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    TYST

    Tiny Stations (Hardback)

    Dixe Wills

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    A quirky, eccentric yet rich look into Britain's most intriguing of request stops, Tiny Stations by bestselling author Dixe Wills is a humorous, offbeat adventure through our nation's forgotten rail network that will delight rail enthusiasts and fans of the likes of Bill Bryson.

    Often kept alive by only by political expediency, bureaucracy or whimsy, the request stops of Britain offer a fascinating glimpse of a Britain that once was. From the far west of Cornwall to the far north of Scotland, Dixe Wells (author of Tiny Islands, Tiny Campsites and The Z-Z of Great Britain) presents intriguing, stranger-than-fiction stories about 40 of the most fascinating of rail locations that have all but disappeared from view.

    With historical insight and Willis' hallmark humour throughout, fans of On the Slow Train, Eleven Minutes Late and The Man in Seat 66 will love this!
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    The Train Book (Hardback)

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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!
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    UKUL

    The Ukulele Handbook (Paperback)

    Gavin Pretor-Pinney

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    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.

    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.
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    WSBS
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    Over 100 woodworking techniques from joints to finishing. With Woodwork Step by Step you can tackle every type of carpentry project with confidence- create a shelf, a coat rack or even a chair. In an age where household objects are mass produced, nothing beats working with wood to create a unique object you've built to last. This book makes woodwork simple, showing step-by-step how to master woodworking tools and techniques and gives woodwork plans that explain exactly how to get the perfect results. You'll be able to learn how do everything from preparing wood to planing and sanding and create anything from chopping boards to wine racks. A gallery of all the key woodworking equipment, materials and suitable woods means that you'll never be left puzzling over what to use to get started. This book assumes no knowledge and explains techniques in start-to-finish detail, so you can fast track through woodworking with accessible and easily achievable projects. Woodwork Step by Step is ideal for beginners at woodwork and DIY or old hands looking to dust off the cobwebs and start working in wood again (content previously published in The Woodwork Manual 9781405332064).
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    GRJW

    Great Railway Journeys of the World (Hardback)

    Julian Holland

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    With stunning photography throughout, railway expert Julian Holland's Great Railway Journeys of the World is a gorgeous gift book that showcases some of the most scenic rail routes around.

    Including the likes of the Le Petit Train Jaune in the Pyrenees which features France's highest railway station, the Cape Town to Kimberley route in South Africa that heads across the Karoo Desert and the Trans-Australian railway that contains the world's longest stretch of dead straight track, the stunning photography and in-depth mapping is awe-inspiring.

    Published by The Times, the book is designed in a keepsake hardback format and offers detailed, informative text on the history, geography and present day operations of train journeys from 35 countries across every continent.
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    TEAY

    Creative Writing Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    May/Weinman/Sykes

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    Aspiring authors can take their writing to the next level with these three Teach Yourself books, designed to offer practical advice on crafting a great story and even writing great dialogue. Written by published authors and creative writing teachers, the books are designed to help writers perfect their skills. Using a step-by-step practical approach with case studies, exercises and diagnostic tests, the handbooks will tell you everything you need to know - from the initial concepts through to the tricky process of approaching publishers.

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    BDFB
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    If you've ever wanted to find out more about our feathered friends, the RSPB's Birdwatching for Beginners is a must-have title. A practical guide to observing, identifying and understanding birds, the book profiles 250 of the most common species found in the UK and Europe.

    With photographs, descriptions and distribution maps to aid in identification, the book also features expert spotting tips and lists the best birdwatching sites alongside information on what to look for in each habitat. Perfect for any beginner, the book also has enough facts and details to appeal to more experienced birdwatchers too!
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    NICA
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    If you're thinking of learning to play the harmonica then this could be the perfect place to start! A tin including your very first harmonica instrument and a book full of amazing tips on how to play it, this will show you how to master all the difficult techniques and play the blues.

    The book includes everything you need to know about harmonicas and how to play them and also includes a brief history of the instrument as well as advice on how to look after it.

