Health, mind and body books

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Travellers to Unimaginable Lands by Dasha Kiper review – how dementia changes lives
A clinical psychologist turns the spotlight on caregivers in this profoundly compassionate study

Alex Clark

22, Mar, 2023 @7:30 AM

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The Art of the Straight Line review – how tai chi brought out Lou Reed’s mild side
The singer-songwriter transformed his later life practising the martial art, as this compilation of writing, edited by his widow Laurie Anderson, shows

Kitty Empire

21, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Weathering by Arline Geronimus review – how discrimination makes you sick
A public health expert charts the cumulative effect of prejudice on peoples’ bodies, from heart disease to cancer

Farrah Jarral

17, Mar, 2023 @7:30 AM

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In brief: Don’t Think, Dear; My Nemesis; Handmade – reviews
A thoughtful memoir casts a critical eye on ballet, a gripping novel digs deep into feminine rivalry and a bracing manifesto extols the virtue of woodcraft

Hephzibah Anderson

12, Mar, 2023 @4:00 PM

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The Real Work by Adam Gopnik review – the art of expertise
The New Yorker writer explores what it takes to get good at something, from baking and boxing to mastering his own mind

Matthew Cantor

04, Mar, 2023 @7:30 AM

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You Are Not Alone by Cariad Lloyd review – the mourning after
In this moving and funny meditation on loss, the host of the award-winning podcast Griefcast argues that shared stories are an effective response to death

Rohan Silva

21, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Writer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst: ‘The less the body works, the more you appreciate any bit that still does’
The writer and professor of English literature on being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and the more unexpected ways his life has been transformed

Rachel Cooke

05, Feb, 2023 @12:00 PM

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The Gospel of Wellness by Rina Raphael review – bee-sting therapy to jade eggs
A reformed wellness addict isn’t entirely convincing as she constructs a grand theory to explain some bizarre behaviour

Kitty Drake

25, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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In brief: The Cloisters; My Trade Is Mystery; Sweat: A History of Exercise – review
A tense whodunnit unfolds in New York’s Metropolitan museum; poet Carl Phillips imparts life lessons for all; and a study of our need to keep in shape

Hephzibah Anderson

15, Jan, 2023 @5:30 PM

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Sensational: A New Story of Our Senses by Ashley Ward review - they’re working overtime
A vivid exploration of the science behind sight, hearing, touch and smell that shows us we should take nothing for granted

Katy Guest

12, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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A Year to Change Your Mind by Dr Lucy Maddox review – a way through
Twelve month’s worth of psychological tips from someone you’d want on your team in a crisis

Anouchka Grose

05, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Body Am I by Moheb Costandi review – the new science of self-consciousness
What gives us our sense of self? A fresh take on how the brain and body are connected offers answers

PD Smith

07, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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