Non-Fiction

Reference

  • SSYM
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    A great gift that anyone will find fascinating, this comprehensive reference book will help you crack the secrets behind the world's ancient and modern signs and symbols.

    Visually stunning and divided into easy-to-follow A-Z sections, it looks at the hidden meanings behind topics ranging from magic and mystery to landscapes and elements; and answers questions ranging from 'Why do Masonic temples have a black-and-white chequered floor covering?' to 'What is the most important symbol in the world?'

    Other symbols you can learn about are the secret Demonic alphabet, Native American hunting symbols and the Glastonbury Zodiac.
  • LITB
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    A book all about books, The Literature Book showcases the greatest reads of all time.

    Featuring over 100 bestselling books from all over the world, there are detailed plot summaries of classics including The Great Gatsby and Frankenstein.

    Complemented by stunning images and inspirational quotes, The Literature Book also delves into the famed fiction of acclaimed authors and provides literary criticism of their work.
  • CCDM
    Albert Jackson
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    Having sold over 3 million copies, Collins Complete DIY Manual is a comprehensive and authoritative book that will come in handy for DIY novices, enthusiasts and professionals.

    This latest edition provides up-to-date and in-depth information on tasks including decorating, repairs, electricity and plumbing. With illustrations and photographs to help you get each job performed safely and quickly, the book also covers recent changes to regulations and explains how you can work within them.

    There is even new material about how you can use energy-saving DIY methods and save money while making your next home improvements.
  • HKTT
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    Carol Vorderman shows you how to help your children understand the tricky concept of the times tables with this invaluable guide.

    Suitable for parents with children studying at Key Stages 1 and 2, the guide is straightforward and has easy-to-follow tips, hints and advice all about the times tables.

    The practice pages and questions have been compiled and tested by a team of experts and allow parents and children to work together to solve even the trickiest questions. By following the advice of this book, you can help build your child's confidence, reduce stress and make the subject simple.
  • GWRD 9 years +
    9 years +
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    The world's bestselling annual and one packed with records, facts and trivia, we're delighted to bring you the awesome Guinness World Records 2016 at a brilliant Book People price. It will make a brilliant Christmas present, but stock is extremely limited so make sure you order today!

    Alongside wonderful world records relating to pets, superhuman achievements and extreme vehicles, you'll also be able to pore over the categories that are new for 2016 - waterfalls, ballooning, manga, drones and archaeology among many more.

    There are also profile boxes to offer a more comprehensive look at the record-breakers, infographics to present the information and more in-depth focus on the most astounding and iconic records.
  • AA Driving Test Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9780749578190
    DTTP
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    • Just £3.00 per book
    Learning to drive is an important life skill that many people may need a helping hand with. From the experts at the AA, these two books will become essential for any learner driver. One book covers the theory test and Highway Code while the other has all the information someone needs to pass their practical test.

    The theory test book has all the official revision questions and answers for car drivers from the DVSA and contains key advice on how to tackle the challenge. It also features explanatory text to help learner drivers understand what is expected from them for every revision question. It's also full of expert advice.

    The practical test runs through all the practical skills a learner driver needs and features sample vehicle safety check questions. There are also test-yourself questions to help aid learning and calm any nerves.
  • DAYA
    Peter Chasseaud
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    Published to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, The Times D-Day reveals how the landings unfolded through over 100 detailed maps and informative commentary from World War II historians Peter Chasseaud and Richard Happer.

    Allowing readers unparallelled insight on deception schemes, reconnaissance and terrain, through mapping and key events the book chronologically presents the results and reasoning of important operations alongside poignant photographs and expert commentary.

    Providing a unique, never-before-seen insight into the landings, Operation Neptune, Operation Overlord, the German unconditional surrender on VE Day and more, The Times D-Day is a beautifully published, commemorative book perfect for all those with an interest in World War II.
  • HWMO
    Francesca Hornak
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    Inspired by her popular column in the Sunday Times Style section, this fascinating book finds Francesca Hornak exploring contemporary middle-class life through a number of different objects.

    Each column focuses on a different character and how each object affects their life - you'll meet 26-year-old Izzy who interns at Kelly Hoppen and gets into a spat with her flatmate about a twee Oliver Bonas cake stand; 40-year-old Nick who's considering the safety aspects of his children and 64-year-old Philippa who's struggling to work her Sky TV remote after her divorce.

    Funny, charming and poignant, this book provides an incredible and touching insight into the joys and absurdities of modern life. The features are complemented by illustrations by James Joyce.
  • THNG
    Randall Munroe
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    Randall Munroe - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - returns with Thing Explainer, a book full of brilliantly simple diagrams that show how important things work.

