Illustrated Guides

  • IGPG
    David Hodge
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    Have you been dreaming of playing guitar to prove yourself worthy of your place in the rock hall of fame? But back in reality, you don't know your chords from a capo... This Idiot's Guide will help you pick up your guitar confidently for the first time.

    Written by master guitar teacher David Hodge, the visual nature of the guide makes it perfect for absolute beginners. With its step-by-step introduction to the guitar, it will help you learn the basics of tuning, rhythm and reading tablature before gently progressing onto chords and practising some fun and simple songs.

    With an online programme also on hand to help you along the way, the stage will be set for you to strum away, rock out and showcase your skills in next to no time.
  • National Trust Great Houses & Gardens Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781909881723
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HYKM
    Carol Vorderman
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    Carol Vorderman can help your child understand music with this step-by-step visual guide...

    Focusing on music theory and fully up to date with the UK National Curriculum, the book helps to demystify the sometimes tricky subject of music and covers everything from semitones and note values to harmony and music appreciation.

    Using clear, accessible pictures and diagrams throughout, the Help Your Kids with Music will help children approach even the most complex musical theory with utmost confidence. There's also a glossary with all those tricky terms and symbols to help with the learning.
  • TSMF
    Matthew K. Manning
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    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman! Perfect for new and old fans of the Man of Steel, this book finds Brainiac 5 looking back over the life and times of Clark Kent and his superhero alter ego.

    With plenty of original comic artwork to pore over, the book provides an easy-to-understand, complete history of Kal-El and his arrival on Earth as Clark Kent. It also covers the friends and foes - from Lois Lane to Lex Luthor - who made him use his powers for the good of mankind.

    The Superman Files is packed with information about one of the world's favourite superheroes. A super book for super fans of any age!
  • BBTW
    Christina Butcher
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    This book will be available to buy again in early December. Please click 'Notify me' to be sent an email when it's back in stock!

    From elaborate "up-dos" to more casual braids, beautiful buns and traditional twists, Braids, Buns and Twists! is the ultimate guide to creating over 80 classic and modern hairstyles at home.

    Full of luscious photographs, step-by-step diagrams and top knot(ch) tips for success, the book takes the guesswork out of best-loved hairstyles and provides readers with a wealth of information for creating showstopping hairstyles: from trend-setting styles for teens to styles for professionals, parties, casual beach days and much, much more...

    Written by global hairstyle blog Hair Romance's Christina Butcher, Brains, Buns and Twists! is a comprehensive and inspirational guide to taking your hairdressing skill to a more professional level.
  • 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.
  • INFB
    David McCandless
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    In an age where we are overwhelmed by information - from our smartphones, TVs, computers and newspapers - this groundbreaking book, Information is Beautiful, offers shelter from the flood by making information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful.

    This revised, recalculated and reimagined edition of the instant classic is an innovative book that shows how the world really works through stunning infographics and data visualisations, bringing the information to life in your hands and making it all the more easy to digest. From the answer to what consciousness to the most common words in the horoscope, you'll find it here.

    Intriguing, well crafted and compelling, this thought-provoking book turns dry, boring data into engaging pieces. Our description will never do this book justice - it's full of stats and perfect for absolutely everyone!
  • TSHA
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    Packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes, The Shakespeare Book is an innovative and accessible guide to the complete works of The Bard.

    Covering every play, poem and sonnet, including lost and lesser-known works, the book is packed with stunning and hilarious illustrations that bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life.

    Whether you're a student, a scholar, a keen theatre goer or just keen to discover more about the world's most phenomenal writing talent, this authoritative yet easy-to-understand summary of Shakespeare's complete works is a must.
  • TOEG
    Time Out Guides Ltd
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    A beautiful city full of sights to see and things to do, the Time Out guide to Edinburgh will give you all the information you need when planning your trip.

    With its narrow streets and grand buildings making it a beautiful place for wandering, Edinburgh is also home to a lively entertainment district - including its world-famous festival - and first-class shopping and dining options.

    As well as tips for sightseeing, hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs, this guide also contains maps of the city so you'll never get lost - and an extensive guide to nearby Glasgow.
  • HEBR
    Peter May
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    With stark cliffs, ghostly mists and lonely beaches, the landscape of the Outer Hebrides has become a definitive character in Peter May's bestselling Lewis trilogy and this book finds the author setting off on a journey through this absorbing setting.

    Throughout the book, May describes the bewitching and treacherous island life and reveals all about his encounter with the bird-hunters of Sula Sgeir, the savage seas of Ness and the churches of Eriskay.

    The hardback book also features extracts from his trilogy to complement the beautiful photography and gives some background to the creation of the author's characters and the world he created.
  • CHKN
    Chris Graham
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    Chicken keeping is becoming ever more popular and this handy guide - written by the editor of Practical Poultry magazine Chris Graham - covers 100 of the most common problems keepers will experience.

    Suitable for those new to looking after chickens and those with much experience, the book shows you how to get everything right - from feeding and breeding to housing and health requirements.

