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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.

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    Asma's Indian Kitchen

    Asma Khan

    Product Code: ASMA
    Hardback
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    Asma's Indian Kitchen is packed full of the authentic Indian recipes that are served in her award-winning restaurant, Darjeeling Express.

    The esteemed restaurant began life as a dinner party where Asma would share her family's most mouth-watering recipes and went from strength to strength. Now you can recreate these tantalisingly tasty dishes by following the step-by-step recipes (many of which are vegetarian) for everything from midweek meals to family feasts.

    All of the dishes pay homage to Asma's royal Mughlai ancestry and follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from the busy streets of Bengal, through Calcutta, where she grew up, and along the foothills of the Himalayas to Hyderabad.
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  • Downton Abbey: The Official Film Companion

    Emma Marriott

    Product Code: DAFC
    Hardback
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    Step inside the doors of Downton Abbey...

    This lavish hardback companion to the film brings Lord Grantham and the Crawley family to life as they prepare for a royal visit. It features a foreword from creator Julian Fellowes, interviews with cast members including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery and behind-the-scenes photographs

    This book explores the new sets at Shepperton in great detail and also looks at destinations across the country that have become part of Downton Abbey's glorious history. It also celebrates the talented team who have brought the period drama to life.
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    Home Grown Harvest

    Ryland Peters & Small

    Product Code: HGHR
    Hardback
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    Learn how to grow the tastiest and freshest fruit and veg you'll ever eat...

    From summer salads to hearty winter soups, this book offers a celebration of the bounty you can grow in your garden, back yard or window box. It shows how to use what you grow creatively so that you always have a new option when it comes to making a home-made feast.

    This book offers advice on preparing and cooking seasonally and each chapter is dedicated to a different fruit or vegetable. Among the dishes featured are triple tomato risotto with basil and strawberry tiramisu as well as an enticing selection of preserves and chutneys.
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  • Ian McKellen: The Biography

    Garry O'Connor

    Product Code: IANM
    Hardback
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    The life and times of one of Britain's favourite actors...

    In this biography, Garry O'Connor looks over the career of the one and only Sir Ian McKellen - a thespian actor who has received critical acclaim for his work on stage and in major films including X-Men and Lord of the Rings.

    This book looks back over Ian's early life and roles and shows how his charm and personality has led to honours including a knighthood and how he has established himself as one of the ardent campaigners for LGBT+ rights. Garry doesn't hold back from any controversial times in Ian's life either...

    This unflinching biography provides an intimate and affectionate portrait of one of Britain's finest ever actors.
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  • The World Atlas of Gin

    Joel Harrison & Neil Ridley

    Product Code: WAOG
    Hardback
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    The World Atlas of Gin explores the gins, craft distilleries and production methods of over 50 countries.

    From the botanical to the bottle, Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley look at where the tasty tipples are grown and harvested and reveal the stories behind their brands and exactly where they're made. They also recommend their favourite gins so you can try for yourself.

    This book is perfect for anyone who wants to know more about gin, its history and production and the countries that have made it such a success. Chin, chin!
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  • Wagamama Feed Your Soul

    Wagamama Limited

    Product Code: WAGA
    Paperback
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    Feed your soul with wagamama's finest dishes...

    wagamama is one of the nation's favourite restaurants and this stunningly presented cookbook has tasty Japanese food ideas for every occasion - from quick-to-prepare weekday meals to slow-cooked ramens.

    There are recipes for basic sauces including soy sauce, sriracha, wasabi and Japanese curry paste and mouth-watering ideas for dishes including harusame salad, yaki soba and bang bang cauliflower.
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  • Tate Create: Things To Make & Do By Artists

    Sally Tallant

    Product Code: TATE
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    Make and create with the artists of Tate!

    Leading artists including Yto Barrada, Olafur Eliasson and Yayi Kasuma present fun activities that can't fail to inspire your creativity - from cutting, cooking, drawing, dyeing, dreaming, snapping and spinning to baking bread, dying clothes pink and expressing your feelings.

