Over the past year we’ve been sent dozens of books and interviewed quite a few of the authors. Here is our holiday reading list.
Click on the author if you want to know more and watch our interview.
|The Book||Author||What it’s about||Recommended for|
|The Boy Who Fell
|Kathy Lette||Fictional story about the challenges of dealing with an autistic child||Like all Kathy’s books, this is an entertaining read with a few hints about how our perspective should change thrown in for good measure.|
|The Family: Blood Sugar||Michael Moore||Recipe book||A fabulous book with delicious, easy- to-make meals that won’t send you on a sugar high.|
|I Quit Sugar||Sarah Wilson||How to quit sugar and live a healthier life||For anyone interested in a sugar-free diet, this is a practical how-to guide.|
|Mahboba’s Promise||Mahboba Rawi||Autobiography||Mahboba’s Promise offers an insight into a different world and a different culture. Mahboba’s story is an inspiration to anyone struggling
with the day to day or migrating
|All I know||Mary Coustas||Autobiography||Well-written and powerful autobiography by one of Australia’s leading female comedians. A raw and touching account of the difficulties of IVF and losing a child.|
|Paul Bangay’s Guide to Plants||Paul Bangay||Gardening book||This is the ideal gift for garden lovers. As with all of Paul’s books, there is a simple pleasure in turning the pages full of beautiful pictures and holding its substantial weight in
|The Blue Ducks||Mark LaBrooy and Darren Robertson||Recipe book||One of our favourites here at Balance. A lovely recipe book with fresh meals that will make your mouth water.|
|The Miracle of Love||Ondine Sherman||Autobiography||Ondine Sherman grew up in one of Sydney’s elite families and gave birth to twins with severe disabilities. This is the story of her life to date and the difficulties of raising her
|Ultimate Wellness||Prof Kerryn Phelps||Health guide||Everyone should have this book!
A practical, no-nonsense guide to staying well.
|Wisdom For Your Life||Katrina Cavanough||Collection of stories||An intriguiging read for anyone interested in the afterlife. Katrina uses Wisdom for Your Life to tell some of her many amazing stories – from the death of a small baby to a father who commits suicide – showing that those who have died continue to communicate with us and that death is anything but the end.|
|The 50 Book||Jennifer Blau||Collection of stories and photographs||Beautiful, inspirational book for
any woman, particularly those approaching or dealing with
|A Wealth of Experience||Paula Ward||Compilation of quotes and advice from successful business owners||A fantastic present for the business woman in your life. Good, practical advice that can be used as needed.|
|The Weight Escape||Russ Harris, Joseph Ciarrochi and Ann Bailey||An “anti-diet” book for frustrated dieters, put together by a trio of leading Australian psychologists, aiming to give people the power to take control of their weight goals.||This book is a refreshing new direction from the self-destructive cycle of dieting and being at war with our bodies. It encourages mindfulness around eating, exercising and goal-setting. It has some nice personal stories and cites some interesting research, such as the bottomless soup bowl study.|
|Discovering Audacious Love||Mary Jo McVeigh||Autobiography||Inspirational story of courage, hope and resilience. By recounting her own life experiences, Mary Jo describes how she survived a tumultuous childhood, cancer and divorce to find love for herself and the world around her.|
|My Mother, My Father||Edited by
|Collection of stories about losing a parent||Very, very sad! A collection of well-written stories that will help you grieve for your own parents (not recommended if your parents are still alive).|
|Laura Andon||Autobiography||A great present for a niece or
grand-daughter interested in surfing. Empowering and inspirational with some great pictures.
|Charity Norman||Fictional book by a barrister specialising
in family law
|A memorable and engaging read. Great for some escapism over Christmas.|