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QI Book of Ignorance Collection - 3 books (Collection)
John Lloyd & John Mitchinson
Did you know you have no muscles in your fingers, that coffee isn't made of beans, or that oranges aren't orange? A brilliant set of three collections of the most common misconceptions, mistakes and misunderstandings in 'common knowledge' from the team at BBC's QI, these books will ensure that you not only impress your friends, but win every argument you ever have.
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Based on the show's most popular segment, General Ignorance, the books in the collection cover a wealth of topics from history, sport, science, geography and more - and it even includes a book dedicated to the most fabulous falsities and fascinating facts from the animal kingdom.
Sure to delight fans of the much-loved show, owning this collection of QI books is just like having a quick-reference Stephen Fry on your bookshelf.
The World of Mr Selfridge (Hardback)
A stunning treat for fans of the critically acclaimed period drama Mr Selfridge, The World of Mr Selfridge is a lavishly illustrated companion to the hit ITV series that fans of the show will adore poring through.
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Following a colourful cast of characters who find their lives entangled with the American department store founder, the book takes fans of the show on a journey through the characters' world and explores the man himself, his relationship with his family, the store and the changing fashions of the 20th century.
Complete with hundreds upon hundreds of stunning photographs and a foreword by series producer Andrew Davies, The World of Mr Selfridge is a beautiful series tie-in full of the love affairs, class issues, glamour and storytelling for which the show is so much loved.
I Never Knew That About The River Thames (Hardback)
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A captivating journey along the banks of England's most famous waterway, I Never Knew That About the River Thames is an excellent hardback miscellany by Christopher Winn. Packed with fascinating facts and trivia about the history of the great river, this brilliant book follows the river from the source to the sea, telling many intriguing stories along the way. Illustrated with charming line drawings, this book is full of delightful surprises.
The Lives of the Famous and the Infamous (Hardback)
Covering some of the most interesting, famous and infamous characters of our generation, The Lives of the Famous and Infamous: Everything you Need to Know about Everyone Who Mattered includes a collection of obituaries that have appeared in popular magazine The Week.
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From the man who convinced Einstein there was a god to the newspaper publisher that brought down a president, the book commemorates those who have created the most memorable moments in modern history.
Among the figures remembered are the likes of Apple founder Steve Jobs, former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and the esteemed astronomer (not to mention GamesMaster!) Sir Patrick Moore. An endlessly fascinating and very inspiring read for anyone who loves contemporary history.
Top Gear: Ambitious But Rubbish (Hardback)
From turning a Reliant Robin into a rocket to the complexities of building a caravan airship, Ambitious But Rubbish is packed with previously untold stories behind dozens of classic Top Gear creations and moments.
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A great gift for fans of the hit BBC show, this hilarious book reveals how the insane ideas and creations from the programme came about with remarkable tales of ingenious invention and idiotic engineering. Essential reading that gives a terrific insight into the creation of the world's biggest car show, it also gives a terrifying window into the minds of its presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May...
Highly detailed, frank and totally raw, Navy Seal Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper has been recently dramatised in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated film starring The Silver Linings Playbook's Bradley Cooper. If you've seen the film yet or not, the book is a must read!
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Hunted by his enemies, praised by his military brothers, Chris Kyle's life as the United States' most deadly marksman saw him kill a reported (although the actual figure is considered to be much higher) 150 enemy combatants. In his gripping memoir, American Sniper, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq and elsewhere from 1999-2009, and the difficulties he and his family faced when he returned home...
A riveting read detailing how a Texan cowboy can become an expert marksman and feared assassin, American Sniper by Chris Kyle is a perfect read for fans Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor and No Easy Day by Mark Owen.
The King's Speech (Paperback)
Tasked with single-handedly turning the famously nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York from his debilitating stammer, an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue saved the House of Windsor from certain collapse in the early part of the 20th century.
