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    BFTR

    Britain from the Rails (Paperback)

    Benedict Le Vay

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    A quirky and fascinating guide to Britain's railways, Bradt's Britain from the Rails is perfect not only as an entertaining armchair read but as a handy guidebook to help readers explore the country at a slower, more enjoyable pace.

    Wonderfully presented, containing clear maps and a new section on 'Britain's Secret Railways', the book is full of fascinating titbits, weird accidents and odd characters - a thorough and humorous collection perfect for commuters and local history fans alike.

    With the number of 'staycations' on the rise and increased interest in lowering one's carbon footprint, this beautiful guide is ideal for those who don't, can't or won't drive or fly.
  • Life Story (Hardback)

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    Life Story (Hardback)

    Mike Gunton

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    From an animal's first steps to growing up; finding a home; discovering power; developing a courtship and finally settling into parenthood, Life Story is the latest BBC nature documentary series from David Attenborough and it is truly spectacular.

    This beautiful hardback book is packed with stunning photographs and spectacular stills from the programme and manages to capture some of life's most tender, exciting and dramatic moments, while also giving in-depth information on how animals learn and evolve through life.

    Whether you want to pore over the amazing photography or learn how sharks can help albatross chicks fly and why some chimps make spears, this book reveals all. A great gift for anyone who loves nature or enjoys the show, the book is endlessly fascinating and a startling insight into life inside the animal kingdom.
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    The Times Britain's Scenic Railways (Hardback)

    Julian Holland

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    Compiled by Julian Holland and David Spaven, Britain's Scenic Railways will help you discover over 50 scenic railway routes throughout England, Scotland and Wales. It will give any train fan the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Britain's rail network and its fascinating heritage railways. From the Cornish Riviera Express to the West Highland Line, this beautiful hardback gives a unique insight into the very best of British rail travel. With detailed text on the history, geography and present-day operations of the lines, all complemented by a selection of quality photographs, this is the ideal armchair guide for any railway aficionado.
  • Revolution (Hardback)

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    Revolution (Hardback)

    Russell Brand

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    Our political system isn't working; our government - corrupt; our culture - empty-headed. In his brand new book Revolution, Russell Brand uses his well-known, articulate humour and wit to provide readers with his vision for a fairer, sexier, fun and inclusive society.

    Lacerating the straw men and paper tigers of the conformist times in which we live, with the help of experts as diverse as Thomas Piketty and George Orwell, Brand picks apart the fabrics of our society to present an alternative to modern civilization - and he wants YOU to join the revolution!

    The perfect book for fans of his previous two books, My Booky Wook and My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal, Russell Brand puts his main points from the famous Paxman vs. Brand interview to page - and the results are not only highly entertaining, but compelling, deft and persuasive.
  • Question Everything (Hardback)

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    Question Everything (Hardback)

    New Scientist

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    Compiled by the experts at the bestselling New Scientist magazine, Question Everything is a dazzling collection of answers to all of the important questions from the worlds of medicine, astronomy, psychology, physics, chemistry and biology.

    All science begins with questions, and then a search ensues for the search for proof. For answers. Packed with over 100 intriguing questions, the book provides a comprehensive, accessible insight into our world, our universe and our being - from the seemingly obvious, to the surprising and downright startling.

    The perfect stocking filler book for inquisitive types who prefer facts to fiction, Question Everything shows how the simplest of questions can lead to amazing - and sometimes controversial - answers.
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    Help Your Kids with Maths (Paperback)

    Carol Vorderman

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    Help Your Kids With Maths, by Carol Vorderman, is a simple, easy-to-follow maths encyclopedia that covers everything you need to know, from long division to trigonometry. This guide uses diagrams and step-by-step instructions to teach maths skills from basic numeracy up to more complicated problems, such as algebra and statistics. Helpful for children from 7+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    More Maths for Mums and Dads (Hardback)

    Rob Eastaway

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    More Maths for Mums and Dads: The Teenage Years finds Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew tackling the difficult mathematics problems children will need help with during their secondary school GCSE years. The follow-up to the bestselling More Maths for Mums and Dads, the book covers how teenage children will be taking on more maths challenges you've probably never seen before - including complex subjects such as factorising, probability and algebra. As you struggle to help children with their homework and begin to wonder if you will need these skills yourself, the book covers in straightforward and easy-to-follow terms all the solutions and practical applications of the maths.
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    Lakeland Fells Collection - 7 Books (Collection)

    Alfred Wainwright

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    A beautiful anniversary edition of all seven of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by the fell-walking legend, A. Wainwright.

