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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444755757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444755756
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By meriet duncan on 6 July 2013
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Brilliant Book. I read it with Ruby's voice in my head which made it easy and amusing. I wish she had written this book when I was 14, it would have saved me years of heart/head ache.. A must read for those who want to find out more about themselves and those around them. Thank you Ms Wax, I am only sorry that you had to suffer first in order to get tothis point in your life...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T on 5 Jan 2014
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Ruby uses just enough science, personal anecdotes and humour to make this book easy and worthwhile reading. It's full of common sense and advice for life in the 21st century. I'd recommend it to anyone who suffers from anxiety or would class themselves as an excessive worrier. If nothing else this book will give you some laughs!
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134 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Donald Scott on 7 Jun 2013
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I've read a lot of books about neurology, psychology and psychotherapy. Just put this one down having finished the last page. This one is a bit special because it has been written by someone who writes from the heart, with an honesty that's compelling. It has been said that there is no owner's manual that comes with each brain. This one provides a pretty good idea of what to do if you feel that your own brain is not quite getting you through your life the way you'd like. Highly recommended. I've always liked the author as a comedienne... I like her even better as an author and educator.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catmac on 27 Dec 2013
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As someone who suffers from stress and anxiety due to caring for my father who has a brain injury, this book has given me an understanding of some of his problems and what is going on inside his brain and taught me coping strategies on how to deal with my related stress. Ruby is funny, intelligent and plain speaking about mental health and what it throws at you. I read it in one go and will definitely read it again.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By rahla xenopoulos on 6 Jun 2013
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this book is a gift to the world. it's a helpful book without being a 'self help book.' funny, insightful and a revelation. it makes the most impossible concepts accessible for everyone and will help anyone understand the intricate workings of the brain and the responses we have to life. a must have for anyone trying to navigate their way through all the madness. major thanks to miss wax...
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What's the one thing we all say when asked what we'd wish ourselves or our children and loved ones? A happy life. This excellent book isn't just for those people with a mental health diagnosis. It's a book for any human being who wants a happier life. A manual for improved life quality - improved thinking, feeling and behaviour. I want to send one each to all our children.

Here's a modified something I wrote on Ruby Wax's website (www.rubywax.net) today.

"I'm glad the Irish Sane New World Tour went so well. My work hours were reduced from 36 to 12 per week when I had to have time off for an episode and the doctor's certificate showed 'bipolar depression'. That's a 2/3 cut in my salary. We moved area and I now work from home doing something I love. But mental illness can still hit us in the pocket and lower self-esteem further in this way, as you mention in SNW. The law definitely needs changing. We can never have too many people being open and honest about their experiences.

I'm now told by my e-reader I'm at '94 of 150' and thus at Part 4 of Sane New World. Although I took two NHS Mindfulness courses, the brain part was only explained in that we can change our thinking and thus feeling and behaviours. There simply wasn't the budget or time on the NHS to go into that detail and we concentrated on the actual practice.

So, at very long last, someone has explained for me in layman's/Joe Public human terms what scientists and scholars actually know, from all the research we have up to now (and clearly more needs doing), about our brains and minds. I knew Mindfulness was doing me good, making life richer and me more content, but the info in SNW's been a revelation to me. How complex is the brain! No wonder it's taking time to work it all out.
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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Ian Broadley on 3 Jun 2013
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For anyone affected directly or indirectly by mental illness this is a must read. It is the first book that I have read on the subject that clearly explains how to turn around your thought process in laymen's terms. The technical details are explained clearly without being condescending.Sane New World: How to Tame the Mind
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Williamson on 21 Oct 2013
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Ruby writes about mindfulness in a way that actually makes sense. Her open and honest account of her own mental illness adds a layer of reality and truth sometimes missing in more zen like approaches to mindfulness.
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