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The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue's unpublished personal diaries. They throw extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men - and the vital role the King's wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband's reputation and his career as King.
Adapted into the Oscar-winning film of the same name - starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon - The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at a time of its greatest crisis, seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.
This is the declassified CIA story that inspired the new film from Ben Affleck and George Clooney. Tehran, November 1979. Militant students stormed the American embassy and held sixty Americans captive for a gruelling 444 days. But until now the CIA has never revealed the twist to the Iran Hostage Crisis: six Americans escaped. The escape plot was run by Antonio Mendez, head of the CIA's extraction team and a master of disguise. Mendez came up with an idea so daring and potentially foolish that it seemed destined for Hollywood...and indeed it was. He invented a fake sci-fi film called "Argo" (from the actual name of the CIA mission, a reference to "Jason and the Argonauts"). After announcing the production to the movie industry, Mendez put together a team of real 1970s Hollywood actors, directors and producers - along with covert CIA officers. They would travel to revolutionary Iran under a foreign film visa, and while 'scouting locations' throughout the country they would track down the six Americans who were hiding out. After giving them false identities as part of the film crew, they would spirit them back across the border. One part "Ocean's 11" and another part "Black Hawk Down", Mendez's mind-bogglingly complicated and risky gamble paid off: each escapee was extracted without a shot being fired. Mendez is considered one of the greatest officers in CIA history. The story of this, his greatest mission, has never been told.
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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.
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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.
The Moaning of Life (Paperback)
'"Why are we here?" The only time I ever asked meself that was on a surprise holiday to Lanzarote.'
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Left to his own devices, Karl Pilkington would be happy with his life just as it is. But now he's hit 40, everyone keeps asking him why he's so reluctant to marry his girlfriend and why he doesn't want to have kids.
It's time for Karl to face up to the biggest question of the lot - what does it all mean? Karl thought he'd seen it all filming An Idiot Abroad, but now he's off around the globe to learn how other cultures deal with life's big issues.
Find out how Karl copes as he...Has plastic surgery in LA - Models for a Japanese life drawing class - Helps deliver a baby in Bali Have his experiences changed him? Find out in this hilarious new book.
Karl Pilkington's The Moaning of Life has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2015.
Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography (Hardback)
The long-awaited autobiography from one of our nation's best-loved comedians, Paul Merton reveals all in his warm, witty new book, Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography. Best-known for his appearances on BBC's Have I Got News For You and as the former host of Room 101, the book tells the fascinating story of Paul's life.
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From his working-class upbringing in Fulham to spending over 25 years upon the television screens of millions of viewers, the book bares all: from schools days; run-ins with nuns; his meatpacking job; taking acid; and his attempts to break into the world of comedy. But life wasn't all laughs... Paul, too, sustained a terrifying manic episode which here is observed with sensitivity and honesty - an ultimately uplifting chapter of his life.
Brilliantly written and immensely witty and enjoyable throughout, Paul Merton's autobiography, Only When I Laugh, is equally as thoughtful as it is entertaining. A must-have book for any fans of comedy!
And Now The Shipping Forecast (Hardback)
Spoken every night on Radio 4, 'And now the Shipping Forecast' must surely rank among the most famous words spoken on the radio - and this book from famous presenter Peter Jefferson provides an affectionate memoir of the science and BBC programming behind the forecast.
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With plenty of anecdotes from Peter himself, the book answers the questions many people may have asked as they have listened in - from how the forecast was put together to how the shipping areas were chosen and the historical events that have happened in them, alongside details of the technology used.
A much-loved part of the British cultural landscape for many decades, this book will appeal to those who enjoy listening to the poetic beauty of the Shipping Forecast as they drift off to sleep...