    The pages have been freshly reproduced from the original artwork and then printed and bound to match the first-edition books as closely as possible. Completely unabridged or edited, the maps and text are just how Wainwright wrote them too.

    There simply is nothing quite like Wainwright's guides, and having been treasured by generations of keen walkers, this set makes a wonderful gift for a new enthusiast. Perfect for walkers and lovers of the Lakeland Fells, as well as those who simply love stunningly presented books.

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    Help Your Kids with Maths (Hardback)

    Carol Vorderman

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    Help Your Kids with Maths presents a simple, visual approach to helping your child (and adults too!) understand maths - from go-to expert and Countdown supremo Carol Vorderman.

    Using clear, accessible pictures, diagrams and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions - and covering everything from basic numeracy to more challenging subjects like statistics and algebra - the whole family can learn to approach even the most complex maths problems with confidence.

    Including a glossary of key maths terms and symbols, Help Your Kids with Maths is the perfect guide for every frustrated parent and desperate child who want to understand maths and put it into practice. A sure-fire way to reduce the stress of studying maths and help your child with their homework, this is perfect family reference guide to maths for children aged 9 and over.
  • An Island Odyssey (Paperback)

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    An Island Odyssey (Paperback)

    Hamish Haswell-Smith

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    Hamish Haswell-Smith casts off in his 41-foot sloop Jandara, armed with his sketch pad and a route of a journey first taken by Martin Martin in 1703. Taking him to 52 different remote islands around the Scottish coast, all that Hamish encountered is beautifully recalled in this memorable book. From Ailsa Craig to St. Kilda, Fair Isle and Bass Rock, Hamish Haswell-Smith expertly, and entertainingly, fills this unique book with natural history, local legend and landscapes, including his very own sketches and watercolours. A classic book telling of a fascinating voyage that's perfect for any Scot, lover of natural beauty, or anyone planning a visit to the stunning Scottish isles.
  • What Makes Great Art (Paperback)

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    What Makes Great Art (Paperback)

    Andy Pankhurst & Lucinda Hawksley

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    Showcasing 80 of the most famous paintings and sculptures of all time, What Makes Great Art is a handy pocket guide that provides would-be art aficionados with a guide to why these pieces of art have inspired so much acclaim and respect.

    Ideal for anyone who loves art, Andy Pankhurst and Lucinda Hawksley look at projects from many different eras and of various styles - from Expression and Beauty to Realism and Form. There are also chapters based on Symbolism, Distortion and Erotic artwork.

    Whether the paintings owe their greatness to the composition or colour, provide an insight into a human subject or convey a message in an effective manner, this book covers it. Among the famous pieces covered are Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Claude Monet's Impression: Sunrise and Jackson Pollock's Mural.

    Please note that What Makes Great Art contains a chapter dedicated to Erotic art.
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    Get where you need to go with the help of the AA's Road Atlas Britain 2015! With clear mapping at a scale of 3.2 miles to 1 inch, the spiral-bound paperback atlas will help you plan journeys throughout the nation.

    A great accompaniment to your satnav - and perfect for getting you back on track after it takes you on a wrong turn! - the atlas pinpoints the nation's speed camera locations as well as where National Trust, English and World Heritage sites are located.

    With 104 city, town and port plans, the comprehensive 31,500 entry index has all the top tourist sites, motorway service stations and airports listed.
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    50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World (Hardback)

    Darren Henley & Sam Jackson

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    Written by the managing directors of Classic FM, 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World is a fun, eclectic and informative guide that takes in key events ranging from the first ever musical instruments through to the video game soundtracks of today!

