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Put on your dancing shoes - The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 annual is here!
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Jamie Oliver is back with even more mouth-watering recipes in Quick & Easy 5-Ingredient Food - a book that proves cooking does not have to be complicated. In fact, it's his easiest cookbook yet!
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All 130 recipes in the cookbook use just five key ingredients and can be rustled up in next to no time at all (none take over 30 minutes to prepare). They're all also very kind on your weekly budget. There are chapters based around chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, eggs, veg, salads, pasta, ride, noodles and sweet things.
Each recipe includes a visual ingredient guide, a serving size, timings, easy-to-follow instructions and essential nutritional information.
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.
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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.
Tying in with the second series of ITV's hit drama series, Victoria, this book provides an in-depth look at the passionate and complicated relationship the Queen embarked on with Prince Albert.
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Both Victoria and Albert were both strong-willed and although they were brought together by an arranged marriage, this did not dampen the spark between them. They were first cousins but could not have had more different personalities - she was impulsive and emotional while he was cautious and logical. They were a very successful couple and this book looks at the differences between their public persona and their private lives.
Based on the couple's letters and diaries, this book provides a tantalising glimpse into the life of the couple . It's full of rich historical detail and gives insight into this incredible relationship.
There are also character profiles, interviews with actors and an overview of the production, costumes and props of the show.
Pointless judge, Fulham super-fan and all-round clever clogs Richard Osman tackles some of the most divisive issues of modern society in this family-friendly book. Among those debates that you and your loved ones can settle are what IS the greatest chocolate bar of all time, which sitcom is the most loved and, perhaps most importantly of all, what should be considered the best crisps.
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Inspired by his perennially popular Twitter game, this is a great book for the family to gather round and enjoy at any gathering. Other hot topics you can decide on are the best Christmas songs, biscuits and Disney films (it has to be The Lion King, right?).
Accompanying all of the contests are jaw-dropping facts and stats covering topics ranging from Die Hard to Nandos and Jammie Dodgers!
Both a celebration and a tribute, Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family is a dazzling pictorial chronicle of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, her family and the history of the British monarchy.
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Through stunning photographs and unparalleled insight, the book walks readers through the history of the royal family from the first English Kings all the way through to the next generation of royals, including Prince George.
Detailing Her Majesty's daily workload, key events, symbolic visits, Royal Residences and much, much more this regally large hardback from the experts at DK will make a wonderful gift for anyone with a keen interest in the Royal Family.
Tying in with her BBC series At My Table, Nigella Lawson's latest cookbook finds the popular chef celebrating the food she loves to cook for her friends and family. Her tasty recipes include new riffs on classic dishes and more exotic ideas.
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From the warming and comforting to the truly inspiring, the recipes range from pear and passion fruit chutney to chicken fricassee and Indian-spiced chicken to aubergine fatteh.
Of course, being a Nigella book, this is also bursting with sweet treats including emergency brownies, no-churn bourbon salted caramel ice cream and sunken chocolate amaretto cake.
A classic memoir about the bond between man and animal, this edition of T. H. White's The Goshawk includes a foreword from H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald.
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First published in 1951, the book finds White describing the struggles (and enjoyment) he experienced while trying to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird. With no training and only a few out-of-date books on falconry to guide him, he set about trying to bend the will of Gos to his own.
Suffering setback after setback, White found himself becoming more and more attached to his new animal friend and together he believed they could soar.
Following the success of the Invictus Games in Toronto, it's clear that sport can change lives and save lives.
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Created and spearheaded by Prince Harry, for whom this is a very personal cause, the Games are for current and former servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or sick.
This tournament is full of inspiring stories about people who have overcome the odds to compete in this momentous sporting event. Among those taking place are triple amputees, cancer survivors, multiple sclerosis patients and PTSD sufferers.
This book focuses on the people who make the Invictus Games so special and tells their stories. You will be in awe of how they have managed to do so well after such devastating experiences. It's a tribute to the power of the human spirit.
Now a major motion picture starring Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard, directed by Stephen Frears 'A tale of Empire and intrigue brought vividly back to life' - VIKAS SWARUP, author of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly found himself a personal attendant to the Empress of India herself. Within a year, he was established as a powerful figure at court, becoming the queen's teacher, or Munshi. Devastated by the death of John Brown, her Scottish gillie, the queen had at last found his replacement, but her intense and controversial relationship with the Munshi led to a near revolt in the royal household. Victoria & Abdul explores how a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role at the heart of the Empire at a time when independence movements in the sub continent were growing in force. Yet, at its heart, it is a tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen - a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.