Walking the Nile (Hardback)
Now a major Channel 4 series. His journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He will cross seven, very different countries. No one has ever made this journey on foot. In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book, recounting Levison Wood's walk along the length of the Nile, he will uncover the history of the Nile, yet through the people he meets and who will help him with his journey, he will come face to face with the great story of a modern Africa emerging out of the past. Exploration and Africa are two of his great passions - they drive him on and motivate his inquisitiveness and resolution not to fail, yet the challenges of the terrain, the climate, the animals, the people and his own psychological resolution will throw at him are immense. The dangers are very real, but so is the motivation for this ex-army officer. If he can overcome the mental and physical challenges, he will be walking into history...
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MasterChef Cookery Course (Hardback)
Greg Wallace & John Torode
MasterChef Cookery Course offers keen culinary readers comprehensive and enjoyable lessons in cooking excellence, without the cost and time restraints of an evening or day course. Inspired by the TV show, you can become a MasterChef by learning the very basics and going on to tackle truly ambitious menus through the book's expertly written and full-colour illustrated pages.
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Find out which equipment and cupboard stocks you can't live without, the perfect staple recipes from roasting and baking to making your own need-to-know sauces, and then show off your expertise with over 120 classic dishes.
With advice from John Torode and Greg Wallace, you are encouraged to add your very own flair and creative taste preferences to every dish you go on to cook, making them unique and show-stopping each time they're served.
The Ukulele Handbook (Paperback)
The ukulele has been enjoying a renaissance period in recent years: taking pride of place in trendy indie rock, top-ten pop songs, unforgettable (not through lack of trying) television ads and YouTube mega hits. And with the help of The Ukulele Handbook, readers can learn everything they need to master this eccentric, inexpensive hobby instrument.
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Starting with the history of the ukulele, the book provides a timeline - from its conception in 1879 to today - along with a ukulele hall of fame on ukulele legends. Then the book moves on to the practicalities: the anatomy of the ukulele; which ukulele to buy; how to play the ukulele; how to strum, pick and read chords charts; and (importantly!) tune the strings - complete with how-to instructions and illustrations. And once these skills are mastered, readers will be ready to move onto to the included songbook!
Beautifully presented and equally ideal for those who have and have never played an instrument before, The Ukulele Handbook by ukulele superstars Gavin Pretor-Pinney & Tom Hodgkinson is the only ukulele book you'll ever need.
A Taste of the Sun (Hardback)
A hugely popular chef who has provided us and our customers with some of our favourite Italian recipes of recent times, the Book People is proud to give you the chance to grab a copy of Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun - the second tie-in book to his hit TV series.
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Heading throughout his home country - from the waterways of Venice to the hills of Tuscany - Gino presents 100 truly delicious dishes using traditional Italian ingredients. From a Florence T-bone Steak to a Piedmont-style Pizza and much more including pasta dishes, soups, seafood, salads and desserts, this gorgeous cookbook will help bring the flavours of the real Italy into your own kitchen.
A must-have for fans of Gino and Italian food - delicious!
Human Universe (Hardback)
A spectacular new book from the nation's favourite scientist, Professor Brian Cox, Human Universe takes readers on a journey through time and space in an attempt to uncover and understand the universe's greatest wonder of all - humankind!
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Revealing how time, physics, chemistry and an amount of luck contributed to the creation of a species capable of not only acknowledging but also questioning its own existence, the book combines stunning photography and innovative computer-generated imagery to tell humanity's story - from the Big Bang through to the potential fate of of species.
Told with Professor Brian Cox's trademark down-to-earth romanticism and lyrical approach, Human Universe bridges the gap between cutting-edge science and a child-like sense of wonder. A fascinating book sure to satisfy those with the unquenchable thirst for knowing where we came from, how we think, where we're going and if we are alone in the universe...
Kate Bush: Under the Ivy (Hardback)
One of the most talented, influential and highly respected - not to mention enigmatic, elusive and private - pop stars on the planet, Kate Bush is a compelling, brilliant artist.
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After 35 years away from the stage, Kate made her return to the live arena with a run of shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2014 and this in-depth biography aims to respectfully discover more about the very private woman behind the world-famous songs like Wuthering Heights and seminal albums The Dreaming, Hounds of Love and The Kick Inside.
