Hobbies & Interests

  • Wisden on the Ashes - Hardback - 9781472913531 - Steven Lynch
    Steven Lynch
    • £8.00
    • RRP £45.00
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    Perfect for any cricket fan, this Wisden book provides a detailed overview of one of the most fiercely contested rivalries in sport - England and Australia's battle for the Ashes.

    Heading all the way back to the inaugural event in 1876, the detailed chronology has Test reports, scorecards and much more from the archives, alongside editorial pieces that offer a complete record of the series.

    Fully up to date so it includes England's glorious victory in 2015, Wisden on the Ashes celebrates the players who made their mark and the controversies that have made the event so memorable over the years. A must-have for all cricket fans.
  • The Football Manager Guide to Football Management - Hardback - 9781780893532 - Iain Macintosh
    • £4.00
    • RRP £14.99
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    We've all been there... It's getting into the early hours and you've got work in the morning - but you're determined to guide your Altrincham team through to the second round of the FA Cup, no matter what it takes. All you need to do is negotiate a tricky away tie at Macclesfield. Do you ask your star striker to play through the pain barrier or throw in a raw, untried kid from the academy? Welcome to the all-encompassing world of Football Manager.

    One of the most addictive computer games around, Football Manager has been giving fans all over the world the chance to pit their wits against the likes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho (and the managers who ply their trade in lower leagues) from the comfort of their armchairs for over 20 years now. This is the book you need if you've found days drifting away as you've been absorbed in the game's all-too-real world.

    From the moment you choose your team and set up your tactics, you're in control of the club's fortunes and this book looks at how you can use real-life examples and advice to implement a winning formula. Journalist and FM obsessive Iain Macintosh asks big-name managers including Roberto Martinez and Harry Redknapp about everything from scouring lower leagues for the next star to improving morale.

    The guide also has tips and advice on setting up scouting systems, balancing coaching routines with fitness work, and figuring out the perfect winning formula. As it says in its title, this really is the Football Manager bible.
  • Art for Mindfulness: Winter Wonderland - Paperback - 9780007949212 - Lizzie Harper
    Lizzie Harper
    • £3.00
    • RRP £9.99
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    Rediscover one of your favourite childhood hobbies and find serenity with this gorgeous adult colouring book. It will transport you straight into a winter wonderland.

    A great way to relax and find focus, this festive book has 60 stunning blank winter wonderland scenes to help focus your mind, unlock creativity and calm your consciousness.

    Each image also has an inspirational quote that will help you find mindfulness while unleashing your creativity.
  • LAVG
    Philip Wilkinson
    • £6.99
    • RRP £25.00
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    If you think of yourself as a Master Builder, this showcase of incredible buildings from around the world made from LEGO is sure to encourage you to get your bricks out and start building!

    From Big Ben to the Guggenheim, the beautiful gift book shows every brick involved in each build. It's incredible for LEGO fans of any age.
  • GBCO
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Combining the kitchen with colouring, this fun-filled book will appeal to biscuit bakers, cake creators and meringue makers.

    Full of tasty pictures for star bakers to add their personal touch to - from twenty tiered macaron towers to intricately iced gingerbread houses - you can now create your own showstoppers just by picking up pens and pencils.

    A must for any star baker and cool colouring fan!
  • Golf Rules Illustrated 2016 - Paperback - 9780600630654
    • £4.00
    • RRP £15.99
    • Save £11.99
    Including all the rules for 2016-17, this illustrated guide will help golfers of all levels of skill and experience learn how to perfect their swing and what decision they should make in every situation.

    Written by the game's governing body the R&A, the reference book gives guidance on how a golfer should tackle bunkers, water hazards, loose impediments, casual water and so much more. It even covers the new Anchored Putting rule that has proven to be so controversial.

    There are also demonstrations of the rules in action and a selection of frequently asked questions to help new golfers understand it all. It's great for those who have just picked up a club and those who want an official handbook in their household.
  • Mindfulness Colouring Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780752265902
    • £4.99
    • RRP £25.97
    • Save £20.98
    • Just £1.66 per book
    Relax, enhance your mindfulness and inspire your creativity with these three pocket-sized adult colouring books.

    Bursting with beautiful designs, each book is designed to help your worries drift away and help you meditate on your artwork as you fill the pages with colour. Among the scenes you'll find hand-drawn designs from nature that are sure to bring in a sense of tranquility.

    With the size making these colouring books ideal for commutes, one of the books even has a notes page so you can record your thoughts as you find a more peaceful place.
  • Patterns to Colour Collections - 10 Books - Collection - 9781474915601
    PTNC 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £9.99
    • RRP £59.90
    • Save £49.91
    • Just £1.00 per book
    Love colouring? You'll adore taking a global trip with this tremendous 10-book collection.

    The motifs and patterns featured throughout the books are absolutely gorgeous and you'll find your thoughts drifting away as you fill in the stunning designs.

