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Our non-fiction books range from real-life reads and brilliant biographies to cookbooks from the hottest chefs around. We have books for people with all kinds of hobbies and interests.

  • Black Friday

    Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2020

    Alison Maloney

    Product Code: SCDT
    Hardback
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    Put on your dancing shoes - the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 annual is here!

    This official companion gives you the chance to go behind the sequins and get the lowdown on all of the celebs and dancers competing in this year's competition of the BBC's biggest show.

    It's bursting with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes gossip, telling you everything you need to know about the divas, drama and dancers.
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    The Vision Book of Football Records 2020

    Clive Batty

    Product Code: VBFB
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    Achieve reading goals galore with this book fit for champions!

    Footy fans will get a kick out of the facts, stats and trivia on offer in the 11th edition of the annual bestselling Vision Book of Football Records.

    Fully up to date so that it includes all the action from the incredible title race between Manchester City and Liverpool and the all-English Champions League final, this book includes an entry on every English league team, all the Scottish SPL clubs and major European and world clubs.

    It also has a focus on the stranger side of the Beautiful Game with profiles of mascots and tales of bizarre bookings and record-breaking goals!
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    Hurrah for Gin: Reluctant Adult

    Katie Kirby

    Product Code: HGRA
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    Hurrah for... adulthood?

    Katie Kirby, the creator of the hilarious Hurrah for Gin blog, tackles the overwhelming nature of adulthood with wit, charm and the occasional rude word in this laugh-out-loud book.

    From being kept awake by worries at 3am to paying a membership fee for a gym you never go to and the unparalleled joy of plans being cancelled so that you can spend an evening at home eating Coco Pops in your pyjamas, these witty cartoons are honest, relatable and prove you're not alone when trying to adapt to this concept called adulthood.
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    Fibonacci's Rabbits

    Adam Hart-Davis

    Product Code: FIBO
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    The most important numbers in history...

    Fibonacci's Rabbits looks at the origin of the word mathematics (the Greek term mathema) and how this means knowledge of learning. It reveals how this still remains at the heart of almost all processes and patterns that occur in the modern world, even though many find it hard to fathom.

    This book offers bite-sized accounts of 50 critical mathematical discoveries that have changed the way we live.
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    The National Trust Book of Crumbles

    Laura Mason

    Product Code: BCNT
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    Tuck into Britain's best comfort food - crumbles!

    Following on from The National Trust Book of Scones, this book is packed with crumbly goodness. It includes recipes for all the classics including rhubarb, apple and blackberry and also will show you how to make tasty cobblers. Crumble cheesecakes and microwavable mug crumbles are also featured.

    There's a section dedicated to classic crumble companions including jam and custard and plenty of crumble trivia to feed your mind while you wait for your crumble to cook.
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    Schrodinger's Cat

    Adam Hart-Davies

    Product Code: CHRO
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    Learn how 50 natural science experiments changed the world with this incredible book. From Schroedinger's Cat to Galileo's stargazing, it breaks down the theories into easily understandable chunks that will delight any armchair philosopher.

    It also reveals all you ever wanted to know about quantum teleportation, the splitting of the atom and Newton's experiments with optics.

    Every experiment is fully described and all possible results and implications are covered, helping you understand the processes and methodology used in each one.
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    Uncommon Knowledge

    Tom Standage

    Product Code: UNCM
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    Answers to all the questions you haven't thought to ask...

    The team from The Economist provides eye-opening answers to questions ranging from how carrots became orange to the ways in which we remove broken bits of satellite from orbit.

    Full of facts and figures, this book looks beyond everyday appearances to show how things really tick. It's one you'll be dipping into and amazed by again and again.
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    Greenfeast- Autumn, Winter

    Nigel Slater

    Product Code: GFNS
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    'Much of my weekday eating contains neither meat nor fish ... It is simply the way my eating has grown to be over the last few years.' - Nigel Slater.

    Greenfeast is the second of Nigel Slater's season-led vegetable-based cookbooks. In it he shares over 110 recipes that make use of autumnal produce including mushrooms and rice. You'll feel so snug wrapped up tucking into big soups like tahini, butternut and sesame and crumbles made with leeks, tomato and pecorino.

    Nigel also shares lip-smacking recipes for puddings including ginger cake, cardamom and maple syrup. These plant-based feasts are fantastic!
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    The Great British Bake Off: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes

    The Bake Off Team

    Product Code: BBAC
    Hardback
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    Take a bite out of the Great British Bake Off's latest recipes!

