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    BEAU

    Lonely Planet's Beautiful World (Hardback)

    Lonely Planet

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    The sights featured in Lonely Planet's Beautiful World are simply breathtaking.

    With lavish photography throughout, this coffee table book is sure to be returned to time and time again. Large in size and even bigger in scope, the hardback will make the perfect gift for anyone who has ever taken an interest in our world's natural beauty.

    Arranged into chapters that reflect an aspect of life (Origins, Nourish. Untamed, Community and Celebration), the high-quality images are evocative, engaging and inspirational. A real celebration of the most gorgeous sights our planet has to offer, including those you can see from locations ranging from Hawaii and Bolivia to Cumbria and Iceland, this book really does prove that the world is a beautiful place.
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    SCBB

    The Supercar Book for Boys (Hardback)

    Martin Roach

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    Peel back the bodywork and head underneath the bonnet of some of the finest cars known to man in the Supercar Book for Boys!

    Sure to appeal to petrolheads of any age, this book includes an introductory chapter from Formula 1 legend David Coulthard and goes on to cover some of the most iconic vehicles of all time. Starting with the 1954 Mercedes Gullwing and racing through each decade since, the book pays particular attention to 10 of the game-changing cars that have defined the genre including those manufactured by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, McLaren and Porsche.

    As well as the sheer beauty of these vehicles, the book also looks at their mechanics and ever-changing aesthetics, as well as how supercar technology has affected everyday cars. A great gift book that will tell you all you ever wanted to know about the best supercars of all time.
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    WPAC

    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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    AECC
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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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    WAIN

    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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    MSOB

    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.
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    MTUS

    Maps: their untold stories (Hardback)

    Rose Mitchell

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    Drawing on over 700 years' worth of maps from the national archives, Maps: Their Untold Stories is a stunning and truly fascinating collection that not only covers the history of maps, but also provides an insight into the places and social history that the mapmakers managed to capture.

    From 14th Century maritime manuscripts to 16th Century London, the bombs that landed in World War II and what is now the coast of North Carolina, the book is full of richly illustrated map reproductions that will capture the imagination of those with a keen interest in social history and the history of world travel.

    Featuring superb reproductions of more than 100 key historical maps, lively text and key explanations on their place in history, Maps: Their Untold Stories is a stunning exploration of world history.
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    FWPT

    Faber War Poets Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    David Jones, Rupert Brooke, Ro

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    In the year that marks the centenary of the First World War, this six-book collection brings together the work of some of the finest poets of the era.

    Compiled by Faber, the books all feature specially commisioned covers by leading print makers and contain introductions to the famous poems by some of the leading poets and biographers of the present day.

    The likes of Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, David Jones and Edward Thomas are all poets synonymous with the Great War and this set showcases the poignant poems from them that provided a glimpse into life in the trenches.
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    DTTG

    Daily Telegraph Tax Guide 2014 (Paperback)

    David Genders

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    Containing everything you need to know about completing a Self-Assessment tax return, the Daily Telegraph's Tax Guide is the book for you if you are self-employed, part-time, retired or unemployed and finding sorting your tax a minefield!

    The invaluable book includes full details of the new High Income Child Benefit tax charge; section-by-section worked illustrations; recent key changes; and advice on when and how you should file your return and pay your tax by.

    With practical advice, timetables and examples that will help simplify this tricky procedure, this is a must-need resource for any taxpayer.
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    AMBH
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    From the death of Queen Victoria through to post-Blair Britain, ex-BBC political editor, journalist and documentary film-maker Andrew Marr takes a look at the thrilling lives and the political and economic stories of modern Britain's history in our exclusive Andrew Marr British History Set.

    Including his critically acclaimed The Making of Modern Britain and A History of Modern Britain (both of which are Sunday Times bestsellers), the Andrew Marr Show host - with his enviable ability to unravel complex issues in accessible terms - paints a vivid and thought-provoking picture of modern Britain in the colourful and outspoken manner for which he is so well known.

