Wild Abandon & Heavily Meditated

What the Wellbeing editors have been loving

Fiction

 

Are We Having Fun Yet?

LUCY MANGAN, MURDOCH BOOKS

Relatable, check. Witty, check. The perfect balance of light and self-deprecating humour, check. Are We Having Fun Yet? is an irresistible feel-good read that you won’t be able to put down. It’s a novel that doesn’t feel so fictional, following a year in the life of Liz as she juggles the chaos of life as a modern mum. Liz is instantly likeable, and draws you in with diary-like entries detailing her daily frustrations, wins and losses. Between running around after her children Thomas and Evie and husband Richard, and juggling the stresses of work, competitive parents and an overbearing mother, she is fighting for a moment alone to relax and unwind — to do absolutely nothing, really. Are We Having Fun Yet? is the perfect representation of life as a working mother in the 21st century, and is best enjoyed with a glass of wine (or two!), just to get the full effect … Be prepared to laugh out loud, sigh in exasperation, and maybe have a tissue on hand for the realer bits. GN

Wild Abandon

EMILY BITTO, ALLEN & UNWIN

Surrealism meets bohemian ideals meets critique of the modern world in the second novel from Stella Prize winner Emily Bitto. I was gripped from page one of Wild Abandon, pulled into protagonist Will’s heartache, chaotic mind and urge to escape the monotony and embarrassment of his small-town upbringing. And so he lands in New York City, where he is met with a flurry of art parties, booze and drugs. Will flees the scene once more and heads to a small town in Ohio where he meets Wayne, Vietnam war veteran and owner of a myriad of exotic animals. Out of intrigue and sheer desperation, Will settles in for a month at Wayne’s Wild Kingdom and is confronted with uncomfortable truths, drunken realisations and, of course, powerful self-discovery. The story is told through Will’s eyes but by an omniscient Gatsby-esque narrator who interjects from time to time. This novel is simply a work of art — be prepared to laugh, feel frustrated and eventually end up sobbing at midnight (as I did) when you simply cannot put the book down. GN

 

Books

 

Undiscovered Tasmania: A Local’s Guide to Finding Adventure

ROCHELLE DARE AND WALTER DARE, HARDIE GRANT

A Tasmanian road trip has always been a bucket list item for me. So when I came across Undiscovered Tasmania, I was instantly intrigued. The book is packed from cover to cover with gorgeous imagery, which is a must for me when it comes to travel guidebooks. The Dares will take you on an adventure through each of Tasmania’s hidden gems, from the snorkelling spots on Flinders Island to the rugged beauty of the Overland Track, right down to the southernmost tip of Australia at South East Cape. Undiscovered Tasmania includes stories from the locals, tips for adventurous solo travellers and family groups alike, and plenty of off-the-beaten-track locales to discover. The book actually inspired my fiancé’s and my Tassie road trip and I was able to create a full itinerary with help from the Dares — stay tuned for a post-trip update! GN

The Future is Fungi

UN SHU, THAMES & HUDSON AUSTRALIA

What do you know about fungi, the incredible architects of the natural world? The kingdom of fungi has survived all major extinction events. Not only do they sustain critical ecosystems and recycle nutrients for plants worldwide, but they are used to produce many staples of modern life, such as wine, bread and penicillin. Discover the magical world of fungi in authors Michael Lim and Yun Shu latest book, The Future is Fungi. In the book, you’ll explore the past, present and future impact fungi can have on food, medicine, psychedelics, mental health and environmental remediation. Breathtaking imagery depicts the various unique characteristics and kaleidoscopic colours of fungi. The book also shares tips for cultivating mushrooms using coffee grounds, how to make your own vitamin D supplements and the tools you need to safely forage for your own fungi. Learn how fungi can feed, free and shape our world. KH

 

Poetry

 

Clarity & Connection

YUNG PUEBLO, ANDREWS McMEEL PUBLISHING

Like all of Yung Pueblo’s poetry, Clarity & Connection feels like home. It is the perfect way to start and end your day and, although
I have read it from cover to cover at least twice, I find myself opening a page to read each day as part of my morning ritual. Pueblo certainly knows how to capture emotion in just a few simple lines, and on my first read, I actually shed a few tears. Lines such as “more of us are healing ourselves / and actively helping heal the world” could not have come at a better time as we emerge from the devastation of the pandemic years. Clarity & Connection will guide you through an inner journey where you will reckon with old wounds, self-conflicts and a release of the past, but you will eventually find a sense of peace and growth. Use this collection as a daily meditation or self-love ritual, or give it to
a friend in need — the poetry is a gift in itself. GN

 

App

 

Heavily Meditated

CAITLIN CADY
Looking to ease stress and experience more calm? Caitlin Cady’s new app Heavily Meditated has been designed with this in mind. With beautiful graphics, soft pastel tones and an effortless interface, the app is your answer to turning meditation into a habit that sticks. Simply search by technique, time or vibe and pick a meditation to perfectly fit your day and mood. With guided meditations that are available in less than 15 minutes, Heavily Meditated is an extension of Cady’s book, Heavily Meditated: Your Down-to-Earth Guide to Learning Meditation and Getting High on Life. For those familiar with Cady and her fun and unique style of teaching and writing, this app certainly follows suit. A must for those diving into meditation for the first time or seasoned sitters. KH

 

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