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Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark | Julia Baird
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A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest times. Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them? And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we're overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom? In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most - finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril - how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light - a light to ward off the darkness? Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving, Julia Baird has written exactly the book we need for these times.
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peacegypsy
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This book definitely produces light in a darkened world. With its many references to poets, scholars, nature, and other great literature, this memoir will encourage you to keep going and, to not only to that, but also to find a better world in which to proceed. Lots of wisdom and hope here, and a great reliance on the natural world as salvation. It strengthens the heart.

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peacegypsy
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Looking for some brighter days.

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Twocougs
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I often find books find me when I need them and this one did. I tried to savor it one chapter a night. I now need to remember these small truths everyday; to pay attention to the little things, to love freely,that the ordinary is extraordinarily and to find the good. A beautiful book to reach my goal of 100 for the year!

kspenmoll I am slowly reading this lovely book. (edited) 6mo
Twocougs @kspenmoll There‘s something magical about reading it slowly🌸 6mo
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kspenmoll
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“Phosphorescence. Now there‘s a word to lift your hat to to…To find that phosphorescence, that light within— is the genius behind poetry.”
—Emily Dickinson

booksbrewsandbooze What a beautiful cover 9mo
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful! This is on my TBR 📖 9mo
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Messiejessie
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I feel like I read this at the right time for me.
It‘s always good to be reminded about what‘s important in life and making time to notice and seek awe, wonder and joy.
I lost a bit of interest towards the end, but I loved the majority of this book.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Been flat out working over school hols (thank goodness!) & haven't had much time for physical reading, but I've been listening to this fabulous audiobook on my long drives to & from jobs. It's the perfect companion to a lengthy drive & even though I didn't always look forward to listening to it early on, I sure got plenty from it soon after! Infact, I would happily read it again!
So much to think about, so much to learn.
So thought provoking.

MrsMalaprop I liked this one too. 12mo
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Lyssa131330
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I‘ve been flat out at work but I finally made it to my #lmpbc book for this month! I‘m not the ideal reader for this, I‘ve already learn a lot of this info through work and I think that‘s why I found it repetitive and a smidge preachy. I may have enjoyed it more if I was going into it fresh. The information is good, it‘s well written and that cover 😍😍😍 - it‘s just not the book for me. Still, glad I read it, that‘s the joy of book clubs!
#groupz

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Freespirit
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The real joy of holidays is I can read more often! This book is about that joy....about finding what brings “light” into your life.. be it gardening, reading, or drinking tea. It‘s a perfect time to reflect on our world.
Julia Baird is a well known journalist and presenter of a current affairs program here in Australia.... and the sort of person I‘d like to have a cup of tea with on my verandah!! 💕💕🌸

Cathythoughts I love the word phosphorescence & I loved seeing it in the water once or twice when I was swimming ✨✨✨ 2y
Cathythoughts I‘d love to join ye for that cup of tea too 😁 2y
Freespirit @Cathythoughts I think you would like this book..and I would love to have a cuppa with you😘 2y
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catebutler Oh! This sounds lovely! Adding this immediately to my wish list. 2y
Freespirit @catebutler Cate let me know if you can‘t get it and I will post it to you xxx 2y
catebutler @Freespirit You are so sweet! I wish Australian authors and books were more readily available here in the States. I know you have a rich literary history!! 2y
Freespirit Hi @catebutler I love sharing our books. I have sent you a message.. 2y
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My reading spot on my verandah😊 Currently I am delving into Thomas Cromwell‘s life again in the second book by Hilary Mantel. It‘s a fascinating time in history.
I am also reading Phosphorescence which explores contentment, joy and awe something that I think about as I get older, especially with the world changing so quickly at the moment. It‘s a great Covid read😷
#historicalfiction #ozfiction
Joyful reading everyone💕💕

wanderinglynn What a lovely spot! 💚 2y
Freespirit Thank you @wanderinglynn it catches the morning sun🌞 2y
rockpools Beautiful. And Phosphorescence sounds like a great read (very surprised to see I already have it stacked!) 2y
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JennyM Save me a seat. Would love to have a cuppa and with you and chat books. Ah, we can but hope ☕️ 📚 ☀️ 2y
Freespirit It‘s a reflective book @rockpools which I need sometimes 2y
Freespirit Ooh I could think of nothing I‘d like more Jen @JennyM 🌸 2y
TrishB That looks lovely ❤️ 2y
Chelsea.Poole Perfect reading spot ♥️📖 2y
Freespirit Thanks @TrishB @Chelsea.Poole 😘😘 2y
CarolynM So lovely💕 2y
Freespirit Nice morning reading spot with a cup of tea ☕️ @CarolynM 😊 2y
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JeffyRoo
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This chapter is called 'Why we need silence'