    Accompanying the latest series of the show, this book is packed with recipes that would tempt even Paul and Prue. It shows you how a single cake batter can be shaped and sized into so many different show-stoppers.

    From celebration cakes to traybakes and cupcakes, it shares the techniques that will make your bakes truly spectacular. It's a must-have for any potential Star Baker.
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    I Am C-3PO

    Anthony Daniels

    Product Code: CTPO
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    We have a good feeling about this... If you're a Star Wars fan, you're going to love Anthony Daniels' autobiography, I am C-3PO.

    Anthony Daniels actually spoke the very first words in any Star Wars film ('Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor! We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.' - if it ever comes up in a pub quiz...) as the gold-plated and anxious droid C-3PO found himself on the same Imperial Star Destroyer as Darth Vader...

    Now, for the very first time Anthony candidly tells his (and C-3PO's) story in his own words - from his reaction to seeing a concept image in the mid-70s to his role in this years Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. He talks about fellow cast members including George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and offers an insight into the physical pain involved in being stuck in C-3PO's solid shell for hours on end in sweltering conditions.
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    Wham! George & Me

    Andrew Ridgeley

    Product Code: WGAM
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    Discover how it felt to be Top of the Pops!

    For the first time ever, Andrew Ridgeley shares what it felt like to be one half of Wham! - one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. He reveals all about his first meeting with Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (better known as George Michael, of course) as a teen in 1970s Watford and how a shared love of records inspired them to write and record some of the most perfect pop songs of all time.

    Andrew talks about how he quickly became soul mates with George and offers a glimpse into the high-flying life of a 1980s superstar, revealing all about their glittering trumphs and successes. He fondly recalls their farewell show at Wembley Stadium in 1986 and reveals how their friendship lasted until George's dying day.

    Charting the years of 1974 to 1986 with humour, love and integrity, this is a special memoir that shows what happens when a band Do It Right.
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    The Official Tottenham Hotspur FC Annual 2020

    Grange Communications Ltd

    Product Code: OTHA
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    Get your football annual for a back-of-the-net price from The Book People!

    Spurs fans will love reading all about their favourite football team in the Official Tottenham Hotspur Annual 2020. It's packed with profiles of favourite players including Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli and also includes an overview of last season.

    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an annual and there are also colour photographs, facts, stats, quizzes and games to play in this boot-iful book dedicated to the team who ply their trade at the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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    By Order of the Peaky Blinders

    Matt Allen

    Product Code: PEAK
    Hardback
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    You need to buy this book... By order of the Peaky Blinders!

    The BBC drama starring Cillian Murphy as the gang's leader Tommy Shelby has evolved from cult classic to global phenomenon and this official companion hardback provides fans with a peek behind the scenes.

    It contains interviews with the cast and creators of the show and examines the true history that inspired many of the plots as well as social footnotes including what it was like living in post-war Britain, PTSD, drug addiction, gambling, poverty and gang culture. The actors also reveal how they really feel about the characters they play...

    This book includes playlists and profiles of the women of Peaky Blinders - including Helen McCrory's Polly Gray, the show's greatest character (sorry, Tommy!).
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    Happy Vegan Christmas

    Karoline Joensson

    Product Code: HVGC
    Hardback
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    Have yourself a vegan Merry Christmas!

    Karoline Joensson shares a smorgasbord of plant-based dishes for the festive season. From roasted nuts and vegetables to fragrant citrus and cloves and cardamom buns, all of these are full of flavour.

    Your friends and family won't miss meat at all as they tuck into vegan Swedish meatball, pulled jackfruit 'pork' and gingerbread biscuits. It also includes crafty ideas to try out during the holiday, such as winter flowers, wreaths and a wild birdfeeder.
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    A Guinea Pig Nutcracker

    Product Code: GPNC
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    An unsqueakably cute take on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker!

    This retelling of the festive classic contains photographs of guinea pigs dressed as the famous characters from the world-famous ballet including Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

    It's a gorgeous gift book for any fan of the beautiful ballet or the adorable rodents.
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    Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy

    David Mitchell

    Product Code: DSBP
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    'Mitchell combines breathtaking general knowledge with withering wit.' - The Guardian.

    Ever since his 2014 book Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse, David Mitchell has come to terms with his feelings that things have actually got worse - from political shambles to familiar names on the high street disappearing.

    This book is the Peep Show star and award-winning comedian's attempt at cheering you up as he tries to find light in the constant darkness. It contains witty essays on politics, exercise, rude street names and the the commercialisation of Christmas...
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    Last Christmas

    Greg Wise & Emma Thompson

    Product Code: LSTX
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    Give this book to someone special...