    Highly engaging, approachable and written in a format that is both lively and light enough to dip in and out of, Marr looks beyond the headlines to provide a crisp analysis of how the modern history of Britain has shaped our nation's present.

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    CFTW
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    Full of up-to-date information on over 300 national, regional and provincial flags, Complete Flags of the World is an essential, instant-reference pocket guide to the flags from around the globe from the experts at DK.

    Telling the story behind each flag, going as far as to explain the meanings of the differing colours, symbols and insignia, the book - with its topically woven cover - provides readers with everything they need to know about the history of flags, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. A perfect pub quiz partner.
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    HPUP

    The Happy Puppy Handbook (Paperback)

    Pippa Mattinson

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    Nothing quite beats the feeling of having a new canine member of the household, but early life with 'man's best friend' can be difficult to master. That is where The Happy Puppy Handbook comes in!

    Written by dog-training expert Pippa Mattinson, the book gives new and prospective owners all of the tools they need to train and care for a puppy. From preparing the home for their arrival to introducing them to the children and solving problems like biting and chewing, this book is packed with all of the new puppy tips and information you will need to know.

    Both clear and engaging, and structured in a way that makes digesting all of the required information ever-so easy, The Happy Puppy Handbook is a new puppy checklist that is ready to solve (and prevent) any issues that may arise as a new puppy owner.
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    FIND

    Finding Longitude (Hardback)

    Richard Dunn

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    Accompanying the National Maritime Museum's exhibition that coincides with the tercentenary of the first British Longitude Act, Finding Longitude reveals the link between ships, clocks and stars - one which combines technical creativity, scientific innovation and commercialism.

    One of the great successes of the Georgian era, longitude helped people determine a ship's east-west position while at sea. Illustrated with archive documents throughout, the book looks at how finding longitude managed to capture the imagination of an entire nation - everyone from astronomers to instrument makers, politicians, seamen and satirists were intrigued.

    A very accessible and highly informative hardback, this detailed and fascinating book shows just how the longitude problem was solved.
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    AZCR

    A-Z of Careers and Jobs (Paperback)

    Susan Hodgson

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    Containing detailed insight into over 300 different career paths, The A-Z of Careers & Jobs is the ideal book for those looking to gain an insight into the further education requirements for careers before enrolling at college or university, those looking for their first post-education job and for those considering a change in career.

    Covering a broad range of roles, from accountant to zoologist, the book provides up-to-date career advice including salary expectations, useful contacts, job opportunities in each market, requirements in terms of personal skills and qualities, entry qualification requirements, training opportunities and more... allowing the reader to gain a comprehensive professional understanding of essential careers information.

    Written in a very reader-friendly format, the book is a valuable resource to anyone on the recruitment chain - from perspective applicants to careers advisors and employers alike.
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    ATCW

    All the Countries We've Ever Invaded (Hardback)

    Stuart Laycock

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    Did you know that of the 193 countries that are currently UN member states, Great Britain has invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171? Taking a look at how Britain has been a force, for both good and bad, across the world, Stuart Laycock's All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To reveals Britain as a dynamic and unpredictable nation that has changed the world in many ways... Discussing how Britain set up the United States and Ionian Islands, the informative - and witty - hardback also looks at lesser-known invasions including those of Iran, Ethiopia, Corfu and the other Ionian islands.
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    HMPA

    The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World (Hardback)

    Alexander Armstrong

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    Fans of the hit BBC show Pointless will love this hilarious follow-up to the bestselling The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World.

    Offering answers to some of life's biggest questions, Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman tackle those seemingly impossible-to-solve dilemmas, including what came first, the chicken or the egg? And the lifelong debate about the purpose of our own existence, and which ingredient is absolutely key to a full English Breakfast - sausage or bacon?

    Your sleepless nights will soon be over with the help of this conundrum-solving book full of witty and intelligent stand-up pieces, quizzes, cryptic brainteasers and pointless facts and questions.

    Putting the world to rights in Pointless style and dipping in and out of this laugh-out-loud book is sure to be entertaining every time!
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    CRDT

    Railway Day Trips (Paperback)

    Julian Holland

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    A pocket companion that will suit the needs of both casual and seasoned railway travellers. Plan an adventure, follow the changing landscape and discover some truly fascinating destinations that you can explore by train in Britain.

