Useful Books

A selection of books that may be of interest to those who experience persistent pain.

Understand Pain, Live Well Again

by Neil Pearson. 

A free downloadable booklet for people with persistent pain.  Click HERE

Living well with pain

by Ben Cormack. 

A free downloadable booklet about helping people live well with pain.  Click HERE

Understanding Persistent Pain

by The Tasmanian Health Service

A free downloadable booklet with an explanation of some of the theories of how pain becomes persistent. 

Living Beyond Your Pain: Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Ease Chronic Pain

by Joanne Dahl and Tobias Lundgren. 

An approach to living with pain to help people live a rich and full life.  ISBN 1572244097


Manage your Pain

by Michael Nicholas, Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin & Lee Beeston.

This is a well written, excellent all-round coverage of pain management methods, for patients and professionals. Now in it's 3rd edition and available here.


Overcoming Chronic Pain

by F Cole, H Macdonald, C Carus, H Howden-Leach

This is another well written book on self help methods that is widely available. Here and here.


Coping Successfully with Pain

by Neville Shone

This is a personal description of how his chronic pain developed, and his experiences of going to a pain management programme and using the methods to improve his life with pain.
It is a paperback that can be ordered from a range of bookstores and online booksellers.


Pain, the Science of Suffering

by Patrick Wall.

This is a readable explanation of the complexities of pain by a world authority. Available on e-reader and secondhand here.


Explain Pain

by Lorimer Moseley and David Butler

This book explains the complexities of the pain system and what happens when pain goes on for longer than we expect. It was written for both clinicians and patients and is full of colourful illustrations to explain quite difficult concepts. It gives suggestions on how to put this knowledge towards managing pain problems.
It can be ordered from


Painful Yarns

by Lorimer Moseley

This book is a collection of amusing stories from the authors own experience to explain modern pain biology. At the end of each story, there is a section "so what has this got to do with pain?" in which the author uses the story as a metaphor for some aspect of pain biology.
It can be ordered from


Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing   

by Vidymala Burch and Danny Penman. 

Exercises to incorporate into daily life to ease suffering.  ISBN 074995924X


Chronic Pain the Drug Free Way

by Phil Sizer

A book on self management of chronic pain. ISBN: 9781847094797


Living Well With Pain And Illness: Using mindfulness to free yourself from suffering

by Vidymala Burch. 

Written by Vidymala who experiences chronic pain with guidance on how to live well with chronic pain.  ISBN 0749928603


Chronic Pain. The Pain Management Plan: How People Living with Pain Found a Better Life

by Robert Lewin and Mike Bryson. 

Methods that assist in management of pain.  ISBN 0956662803


Pain Heroes

by Alison Sim.    

Stories of hope and recovery.  ISBN 0648325008


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