    From a biro to the nuclear bomb, Randall uses drawings and a vocabulary of the most common 1,000 words to describe where things like food-heating radio boxes (microwaves), very tall roads (bridges) and even the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates) come from and how they work.

    Funny, interesting and easy to understand, this is a book to ignite the mind of anyone who has ever wondered how things work... and why.
  • RPBL 12 years +
    12 years +
    (1)
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    Full of eye-popping facts and oddities, the 2016 edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not will disgust and delight fans of the unexplained in equal measure.

    Weird and wonderful, among the grotesque and ghastly things you'll find in the massive hardback are those tales that are simply unbelievable; the world's most incredible animals; the peculiar aspects of pop culture; the baffling things people do to their bodies; and so much more.

    An annual bestseller with Book People that is loved by young readers who want a bit of grossness and plenty of facts to pore over, this is a great book to dip in and out of. The foiled 3D cover adds extra enjoyment!
  • TION
    Andrea Wulf
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    The Invention of Nature was named winner in the Costa Book Awards Biography Category for 2015.

    From the bookshelves of Jules Verne's Captain Nemo to his namesake Mare Humboldtianum on the Moon, the name Alexander von Humboldt is synonymous with adventure and exploration (there's even a penguin and a giant squid named after him) - and while many people may not have heard of him before, his influence on the world's greatest scientific minds is undeniable.

    In this magnificently intellectual biography, The Invention of Nature, Samuel Johnson Prize-longlisted author Andrea Wulf takes readers around the globe with von Humboldt and explores the reasons why his life, ideas and philosophy remain so important today. From exploring deep into the rainforest, climbing the world's highest volcanoes and a huge influence on princes, presidents, scientists and poets alike, his thinking was so far ahead of his time that it's only coming into its own now.

    An inspiration to Charles Darwin, the fuel to Simon Bolivar's revolution and the subject of abject jealousy on the part of none other than Napoleon, Alexander von Humboldt wanted to know and understand everything, and in doing so he invented the way that we now look at nature.

    A truly astonishing book that has won numerous awards from the likes of Costa, the Economist and New York Times. You'll be astounded by this incredible figure from our history.
  • National Trust Great Houses & Gardens Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781909881723
    GHGG
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    • Just £4.50 per book
    The National Trust houses and gardens welcome millions of visitors every year and this two-book set will help you decide which one to see next.

    Lydia Greeves' Great Houses of the National Trust travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to showcase the most stunning mansions, buildings, castles and abbeys that are part of the National Trust. From Petworth House in Sussex to Northumbria's Cragside and Notttinghamshire's Southwell Workhouse, you'll find stunning photography and an insight into each building's fascinating history.

    In Great Gardens of the National Trust, Stephen Lacey focuses on the Trust's finest horticultural settings. Among the great gardens you'll be able to see and read about are 18th century landscapes like Croome Park, Victorian creations in Waddeston Manor and more contemporary plantsmen's gardens like those found at Hidcote Manor.
  • SR0015
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    The Encyclopedia of Formula 1 showcases the highs and lows of the most cutting-edge series in the history of motorsport.

    From the early days to the present season, this guide gives comprehensive insight into all aspects of the exciting sport including coverage of memorable drivers, constructor teams, circuits and moments.

    Using fascinating photographs and statistics throughout, the history of Formula 1 tells a story of genius and endeavour, rivalry and camaraderie and triumph and tragedy.
  • CGTD
    Adam Juniper
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    The Complete Guide to Drones shows you everything there is to know about drones, multicopters and UAVs (all terms associated with these increasingly common aerial vehicles!).

    Written in jargon-free English, the book will show you how they work, how you can fly them, how to choose the right one and how to take amazing photos and videos using drones from above. There are also clear illustrations and brand new photography to give even more insight.

    There is even a step-by-step project to help you build your very own modestly priced drone. Great as a first step into the world of drones, this a fun, educational project. The legal issues surrounding drones are also covered in detail.
  • IFBL
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    This Illustrated Family Bible uses original text from the New International Version and a a highly visual approach to inspire the whole family.

    Containing all the important stories of the Old and New Testaments, this Bible covers the likes of Abraham and the chosen people, Jesus' early years and the growth of the church.

    Comprehensive background information including maps and photographs helps set the stories in their social, historical and geographical context.
  • TCAW
    Times Atlases
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    A stunning book that comes in a protective slipcase, this fully revised and updated edition of The Times: Concise Atlas of the World provides beautiful and comprehensive reference mapping for countries across the world.

    The atlas covers all the most important geographical issues we face and the populations of the major cities are also included. Historical maps show the political make-up of the world over the past 150 years and there are also plans for 41 of the world's major cities.

