Start the new year with a book: self-improvement edit

Start 2022 on the right path, with a selection of important books about our mental, physical and social well-being from renowned experts, psychologists and admired public figures.  

We spend our time chasing deadlines, getting through stressful to-do lists and other life events, which leave us with little or no time to tend to our personal needs, desires and feelings. Improve your life, relationships and well-being with a selection of the best books on self-improvement. 

Our selection will inspire you to make the desired change in your life, provide unprecedented insight into your psychological profile, show you how to reach your full potential and feel more alive, more connected and fully human.

The Cambridge Code

by Dr Emma Loveridge

Book cover for The Cambridge Code

There’s the conscious mind, and then there’s the subconscious mind – the part of our psyche which we don’t have easy access to, yet dictates a lot of who we are and the choices we make in life. These two realms of our psyche have often been likened to an iceberg – the top visible portion being the conscious mind, and the bottom portion hidden from view being our subconscious. But what if we could put on our swimming goggles and take a look at the invisible portion? The Cambridge Code by Dr Emma Loveridge and Dr Curly Moloney reaches beyond established psychological measurement and psychotherapy, and provides its readers with a profile of their subconscious, helping us to understand the hidden ‘unconscious’ mind which is responsible for much of how we think, behave and react.

Fully Human

by Steve Biddulph

Book cover for Fully Human

What if there were parts of our minds which we never use, but if awakened, could make us so much happier, connected and alive? What if awakening those parts could bring peace to the conflicts and struggles we all go through? In Fully Human, Steve Biddulph draws on deeply personal stories from his own life, as well of those of his clients, and from the frontiers of thinking about how the brain works with the body and the wisdom of the 'wild creature' inside all of us. At the peak of a lifetime's work, one of the world's best-known psychotherapists and educators shows how you can be more alive, more connected. More FULLY HUMAN.


by Richard Sutton

Book cover for Stressproof

A second book from the bestselling author of The Stress Code, Stressproof speaks to the crisis currently facing the professional landscape. It outlines the conundrum of stress and its performance advantage versus its destructiveness; and it focuses on the stress-related challenges facing decision makers in the world of business today. Practical, insightful and based on case studies and real-world examples, Stressproof provides a game-changing action plan to help managers, leaders and those who are making decisions.

What Happened to You?

by Oprah Winfrey

Book cover for What Happened to You?

This book is going to change the way you see your life.
Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain development and trauma expert, Dr Bruce Perry, discuss the impact of trauma and adverse experiences and how healing must begin with a shift to asking 'What happened to you?' rather than 'What’s wrong with you?'. Grounded in the latest brain science and brought to life through compelling narratives, this book shines a light on a much-needed path to recovery – showing us our incredible capacity to transform after adversity.

You Are a Champion

by Marcus Rashford

Book cover for You Are a Champion

'There is no finish line when it comes to your dreams.'
You Are A Champion will empower young people aged 10+ to develop positive thinking, build mental resilience, learn how to navigate adversity and, ultimately, to achieve their full potential. Written with journalist Carl Anka, You Are A Champion is the empowering and life changing first children’s book from Marcus Rashford MBE. It is full of practical advice and engaging illustrations and infographics, including input from performance psychologist Katie Warriner.

Oprah and Dr. Bruce Perry discuss their new book What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Here, Dr. Perry explains how to transform post-traumatic stress into wisdom on the path toward healing: