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Looking for Father's Day gifts? Book People has a great selection of books filled with facts for any dad who is obsessed with general knowledge, or for those who think of themselves as pub quiz champions!

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Looking for Father's Day gifts? Book People has a great selection of books filled with facts for any dad who is obsessed with general knowledge, or for those who think of themselves as pub quiz champions!

  • Never Eat Shredded Wheat

    James M. Russell

    Product Code: WSEN
    Hardback
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    This handy and humorous book is a cornucopia of mnemonics, full of familiar examples from our childhood as well as more recent ones and some alternatives to the traditional versions.

    As our memories are mysterious, we need to associate things to relatable bits of information in order to remember them correctly. Consequently, mnemonics are a great way to locate information within your memory by creating shortcuts. For example, 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat' is an amusing and visual reference to provide our brains with an instant cue.

    Ranging from history and science to language and art, this book has lots of useful information to keep you entertained. In addition, there are sections on working out your own methods for mnemonics and memory aids.
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  • The Secret Life of the Human Body

    John Clancy

    Product Code: SLHB
    Paperback
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    Learn all about the inner workings of the human body and how the seven octillion atoms that are grouped into organs, tissues, nerves, fibres and fluids work together in this stunning, accessible and eye-opening book.

    This crossover book also looks at hormones, enzymes and the immune system and reveals how we have 15 'other senses' in addition to the five we all know. It will also tell you why our eyes are capable of seeing the Andromeda galaxy 2.5 million years away!

    Complete with attractive visual artwork, this informative reference book also looks at cells, body structure, the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system.
    • £4.99
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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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    The LEGO Visual History

    Product Code: TLVH
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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.
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  • Eaton's Modern Ready Reckoner

    Thomas Eaton

    Product Code: EMRR
    Hardback
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    Described as 'outrageously addictive' by none other than Stephen Fry, Eaton's Modern Ready Reckoner is a contemporary miscellany of facts, figures, tables and curiosities. It's an eclectic anthology of modern general knowledge, sometimes trivial but always informative.

    Perfect for anyone who loves trivia, it covers concepts ranging from digital algorithms to weights, measures, monarchs, presidents and rap stars in a concise and accessible way.

    A modern take on the classic reference book, this dip-in book also offers fascinating insights into everything from Bitcoin and stem cell therapy to emojis and Netflix.

    Please note this book's text is presented in a small font.
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  • Pavlov's Dog

    Adam Hart-Davies

    Product Code: PAVL
    Paperback
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    Can you condition a dog to behave in a certain way?
    Do our thoughts really control our actions?

    This eye-opening book looks at how experimental psychology has had such an impact on the way we understand human thoughts and behaviour.

    It offers clear and concise explanations of Pavlov's salivating dogs, Milgram's obedience studies and Zimbardo's classic Stanford prison experiment. It talks about each case's context procedure and results and how they made a major impact on the way we think about the world.
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    The Art of Playing Cards

    Product Code: TAPCA
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    Learn all about card games, magic tricks and expert skills with this clearly illustrated book.

    While delving into the history of cards, this book reveals the rules for 52 card games and explains how to perform 52 magic tricks that will amuse and entertain. It also offers advice on 52 card skills and feats that will help readers shuffle, flip, cut and palm their way to total card mastery.

    Presented in an eye-catching style, this book will appeal to card players of all ages and abilities.
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    Pick Up & Play: How to Play Guitar

    Jake Jackson

    Product Code: GHTP
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    Do you want to be the next Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix or Slash? This book will help set you on your way...

    It contains expert advice on chords, scales, notes and techniques and is suitable for both new and intermediate acoustic and electric guitar players.

    The spiral format of the book means it's easily transportable and can fit into gig bags and flight bags.
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  • Top 10 of Everything 2019

    Paul Terry

    Product Code: TTET
    Hardback 9 years +
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    Dip in and out of this brilliant book and learn some truly mind-boggling facts, stats and trivia - from the world's longest bridges to the longest-running live-action comic book TV shows and countries with the most airports.