    The 50 events have clearly shaped the way we play and listen to classical music today and the book is full of insight that will fascinate and appeal to both classical aficionados and those who have just fallen for the beautiful sound.

    Among the key events Darren Henley and Sam Jackson cast their expert eye over are the introduction of musical notation and the invention of the printing press, the Three Tenors triumphant performance during World Cup Italia 90 and the advent of composing on computer, which was quickly followed by the Digital Download Revolution.
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    For Who the Bell Tolls (Hardback)

    David Marsh

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    Written in a very accessible, informative and easy-to-read format, this is the book for anyone who loves - or struggles with - English grammar.

    Written by David Marsh, the Guardian's Production Editor, the book upholds the Guardian's Style guide and answers puzzling questions along the lines of whether you should 'compliment' or 'complement' someone, when you should use 'which' and 'that' and why the Ghostbusters never asked 'Whom you gonna call?'

    With top question-and-answer tweets from the popular @guardianstyle Twitter account featured too, the book also reveals what the greatest headline ever written is! A great guide for grammar enthusiasts.
  • The Train Book (Hardback)

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    The Train Book (Hardback)

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    From the very first steam trains to diesel engines and today's state-of-the-art bullet trains, The Train Book: The Definitive Visual History is a beautiful gift (or coffee table book!) for anyone you know who is fascinated by all things locomotive.

    A huge hardback book with plenty of stunning photographs to pore over for hours on end, it traces the history of trains and showcases some of the most famous to have hit the railway lines including the legendary Orient Express, the Mallard and the Fairy Queen.

    The book highlights some of the world's most impressive railway journeys, including the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen line and there is also information on the innovators, designers and engineers who have changed the face of railway travel - this DK book is a great way to keep track of the history of locomotives!
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    Classic Readings & Poems (Hardback)

    Jane McMorland-Hunter

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    Classic Readings & Poems for Weddings, Christenings, Funerals and All Occasions will help ensure you have the right words for every important life event.

    Hand-picked by Jane McMorland Hunter, the book features everything from familiar favourites to lesser-known, yet no less stunning, pieces that can mark anything from a birth to a death; an engagement to a retirement and a wedding to a memorial service.

    Among the poems and readings are works from the poets Longfellow, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as well as famous writers like William Blake, Wordsworth and William Shakespeare. There are also Apache prayers and Irish blessings, as well as quotes from books and speeches that mark moments of new life, unions, loss and solitude.
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    The nation's favourite educational expert Carol Vorderman will help you and your children get to grips with their English, Maths and Science lessons in this three-guide collection.

    Specially designed to help parents help their young learners, the highly visual books will reduce the stress of studying these subjects while also demystifying the various topics. The Maths book will take you step-by-step through everything from basic numeracy to complex and challenging subjects like statistics and algebra, while the Science book covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    Help Your Kids with English covers all the important areas of this subject, including punctuation, grammar, spelling and communication skills. These helpful guides will help so much if you are (or know someone who is) a frustrated parent or have a child who struggles at school, especially with their homework.

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    Jack Vettriano: A Life (Hardback)

    Jack Vettriano

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    A self-taught artist of Italian descent, Jack Vettriano has been an inspirational artist for over 20 years and has now established himself as Scotland's most successful and controversial contemporary artist. This book beautifully captures his famous works and is perfect for any art connoisseur to pore over.

    Emerging from the unlikely setting of the Scottish Coalfields, Vettriano's paintings offer a glimpse into his alluring yet sinister world - daylight scenes of heady optimism on the beach and at race tracks are counterbalanced by more disquieting canvases of complex night-time liaisons in bars and clubs...

    This updated edition of Jack Vettriano: A Life contains many of his powerful canvases, including 15 more recent images that will thrill and intrigue fans of art.
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    The Elements of Eloquence (Hardback)

    Mark Forsyth

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    From the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon, The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth is a deft, laugh-out-loud, irreverent examination of rhetoric that wordsmiths among us will devour with delight.

