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    Art

    Andrew Graham Dixon

    Product Code: ARTY
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    This beautiful book offers a definitive visual historical timeline of art - all the way from classical Greek art and the Italian Renaissance through to modern-day masterpieces.

    Featuring masterpieces from artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Van Gogh, this reference book reveals key facts about art movements and their origins and influences and examines the matter and methods used by each artist.
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    The Science of Animals

    DK

    Product Code: TSOA
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    Get closer to the wonders of the animal kingdom...

    From tiny insects to stunning sharks, this book provides a fascinating introduction to wild animals and is packed with dramatic photography celebrating their beauty. Each entry is also accompanied by an explanation of how these animals live, thrive and survive in different environments and habitats.

    Published in association with the Natural History Museum and with a foreword from Chris Packham, this DK book has chapters on different body parts (from the feathers of a parrot to the feeding tentacles of a jellyfish) and explores how we've depicted animals in art over different centuries.
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    Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life

    DK

    Product Code: DAPL
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    Discover the story of life on Earth...

    From the Big Bang to the age of the dinosaurs and the earliest humans, this comprehensive DK hardback (published in association with the Smithsonian Institution) explores geological time, fossils, evolution and the way life-forms are classified.

    From how forces shaped Earth and steered the course of history to the story of how life began 4 billion years ago, this encyclopedia is packed with stunning visuals and authoritative text.
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    History of Britain & Ireland

    Product Code: HOBI
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    Know your British and Irish history with this definitive visual guide.

    Covering over 5,000 years, this stunning book traces the key events that have shaped the British Isles - all the way from the Elizabethan age of Shakespeare to the modern day.

    It has clear and concise accounts of famous discoveries, battles and people who changed the world including Charles Dickens, Queen Elizabeth I and Winston Churchill.
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    A Field Guide to Fantastical Beasts

    Olento Salaperainen

    Product Code: FGFB
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    The likes of dragons, vampires, pixies, witches and trolls have been popular for generations and A Field Guide to Fantastical Beasts will help you learn more about them.

    Exploring each beast's legacy and focusing on a film or book that has placed them into popular culture, this is an essential guide for anyone who finds these beings compelling. The text reveals all about each creature's natural habitat, appearance and traits.

    Mermaids, gremlins, fairies and werewolves are also all covered in detail.
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    Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families

    Stephen Moss

    Product Code: DYNS
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    Tying in with the popular 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.
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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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    Bowie by O'Neill

    Terry O'Neill

    Product Code: BOWE
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    David Bowie fans will be Dancing in the Street when they flick through the pages of this selection of Terry O'Neill's photographs capturing the Changes the Thin White Duke went through during the course of his colourful life.

    From the last Ziggy Stardust performance to the recording of the seminal album Young Americans, this keepsake hardback contains candid shots of one of the world's most fascinating and influential musicians in his natural element. It includes gatefold spreads of some of his most famous moments - including the photograph that inspired the Diamond Dogs album cover and an impromptu meeting with Elizabeth Taylor!

    Among the 500 photographs are rare and never-before-seen shots of Bowie playing live shows, shooting films and mingling backstage. Celebrating the Golden Years of one of music's greatest Heroes, this hardback is a must for any music fan.
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    Earth From Space

    Michael Bright

    Product Code: EFSP
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    In the year that marks 50 years since mankind first set foot on the moon, this book contains over 200 spectacular images of our planet from the depths of space.

    The astonishing satellite images and stills from the BBC's Natural History Unit's footage show the Earth's surface, its mega structures, weather patterns and natural wonders in awe-inspiring detail. You will be astounded by the colours, patterns, mass migrations and seismic changes that shape our world.

    From herds of elephants crossing the plains of Africa to turtles travelling on ocean currents, some of these fabulous scenes of nature can only be seen from space! You'll also be able to see the Earth's true colours - from the green plankton super bloom that attracts a marine feeding frenzy to the striped tulip fields of the Netherlands.

    Other breathtaking images include the world's largest beaver dam (so remote it was discovered through satellite imagery) and newly formed islands borne from volcanic eruptions. Accompanying the BBC series, this is a coffee table book to cherish and pore over.
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    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

    Susie Dent

    Product Code: BRWR
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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.
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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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    Home Grown Harvest

    Ryland Peters & Small

    Product Code: HGHR
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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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    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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    1001 Quotations to Inspire You

    Product Code: QTIY
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    'Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book.' Patti Smith, 2010.

    Featuring quotes from the likes of William Shakespeare, Nelson Mandela and Ellen DeGeneres, 1,001 Quotations to Inspire You Before You Die is a book that you'll be fascinated by. It will be a very special gift for anyone you know who loves history and culture.

    Stretching from the ancient world right through to the present day, it's full of big ideas, witty observations and important musings. The quotes cover topics including art and literature, culture, philosophy, politics, psychology and religion.

    Beautifully designed, the quotations are all placed in historical context and there is detailed information regarding from where each one came.
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    A Nation In Bloom

    Matthew Biggs

    Product Code: ANIB
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    Featuring a foreword from Alan Titchmarsh and introduction from Sir Nicholas Bacon, Matthew Biggs' A Nation in Bloom is a beautiful hardback tome that celebrates the people, plants and places of the Royal Horticultural Society.

    This book reveals the story of the RHS and how it works tirelessly to improve the gardener's lot. Biggs explains the RHS's role in the future of horticulture and celebrates its five famous British gardens including Wisley, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Bridgewater with Jason Ingram's sumptuous photographs.

    This book also provides an insight into the Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Shows and reveals how the RHS helps define new gardening trends, encourage children to eat veg through the Campaign for School Gardening and inspire communities through Britain in Bloom.
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  • Ayrton Senna

    Bruce Jones

    Product Code: AYRT
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    Bestselling author and journalist Bruce Jones celebrates the life of one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, Ayrton Senna, in this illustrative retrospective biography.

    From growing up in Brazil and starting his F1 career at Lotus to becoming World Champion three times, Bruce recalls key moments and shares photographs from Ayrton's amazing career.

    Complete with quotes from those who knew him best, this incredible book revisits his career moves and the fatal, tragic crash during the San Marino Grand Prix that led to major changes in the safety of racing cars.

    This is a celebration of one of the greatest drivers in the history of motorsport.
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  • Le Tour de France

    Serge Laget

    Product Code: LTDF
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    One of the world's favourite sporting events, Le Tour de France finds cyclists competing in a huge test of skill, passion and endurance.

    This authoritative hardback looks over the event in great detail and contains over 300 photographs from its history - including some from the 19th century.

    Fully up to date with analysis of the 2017 tour (which found Chris Froome joining an elite club of four-time and three-in-a-row winners) alongside all the memorable moments from yesteryear, this beautiful book contains action shots of the most famous stars of the saddle and archive images of brochures, newspaper clippings, posters and postcards.
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  • Moto GP: A Photographic Celebration

    Philip Wain

    Product Code: MBGP
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    This keepsake hardback provides a photographic celebration of the magnificence of Moto GP racing.

    It tells the story of how leading manufacturers such as Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki have strived to build the perfect machine and focuses on the legends that have made the sport so popular - including Barry Sheene, Eddie Lawson and Valentino Rossi.

    Written by Phil Wain, this book is full of images and accounts that reveal the stories behind historic races, technical innovations and the most memorable moments.
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