    The Top 10 of Everything 2019 is fully updated and bursting full with lists that will tell you everything from what the tallest roller coaster in the world is to the size of the biggest shark known to man!

    This book is beautifully presented with photographs, charts and graphs and all of the lists are separated into different and exciting genres including the animal kingdom, sport and forces of nature.
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  • Missions to the Moon

    Rod Pyle

    Product Code: MTTM
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    In 2019, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This book is packed with personal insights and accounts that reveal how this momentous moment in history came about.

    With a foreword by former NASA flight director Gene Kranz, this book covers the space race in detail, focusing on Yuri Gagarin's first space flight and the successes and failures of the Apollo mission before then moving on to the history of space travel since.

    As well as observations from those who helped get man on the moon, it contains photographs and memorabilia such as Apollo 11 Mission Reports and Flight Director's Logs and groundbreaking AR technology means you can feel fully immersed in the story of mankind's ongoing journey into the final frontier.
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  • All That Glisters

    Caroline Taggart

    Product Code: ATGQ
    Hardback
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    Packed with some of the pithiest, wisest and most fascinating quotations we should all know, this book details where they come from and why they may be useful for making a point or spicing up a conversation.

    Written by Caroline Taggart, the author of My Grammar and I, this book takes on the wit and wisdom of the last 2000 years by exploring a range of famous quotations from the past.

    In addition, Caroline explains how misquotes can provide an entertaining yet informed approach as to why things are the way they are in today's language.
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  • 64 Geeks

    Chas Newkey-Burden (Author)

    Product Code: SFGK
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    Read all about the people who pushed the boundaries of technology to change the world in this celebration of 64 geeks.

    From the genius of Galileo to Ada Lovelace's computer programming, each informative profile is accompanied by illustrations inspired by 8-bit computer games. As well as the likes of Aristotle, Steve Jobs and Katherine Johnson, this book also focuses on history's hidden heroes who have had a lasting impact on the advance of technology and big names like Arsene Wenger and Rivers Cuomo who have left their legacy on sport and music.

    There are also a number of jaw-dropping facts to pore over... Did you know that we might not have Wi-Fi if it wasn't for the ingenuity of an actress once described as 'the most beautiful woman in the world'? Or that we may have had mobile messaging as early as 1901 if it were not for the fickleness of a banker..?
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    What Would Freud Do?

    Sarah Tomley

    Product Code: WFRD
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    Sarah Tomley's What Would Freud Do? provides enlightening commentary on the world's greatest psychologists' answers to some of life's most important questions.

    Tomley reveals what Wilfred Bion would say about your horrible boss's behaviour, how Carl Jung would feel about your midlife crisis and even how Eric Berne would respond to the immortal question 'Does my bum look big in this?'

    From the deep and meaningful to the shallow and meaningless, this book will help you answer everything from 'What am I like?' to 'Why can't I find Mr. or Mrs Right?'
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  • DeCipher

    Mark Frary

    Product Code: CIPH
    Hardback
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    Mark Frary reveals the secret history of codes in this timely and captivating reference book.

    From ancient transposition ciphers to steganography and computerised methods designed by codebreakers including Alan Turing, this book provides a detailed overview of 45 of the world's most important codes and ciphers.

    This endlessly interesting book will appeal to anyone who loves science, puzzles, numbers and linguistics. It describes each discovery and development's role within general history, political intrigue and warfare.
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  • Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

    Susie Dent

    Product Code: BRWR
    Hardback
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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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  • The Tool Book

    Phil Davy

    Product Code: TLBK
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    This big book from DK will help you always choose the right tool for the job. It comes with a foreword from Ron Swanson himself - woodworker and tool fan Nick Offerman.

    The information in this book will help you understand, look after and use tools effectively. It contains over 800 photographs and illustrations of tools and pays homage to centuries of craftsmanship and know-how. Looking at tools from every angle, it will help you understand the structure and manufacturing of so many different pieces of hardware.

