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Get the perfect coffee table book to give your guests an interesting read, from wine tasting to nature, superheroes to world records. Hand-picked by our experts, we're sure you'll find a book you'll love.

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Get the perfect coffee table book to give your guests an interesting read, from wine tasting to nature, superheroes to world records. Hand-picked by our experts, we're sure you'll find a book you'll love.

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    Giles: The Collection 2020

    Product Code: GLCT
    Hardback
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    Cartoons packed with dry wit and British eccentricity!

    A favourite with our customers for many years, Giles is an artist voted the best cartoonist of the 20th century on many different occasions.

    From the Express and Sunday Express archives, the 150 cartoons in this keepsake hardback (exclusive to The Book People) are witty, irreverent and still remain relevant today as they offer a light-hearted look at various social issues. Each cartoon is accompanied by a brief overview of the characters and the social issues Giles was providing wry observations on.
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    The Treasures of British History

    Peter Snow

    Product Code: TOBH
    Hardback
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    Peter and Dan Snow, two of Britain's most popular historians, discuss the importance of 50 key documents in this incredibly informative hardback tome.

    Presented in eye-catching style, this book finds Peter and Dan offering an authoritative commentary explaining each document's criteria for selection and an examination of their pertinent details.

    From the Magna Carta to Hitler's letter to Chamberlain agreeing he'd never go to war and the official design for the FA Cup, these documents have been researched from the collections of The National Archives, The British Museum, The British Library and the National Records of Scotland.

    A must for all history enthusiasts!
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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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    The Science of Animals

    DK

    Product Code: TSOA
    Hardback
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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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    History of Britain & Ireland

    Product Code: HOBI
    Hardback
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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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    Bowie by O'Neill

    Terry O'Neill

    Product Code: BOWE
    Hardback
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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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    A Word for Every Day of the Year

    Steven Poole

    Product Code: WEDY
    Hardback
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    Learn a weird and wonderful word for every day of the year.

    This book offers definitions for words you may not have heard. For example, who knew that 'a eucotastrophe' was another term for a sudden happy ending? Or that 'to dringle' meant 'wasting time in a lazy, lingering manner'?

    This book has 366 words (one for every day of the year - including 29 February on Leap Years) and definitions and will help you expand your vocabulary. Each word also includes a brief history alongside its definition.
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    Le Tour de France

    Serge Laget

    Product Code: LTDF
    Hardback
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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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    Armchair General

    Stuart Thresher

    Product Code: ARMC
    Hardback
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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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    The Planets

    Brian Cox

    Product Code: PLNT
    Hardback
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    Professor Brian Cox invites you on a journey through space in Planets, a richly detailed and informative book that pieces together all the latest research to tell the story of our solar system.

    Brian reveals how all eight major planets have been born from violence and how they grew up together to become living, breathing worlds - and how they're set to fade away as they age.

    He also talks about moons, asteroids, comets and a mysterious as-yet-unseen world located beyond the Kuiper belt. With its startling new discoveries inspired by space probe research, this is a super book for stargazers and people with an interest in space and the universe.
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    Artists: Their Lives and Works

    Product Code: ARLW
    Hardback
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    Learn all about the stories behind 80 of the world's favourite artists and their masterpieces with this incredibly lavish gift book. It talks about artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt to Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor and examines their works, influences, developments, friendships, loves and rivalries.

    From Holbein's matchmaking portraits for Henry VIII to Caravaggio's thuggish reactions to a badly cooked artichoke and the romantic affairs of Picasso, this book contains so many lavishly illustrated biographies of incredible artists and looks at the unique techniques, artworks and personalities that made them so legendary.

    An amazing book for art lovers of all ages, this book provides a fascinating overview of so many influential artists in a handy timeline.
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    Earth From Space

    Michael Bright

    Product Code: EFSP
    Hardback
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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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    Moto GP: A Photographic Celebration

    Philip Wain

    Product Code: MBGP
    Hardback
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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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    Art

    Andrew Graham Dixon

    Product Code: ARTY
    Hardback
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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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    Ayrton Senna

    Bruce Jones

    Product Code: AYRT
    Hardback
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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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    London's Underground

    Oliver Green

    Product Code: LNDU
    Hardback
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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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    Farrow & Ball Recipes for Decorating

    Joa Studholme

    Product Code: FRRW
    Hardback
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    The home improvement experts at Farrow & Ball are here to recommend winning colour combinations for every room in your house with this stylish coffee table book. From the simple to the opulent, the advice and photographs will inspire you to find a decorating style that suits your taste and celebrates your passions and interests.

    With 13 case studies ranging from city apartments to country cottages, you're sure to find inspiration in so many ways. Each case study comes with a detailed colour palette recipe and gorgeous photographs that show how the right range of colours can combine to create a harmonious whole.

    Colour is considered on a room-by-room basis, with information on how to combine each one with light and space to make the most of each area. Following these tips will help you live better and even find more mindfulness.
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    Science: The Definitive Visual Guide

    Product Code: SCVG
    Hardback
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    From the experts at DK, this huge hardback book follows the story of scientific progress right from the invention of the wheel to the climate solutions of the 21st century.

    Capturing all the key scientific discoveries, it provides accessible yet detailed evaluations of the concepts, the inventions and the figures who have had such a powerful and important impact on our world.

    Fully illustrated and very accessible, this book makes science accessible and celebrates many of the world's biggest breakthroughs.
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    Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life

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    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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    Literary Landscapes

    John Sutherland

    Product Code: LITL
    Hardback
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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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    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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    Blue Planet II

    James Honeyborne

    Product Code: BLUP
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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.
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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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    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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