    An easy reference guide is also included for your convenience.
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    YOYO
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    This beautiful tin set contains everything you need if you want to learn how to become a master at the yo-yo. Revealing all the secrets you'll need, the set contains a trick book and even its very own yo-yo. The book will take you from learning the basics of how to use the yo-yo through to more complex techniques such as Walk the Dog, Rock the Baby and the Loop the Loop. Covering the history of the yo-yo, this really is a great book for anyone looking for a new hobby or interest!
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    BDYR

    The Birdwatcher's Year (Hardback)

    Richard Williamson

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    Written by birdwatching expert and enthusiast Richard Williamson, this is the perfect book for anyone who loves to get outside and spot the gorgeous birds flying above us.

    Practical and beautifully finished, the book is bursting with tips, facts and folklore to guide you through the birdwatching year, this charming little hardback is split into months and settings from marshland to your own back garden, and with space to record what you see, you'll never forget what to keep a special eye out for each season. Find out everything to identify birds by sight and song and learn their behaviour, habitats, breeding and migration patterns too.
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    ANTI

    Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia (Hardback)

    Judith Miller

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    Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia is the authoritative voice when it comes to collectables. From 18th century furniture and decorations all the way through to contemporary sports and music memorabilia, the enormous hardback has all the information any antiques enthusiast could ever want.

    With more than 3,000 colour photographs to show the pieces that can be found in shops, auctions and fairs, the book also reveals a price code for each item and will help you identify whether you have found a genuine antique.

    Compiled by an international team of over 40 consultants, lead by the expert Judith Miller, the book provides useful information and some of the antiques covered include furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery, toys and games.
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    ORIA

    The Complete Book Of Origami Animals (Paperback)

    David Woodroffe

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    Those with a creative mindset will absolutely love learning how to create a number of animal models with this magnificent craft book. Using the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, David Woodroffe's The Complete Book of Origami Animals provides you with step-by-step instructions to create polar bears, penguins and much more.

    With projects ranging from ones suitable for beginners to more advanced creatures that will take hours to get right, this book provides hours of fun for anyone with an interest in origami.
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    HARL

    Ultimate Harley Davidson (Hardback)

    Hugo Wilson

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    Harley Davidson has become synonymous with quality motorbikes and this large gift book will provide you with all the information you could ever want - and need - about the famous motorcycle manufacturer.

    A real American success story, the book takes in Harley Davidson's history, from the rolling out of its first model from a garden shed to the current superbikes of today!

    Looking at the innovations and technical data of each HD bike, the book also showcases racing models, special one-offs and limited-edition production runs with its stunning photography and accessible, informative text.
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    BDBE
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    Learn all about every species of bird that is found throughout Britain and Europe in this fantastically extensive reference guide.

    From DK and the RSPB, the book profiles 800 species of bird with stunning photography and informative text so you'll be able to become an expert birdwatcher in no time.

    Fully up-to-date, colour-coded maps highlight resident and migratory distributions so you know which species of bird to expect when you are out and about. The book also describes the characteristics of bird anatomy, reproduction, flight, song and other forms of behaviour.
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    CWWB

    The Creative Writing Workbook (Paperback)

    Matthew Branton

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    A brilliantly designed workbook that offers a new, active way for users to set and meet their personal writing goals. Perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to write their own story, long or short, perfect their social media writing skills, compile their own blogs or become a freelance writer or journalist, the book includes tips and techniques, accessible exercises and case studies drawn from published work to support you in every aspect of your learning. Helping you achieve your writing potential, The Creative Writing Workbook will teach you how to create worlds with words, explores characterisation, dialogue and structure, and explains how to create compelling fiction and non-fiction writing with an impact.
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    The Gentleman's Emporium Card Games Gift Set is the perfect gift for anyone interested in card games. From the straightforward to the complex, this well-presented set not only comes with two decks of playing cards and five dice in a tidy silver tin, but also a handy full-colour Card Games book that features the very best games to play and tips to follow. Including games for one player and for two or more, the booklet has sections on Clock Patience, Beggar Your Neighbour and Cheat!, as well as lesser-known games like Honest John and Racing Demon. With key advice about shuffling, cutting, the all-important rules and gambling, this impressive little set is suitable for all interests and abilities when it comes to card-playing.
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    WBSC

    Birds Songs and Calls Set - 2 Books (Paperback)

