisa Damour

Though anxiety has risen among young people overall, recent research studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls since the turn of the century. So what’s to blame? And how can we help these girls? In the same engaging, anecdotal style and reassuring tone that won over thousands of readers of her first book, ‘Untangled’, clinical psychologist Lisa Damour starts by examining the science of stress and anxiety, then turns to the many facets of girls’ lives where stress hits them hard: the parental expectations they face at home, pressures at school, social anxiety among their peers, and on social media.


Help your child deal with stress – and thrive: the transformative power of self-reg
by Stuart Shanker

Stress can affect your child in many ways – whether it’s exam pressure, pressure exerted by friends online or in the playground, or related to health, with lack of sleep and anxiety at home contributing. This is a ground-breaking parenting book, in which Dr Stuart Shanker argues that by teaching children the art of self-regulation, it can transform their behaviour and help them to identify, talk about and manage their emotions. This leads to a harmonious home, and children who feel nurtured and supported.


Happy parent, happy child: a 10-step plan for a stress-free family life
by Dr Genevieve von Lob

We all know that raising happy, confident and resilient children can be a tough job in this fast-paced world – and there’s never any shortage of well-meaning advice on how to be a better parent. So, if you’re anxious and struggling to cope with the pressures of school and family life – or if you worry that you’re not doing enough to support your child through their problems – give yourself a break: this book outlines a genuinely practical 10-step plan for a stress-free family life.


Mindful parenting: find peace and joy through stress-free, conscious parenting
by Oli Doyle

Oli Doyle guides the reader through a six-week guide to show how mindfulness can help us be completely present in the messy reality that is parenting. The guide to making your parenting journey a means to achieve peace of mind will give parents the skills to enjoy every moment with their children.


The thriving child: the science behind reducing stress and nurturing independence
by Dr William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

As parents we all want the best for our children, but so often over-manage every aspect of their lives, leaving them overwhelmed, lacking motivation and at risk of mental health problems as adults. So how can we prevent this from happening? Over their combined sixty years of practice, William Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, the founder of an elite tutoring agency, have worked with thousands of children all facing this problem. In this ground-breaking book they will teach you how to set your child on the real road to success.

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Booklist for children and teens,


The teenage guide to stress
Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan is something of an authority on the teenage brain and is often invited to schools and colleges to speak on the subject. She came up with the idea of ‘The Teenage Guide to Stress’ because so many parents and teenagers contacted her for advice and help. The book is divided into three sections: Section one explains what stress is and looks at the ways teenage stress is different. Section two deals with a number of issues that affect teenagers – from anger, depression and sexual relationships to cyber-bullying, exams and eating disorders – and offers guidance and advice, as well as looking at how pre-existing conditions such as OCD and dyslexia are affected by adolescence. Section three is concerned with how to deal with and prevent the symptoms of stress, as well as healthy ways of looking after your mind and body.

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Fighting invisible tigers : stress management for teens
by Earl Hipp

Stress is something we all experience. But research suggests that adolescents are affected by it in unique ways that can increase impulsivity and risky behaviors. While eliminating stress from life isnt realistic, young people can learn to control how they respond to it. This book offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in school, at home, and among friends. Theyll find current information on how stress affects health and decision making and learn stress-management skills to handle stress in positive waysincluding assertiveness, positive self-talk, time management, relaxation exercises, and much more. Filled with interesting facts, student quotes, and fun activities, this book is a great resource for any teen whos said, Im stressed out!


How not to lose it: mental health sorted
by Anna Williamson

The go-to mental health guide for kids! Exam stress? Friendship issues? Panic attacks? ‘How Not to Lose It’ will help you be the boss of all of this, and more. It’s not just your body that should be fit and healthy – your mind needs to be, too! ‘How Not to Lose It’ is the go-to guide for achieving a balanced mind and strong emotional well-being. With immediate, heart of the matter advice and a chatty yet honest tone, Anna Williamson addresses all of the key issues affecting children today.


Mental well-being and mindfulness 
by Katie Woolley

You can’t see mental wellbeing but you can feel it. Your mental wellbeing is all about how you think and feel. Some people call it ‘mental health’ or ’emotional wellbeing’. Having good mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time. We all experience feelings of anger, sadness, fear and frustration. These feelings are perfectly normal. Mental wellbeing comes from finding positive ways to manage these feelings as you grow and develop. This simply written title explores what mental health is, why it is important and ways to deal with some mental health problems such as stress and anxiety.


 

Would you like to know more about stress, Mind UK can help and provide support for adults.

Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlists

The 2017 shortlists for the categories of The Costa Book Awards have now been announced!

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

Uniquely, the prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way.

The five Category Winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January.

The Costa Book Awards Book of the Year 2017 will be announced on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Explore, reserve and read this year’s short lists:

Novel Award

2017 Shortlist:

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate)

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (Quercus)

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus)

Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press)

 

First Novel Award

2017 Shortlist:

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks (Salt)

Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker) Also available as e-book!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)

The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John (Serpent’s Tail)

 

Biography Award

2017 Shortlist:

Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up by Xiaolu Guo (Chatto & Windus) Also available as e-book!

A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead (Chatto & Windus) Also available as e-book!

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott (4th Estate)

Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby (HarperCollins)

Poetry Award

2017 Shortlist:

Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi (Chatto & Windus) Also available as e-book!

Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore (Bloodaxe Books) Also available as e-book!

On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey (Carcanet)

Useful Verses by Richard Osmond (Picador)

 

Children’s Book Award

2017 Shortlist:

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House) – also available on eBook

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

 

The five Category Winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January.

The Costa Book Awards Book of the Year 2017 will be announced on Tuesday 30th January 2018.