    Coinciding with the release of the Last Christmas (yes, it is inspired by the Wham! song of the same name) film starring Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, this gift book celebrates everything about the most wonderful time of the year.

    Curated by Emma and her husband Greg Wise, it finds celebrities including Meryl Streep, Bill Bailey and Olivia Colman sharing personal essays about what Christmas really means to them while celebrating the importance of year-round kindness and generosity, acceptance and tolerance.
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    Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943

    Max Hastings

    Product Code: CSOD
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    What really happened on the night of the Dambusters raid?

    Following extensive research, acclaimed military historian Max Hastings urges us all to examine the Dambusters in more complex shades. Having grown up embracing the story of 24-year-old wing-commander Guy Gibson and his crew's bravery on 16 to 17 May 1943, Hastings reveals how although some of the legends are true, the team also made some devastating errors and mistakes.

    He sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War and offers moving portraits of the young airmen who made the mission a success including Barnes Wallis, Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris and the tragic Guy Gibson.

    This is a superb narrative of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.
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    Who Am I Again?

    Lenny Henry

    Product Code: LENY
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    Learn all about the life of Lenny Henry, one of Britain's favourite comedians, in this long-awaited autobiography.

    Raised in Dudley, Lenny first appeared on our screens as a 16-year-old in 1975 and since then his career has gone from strength to strength. In his memoir, he talks about growing up with six siblings and how his natural ability to make people laugh saw him through a number of tough challenges including racism.

    He looks back over his entry into showbusiness and how performing in variety shows of dubious quality made him question his life decisions... This is an honest and heartbreaking coming-of age story from a recognisable figure that also includes recipes, comic strips and advice for aspiring comedians.
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    My A-Z of Cricket

    Henry Blofeld

    Product Code: AZOC
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    A is for All-rounder, B is for Blowers, C is for Cricket...

    Renowned broadcaster Henry 'Blowers' Blofeld offers his personal A-Z of everything cricket in this charming book. He explains the confusing terminology with wit and charm and also shares some of his favourite anecdotes from a glittering career in the sport.

    This entertaining book makes a great gift for cricket obsessives and those who don't know their googlys from their bouncers.
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    Behind The Lens

    David Suchet

    Product Code: BLDS
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    Now you can investigate the man behind Poirot with David Suchet's photographic memoir.

    A stalwart of stage and screen, David has wowed thousands of fans with his committed performances and is rarely seen without his camera. In Behind the Lens, he shares evocative photographs from his personal archives that capture the finest moments from his glittering 50-year career alongside musings on his life experiences.

    He talks about growing up in his beloved London and reveals how his Jewish roots have influenced his career. He also discusses the joys and perils of fame, his love of photography and music and reflects on the changing nature of the acting industry.
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    The Hidden World of the Fox

    Adele Brand

    Product Code: HWOF
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    Foxes really are fantastic. This book proves it.

    Sure to appeal to fans of Foxes Unearthed and The Secret Life of Cows, this book from lifelong nature lover and ecologist Adele Brand offers a charming portrait of the fox and reveals where they go while they flit around and what their world is really like.

    The author explains how the behaviour that helped foxes thrive in the ancient wildwood has helped them adapt and survive in cities, towns, concrete car parks and train lines. She talks about fostering cubs and studying foxes from all over the world's interaction with humans.

    Adele also recalls encounters with furry acquaintances she named Chatter, Old Dogfox, Sooty, the Interloper and the Vixen from Across the Road as she examines the importance of living peaceably side-by-side with nature.
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    RHS Gardener's Quiz & Puzzle Book

    Simon Akeroyd & Gareth Moore

    Product Code: GQPB
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    Do you know the difference between dead heading and double digging?

    This book, from The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book's quizmaster Dr Gareth Moore and RHS expert Simon Akeroyd, contains 100 quizzes and puzzles (featuring 400 questions) based around all elements of gardening.

    It includes anagrams, observational challenges and themed questions on subjects ranging from pests to plant care. You can even test your ability to identify plant anatomy with annotated diagrams!
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    Wok On

    Ching-He Huang

    Product Code: WOKN
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    Wok this way!

    From dumplings and curries to stir-fries, every tasty and nutritious recipe in this cookbook can be made in 30 minutes or less. They are inspired by countries across Asia including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Vietnam and are simple enough to be made every day by every cook.

    The dishes includes lots of veg and use ingredients that are readily available in supermarkets. The majority are also suitable for those with gluten and dairy allergies
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