    From hammers and spades to chisels, this has step-by-step photography that will help you use tools like a pro.
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  • This Book Will Send You to Sleep

    Hugh Barker

    Product Code: TBWS
    Hardback
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    This book has no claims to be fun or more interesting... In fact, it's so boring it will send you to sleep. There's absolutely nothing that will stimulate the senses.

    It will afford you much sleep and copious amounts of pointless knowledge: from the intricate details of the Belgian political crisis from 2007-2011 to an overview of railway gauges, there's so much for you to absorb while you drift into the land of nod...
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    The Little Book of Big Ideas

    Daniel Smith

    Product Code: LBBI
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    Daniel Smith's The Little Book of Big Ideas provides accessible overviews of important human ideas including religion, science, philosophy, economics and art.

    From geometry and genetics to anarchism, art and architecture, this is a concise account of the most important principles of Western thought.

    This book explains where these ideologies have sprung from and how they have impacted civilisation in so many different ways.
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  • Why Do Buses Always Come in Threes?

    Product Code: WHYB
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    Why does your toast always land butter-side down? How do you measure the speed of a tennis serve? And just how do you win big on the lottery?

    This book looks at the fascinating maths behind 60 different questions that cover a vast range of topics. It uses practical knowledge of numbers to answer all sorts of questions that will quench your curiosity.

    Other topics covered with application include the weather, the internet, DNA testing and romance. People who love to wow friends with facts and their intelligence will find so much joy in this jaw-dropping book.
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  • The Untranslatables

    Christopher J. Moore

    Product Code: UNTB
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    Language lovers will be fascinated to read through this illustrated miscellany of the world's most intriguing words and phrases e.g. the Yiddish luftmensch, which literally translates as 'one who lives on air'.

    This book provides a quirky selection of linguistic gems from all over the world and they're all accompanied by insightful overviews of relevant cultures and entertaining illustrations
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    The Curious Bartender's Rum Revolution

    Tristan Stephenson

    Product Code: CBRR
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    Master mixologist and Curious Bartender Tristan Stephenson explains why rum is such a super spirit in this inspiring guide. It explains how rum is made and the science of sugar cane, molasses, distillation and ageing.

    As well as the remarkable history of the tipple - from its humble origins to its status as a life-blood of the Royal Navy and its love affair with Cuba - Tristan delves into its darker past, discovering tales of devils, pirates and more.

    This book also covers the world's greatest rum distilleries (along with tasting notes) and a selection of cocktails for you to try at home including a jazzed-up Mai Tai and mojito and perfect planter's punch.
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  • What Would Nietzsche Do?

    Marcus Weeks

    Product Code: WNTD
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    Covering from whether you should treat yourself to that takeaway tonight to the great mysteries of human existence, Marcus Weeks' What Would Nietzche Do? is a guide to life that also provides a fantastic introduction to philosophy.

    Weeks looks at what the likes of Schopenhauer, Heraclitus and Foucault had to say about topics including relationships, identity, art and politics and provides an illuminating commentary on all of their answers.

    This is a brilliant book if you're seeking answers from the experts about modern life's big questions including 'How do you fix a broken heart?', 'How do you find a lost phone?' and 'Is Shakespeare really better than the Simpsons?'.
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    Chasing the Dram

    Rachel L. McCormack

    Product Code: DRAM
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    Rachel McCormack celebrates Scotland's national drink of whisky in food in this eye-opening travelogue.

    A very personal guide, Rachel tells anecdotes while revealing the history of the drink and facts about distillers. The recipes will appeal to everyone from the novice whisky learner to a cooking connoisseur.

    She also interviews key people from all around the country while visiting distilleries and those who make their own whisky.
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    The Little Book of Big History

    Ian Crofton

    Product Code: LBBH
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    Ian Crofton's The Little Book of Big History will take you all the way from the beginning of our planet through to what's in store for our future. It's a concise, accessible and authoritative account of humanity.

    It incorporates everything from the Big Bang to modern day theories and will help you understand the entire story of the cosmos in an accessible way.

    Breaking down the main themes of the universe, this is an informative and essential guide for anyone interested in space and the universe. It includes a timeline that explains how we came to be.
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