#LMPBC

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Joanne1
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I‘ve had trouble sleeping this week so this delightful, thoughtful and introspective audiobook has been keeping company. Read by the author, Australian journalist, Julia Baird, it‘s the perfect antidote to these troubling times.

Chelsea.Poole Sounds perfect 💙 and that cover! 🤩 2y
Joanne1 The cover is divine, even better in IRL than on the app @Chelsea.Poole 2y
Crisflitz Beautiful memoir. Extraordinary woman, activist, mother, daughter, friend, humanitarian & journalist. I‘ve never written in any book as I have in this.....references, authors, scientists, authors, music, artists, etc. And her love of words introduced me to so many. Published in the nick of time. 2y
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JeffyRoo
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A list to remember...

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JeffyRoo
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Getting a head start on #LMPBC Round 9 with this one! @suvata @Lyssa131330 @thegreensofa @LapReader

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Cathy_J
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I listened to the audio book (read by the author) of this much talked about non-fiction book. I am considering getting a paper copy to revisit some chapters. This was a timely read as a very intelligent lady shares her research and thoughts on how to survive when everything goes to poo (and more). ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Freespirit I am looking forward to reading this one😊 2y
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Rissreads
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This was a case of the right book at the right time. It reminded me about the beauty in the world and how precious life is, and how lucky I am! 💙

Lindy Looking for beauty every day is helping me to improve my sense of wellbeing. This book sounds great. 😊 2y
Rissreads @lindy yep it helps to open your eyes, it‘s a beautiful book 💙 2y
batsy The cover alone is so pretty 💜 2y
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Petelord
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I wanted to love this book because the message is so important. I loved the copy on the inside cover but this book badly needs an edit. Badly. I had to put it down after 50 pages because I simply didn‘t care how much the author liked Central Park.

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Petelord

In order to endure, to survive trauma or even just to stay afloat when life threatens to suck us under, we need to know we are not alone.

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MrsMalaprop
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This book is as beautiful as it looks 😍💕🙏.

It‘s fair to say I don‘t generally ‘do‘ self-help books and avoid books that purport to have the formula for happiness.

But this collection of essays, science, interviews and rumination by Australian journalist Julia Baird really worked for me right now.

I loved it & have just ordered a copy to be delivered to a childhood friend who is undergoing cancer treatment. ❤️❤️❤️

erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a beautiful cover👍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo ❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous picture 😍 2y
JaclynW Lovely picture! 2y
Jeg I‘m reading it slowly and savouring it. 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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#Upnext Getting stuck into this book that everyone (in Australia) is talking about. “On awe, wonder & things that sustain you when the world goes dark”? Reckon this might be the book for now. And if it‘s not that good, I‘ll just sit & look at this cover 😍. #currentlyreading

TNbookworm Beautiful cover💙 2y
Jeg I just love holding the book. 😊 2y
CarolynM It's everywhere right now. Just puts me off, I'm afraid. I'll be interested to see what you think. Hope you enjoy it🙂 2y
Rissreads Ooooo, it‘s pretty! I can‘t wait to see what you think! 2y
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Jeg
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Have wanted this since I first heard of it. Local book shop had sold out so I ordered it. They were waiting for second printing. Thought I was in for a wait which was ok as I have tons to read. However from somewhere they came up with it and here it is. A lovely physical book.
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Centique So beautiful! How are you doing Joy? 2y
Jeg @Centique thanks for asking. I‘m not the best today. But this too will pass. Hope your day have been one full of chocolates and books. 😍😍 2y
Centique @Jeg much love to you Joy. Australia seems to be doing a good job of fighting this virus. I would like to send you some hope, that strong ANZAC spirit 💕 We‘ve beaten back the enemy before and we‘ll do it again. Kia kaha my friend 💕 2y
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