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The record-breaking records annual is back and packed with more incredible accomplishments, stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting achievements than ever before. With more than 3,000 new and updated records and 1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and facts and dazzling new features.There is so much to explore inside. Go on a whirlwind tour of the planet's most amazing places, from the largest swamps to the deepest points on Earth. Find out what happens when you give an octopus a Rubik's Cube, and why all you need to defend yourself from a crocodile is a rubber band! You'll also find all your favourite records and categories such as Big Stuff, Collections, Mass Participation and Fun with Food, plus the year's most significant sporting achievements. Our editors have also taken inspiration this year from the world of superheroes - both fictional and real-world - so look out for our feature chapter charting your favourite caped crusaders in comic books, TV shows and movies. We also meet the real-life record-breakers with genuine superpowers, such as the Canadian strongman vicar who can pull a jumbo jet and an actual cyborg who uses technology to augment his senses. You'll also learn all about the science of superheroes, such as who the fastest and strongest superheroes would be if they came to life, and who would win in a royal rumble between Superman, Batman, Hulk and Dr Strange!Also new this year is a celebration of the superlative with infographic poster pages that explore the most exciting absolutes, such as the longest, tallest, fastest and heaviest. Does the longest sofa outstretch the longest train? Is the tallest Easter egg bigger than the tallest snowman? Find out in this amazing new edition. You'll also find these special pages available as free poster downloads at guinnessworldrecords.com!From science to showbiz via stunts and sports, there are real-life heroes all around us in all shapes and sizes, achieving the extraordinary every day. There's only one book where you'll find so many amazing facts all in one place, and that's Guinness World Records 2018!
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So you want to go into space? WHY?! (No, really - it's sort of a terrible idea. We humans are perfectly designed for life on Earth. We can walk around, breathe, drink water, eat vegetables, read books, not get poisoned or crushed to death when we go outside - it's lovely right where we are.) Not convinced? GOOD! People have been dreaming about space travel for centuries - there's something amazing about the idea of leaving our planet behind and setting out to explore the Universe - there's so much we still don't know. UK and Ireland's best-loved comedian Dara O Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space (and beyond!)
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This is The Sunday Times Bestseller. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. "It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!" (Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel).
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The Big Family Cooking Showdown showcased some of the finest meals the families of Britain had to offer and this accompanying cookbook is bursting with over 120 recipes from the BBC show.
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They range from hot-pots to fish and chips, curries and pasta that even top chef (and show judge) Giorgio Locatelli said he would be 'proud to serve in his restaurant'.
Including all the best recipes from the hit series, many of which have been passed down through generations, this cookbook is packed full of mouth-watering photography.
Mary Berry is the nation's favourite baker (and cook!) and this revised and updated edition of her classic cookbook is packed with over 650 recipes that will delight families across the nation. It's a great gift and an essential addition to any kitchen bookshelf.
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Showcasing a combination of traditional dishes, exotic flavours and typically tasty Mary Berry favourites, the dishes are accompanied by beautiful photography and there are ideas for soups, poultry, game, pies, desserts, cakes and vegetarian treats.
From salmon roulade to prawn tacos and dairy-free lasagne, the recipes are suitable for all occasions and can be prepared by cooks of all abilities.
In his latest cookbook, The Body Coach Joe Wicks presents over 100 tasty recipes that will help you balance a healthy diet with cooking for a crowd.
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From easy favourites to sensational crowd-pleasers, every single recipe is big on flavour and packed with hero ingredients. Among Joe's favourites are roast chicken with celeriac mash and bacon greens, BBQ ribs with dirty corn and Tandoori chicken thighs with chapattis.
Entirely dedicated to food (although Joe does make sure he mentions how important exercise is), the nutritious recipes are presented in full-colour photographs and are ideal for sharing.
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SAPIENS Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we're going. War is obsolete. You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing. You are at more risk of obesity than starvation. Death is just a technical problem. Equality is out - but immortality is in. What does our future hold[unk] Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling phenomenon Sapiens envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here[unk] And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers[unk] 'Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before' Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow
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The New Garconne is a non-prescriptive guide for today's modern, independent and stylish woman. It espouses a grown-up style and attitude with a masculine-feminine aesthetic, where culture, history, beauty, intelligence, feminism, quality and taste are celebrated. Women who embody the look include Katharine Hepburn, Andree Putman, Lauren Hutton, Janelle Monae, Phoebe Philo, Ines de la Fressange, Tilda Swinton, Stella Tennant and Jenna Lyons. This visually inspiring book explores the look, history and essence of gentlewoman style. It features profiles of women who typify the style, alongside beautifully photographed and curated imagery and how-to-get-thelook information.
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An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it George R.R. Martin's New York Times bestselling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?* Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series* Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones* Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.
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Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method. The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once - and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard. The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight. Marie Kondo's method is based on a 'once-cleaned, never-messy-again' approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.
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The author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo's KonMari method has already helped transform the lives of millions and in Spark Joy she provides a room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home.
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With line drawings that explain how to properly organise drawers, wardrobes, cupboards and cabinets, as well as Marie's unique folding method, this book shows you how to use her 'does it spark joy?' method to clear clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, wallets and other valuables.
Encouraging you to focus on what you want to keep and not what you want to get rid of, this book will help you surround yourself with things you love - and decide on what you really need.
Please note the format of this book was incorrectly advertised in our catalogue. This is a paperback edition.
THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. "Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable". (New York Times). At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
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