    There's an awesome activity for all skill levels of artists to enjoy.
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  • Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills

    Christian Blauvelt

    Product Code: SWSS
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    Discover how to be more like Rey and thrive in the darkest corners of the Star Wars galaxy with this essential survival guide.

    From fleeing an exploding Death Star to avoiding kidnap by Tusken Raiders on Tatooine and dealing with bounty hunters without shooting first, this fun and practical guide will help you spot intergalactic threats and stay alive.

    Published in time for the release of The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth film in what is now known as the Skywalker Saga of Star Wars films, this finely illustrated book covers everything from survival kits to disguises and offers tips on diplomacy and etiquette.
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  • Scientists Who Changed History

    DK

    Product Code: SWHO
    Hardback
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    This incredible DK book is packed with clear and informative biographies of 85 scientists whose ideas, actions and achievements changed the world in a variety of ways.

    From Greek mathematicians including Archimedes and Pythagoras through to physicists of the early 20th century such as Marie Curie and Albert Einstein and modern greats like Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee.
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  • Philosophers: Their Lives and Works

    DK

    Product Code: PTLW
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    Learn about the origins of big ideas with DK's lavish Philosophers: Their Lives and Works.

    From Confucius and Plato to Noam Chomsky and Karl Marx, this book contains 100 illustrated biographies of the world's most influential thinkers.

    These biographies trace the ideas, friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired their ideas and influenced their work, providing insights into what drove them to question the meaning of life.
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  • Neal's Yard Complete Massage

    Neal's Yard Remedies

    Product Code: NYRD
    Hardback
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    The specialists at Neal's Yard will tell you everything you need to know to become an expert masseur within the pages of this brilliant book.

    It has annotated anatomy and physiology illustrations to show you how different levels of pressure work the muscles and top tips on preparing both physically and mentally for giving a massage.

    It also reveals why drinking water before and after a massage is so important advice on breathing techniques that will help you relax your muscles.
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  • The Maths Book

    Matt Parker

    Product Code: MTHS
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    Make sure the numbers add up...

    This huge and stylish DK book will help you discover 85 of the most important mathematical ideas, theorems and proof of all time - and learn all about the minds that came up with them.

    From fractions to shapes and patterns to numbers, all the information is presented in authoritative and concise text that complements the bold graphic illustrations. This book reveals how maths is used in everything from world economies and modern technology to computers and AI.
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  • Modern Embroidery

    Laura Strutt

    Product Code: MODE
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    Enjoy a new twist on embroidery...

    All embroidery takes is some thread, some stitches, some time and suddenly a plain piece of material can be transformed into a picture, pattern or piece of geometric art.

    This book celebrates how embroidery is now moving towards contemporary motifs including cacti and crystals and being used for decorative stitches and mandala patterns. This book has 35 projects to complete - from the simplest of stitches to sophisticated techniques.
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  • Liam's Second Helpings

    Liam Charles

    Product Code: LWWF
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    Share something sweet with Liam.

    Great British Bake Off favourite Liam Charles' second cookbook has ideas for everything from quiet nights in to family get-togethers and hosting a gathering of friends.

    All of the dishes are delicious, quick and easy to bake - and the photographs cannot fail to make your mouth water.
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  • London's Underground

    Oliver Green

    Product Code: LNDU
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    Mind the Gap! And just imagine London without the Tube...

    The Underground helps millions of people find their way across the city every year and stops off at destinations ranging from leafy suburbs to bustling streets in the heart of the city.

    Complete with photography by the award-winning Benjamin Graham, this book (published in association with Transport for London) by Tube expert Oliver Green traces the history of the Underground - covering all its troubles, triumphs and the important role it plays in shaping London's economy, geography, tourism and identity.
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  • The Almanac 2020

    Lia Leendertz

    Product Code: LMNC
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    If you want to connect with the seasons through gardening, foraging and even picking flowers, The Almanac 2020 is the book for you. It's a practical, historical and contemplative guide to nature's offering every month of the year.

