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Reference

  • GWRD 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £11.99
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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    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.
  • 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.
  • TMTW
    Sam McKechnie
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    The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells, is a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations. Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. The twelve chapters, representative of the seasons, present the celebrations, superstitions and folklore that shape our year. From cherished traditions like Valentine's Day to the lost excitement of May Day, The Magpie and the Wardrobe reveals a calendar bursting with history, imagination and curious facts. Take a closer look at your favourite homespun rituals and the magic we conjure every day; make a candle wish, mix a moon oil elixir, and hang your romantic hopes on the predictions of an apple peel. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this sumptuous volume will appeal to the creative and curious. Digital version available in an enhanced eBook format.
  • 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 gift 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.
  • CBEE
    Keith Seume
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    The specially commissioned photographs in this book display each Beetle variant model in their full glory. From the military vehicles of the 1930s through the post-WWII cars, up to and including the final German-built model of 1979, this book offers a loving tribute to the car in sumptuous detail. The beautifully restored and kept cars of each decade are displayed across several double page spreads. Parts of each model are shown in close-up, compared and explained using studio photographs of each model's steering wheels, indicators, engine bays and other aspects of design and function. The history of the Beetle is illustrated using contemporary archive photography, and attention is given to the cultural impact of the Beetle as shown through movies (such as the Herbie franchise), advertising and graphic design. This large format, fully illustrated book presents the Beetle as an object of art, albeit one that starts every time and will run forever on reused cooking oil, with a little modification. Word count: 24,000
  • 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!
  • WDYT
    Dan Waddell
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    Accompanying the popular BBC series of the same name, Who Do You Think You Are? The Genealogy Handbook is a concise guide to tracing your family tree.

    Since the show started in 2004, the ways of accessing sources and information about family trees have multiplied and changed almost beyond recognition. This pocket-sized handbook finds the WDYTYA? team sharing their experience and expertise when it comes to tracing a family's history.

    With nods to the celebrity stories that have featured in the programme and hints, tips and practical step-by-steps, this book is sure to help you bring your family history to life. Ideal for fans of the show and amateur sleuths who are looking to discover their family's startling secrets.
  • 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.
  • IGDT
    Liz Palika
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    There's no better feeling than bringing a dog home to meet the family, but we're not all gifted with the paternal instincts to to care for a new puppy. What do you do - learn on the job? Nah, that's for idiots! Idiot's Guides: Dog Training gives new dog owners all the skills they need to make sure your canine friend doesn't turn your world upside-down.

    From buying the right tools and establishing rapport to housetraining, correcting bad behaviour, fun tricks and much, much more, the book is packed with essential dog owning information and features full-colour photographs throughout to make the wealth of information easy to digest.

    Whether your dog is long in the tooth, young at heart or straight out of the litter, the book will help you to lay a solid, positive behavioural foundation so that you can enjoy a happy life together.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LGLB
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    We've all said it - 'I really wish I could learn to speak German.' Well, now is your chance!

    Including three bestselling courses in one box, this expertly written language course allows you to immerse yourself in the German 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 German vocabulary and grammar in no time at all.
  • LILB
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    We've all said it - 'I really wish I could learn to speak Italian.' Well, now is your chance!

    Including three bestselling courses in one box, this expertly written language course allows you to immerse yourself in the Italian 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 Italian vocabulary and grammar in no time at all.
  • LSLB
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    We've all said it - 'I really wish I could learn to speak Spanish.' Well, now is your chance!

    Including three bestselling courses in one box, this expertly written language course allows you to immerse yourself in the Spanish 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 Spanish vocabulary and grammar in no time at all.
  • GKAQ
    Andrew Gimson
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    From the heroic to the hopeless and William the Conqueror to the present day, this lively survey of the 40 kings and queens of England is wonderfully informative and highly entertaining.

    Written by Andrew Gimson and illustrated by Martin Rowson, the book tells the unbelievable but true story of the monarchs. It's a tale of courage and conquest, madness and magnificence, and breakdowns and nobility.
  • WGBP
    Tom Whipple
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    The perfect book for competitive dads, show-off teenagers or just those who want to win the games at family parties for once!

    How to Win Games and Beat People: Defeat and Demolish your Family and Friends is a book full of inside tips from preposterously overqualified experts on all the things that really matter. You can learn how to do the best charades from a mime artist, discover the best way to win at Connect 4 from a mathematician and even enhance your Scrabble skills.

    A must-have book for anyone who just has to win, no matter what the cost.