    You'll be able to add colour to vibrant Mexican patterns, stunning art deco themes and Roman designs as you find mindfulness.
  • Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland - Paperback - 9781849942850 - Millie Marotta
    Millie Marotta
    • £3.00
    • RRP £9.99
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    Popular illustrator Millie Marotta draws idiosyncratic pictures of all kinds, inspired by the magic of the tropics - and this book gives you the chance to add your own colouring twist to these complex designs!

    Adding a personal touch to some beautiful illustrations, this book proves that colouring in isn't just for children. Among the drawings you will get to add some creativity to are exotic trees in need of some colour for their leaves, a parrot waiting for some magnificent new feathers and plenty of rainforest scenes and exotic bloom!

    So grab your pens and pencils and prepare to inspire your creativity and imagination - this colouring book, Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland, is full of adventure!
  • CYBI
    Caroline West
    • £2.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £7.00
    If you know someone who likes their facts to be disgusting, bizarre, peculiar and downright funny, OMG! Can You Believe It? is the book for them.

    A collection of the funniest, grimiest, grossest and most outrageous facts you are ever likely to have the misfortune to hear (believe us, once you've read them you can't un-read them!), each will have readers scratching their head in disbelief and laughing out loud at the randomness of it all.

    From decapitated cockroaches to sweaty feet, shark attacks and hundreds more weird and wonderful facts and pieces of trivia, the book will literally have those lucky (or unlucky) enough to read it shouting 'Oh my god!'
  • Off the Leash 3: It's a Dog's Life - Hardback - 9780752265742 - Rupert Fawcett
    Rupert Fawcett
    • £2.00
    • RRP £9.99
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    A worldwide phenomenon on Facebook, this is the third book based around Rupert Fawcett's hilarious Off the Leash cartoons.

    The perfect present for anyone passionate about pooches, the cartoons capture the secret thoughts and dreams of all kinds of different dogs and shows just why they steal sofa, like nothing more than outsmarting cats and crave our attention.

    A funny celebration of the mutual bond between man and man's best friend.
  • QIFC
    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
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    Did you know that bees can fly higher than Mount Everest? Or that penguins can't taste fish? How about the fact Martin Luther King Jr got a C+ in Public Speaking?

    All these facts and 1,231 more are featured in the latest QI tie-in book, 1,234 QI Facts to Leave You Speechless. Compiled by John Lloyd (of Liff and Afterliff fame) and John Mitchinson, the brains behind the BBC's ever-popular programme, this is a great gift for anyone who loves the kind of facts and trivia that Stephen Fry and the team discuss every week.
  • Daily Telegraph Unpublished Letters Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781781315408
    • £4.99
    • RRP £23.97
    • Save £18.98
    • Just £1.66 per book
    These three books give the authors of the best unpublished letters sent to the Daily Telegraph the stage they so richly deserve. From the funny to the furious and the mischievous to the magnificent, we know you'll be laughing, crying and possibly agreeing with some of the points of view aired.

    Throughout the three books, you'll find observations about the world we live in. Some are whimsical, some risque but they're all very entertaining... You'll find unique views on the rubbish that can be found on TV these days and even the venality of our MPs.
  • GCRJ
    Rt Hon Michael Portillo
    • £6.99
    • RRP £20.00
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    All aboard and get ready to explore some of Europe's finest journeys by train in Great Continental Railway Journeys, a beautiful tie-in book to the hit BBC series presented by Michael Portillo.

    Lavishly illustrated, the book captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent by train and also looks at the engineering feats which made the journeys possible and so famous.

    From London to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Budapest and all the way down to Jerusalem, this is a celebration of both trains and the vibrancy of Europe.
  • Man Points - Hardback - 9781785032479
    • £3.00
    • RRP £10.99
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    This essential guide separates the men from the boys and tells them what everyday `man jobs? are really worth on the man points scale.

    From growing a beard, using an angle grinder and changing a tyre, to breaking down a door (with minus points for using a hairdryer, crying and more), Man Points allows you to rate and record your most manly of accomplishments.

    The perfect gift for the competitive alpha (or beta!) male from their long-suffering partner, sibling or friend, this book will let them know if their manliness measure up.
  • DRWF
    Jake Spicer
    • £5.99
    • RRP £17.99
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    Designed especially for beginners, this step-by-step guide to drawing will delight budding Picassos of any age!

    Providing 30 easy and fun lessons, the book finds artist Jake Spicer using tried-and-trusted methods to help you not only gain confidence but also build your artistic skills in a manageable and methodical way.

    From people to pets and still life to cityscapes, the book provides exercises to enjoy and tips to bear in mind when it comes to drawing in future. The final section also looks at the skills needed in more detail Draw: A Fast, Fun & Effective Way to Learn is a book designed to give any would-be artist all the information they need.
  • All Sewn Up - Hardback - 9781908170323 - Chloe Owens
    Chloe Owens
    • £4.00
    • RRP £14.99
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    Presented with a beautifully illustrated hardback cover, All Sewn Up is an absolute delight from start to finish.