    The expanded satellite imagery section contains overview images of each continent, and they're all complemented by further detailed images. A wonderful addition to any household, the reference book helps you explore the world without even having to leave your armchair.
  • I Used to Know That Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781782434719 - Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wine
    IUSK
    Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wine
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    • Just £1.40 per book
    From photosynthesis to Pythagoras' Theorem, this five-book collection is full of all those useful school skills that you may have forgotten about.

    Maths, science, English and grammar are all covered in great detail and with wit and humour. You'll love reading through these nostalgic books and remembering and re-learning the things you were taught in the classroom.

    Designed in an accessible style and laced with humour, the five books can be dipped in and out of or read in one sitting to ensure you really get to grips with those long-forgotten school skills.

  • GHAW
    Andrew Taylor
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    It's always surprising just how many feelings and concepts that we British just don't have the words for. This gift book shows how other languages don't have this oversight.

    From the vague desire to be far away to that feeling of euphoria at the start of a love affair (forelsket - thanks, Norway), this book has words you can use in everyday life from other countries to sum up your thoughts.

    Part glossary, part amusing musings, with Andrew Taylor's The Greeks Had a Word For It, you'll never be lost for words again.
  • SGTP
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    William Shakespeare, the self-appointed font of all wisdom, knew a few things about parenting. A father of three, this tongue-in-cheek book provides modern parents with a quote from the Bard for every experience.

    Handily pocket sized so it can be taken with you wherever you go, the illustrated book uses Shakespeare's knowledge to tell you just why your baby is crying, why teenagers never listen to their parents and what you can do to make them stick with a hobby.

    Cunningly extracted from the most famous Shakespeare plays, the hilariously satirical book will help make sure you always have the last word when it comes to talking to your kids.

    Move over Supernanny, the Bard is back in town!
  • HELY
    Carol Vorderman
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    Simple and visual, this unique step-by-step guide from Carol Vorderman will help children aged between 7 and 9 get to grips with all the English skills they need.

    Using clear, accessible pictures, diagrams and guides, the book will cover all important areas of English including punctuation, grammar, spelling and communication skills.

    The perfect guide for parents who want to help their children gain more confidence, this is sure to come in as an extremely useful guidebook.
  • THED
    Megan Hess
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    Megan Hess provides an illustrated guide to the beautiful garments that changed the world in the beautiful book, The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion.

    Presented in hardback and with a stylish gold trim, it tells how a dress can capture a specific moment in time, the spirit of a generation, or even encapsulate a fashion icon. With Megan's stunning illustrations of the dresses (and those who wore them) throughout the book, it's a wonderful read for any fashion aficionado.

    From Audrey Hepburn's simple elegance to Lady Gaga's meat gown, the book takes a thorough look at the ever-evolving and always-inspiring fashion industry. All the dresses are accompanied by revealing facts and historical anecdotes too.
  • GMAP
    Jerry Brotton
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    A beautiful and endlessly fascinating gift book, Great Maps reveals how maps can provide a window into the culture, beliefs and history of the world's most inspiring civilizations.

    Focusing on 60 of the world's most influential maps to provide a unique insight into how cartographers shaped and depicted the world, the book reveals how and why each one was made and offers in-depth analysis and close-up details to reveal hidden features.

    Stunningly presented, the gorgeous and informative book takes you from classical maps to thematic maps and modern mapping.
  • LFLB
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    We've all said it - 'I really wish I could learn to speak French.' Well, now is your chance!

    Including three bestselling courses in one box, this expertly written language course allows you to immerse yourself in the French language and reach your goals at your own pace.

    Complete with a beginner to intermediate coursebook; a six-month subscription to a brand new online learning platform full of activities that provide immediate feedback, a learning community, a record and compare function to practise your pronunciation, and assessments to check your progress; bite-sized audio lessons to improve fluency and comprehension; a reference CD-ROM to support your studies and much, much more, this comprehensive set will ensure you're a master of French vocabulary and grammar in no time at all.

    Please note that the CD-ROM can only be played on MP3-compatible devices.
  • SGKT
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    Complete with a 64-page book and 48-minute accompanying DVD, the Simply Guitar Book & DVD Set provides expert tuition to guide would-be players through basic guitar-playing techniques, chords, tablature and chord progressions.

    Featuring clear, informative instructions, comprehensive multi-angle guidance from guitar guru Steve McKay and detailed music theory - from scales to building chords and more! - the book is perfect for both novice guitarists and those looking to brush up on their playing and fill gaps in their guitar knowledge.

    The ideal gift for those learning to play the world's most popular instrument, the Simply Guitar Book & DVD Set will take you through everything you need to know to play and master the art of guitar playing.