    From St Ives to Penzance, Ely to Norwich, York to Leeds, this little book uncovers 150 of Britain's top trips between major towns and cities and all the countryside in between. The easy-to-follow location maps, route diagrams and accessible text about history and geography in each area make each destination a joy to read about and to visit, while the stunning colour photographs illustrate the journey and make following the real thing extra rewarding.
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    SOWC

    The Story of the World Cup (Hardback)

    Richard Brassey

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    With the dazzling displays, glorious goals and controversies of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil fresh in the memory, Richard Brassey - author and illustrator of The Story of the Olympics - presents The Story of the World Cup up until this summer's tournament.

    Containing fascinating insight into the world's most-popular sporting event, including an insight into the very first tournament in Uruguay way back in 1930, to the historic (yet to be repeated) win by captain Bobby Moore and his England teammates in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley, this book hits the back of the net.

    With its wealth of knowledge, red cards, penalty shoot-outs and goals, goals, goals, The Story of the World Cup will enthrall football fans of all ages with its colourful illustrations and fun facts that anyone who loved the Coupe du Monde can use to impress family and friends.
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    David Long's The Animals' VC: For Gallantry and Devotion tells how there have been just 63 recipients of the Animals' Victoria Cross award.

    Awarded for 'Conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict', this book reveals all about the heroic, touching and stirring stories. True tales of heart-rending devotion and duty are told from first-hand accounts and from the citations themselves.

    There's Rip the terrier who is credited with saving upwards of 100 lives after sniffing out survivors buried after bombing raids during WWII, Judy the pointer, who was the hero of a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp and Simon the ship's cat who, though injured, continued to stay with his crew under fire.

    The book has been written in a spirit of celebration, and is intended to provide a lasting memorial to the remarkable animals and the men and women who came to rely on them.
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    HRIB

    How to Read Industrial Britain (Hardback)

    Tim Colin Cooper

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    A guide to the machines, sites and artefacts that shaped the United Kingdom, Tim Cooper's How to Read Industrial Britain is an insightful hardback guide to our industrial heritage that uncovers the secrets behind our urban and rural landscapes. Revealing, in fascinating detail, how to understand the context and significance of buildings, structures and townscapes, this thoroughly interesting book will help you relate an accurate historical background to many of the buildings that we have come to rely on in the modern era.
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    AIOD

    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.
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    HTTL
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    The teenage years can be very difficult for all the family as youngsters enter adulthood and begin to change in many ways. Part of this development involves drastic changes in personality that can make communicating with teenagers difficult.

    Luckily, the Mumsnet Parenting Book of the Year winners Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, have returned with How to Talk so teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk. An accessible guide on how to provide a respectful approach to parenting during the troublesome teenage years, the book covers topics ranging from curfews and cliques to sex and drugs and also offers innovative suggestions that will help build the foundation for lasting relationships.
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    TREB
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    If you want to learn all about religion, this DK book will give you an accessible introduction to the world's five main faiths - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Witty illustrations, step-by-step diagrams and jargon-free descriptions combine to provide a non-judgmental overview of the religions and explore the growth and spread of them. All the major events that contributed to their rise are featured, as well as a reference section which includes a glossary of religious terms. Modern alternative religions and spiritual beliefs are also explored. An informative and comprehensive book that is highly compelling.
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    TPHB

    The Philosophy Book (Hardback)

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    Philosophy can be a daunting and, at times, intimidating subject to get your head around and many are scared to follow up their interest for fear of getting confused. Spanning over 2,000 years of thought, DK's The Philosophy Book covers all the big ideas and the philosophers who first voiced them in a clear and accessible manner. Cross-referencing these theories with later ideas and thinkers, the book helps shed light on abstract concepts. Anyone with an interest in how social, political and ethical ideas are formed will absorb themselves in this book that uses innovative graphics and accessible text to help explain the hard-to-grasp ideas.