    Bursting with 35 exquisite projects which use an array of sewing techniques including applique, embroidery and decorative stitches, the full-colour pictures and photos throughout mean following each step-by-step guide is easy and brilliantly enjoyable too.

    Featuring inspirational creations you can make for the home, children or as gifts, including oven mitts, coasters, baby bibs, pillows, doorstops, laptop covers, brooches and even a lampshade plus many other ideas, you can enjoy a journey like never before with your needle and thread.

    The vast array of activities mean you can find something to suit every taste and skill level too.
  • ASDD
    Emily Milne Wallis
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
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    Relax and focus your mind with the sophisticated dot-to-dot pictures in Anti-Stress Dot-to-Dot. Featuring majestic animals, elegant buildings and gorgeous scenes from nature, this creative book is a window to a few minutes of much-needed peace and calm.

    Created by designer Emily Milne Wallis, the book is perfect for de-stressing and allowing you to lose yourself in joining the dots and revealing the stunning drawings within them.

    Fans of adult colouring books will love this!
  • Cute & Easy Crochet - Paperback - 9781907563065 - Nicki Trench
    Nicki Trench
    • £3.00
    • RRP £12.99
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    Expert crafter Nicki Trench offers 35 easy-to-follow patterns that will teach you how to crochet in this very handy how-to guide.

    A crochet teacher with over 20 years' experience, Nicki has designed a series of patterns that will guide you through those initial stitches to producing beautiful projects incorporating a wide range of crochet techniques.

    With step-by-step artwork and instructions, the chapters - Starting Out; Practice Makes Perfect; Confident Crocheting - gradually increase in difficulty as you evolve your skills and the projects range from toddlers' throws and hats to baby bibs, and blankets and a chunky seashell scarf to Russian dolls.
  • HTMO
    Janelle Fischer
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £8.00
    Whether your child loves dogs, ducks or dinosaurs, you'll be able to make the right onesie for them with this fun and practical book. And with the cold winter nights just around the corner, now is the time to get making!

    Designed for those with basic sewing skills, the book shows how you can transform a plain garment to tie in with your child's favourite animals. Each motif is cut using a template as a guide and is appliqued in place, while the decorative stitching adds definition, humour and style.

    Compiled by Janelle Fischer, who has over 20 years' experience in the sewing and fashion industry, the book also provides a number of patterns for you to make use of, including a princess and a pirate.
  • JWCW
    • £21.99
    • RRP £100.00
    • Save £78.01
    Whatever stage they're at, would-be writers will find this how-to guide to creative writing essential. Packed with information, support, advice and tools for how to write in a way that turns heads, it also reveals how the publishing industry works.

    Alongside all the tips, tricks and insider secrets that are unveiled is a six-month subscription to Writing Magazine and a gorgeous notebook so that writers can jot down any ideas that come into their heads. There's also a CD included that is full of suggestions to help inspire creative writing of the highest calibre.
  • Labrador - Hardback - 9780007549016 - Ben Fogle
    Ben Fogle
    • £6.00
    • RRP £20.00
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    Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Countryfile and Country Tracks host Ben Fogle is well known for his love of dogs. Here he presents a social history of the world's favourite breed, Labradors, and investigates how they have captured the imagination of we humans for hundreds of years.

    Native to Newfoundland, Labradors were brought to England in the 1800s and became popular for their skills in hunting, tracking, receiving and rescuing. But what really drew us to Labradors was their extraordinary capacity for companionship, intelligence and loyalty - such is their popularity as guide dogs. With stories of Labs at war to dogs working with the RNIB, Ben passionately discusses our lasting love of one of man's best friends.

    Exploring their origins, early characteristics and - possibly most importantly - their role in the family, Ben draws on extraordinary experiences to tell the story of a breed of dog that we have truly fallen in love with.
  • A Guinea Pig Pride and Prejudice - Hardback - 9781408865514 - Jane Austen
    Jane Austen
    • £2.00
    • RRP £7.99
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    A bizarre but brilliant combination of family pets and a classic Jane Austen novel comes together in A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice.

    A gift that will make anyone smile, the beautiful little book introduces guinea pig Molly as Elizabeth Bennet and Hollie as the eligible Mr. Darcy.

    With plenty of heart-warming photographs to look at and such a famous story to rediscover, this is a great addition to the collection of both those who love guinea pigs and unforgettable fiction.
  • TOCL
    Time Out Guides Ltd.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £8.00
    Combining 25 great bike rides for all abilities in and around London, this is the book for anyone who loves to get on their bike and discover more about their surroundings.

    Celebrating the pleasures of road cycling, the journeys are organised according to types of bike riding - from commuting to family afternoons out to weekend excursions.

    Taking you into the centre of London and beyond, the book also includes rides, bike and kit advice so you can make the most of your fantastic journeys.