Drawing on both a wealth of research and over 70 new interviews with those who have worked with and known Kate throughout her special career, Graeme Thomson's Under the Ivy not only examines her music and its global impact but also Kate's former rejection of live performances, her key relationships and her recent output which has delighted millions of music fans.
An accompaniment to the hit BBC series presented by Claudia Winkleman and judged by Patrick Grant and May Martin, The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe is a practical sewing book brimming with fantastic projects, including a core of wardrobe essentials including a pencil skirt, easy T-shirt top and a wrap dress.
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Menswear and retro garments are also included, as well as a fun selection of designs for babies and small children.
Dress sizes range from 8 to 18 and the book is full of inspiring photography so you know exactly what you're looking for - and the included pattern pack, containing five full-size pattern sheets, makes creating your wardrobe even easier.
Saturday Kitchen Suppers (Hardback)
Every week, James Martin invites some of the world's best chefs to cook up fantastic dishes live on BBC One's Saturday Kitchen - and this cookbook presents sensational seasonal recipes for suppers that you can make at home!
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Featuring dishes from the likes of James Martin himself, Tom Kerridge, Tom Kitchin, Ken Hom, Michel Roux, Jr, Rick Stein and Bryn Williams - a who's who of celebrity chefs, we're sure you'll agree - the easy-to-follow cookbook shows how you can make restaurant-quality dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen with no specialist equipment.
With chapters dedicated to each season, among the recipes you'll find are Antonio Carluccio's Ravioli with Mushrooms and Artichoke Salad for spring, Angela Hartnett's Linguine with Red Mullet, Chilli and Garlic for summer, Henry Dimbleby's Sole Satay Heart and Martin Morales' Mushroom Quinotto for winter.
George Clarke's More Amazing Spaces (Hardback)
The perfect partner for fans of Channel 4's Amazing Spaces show, George Clarke's More Amazing Spaces is an exciting collection of extraordinary small builds from all over the United Kingdom and beyond.
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Packed with stunning photography and the stories behind these most impressive and unlikely of conversions, the book explores the inventive features of each of the stunning transformations - including The Luxury Narrowboat, a Mobile Cinema, a Lamretta Tuk-Tuk and much, much more...
Food for thought for those who may be considering their own small-space conversion, or those who simply love the show, George Clarke's More Amazing Spaces is a compilation of innovative visions where the ordinary is transformed into something truly extraordinary.
To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, BBC's the Antiques Roadshow filmed a series of special episodes at the Somme. In this beautiful book, Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures, readers are introduced to some of the most telling tales and incredible family keepsakes from the Great War.
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Featuring fascinating and moving stories from the much-loved BBC show, and describing how they fit into a wider history of the War, the fully illustrated book paints a vivid picture of the extraordinary circumstances that ordinary people were thrown into by the onset of World War I.
A stunningly presented insight into early 20th century life in Britain, Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures will make a unique and poignant addition to the bookshelf of any wartime historian or anyone with a keen interest in the British institution that is the Antiques Roadshow.
Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
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!
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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.
How to Be a Better Cook (Hardback)
Famous for her simple and delicious dishes, bestselling TV chef Lorraine Pascale is back with the tie-in book to her new BBC2 series How to Be a Better Cook.
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Sharing her secrets of good knife technique, quick tricks, outstanding presentation and much more, Lorraine's warm and gentle approach to cooking is both encouraging for beginners and challenging enough for even for the most confident of chefs. And her new methods for favourite dishes are sure to spark a little culinary inspiration, too.
Whether you're aiming to impress guests with chic snacks, feed the family with effort-free, hearty dinners or satisfy your own sweet tooth with delicious desserts, Lorraine Pascale's new book, How to Be a Better Cook, is the ultimate fully photographed companion to help you cook in style!