Christmas

Christmas: Gift Books

  • WATW
    Dave Broom
    • £12.99
    • RRP £35.00
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    This huge-format book will tell anyone who loves a glass of whisky everything they need to know about this most sophisticated of tipples.

    Full of information about the world of whisky, it is fully up to date, beautifully illustrated and covers the history of the drink, the process by which it is made and the finest distilleries from all over the world.

    There are in-depth descriptions of all the Scottish distilleries, while Ireland, Japan, the USA, Canada and the rest of the whisky-producing world are also given equally informative coverage.

    Whether you know what kind of whisky like or if you want to try something new, this will be the ideal companion.
  • Blue Planet II - Hardback - 9781849909679 - James Honeyborne
    BLUP
    James Honeyborne
    • £11.00
    • RRP £25.00
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    Head beneath the waves and discover all about life under the sea with this hardback Blue Planet II book, a companion to the BBC's sequel to 2001's incredible nature series.

    The ocean is full of mysteries and this book explains how its life has changed dramatically over the past decade, with new species, behaviours and habitats being discovered all the time. This book is full of breathtaking photographs and stills from the show and brings to life the different parts of the ocean.

    From voyages of migration that show how the oceans are connected to the coral reeds and arctic ice communities that thrive and the shorelines that throw up challenges for their residents, this is a beautiful book for any nature lover. It also has a final chapter dedicated to the science and technology that was used in the making of the show.
  • HLMY
    • £9.99
    • RRP £25.00
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    Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved was released on the XBox in 2001, the shoot-em up has gone from strength to strength and is surely one of the most iconic and influential computer games of all time.

    Fully endorsed by 343 Studios and full of eye-catching artwork, this stunning gift book is the comprehensive and authoritative guide to the Halo universe and it covers the entire canon, including games, books, comics, film and television.

    It contains the timeline of the Halo universe and charts humanity's battles against the alien forces of the Covenant, Forerunners and the Flood.
  • Books That Changed History - Hardback - 9780241289334
    BKTC
    • £7.00
    • RRP £20.00
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    It's long been thought that books have the power to change the world and this book examines and celebrates those acclaimed, rare and seminal books that have had a lasting impact on the world as we know it.

    Covering 75 incredible reads, this encyclopedia spans all the way from 3000 BCE to the modern day and its chronological chapters not only provide a history of the written world but also the evolution of human knowledge.

    Among those books covered are Shakespeare's First Folio, the Diary of Anne Frank and Penguin's first paperbacks. It also looks at Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system and Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

    The books, dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties and religious texts are presented with gorgeous photography and in-depth biographies of those who created them.
  • FLWB
    Rachel Siegfried
    • £9.99
    • RRP £25.00
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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.
  • Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations - Hardback - 9780241978986 - Simon Jenkins
    BSRW
    Simon Jenkins
    • £10.00
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    Simon Jenkins, the author of Britain's 1000 Best Churches, turns his attention to railways in this rail-ly good book. He's travelled all over the country to select the best ones and talks about them with insight and authority.

    Simon is the founder of the Railway Heritage Trust and his passion is second to none. He reveals each station's history, geography, design and significance and how they have impacted on social history.

    Railways are a place where people come, go, meet, greet and part. They're also a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture and this beautifully illustrated book celebrates the engineers, architects and companies that have built them.
  • Landscape Photographer of the Year - Hardback - 9780749578459
    BLPY
    • £11.00
    • RRP £35.00
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    Celebrating all those who enter the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, this is a coffee table book full of gorgeous imagery from the decade that the competition has been running.

    Printed on special art paper, the 250 photographs cover everything the British landscape is renowned for. Your jaw will drop at the majesty of the shots of rural countryside, rugged lochs, mountains and stark industrial scenes.

    Celebrating 10 years of the competition, this book will delight those who love the British countryside and those who have an interest in photography.
  • The Times Concise Atlas of the World - Hardback - 9780007950782 - Times Atlases
    TCAW
    Times Atlases
    • £10.00
    • RRP £90.00
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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.
  • TSGA
    Victoria Summerley
    • £14.99
    • RRP £30.00
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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!
  • Unseen London - Hardback - 9780711239074 - Peter Dazeley
    UNSL
    Peter Dazeley
    • £11.00
    • RRP £30.00
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    Acclaimed photographer Peter Dazeley has gained access to the hidden interiors of 50 of London's most iconic buildings and showcases them all in this stunning book.

    Accompanied by Mark Daly's concise, thoughtful and informative text, among the buildings you can look inside are the royal palaces of Hampton Court, the Tower of London and the Supreme Court. Some of the relics and structures are derelict, but many are still working. What's for certain is they're all extraordinary.

    This beautiful book explains how each place was created, how they are used and what each ones reveals about the currents of power that flow through the city. You can find out all about the boiler room of London's infrastructure and peek inside everywhere from the changing rooms of the top sports stadiums to the heart of the establishment.
  • TLSS
    Louise Young
    • £6.99
    • RRP £20.00
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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.
  • TLVH
    • £10.99
    • RRP £25.00
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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.
  • Natural Wonders of the World - Hardback - 9780241276297
    NWNW
    • £11.00
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    With a foreword by Chris Packham, this awe-inspiring hardback will delight nature lovers with its continent-by-continent journey around the Earth's most beautiful landscapes.

    It will help you draw up your bucket list and combines landscape photography with 3D terrain models and other explanatory artwork that will show you what lies beneath the surface and how certain geographical features are formed.

    Among the places you'll be able to learn all about are the Amazon River in South America, the Himalayas in Asia and the Ninety Mile Beach in Australia. There's even a focus on the plants and animals that inhabit these environments, making this an accessible guide to Earth's geological processes and features.
  • DWHN
    Justin Richards
    • £14.99
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    Calling all Whovians! This compendium will take you on a journey through time and space without having to enter the TARDIS.

    A never-before-seen history, this definitive guide is packed with full-colour illustrations, maps, charts and photography from the long-running BBC show. It features the uprisings, wars and battles that the Doctor has seen and explains how the history of the planets Gallifrey, Skaro, Mars and Sontar have affected him.

    Beautifully presented, this book also provides a glimpse into the untold histories of other planets and lifeforms as they have interacted with humanity. Many of these creatures will have had you hiding behind the sofa including the Daleks, Cybermen and the Weeping Angels.
  • Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 - Hardback - 9781785942068 - Alison Maloney
    STCO
    Alison Maloney
    • £4.00
    • RRP £12.99
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    Put on your dancing shoes - The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 annual is here!

    This official companion gives you the lowdown on all of the celebs and dancers competing in this year's competition including Brian Conley, Debbie McGee, Mollie King, Simon Rimmer and Gemma Atkinson.

    It's also full of exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes gossip from the popular show, telling you everything you need to know about the divas, drama and dancers.
  • CK2639
    Eric Grossman
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Get in the spirit for delicious cocktails with this brilliant DK book dedicated entirely to the world's finest hand-crafted spirits.

    Focusing on them in detail, the book covers 250 craft spirits that have all been made by pioneering distillers using small-scale processes and the very best ingredients.

    Whether you prefer a Martini, Pisco Sour or Caipirinha, the book will also show you how to infuse base spirits with artisan flavours and create your very own cocktail!
  • Very British Problems: Volume 3 - Hardback - 9780751570120 - Rob Temple
    VRYB
    Rob Temple
    • £4.00
    • RRP £12.99
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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
    Foster Huntington
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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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.
  • RTBO
    Phaidon Editors
    • £12.99
    • RRP £39.95
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    An iconic and award-winning read, this absolutely huge tome provides a compelling and comprehensive introduction to art. It contains full-colour recreations of some of the most acclaimed artworks of all time and features critics' overviews for each one.

    It introduces 100 artists selected from all periods and from all over the globe and highlights leading performers from both the photography and performance art industries. Among the artworks you can both view and read all about are Michelangelo's Pieta, Pablo Picasso's Weeping Woman and Joan Miro's Women and Bird in the Moonlight. It even lists where you can see the paintings in real life.

    Drawing on the research of artists, curators, critics and academics, this updated edition of The Art Book provides an introduction to art that has influenced culture - all the way from the medieval era through to today's contemporary masterpieces.
  • SR0021
    Chris Sidwells
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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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.
  • TBCB
    • £5.99
    • RRP £20.00
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    The Bicycle Book provides a glorious, visual celebration of the bike. From iron-framed Boneshakers to record-breaking carbon-fibre track bikes, it features photos and details of over 300 classic bicycles.

    As well as the bikes themselves, the book also focuses on the courses that have held the most famous races. It will introduce you to the most important designers and innovators of the cycling world and some of the most defining moments in cycling history.

    Cycling is a global sporting, leisure and transport and this book will delight anyone who is fascinated by life on two wheels.
  • CLSC
    • £5.99
    • RRP £25.00
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    From the Austin 10HP to the Ferrari F40, DK's The Classic Car Book covers more than 250 of the world's best cars.

    A definitive visual history, over 250 iconic cars are illustrated in themed catalogues that show their social, cultural and historical importance. Very lavish, the photographs bring the design and mechanical excellence of each model to life.

    A celebration of life on four wheels, this huge hardback also looks at the inspiring innovators and manufacturers of these classic vehicles, offering you the chance to see some behind-the-scenes photos. A perfect gift for petrolheads and car enthusiasts.
  • MCEB 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £5.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Open up a whole new world of construction with this must-have Minecraft guide! Completely official, this book has a medieval theme that will delight any Minecraft player.

    Packed with guides, schematics and inspirational ideas to construct, defend and customise your very own castle, the builds are illustrated with 'exploded' views so that you can see the blocks you'll need to create them - both inside and out.

    The builds range from walls to turrets and throne rooms and there are hundreds of variations to try out. You can even have fun making your own dungeon.
  • MCCA
    • £14.99
    • RRP £35.00
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    From Spider-Man to Iron Man and his fellow Avengers, Marvel has brought us some of the world's mightiest superheroes - and this super hardback features them all in the best comic book covers you'll ever see...

    Looking back over 75 years of Marvel Comics, it's packed with bold cover illustrations of the famous heroes and their foes as they battle for good against evil. The book also takes a behind-the-scenes look to look at the process involved in creating such iconic artwork.

    Providing a comprehensive insight into the visual history of Marvel Comics, there are also little-known facts about Marvel's history and the talented artists and comic creators throughout including Jack Kirby and Mr. Marvel himself, Stan Lee.