    Hannu Jannes and Owen Roberts

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    Complete with CDs to help you recognise each bird's distinctive song or call, these two books will come in handy for any birdwatcher or lover of nature. Recognising songs and calls can help you make more of birdwatching and the handy-sized hardbacks will help you identify 80 of our most popular woodland species and also 80 wetland species. Written by ornithologist Hannu Jannes and birding enthusiast Owen Robert, the books also feature colour photographs of each bird, as well as further information on their identifying features, habits, distribution, feeding and nesting routines and calls.
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    Home Brew Beer (Hardback)

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    If you've ever fancied making your own beer, DK's Home Brew Beer is the perfect book for you. With over 100 recipes from around the world, the book will show you how to brew your very own Pilsner, Porter, Bock, Pale Ale, IPA, Bitter, Mild and Stout recipes, as well as providing tips from established brewers. There are also a selection of photographs to show you exactly what you should be aiming for. A great book for beginner home brewers needing clear explanations and for those who are more accomplished and looking to move on to the next level.
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    LCIV
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    If you're interested in growing your very own fruit and vegetables, this is the book for you. Ideal for beginners, it explains in simple terms everything you need to make a success of growing your own food in your own home, at your own pace and in your own time. With 53 projects included in the book, you'll start with a simple salad in a window box and soon move on to more difficult projects. DK's A Little Course in... Growing has a number of step-by-step pictures to make sure you're on the right track and a number of practice projects are featured too.
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    TGCF
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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 and Top Gear fans simply must own.
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    LCIP
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    With the help of DK, you can learn all there is to know about preserving. A practical guidebook, A Little Course in Preserving will take you from the first steps of preserving through to more complex recipes. Starting with simple and basic recipes, the book will let you build on what you've you've learnt so you can soon show off new skills. With over 70 delicious recipes to choose from, there's everything from freezer jams and chutneys to cordials, fruit cheeses and cured meats to try out. The book also features step-by-step pictures to help you along the way.
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    HTML

    How to Mow the Lawn (Paperback)

    Elwin St Productions

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    Sam Martin will help the modern man rediscover masculine dependability with How to Mow the Lawn - The Lost Art of Being a Man.

    From providing useful DIY tips to giving advice on the best way to prepare a BBQ, this is a simple and practical guide that offers no-nonsense advice on all things manly, including outdoor survival, carpentry, impressing women and fixing the car.

    From changing a car tyre to building a fire and carving a roast, this is a hilarious but practical book sure to be appreciated by any modern 21st-century man.
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    PGNE

    The Good Pub Guide: The North of England (Paperback)

    Alisdair Aird

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    The Good Pub Guide: The North of England is a handy up-to-date guide that features information including food, drinks, facilities and the opening hours of the best pubs in your area, that have been selected by its highly-respected editors. Whether you're planning a holiday, booking a short break or looking for a new local, this book is bound to become indispensable!

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    BCITP

    Brick City (Hardback)

    Warren Elsmore

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    While to many, LEGO bricks are 'just a toy', to an ever-growing army of fans they provide a challenging and enjoyable modelling medium. These fans, calling themselves 'AFOLs', or Adult Fans of LEGO, have taken it upon themselves to recreate local landmarks using just the bricks that you may find at a local store. LEGO models created by adult fans, however, don't resemble those that many people created as a child. Created by masters of their medium, these fabulously detailed models may contain thousands of pieces - or perhaps just a handful. Either way, the talented artists have an intimate knowledge of every piece and colour available. Skilfully choosing the ideal piece to recreate a well-known landmark, they may create a model indistinguishable from the real thing, or evoke the spirit of a building in just a few small pieces. In fact, landmarks and cityscapes - from the New York skyline to the Sagrada Familia, London's St Pancras and the amazing towers of Beijing and Hong Kong - have long been a source of inspiration for LEGO builders. In this book, LEGO artist Warren Elsmore takes us on a world tour and explores more than 12 global cities and their iconic structures. Each city is examined and recreated in LEGO form. Comprising amazing artwork, exploratory photographs and detailed breakdowns, Brick City looks at the essence of what makes an urban landscape recognizable.