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Swan & Horn publishes only a few carefully selected books each year, with an emphasis on the health and wellbeing of adults, young people and children.  Browse our titles below or buy directly from our BookstoreAll of our titles are also available through major online retailers including Amazon and Waterstones and can be ordered at any UK bookshop.

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Stories of Cancer and Hope

Kevin Donaghy

Stories of Cancer and Hope is a collection of honest stories from people directly affected by cancer, from the devastating impact of the initial diagnosis to the profound impact of the disease and its treatments on emotional and physical wellbeing, as well the effects on loved ones. Among the tears and low points are laughter and high points.But most of all there is hope in these pages, which is so important. These stories are ultimately uplifting and inspirational because of the many silver linings and glimmers of hope they offer, in the words of people who know what it's like to live with the uncertainty of cancer. ... Read more 

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The Wasted Years - A Crtique of Infant Nutrition: Policy, Practice and Politics

Professor Stewart Forsyth

Determining optimum early-life nutrition to support current and future health is a challenge for stakeholders in this important area of public health. They include parents, scientists, health professionals, policymakers, the formula-milk industry, governments, and global health institutions. It is also difficult for breastfeeding interest groups, who provide civil-society input, to best serve the needs of mothers, families, infants and young children ... Read more 

The Pissing Evil – A Comprehensive History of Diabetes Mellitus 

Professor Robert Tattersall 

The most authoritative and comprehensive book on the subject, written by the author of OUP’s Diabetes: The Bibliography. It is the book that Professor Tattersall has always wanted to write. It chronicles the fascinating and gruelling history of diabetes mellitus over 3000 years, with the title he insisted on - the "pissing evil" as the disease was called in the 17th century ... Read more 

Professor Colin R. Martin, Mick P. Fleming and Hugh Smith (Editors)

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Mental Health and Well-Being in the Learning and Teaching Environment 

The mental health crisis in our schools and colleges isn’t going to go away quickly. This is the first book in which educationalists and mental health practitioner--researchers collaborate to find a common language and unifying framework through which to explore the complex dynamic between learners, those who teach them, and those managing the education system. Wide in scope, it has a multidisciplinary and multi-level approach ... Read more 

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The Impact of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Learning and Teaching:
A Practical Guide for those Responsible for Learners (Books 1 and 2)

Hugh Smith and Amanda McGrandles (Editors) 

These slim and practical handbooks focus on some of the common stressors and mental health conditions found in learning situations among students of all ages (including adults) and those who lead their learning. The content addresses psychosocial needs and the challenges faced in the learning and teaching environment. Written with a clear structure and easy style, they aim to enhance both learning and teaching across a range of settings  ... Read more 

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Safer Care: Human Factors in Healthcare Course Books 

Patrick Mitchell (Editor) Clive Bloxham, Guy Hirst, Emma Nunez, Nancy Redfern, Gavin Thoms

This course was produced for the NHS and other clinicians and healthcare organisations to improve patient safety. It considers the human (psychological) factors that influence communication and task performance that lead to human errors and result in injury or death to patients, including factors specific to hospitals that allow such errors to occur, including hierarchical structure  ... 
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Small Steps to Great Parenting: The Essential Guide for Busy Families 

Dr Kalanit Ben-Ari

This is a realistic, relevant, down-to-earth book, crammed full of easy and effective tips – using just one a day will make a difference. It is perfect for BUSY modern families who face more challenges than ever as they try to balance their working life, family life, school life and social life, because it is a based on sound evidence and theory without piling on heaps of unnecessary background theory ... Read more 

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Smart Sitting: Brain Training to Control Back Pain, Improve Body Awareness and Sit Without Pain

Peter Davies

Peter Davies is a senior physiotherapist who has been using this approach successfully in his own practise for many years. Given that we all have to sit down a lot nowadays, we can all benefit from sitting smartly. The explicit photographs and instructions show you how to care for your spine to relieve or prevent back pain, using the latest evidence-base and incorporating mindful movements and unique ‘body maps’ to pinpoint trouble spots ... Read more 

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Homo Passiens: Man the Footballer (and how we evolved to play it!)

Mike McInnes and artwork by Matt Kenyon with Foreword by Irving Welsh

Did prehistoric humans play football? Did they first stand upright in order to play football? Ludicrous though that may sound, there is plenty of (almost) convincing evidence for this - and where there is not evidence, there is science faction! From the truly creative mind of a scientist and lifelong football fan, this is a subtle blend of fact and fiction that romps through the "ologies". Irving Welsh, who wrote the Foreword, found the concept to be bonkers - but fantastically plausible. We think you'll agree as you delve into the ideas put forward by an esteemed professor of the science of passeonology during his meetings in various notable pubs around Edinburgh with an erudite football fan - the author of this book ... Read more 

Books for child mental wellbeing ...

The Four Friends series: Tales About Finding Comfort in Friends

Stories by David Brian Johnson
Artwork by Deirdre Malcolm

These large-format books contain rich illustrations and simple tales for young children with subtle wellbeing messages. The Four Friends – Tayley, Popp, Gully and Donnie – live on and around a small Scottish island, and enjoy many wonderful experiences together. When things are not so good, they help each other get through.
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The Ellie Adventures series

Written and illustrated by Jonathan Liddell

Meet Ellie and her furry and feathered friends, including Bear and Barn Owl. This magical book is for reading by parents or confident young readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
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The Ellie Adventures You Have All You Ne
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