Sane New World: Taming the Mind and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a £2.35 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Sane New World: Taming the Mind on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Sane New World: Taming the Mind [Paperback]

Ruby Wax
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
RRP: £8.99
Price: £6.29 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
You Save: £2.70 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 3 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.49  
Hardcover £16.71  
Paperback £6.29  
Audio Download, Unabridged £16.62 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial
Trade In this Item for up to £2.35
Trade in Sane New World: Taming the Mind for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £2.35, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

27 Feb 2014

Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity.

With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress.

If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.

Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the manual to saner living.


Frequently Bought Together

Sane New World: Taming the Mind + How Do You Want Me? + Sane New World: A User's Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind
Price For All Three: £21.91

Some of these items are dispatched sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444755757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444755756
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

Ruby Wax has an extraordinary mind, and she has brought it to bear with trademark wit and searing honesty on the subject of that mind, and the minds of all us. Very few will be able to read this wonderful contribution to the literature of mental health without recognising some part of themselves, and certainly of someone they know. A ruby beyond price. (Stephen Fry)

I love this book more than I love Ruby. And that's saying quite a bit...in a loud, funny voice. Yes...I love this book. And I know books. And I know love. And Ruby's book is both. (Carrie Fisher)

Ruby Wax combats ignorance with knowledge, confusion with crystal clarity, prejudice with open-mindedness, rigidity with humour and slays the dragon of stigma in this superb introduction to the twenty-first century science of the mind. This book will be a turning point in our battle to bring parity of esteem to mental and physical health. Explaining in simple language the nature of mental disorder and describing evocatively what you can do about it, is a substantial contribution to making our society a better place. This manual for living must be read by everyone. (Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at UCL)

Ruby Wax is at her best in this wonderful book. Its acute observations are both extremely funny and deeply moving. Many people will be grateful for her courage, openness, humour and wisdom. (Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness)

In Sane New World, Wax touches upon her own anxieties and fears with honesty and humour...it royally hauls a stigmatised fact of life kicking and laughing into the open. (The Times)

The book does succeed as a 'life manual' exactly because it is Ruby Wax who has written it...her life-affirming humour carries it through on a tide of quirky jokes and separate anecdotes from her life. (Daily Express)

Book Description

Comedian, writer and mental health campaigner shows us why and how our minds can send us mad and how we can rewire our thinking, especially through mindfulness, to calm ourselves in a frenetic world.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt
Search inside this book:


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Ms Wax... 6 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and lots of good advice 5 Jan 2014
By Mrs. T
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
144 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Owners Guide to the Mind 7 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Of course, that's not possible as neuroscience is only just beginning to understand how our brains work. Still, this book is invaluable to anyone and everyone. Intuitively, I always knew that stress is the root of all evils, that meditation and mindfulness help me to calm the mind as does yoga but no meditation or yoga teacher has ever explained to me the physiological principles behind mindfulness. Ruby Wax does more than that. She ascertains that we are all crazy and helps to navigate to the sane shores with clarity and uncanny humour. To me this is the best and most profound book I've read in a decade.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the depressed 27 Jun 2013
By Rose
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After following the eight week course outlined in Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic worldI was desperate to tell as many people as possible how wonderful Mindfulness is and what an impact it is having on my life. In the same week as I completed the course I discovered that by some wonderful coincidence Ruby had written her own book on the subject. Not only that but it was not some celebrity 'bandwagon' exercise but a serious contribution to the topic, based on her own experiences and her studies at Oxford University with the very professor who designed the course I'd just completed.
Ruby explains, with her characteristic humour, the latest scientific understanding of how the human mind works. She laments the fact that we don't come with a user manual and points out that we instinctively behave as if we were still hunter gatherers - hence all the shopping!
The good news is that we can rewire our brains and don't have to be trapped by our genes or our history. I can vouch for this with my own experiences. It was interesting to read the scientific proof. I would have liked to see an appendix with references for the studies she quotes. The absence of this in my kindle version is the only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars.
It's a shame, although probably inevitable, that those interviewing Ruby about the book want to concentrate on her own history because you don't have to suffer from depression or any other mental illness to benefit from practising Mindfulness. Whilst Ruby explains how it helps her she also provides a comprehensive list of studies and examples that show just how much benefit it can bring to any human being.
I hope many many people will read this book and be inspired to undergo Mindfulness training. If they do the world will be much better for it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILIANT 6 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover
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...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
143 of 163 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up call
everyone needs to read this book!

did you know pavlova fizzles and crackles! And we're all asleep! this book is a gentle, witty alarm!
Published 3 hours ago by Leah Raff
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book from Ruby
Great book from Ruby, the only reason I didn't give it a 5 star was that I was waiting to find out information about how Ruby practiced her mindfulness. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Carlalovesreading
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I lough and I lough a lot, but in the same time I learned so much. I simply love this book!
Published 20 hours ago by Magda
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, funny and really interesting
Finally a book about the brain and depression that I can understand, and laugh at. I loved it and will come back to it when I need to.
Published 21 hours ago by Miss S Lafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book is a life saver. I was at my lowest ebb and mindfulness is something that I now put into day to day practice.

Richard Case
The Ghost Challenger
Published 1 day ago by MR R G Case
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have !
Great book definitely recommend it, also came very quick
Published 1 day ago by MelissaAlice958
5.0 out of 5 stars All makes sense to me
I loved the use of emotion to pass over a world full of information, I laughed, felt compassion and through my good feeling journey I was able to comprehend the science bit. Read more
Published 2 days ago by great addictive
5.0 out of 5 stars A difficult subject
Difficult subject
Published 2 days ago by Kenneth Alfred Boardman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this book
Published 2 days ago by christopher j daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars and good advice given
Educated information which is all very true, and good advice given.
Published 3 days ago by jellybean
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback