Christmas: Gift Books

  • RBEL 9 years +
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    Prepare for a whirlwind of weird as we head into 2019...

    The delightfully disgusting facts in the all-new Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2019 annual will amaze, astound and gross out your children (and you!).

    An annual Book People favourite and brilliant Christmas gift (but definitely not one for the squeamish) for children who love facts, Ripley's looks at strange but true occurrences from all around the globe.

    With a lenticular cover and full-colour images throughout, this book has facts that will make your eyes pop out! It will appeal to fans of the Guinness World Records books and anyone who's visited one of Ripley's mind-bending museums around the world.
  • Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families - Hardback - 9781785943010 - Stephen Moss
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    Tying in with the latest nature documentary from the BBC (narrated by David Attenborough, no less), Dynasties is a beautiful and immersive coffee table book that offers a detailed overview of the rise and fall of animal families.

    This keepsake hardback is packed with evocative photographs that help you get closer to the natural world - from penguins huddling together to keep warm to lions hunting as a pride. Stephen Moss' informative text also offers an astonishing account of these creatures' social lives.

    Chapters focus on the marsh lions of the Masai Mara, African hunting dogs, tigers and their newborn cubs, chimpanzee troops and penguin colonies. This book reveals how animals grow up and play together and how this evolves into rivalries and challenges for control.
  • If You'd Just Let Me Finish - Hardback - 9780241366738 - Jeremy Clarkson
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    Jeremy Clarkson returns with a book full of no-nonsense musings on the state of the world today.

    A lot has happened since Jeremy last published a book. For a start, an outspoken television star is now the most powerful man on the planet.. While this has all been going on, Jeremy has been busy trying to figure things out.

    In this witty book, he talks about the disabling effect of being vegan, how Blackpool could be improved by drilling a hole through it and why Tom Cruise can worship lizards if he really wants to...
  • ONTD
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    This dip-in book offers jaw-dropping historical facts for every day of the year. From the shortest ever war to the first time John Lennon met Paul McCartney, it's packed with fascinating nuggets of information.

    Written by acclaimed historian Dan Snow, this book shows how every single day can offer an unexpected insight into our past and how together these stories provide a powerful and compelling human history of our world.

    You can also learn about why Julius Caesar should have been wary of the Ides of March; why a women's march in 1917 set off the Russian Revolution; and why Britain went to bed on 2 September and woke up on the 14th in 1752.
  • Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable - Hardback - 9781473676367 - Susie Dent
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    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is an incredible 1,600-page tome that has been used for reference by authors ranging from Terry Pratchett to J.K. Rowling in its 148-year history. This latest edition is edited by Countdown's Susie Dent and features a brand new Collection of Curious Words.

    The huge hardback contains a catalogue of absurdities that have acquired near-mythical status and covers everything from customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear. The eccentric nuggets range from the Keystone Cops to the KGB!

    This coffee table book really is unlike any other reference book and invites you to take the scenic route to knowledge.
  • Haynes Supermarine Spitfire Owner's Workshop Manual - Hardback - 9781844254620 - Dr. Alfred Price
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    This Haynes Manual will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Royal Air Force's Supermarine Spitfire.

    The informative book reveals what it takes to own, restore and operate a Spitfire, while also giving a fascinating glimpse into the engineering and construction work behind such an incredible aircraft.

    Celebrate the centenary of the RAF with this detailed book. Its information is based around the Spitfire MK IX at RAF Coningsby.
  • HWKH
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    This Haynes Manual lifts the lid on the secrets of the Hawker Hurricane fighter.

    It looks at the construction of the vehicle and offers insights into what it takes to own and fly such a classic fighter. It also reveals how engineers keep it airworthy and gives an overview of its historical background.
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    Former cricketer, presenter and podcaster Freddie Flintoff answers all the big questions about life in this entertaining read.

    Freddie asks whether aliens actually exist, ponders what happens when we die and reveals the worst thing that can actually happen. He rants, raves, reflects, muses and offers pearls of wisdom on so many different elements of life.

    This is a brain dump that covers everything from family and love to the universe and the joys of wrestling.
  • DC Comics: A Visual History Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780241309810
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    Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are instantly recognisable superheroes all over the world and this eight-book collection covers over seven decades of DC Comics on a year-by-year and month-by-month basis.

    Packed with original comic book art by famed illustrators including Jim Lee, Alex Ross and Adam Hughes, these hardback books cover all the way from 1935 to the present day: The Bronze Age, The Silver Age, The Golden Age and The Modern Age. All presented in chronological order, each volume features key character profiles and guides to the iconic cities.

    With the success of the DC films, this is a must-have compendium for DC fans. In fact, when they receive the set they'll have a smile as big as The Joker's... These hardback books come presented in a keepsake slipcase.

    Format: Hardback
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    Described as the 'conscience of liberal Britain', James O'Brien has made a name for himself as the voice of reason on LBC radio as he tackles current affairs, social issues and irate callers in a committed and passionate style.

    This book shows how adept James is in dismantling small minds and conquering prejudice in so many ways. In a witty and invigorating way, James talks about how he argues with people who have been brainwashed in an effort to make them see sense and learn about compassion.

    He looks over some of his most popular conversations and reveals how he asks the person on the other end of the line to think about their fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards to make them think about their actions.
  • The Times Concise Atlas of the World - Hardback - 9780007950782 - Times Atlases
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    A stunning book that comes in a protective slipcase, this fully revised and updated edition of The Times: Concise Atlas of the World provides beautiful and comprehensive reference mapping for countries across the world.

    The atlas covers all the most important geographical issues we face and the populations of the major cities are also included. Historical maps show the political make-up of the world over the past 150 years and there are also plans for 41 of the world's major cities.

    The expanded satellite imagery section contains overview images of each continent, and they're all complemented by further detailed images. A wonderful addition to any household, the reference book helps you explore the world without even having to leave your armchair.
  • Dear Mr Murray - Hardback - 9781473662698 - David McClay
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    John Murray II published books by the likes of Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott and Washington Irving during his time in charge of the John Murray publishing house.

    This book celebrates 250 years of the publisher with a sparkling anthology of letters sent by authors. They reveal the stories behind some of the most influential books in history and also offer a fascinating glimpse into the friendships that existed between authors, publishers, readers, editors, printers and illustrators.

    You'll be able to find out exactly what Charles Darwin thought of negative reviews of On the Origin of Species; read Jane Austen's concerns about printing delays; and see just how Adrian Conan Doyle challenged Harold Nicolson to a duel for insulting his father in the press.
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    The Ultimate Mathematical Challenge is the perfect book for logic lovers, puzzle pundits and crossword connoisseurs!

    The questions, set by some of the finest and most dedicated mathematicians in the UK, range from easy to thought-provoking and mind-bending and some have even tested the country's greatest numerical minds to the limit.

    There are 365 questions to answer and a glossary of obscure mathematical terms is also included.
  • FLWB
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    With its absolutely gorgeous jacket, The Flower Book celebrates all kinds of flowers and will help you (or whoever you gift it to) learn the art of floral design. It also has 30 inspiring arrangement ideas so that you can ensure the next batch of flowers you give are presented in style.

    Season by season, it provides stunning, in-depth profiles of 60 cut flowers which reveal everything you need to know about their colours, shapes, textures and fragrances.

    Celebrating the loveliest flowers for the home, bloom by bloom, this book covers the likes of orchids, sunflowers, lavender, roses and tulips in great detail.
  • The Secret Gardeners - Hardback - 9780711237636 - Victoria Summerley
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    Have a wander through some of Britain's favourite celebrities' (including Prue Leith, Cath Kidston and Julian Clary) gardens in this gorgeous book.

    With plenty of photographs to pore over, this book includes essays from the owners that explain their inspiration and passion for their private sanctuaries.

    With never-before-seen photographs, this book is a must for those who love gardens of all sizes and want inspiration for their own and for those who just like to be nosy and see how the other half lives!
  • TLSS
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    Whether you have a photo shoot, a fancy dress party or just want to recreate some of the defining poses of the past 100 years, this is the beauty bible for you.

    It provides step-by-step instructions for recreating every look from the dark and smouldering eyes of a jazz-age flapper to the electro icons of the 1980s. Focusing on make-up and hair, it's fully illustrated with step-by-step photography and is entirely practical.

    This book is full of inspiring photographs and the instructions have been written by Louise Young, a renowned film, TV and fashion make-up artist and Loulia Sheppard, a film industry hair stylist.
  • THCN
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    Starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, Netflix's The Crown is one of the streaming services most critically acclaimed and popular (not to mention, most expensive!) Originals and this companion hardback follows the journey of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

    Written by royal biographer Robert Lacey, this book looks back at the Queen's reign, explaining how, after the sudden death of her father, she had to learn her duties very quickly. She was already a wife and mother when she had her coronation and there were also wider issues throughout Britain as the country tried to lift itself after the end of the war.

    Elizabeth also had various personal issues to deal with: her mother doubted her marriage; her husband resented the sacrifice of his career and family name; and her sister had an affair that threatened to destroy the close bond between the church and the crown. Despite all this, she always made sure she came out on top. Fully researched, this is an intimate and informative account of Elizabeth II ? both as a private person and as a public figure.
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    This huge hardback is a marvellous gift for master builders of all ages. It provides a visual history of the world's favourite toy - from the very first brick through to the best modern kits.

    A nostalgic run through six decades, it celebrates the fact that even the early bricks are compatible with those that are made today and how LEGO has inspired so much imagination, creativity and innovation around the world.

    It highlights the best-loved and most interesting LEGO builds of all time and there are sure to be sets that you remember from your own childhood.
  • Very British Problems: Volume 3 - Hardback - 9780751570120 - Rob Temple
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    From the horrors of the daily commute to the messages hidden in your email exchanges (who knew dropping the 'kind' from 'kind regards' could be so effective?), this humour book covers some of the traits that define the British nation.

    It looks at the awkward moments, cultural peculiarities and odd fixations all Brits have and celebrates everything from the most bizarre British pub names to the history of tea. It even promises to answer the always contentious issue of whether you should put the milk in first...

    So funny and so relatable, the third volume in the bestselling series that inspired the Channel 4 TV series of the same name is one that every Briton needs to devour.
  • VANL
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    Foster Huntingdon is the 'vandweller' who created the #vanlife hashtag. After sharing many photographs of his adventures while travelling the country living in his van, he found there was a whole community of like-minded individuals who love exploring nature at their own pace.

    This book is packed with crowd-sourced photographs of beaches, forests and rocky mountains (many of which have never been seen before) that Foster has taken on his travels and will inspire you to ditch the conventional way of life and enjoy the freedom and adventure of life on the road.
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    Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.

    From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.

    With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
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    A Treasury of Songs contains the words for 20 of Julia Donaldon's songs inspired by the likes of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo.

    The book comes with a CD of Julia performing the songs herself - many of which will be familiar to children if they have been lucky enough to see Julia perform in person.

    Some of the songs and rhymes even have actions to carry out.
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    Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from Hundred Acre Wood are never far from fun and adventure.

    In this classic story by A.A. Milne, Pooh Bear, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and co get into a tight spot, nearly catch a woozle and discover the wrong sort of honey.

    This book features E.H. Shephard's classic illustrations/
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    The most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible work on history available, this bestselling book takes readers from the origins of mankind right through to the technological advancements of the modern day.

    The book with all the answers, it is very visually enticing and covers everything from the cavemen to the Cold War and Alexander the Great to global warming.

    The ultimate work of historical reference, it also contains short biographies of 100 of the world's key figures from history.