    Inspired by the rural almanac, this book is written by award-winning gardener and food-writer Lia Leendertz and is packed with advice on the tools and inspiration you'll need.

    Lia also shares her favourite recipes using seasonal ingredients as well as covering all the key phenomena of the universe including festivities, lunar eclipses and sunrise and sunset times.
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  • Literary Landscapes

    John Sutherland

    Product Code: LITL
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    Find out why a destination makes a story and step into the greatest worlds from literary history.

    Literary Landscapes finds John Sutherland bringing together an eclectic collage of over 50 familiar literary worlds and pairing them with original maps, illustrations, photography and archive material. John argues that the scenery, landscape and era plays a vital part in so many tales...

    The essays in this book follow Leopold Bloom's footsteps around Dublin and explore the war-torn Paris featured in Les Miserables. They also invite you to listen to the churning paddles of Mississippi steamboats in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.
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  • The Keto Cure

    Jurgen Vormann

    Product Code: KETO
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    The Keto Cure can help you lose weight with ease...

    Dr Jurgen Vormann presents a 28-day eating plan that will help you train your body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy. He also shares 85 easy, tasty recipes from Nico Stanitzok for you to try while working through the plan.

    The science behind the ketogenic diet is explained and there are even shopping lists to help you on your way.
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  • Genius Inventions

    Jack Challoner

    Product Code: ITCW
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    From Alexander Graham Bell's telephone to the Wright Brothers' flying machine, this incredible book focuses on the Inventions That Changed the World.

    With stunning illustrations, it looks at the events, people, inspirations and history behind a number of technological and scientific developments and explains their impact on the world and modern civilisation.

    It also features timelines that explain the development of each creation and pays homage to some of the other great developments that came before and after.
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  • Go With The Flow

    Jason Ward

    Product Code: GWTF
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    A book with all the answers...

    Flow charts can help you make quick decisions that will affect every aspect of your life - from work and relationships to ideas for what you should do with your free time. This tongue-in-cheek book answers 60 essential questions including 'Which ill-advised animal should you have as a pet?', 'Who is your greatest nemesis?' and 'How will you die?

    Each flow chart is illustrated with amusing images in strikingly different styles.
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  • From the Oven to the Table

    Diana Henry

    Product Code: FOTT
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    Embrace the power of your oven.

    The latest cookbook from A Bird in the Hand and How to Eat a Peach author Diana Henry is ideal for anyone who likes to keep their cooking simple and for those who are short on time.

    The majority of the easy-going yet vibrant recipes in this collection can be cooked in one dish and are suitable for everything from simple suppers to huge feasts for the weekend. They have a focus on grains, pulses and vegetables as well as meat and fish.

    Among our recommendations are chicken thighs with miso, sweet potatoes and spring onions and roast Indian-spiced vegetables with lime-coriander butter.
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  • Broth to Bowl

    Drew Smith

    Product Code: FBTB
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    Make the most of your leftovers with beautiful broths!

    From the basic ingredients to instructions for making simple broths and stunning soups, this book will help you transform your cooking and your health.

    It explains how to build different variations of soups from six basic broths and then how to use your leftovers in incredibly tasty and nutritious ways.
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  • 365 Days of Creativity

    Lorna Scobie

    Product Code: DOFC
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    Embrace your inner creativity - 365 days a year!

    This thoughtful and inspiring book will help you unlock your potential and spark a love of all things creative. Written by Lorna Scobie, it encourages you to experiment, explore and let go of artistic inhibitions and find inspiration wherever you go.

    It has a number of daily exercises and imaginative goals for you to set every single day over the next year or so.
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  • Armchair General

    Stuart Thresher

    Product Code: ARMC
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    Enjoy a journey through history without leaving your home...

    Armchair General provides concise accounts of major British battles that changed the course of history on all five continents for every day of the year - from Viking invasions and Agincourt to Waterloo, Passchendaele and the War on Terror...

    The book is presented in calendar days with all the great battles included and many lesser known, always British but often in conjunction with the Commonwealth and our other allies.

    It looks over the politics, economics, geography and strategies behind each conflict.
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