    Showing the causes of problems and how you can avoid them in the first place, there is advice on the health issues that chickens may face, their egg production and much more besides. All the information is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions, while the highly practical book is also full of clear photographs and diagrams.
  • HERB
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    This comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide provides simple instructions for mixing and preparing herbs and traditional remedies to aid in relieving common ailments. In an oversized, beautifully presented format featuring over 750 colour photographs, the book also contains a 235-herb dictionary with short descriptions, medicinal and culinary uses, and cultivation tips. Readers interested in home remedies will find this an absolutely vital resource for the bookshelf as it explains 40 often-experienced conditions on clear 1-2 page spreads, so you can find the exact symptoms to match your 'patient' and the reliable solution to help cure it.
  • BKPS
    James E. Tew
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    With beekeeping become more and more popular every year, there has never been a more important time for seasoned beekeepers and those new to the outdoor hobby to make sure they know how to solve their beekeeping problems. That's where The Beekeeper's Problem Solver by James E. Tew comes in...

    Packed full of problem-handling advice - and problem avoidance, too - the book explains the 100 most common problems beekeepers experience, what the causes of the problems are and how to solve them in a stress-free way - using in-depth yet digestible information alongside clear full-colour photographs and diagrams.

    With an answer to every question would-be and experienced beekeepers will ever be able to think of, James E. Tew's The Beekeeper's Problem Solver has it covered - from deciding apiary sites to beekeeping equipment, producing honey, treating pests and beyond!
  • IWBM
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    This illustrated book offers a natural history and identification guide to the most significant species and goes on to profile some of the world's best-loved and most intriguing butterflies and moths. With an authoritative text and over 720 photographs and exquisite artworks, this is the essential companion for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Superbly covering the life cycle of these incredible creatures, with information on anatomy, feeding, habitats and breeding the incredible artwork, meticulous research and accessible text of this impressive guide is entertaining and engaging for those fascinated by butterflies and moths.
  • THWA
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    Featuring wide-ranging, carefully chosen routes from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to the wilderness of Jamaica, 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential guide to the world's most beautiful mountain passes, woodland paths, Native-American trails and much, much more.

    Packed with facts and a wealth of information about every must-try walk - which range from 1-hour beginner routes to week-long expeditions - including essential details about its start and finish points, overall distance, difficulty rating, maps and more, this is the perfect partner for those looking for some time in the great outdoors both at home and abroad.

    Fully illustrated and including beautiful photography, this guide will make a great gift for all those who love to lace up their walking boots and explore the world - whatever their level of experience.
  • TGCF 11 years +
    Matt Master
    11 years +
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    Top Gear's Matt Master explores the stories behind the greatest cars in history, uncovering why it is that man has salivated and swooned over automobiles ever since Karl Benz first powered up his Patent-Motorwagen in 1885. From pre-war vintage motors to the supercars of tomorrow, these vehicles have all triumphed even against Top Gear's exacting standards.

    Pairing stunning Top Gear photography of the Bentley Brooklands, the Aston Martin Bulldog and the Chrysler Airflow, to name just a few, alongside rarely seen archive images, the illustrations are stunning throughout, and the entertaining and informative text tells of the evolution of car coolness in a way like no other on the market.

    A definitive guide motoring enthusiasts simply must own.
  • SFGU
    Elizabeth Foley
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    If you've always felt a bit embarrassed at your precarious grasp on the plot of Othello, or you haven't a clue what a petard - as in 'hoist with his own petard' - actually is, then fear not, because Shakespeare for Grown-ups is the essential book for anyone keen to deepen their knowledge of the Bard's key plays and sonnets.

    Perfect for parents keen to help with their children's homework and casual theatre-goers and readers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the Shakespeare's most-performed plays, the book covers everything from the historical context of his writing to the key themes, his less familiar works and much, much more.

    With lively, in-depth chapters on all the key works including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard II, Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth, Shakespeare for Grown-ups is the only guide to the Scribe you'll ever need.
  • FGFG
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    A Fan's Guide: Football Grounds England and Wales: 2012 is the football stadium bible for any supporter. The author Duncan Adams has travelled thousands of miles watching football in all 92 grounds in the current Barclays Premier and npower Football League, attending matches as a visiting supporter. In this informative book, he shares his experiences - from the easiest way to find a ground when travelling by car to descriptions of what the terraces, seating and facilities are like for away fans. He also gives local pub listings and the location of the nearest railway station, alongside terrific colour photographs of every ground. This is the essential companion for anyone who loves watching live football!
  • TNBK
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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!
  • MLKB
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    The perfect gift to let your mum know that you love her, Mums Are Like Buttons: They Hold Everything Together is full of poignant and inspirational quotes about mothers.

    Beautifully illustrated, the book shows how the relationship between children and mothers is strong and special all over the world and across different cultures. From Jewish, Persian and Irish proverbs through to quotes from Louisa May Alcott, Jeanette Winterson and Fay Weldon, this is a heart-warming anthology sure to bring a smile to her face.

    Perfect for letting your mum know just how how much you love her!
    Stephen Hawking
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    When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Is the apparent 'grand design' of our universe evidence for a benevolent creator who set things in motion? Or does science offer another explanation? In "The Grand Design", the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe is presented in language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. Model dependent realism, the multi verse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory - all are revealed here. This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's greatest thinkers. A succinct, startling and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, "The Grand Design" is a book that will inform - and provoke - like no other.
  • BIMD
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    With easy-to-understand explanations of over 5,500 medical terms, this fully updated reference dictionary is a useful addition to any family's bookshelf.

    Fully illustrated, the dictionary provides more than just basic definitions with information on how it affects the patient as well as advice on possible treatments also included.

    This resource dictionary will help you know when to seek medical treatment and also provide you with the correct details on a range of anatomical terms, disorders, tests and drugs.