    From classic poetry to pop songs, advertising slogans and even the King James Bible, Forsyth picks apart the most unforgettable of phrases and explores the reasoning for their lasting appeal - with his inimitably entertaining and witty style.

    An ideal gift for those looking for literary immortality and perfectly entertaining reading for the lovers of linguistics and experts in eloquence among us, the book proves that it doesn't matter what you say, but more how you say it!
  • How to Be Well Read (Hardback)

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    How to Be Well Read (Hardback)

    John Sutherland

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    Perhaps best-known for his investigations of anomalies, enigmas, conundrums and mysteries from Victorian fiction in Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, John Sutherland returns with yet another guide to fine fiction in the form of How to Be Well Read, a guide to the best novels ever written and why they matter.

    A compelling, personal combination of literary reference and history, the editor of The Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction and Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland, introduces readers to over 500 of the world's best canonical and modern works of fiction in the form of informative, yet offbeat and quirky, mini-essays.

    From imposing Victorian novels to espionage, romance, thrillers and everything in-between, the book provides a forceful, evocative defence for why the titles should take pride of place upon the bookshelves of every fan of fiction. Perfect for dipping in and out of, How to be Well Read not only makes for great reading itself but also provides readers with a well-informed reading list of books they are sure to enjoy!
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    100 Plants That Almost Changed the World (Hardback)

    Chris Beardshaw

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    From the plants that changed the world, to the ones that almost did and the ones that most certainly didn't, 100 Plants That Almost Changed the World by the award-winning garden designer, television presenter and author Chris Beardshaw takes readers on a journey through history's most fascinating plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs.

    Uniquely exploring the origins, quirks, stories and uses for the plants and vegetables we see, nurture and consume every day, the book is a quirky delight that covers plants from today right back to the time of the Roman Empire.

    Brimming with enthusiasm, this handy-sized book provides a delightful look into horticultural history and offers reflection on the relationships that man has had with plants. An ideal read for fans of The Flying Gardener, Hidden Gardens, Gardeners' World, Great Garden Detectives and Country Lives.
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    British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 5 (Hardback)

    Stephanie Hilborne Obe

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    Celebrating the year's most breathtaking photographs of our nation's wildlife and landscapes, British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 5 is an awe-inspiring collection of wildlife imagery that will appeal to both photographers and naturalists alike.

    Featuring the highly commended and winning entries from the 5th annual awards, the photographs demonstrate an extraordinary range of viewpoints and include the photographers' personal accounts of how the image was captured and the inspiration behind the photo.

    Including notes on equipment and the photography techniques employed, the book is ideal for those looking to improve their photography skills.
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    I Never Knew That About England's Country Churches, written by the bestselling author and trivia expert Christopher Winn, will surprise and delight you as you read all about the hidden stories, forgotten pasts and buried secrets that belong to these famous places of worship.

    Did you know that St. Mary's Church Deerhurst in Gloucestershire is the only church in England to have a brass with a pet named on it? Or that All Saints Tudeley in Kent is the only church in the world to have its windows designed and painted by Chagall? You'll be fascinated to hear that the Minster Church of St. Mary at Stow in Lincolnshire has the tallest Saxon arches in Britain too...

    The hundreds of facts included here are just jaw-dropping and the illustrations help highlight some of the most momentous historical changes to happen in country churches throughout England.
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    My Scotland, Our Britain (Hardback)

    Gordon Brown

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    Presented in this highly personal account, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lays bare his family's ancestry over 300 years of the Union and explains how it has shaped his life.

    Charting what it was like growing up in Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s, and explaining the influence of religion, education and Scotland's unique industrial structure on the shaping of his - and Scotland's - identity, he sets out the dramatic economic, social and cultural changes of the past 50 years and the vastly different prospects his children will face with or without Scottish independence.

    With the referendum on Scottish independence being a hot topic for debate recently, Brown argues that Scotland will prosper with a strong Scottish Parliament that is part of the UK. Agree or disagree, My Scotland, Our Britain is an enlightening, eye-opening and honest account of how a nation's history has shaped one man's present and how our choices can shape the future of the next generation.