Elaine’s Reading Recommendations

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION BOOKS

  • How to Help your Loved One Overcome Depression – Dr Nicola Ridgeway & Dr James Manning
  • Living with a Black Dog – How to take care of someone with depression while looking after yourself – Matthew & Ainsley Johnstone
  • Making Friends with Anxiety – A warm, supportive little book to help ease worry and panic– Sarah Rayner
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig
  • Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
  • The Comfort Book – Matt Haig
  • The Recovery Letters – Addressed to People Experiencing Depression – Edited by James Withey and Olivia Sagan


GRIEF AND LOSS BOOKS

  • Contented Dementia – Oliver James
  • Grief Works – Stories Of Life, Death And Surviving – Julia Samuel
  • The Last Act Of Love: The Story Of My Brother And His Sister – Cathy Rentzenbrink


LIFE & MIND BOOKS

  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled Mind – Ruby Wax
  • And Now for the Good News to the Future with Love – Ruby Wax
  • Atlas of the Heart – Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience – Brené Brown
  • Breath the New Science of a Lost Art – James Nestor
  • Daring Greatly – How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead – Brene Brown
  • Giulia Enders GUT the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ
  • Healing is the New High – A Guide to overcoming emotional turmoil and finding freedom – Vex King
  • How to be Human – The Manual – Ruby Wax
  • How to stay Sane – Philippa Perry – The School of Life
  • Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life – Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig
  • Ready to Roar – How Shy, Quiet Self-Doubting Guys Become Strong, Charming, Self-Confident Men – Dave Bowden
  • Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
  • Sane New World – Ruby Wax
  • Self Compassion – stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind – Kristin Neff, PhD
  • Surrounded by Narcissists – Or, How to Stop Other People’s Egos Ruining Your Life – Thomas Erickson
  • The Body – A Guide For Occupants – Bill Bryson
  • The Body Keeps The Score – Mind, Brain And Body In The Transformation Of Trauma – Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • The Book You Want Everyone You Love to Read – Philippa Perry
  • The Book You Want Everyone you Love to Read *and maybe a few you don’t – Philippa Perry
  • The Book You Wish Your Parents had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did) – Phillipa Perry
  • The Boy, the mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy
  • The Comfort Book – Matt Haig
  • The Courage To Be Disliked – How to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness – Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
  • The Silent Guides – Understanding and developing the mind throughout life – Professor Steve Peters
  • The Things You can See Only When You Slow Down – How to be Calm in a Busy World – Haemin Sunim
  • The Marshmallow Test – Understanding Self-Control and How to Master It – Walter Mischel
  • This Too Shall Pass – Stories Of Change, Crisis And Hopeful Beginnings – Julia Samuel
  • Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine And Myth in a Man-Made World by Elinor Cleghorn
  • What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing – Oprah Winfrey
  • Why Love Matters – How Affection Shapes A Baby’s Brain – Sue Gurhardt
  • Why We Sleep – The New Science Of Sleep And Dreams – Matthew Walker
  • Your pocket therapist – Break Free from old patterns and transform your life – Dr Annie Zimmerman


NEURODIVERSITY AND BOOKS ABOUT THE AMAZING BRAIN

  • Brainstorm – The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain – An Inside-Out Guide to the Emerging Adolescent Mind, Ages 12-24 – Daniel J. Siegel, MD
  • Highly Sensitive People In An Insensitive World – How to Create a Happy Life – Ilse Sand
  • Mindsight – Transform your Brain with the New Science of Kindness – Daniel Siegel
  • NeuroTribes – The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently – Steve Silberman – Forword by Oliver Sacks
  • Nobody Nowhere – The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl – Donna Williams
  • The Asperger Couple’s Workbook – Practical Advice & Activities for Couples and Counsellors Maxine Aston – Foreword by Tony Attwood
  • The Autistic Brain – Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed – Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
  • The Female Brain – Louann Brizendine, M.D.
  • The Gaming Mind – A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play – Alexander Kriss
  • The Highly Sensitive Person – How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You – Elaine N. Aron
  • The Secret Life of the Brain – Unlocking the mysteries of the mind – Alfred David
  • The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome – (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Maxine Aston
  • Therapy In The Age Of Neuroscience – Peter Afford
  • Women with Autism: Accepting and Embracing Autism Spectrum Disorder as You Move Towards an Authentic LifeClaire Jack PH.D
  • When the Body Says No – The Cost of Hidden Stress – International Bestseller – Gabor Mate


RELATIONSHIP BOOKS

  • Five Arguments All Couples (Need to) have and why the washing-up matters – Joanna Harrison
  • How to do Relationships – Anjula Mutanda
  • Relate – Baby Shock! Your Relationship Survival Guide – Elizabeth Martyn
  • Relate – Before you Say ‘I Do’ – How to be happily married forever! Elizabeth Martyn
  • Relate – Guide to Second Families – Living successfully with other people’s children – Suzie Hayman
  • Relate – Moving On – Breaking Up Without Breaking Down – Suzie Hayman
  • Relate – Sex in Loving Relationships – Sarah Litvinoff
  • Relationships – The School of Life
  • Stay or Go – Dr. Ruth K. Wesheimer – with Pierre A. Lehu – Dr Ruth’s Rules for Real Relationships
  • The 5 Love Languages – The Secret To Love That Lasts – Gary Chapman
  • The Relate Guide to After the Affair – How to build Trust and Love Again – Julia Cole
  • The Relate Guide to Better Relationships – Sarah Litvinoff
  • The Relate Guide to Loving Yourself Loving Another: The importance of Self-Esteem for Successful Relationships – Julia Cole
  • The Relate Guide to Sex & Intimacy – Cate Campbell

YOUNG PEOPLE

  • Am I Depressed and What Can I do About It? A CBT self-help guide for teenagers experiencing low mood an depression Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson
  • Be Resilient: How to Build a Strong Teenage Mind For Tough Times – Nicola Morgan
  • Blame my Brain – The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed – Nicola Morgan
  • Body Brilliant – A Teenage Guide To A Positive Body Image – Nicola Morgan
  • Keep your Cool – How to Deal with Life’s Worries and Stress – Dr Aaron Balick
  • Positively Teenage – A Positively Brilliant Guide to Teenage Life – Nicola Morgan
  • The Awesome Power of Sleep: How Sleep Super-Charges Your Teenage Brain – Nicola Morgan
  • The Teenage Guide to Friends – Nicola Morgan
  • The Teenage Guide to Life online – Nicola Morgan
  • The Teenage Guide to Stress – Nicola Morgan
  • You Are Awesome – Matthew Syed