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  • TOMK
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    Tom Kerridge's latest cookbook is packed with healthy home-cooked dishes.

    This brand new cookbook will encourage you to cook from scratch and includes home-made (and healthier!) takes on the most popular fast food meals and processed dishes.

    Tom guarantees they will taste better than the originals and many of them take very little time to rustle up. There are also batch cooking ideas for midweek meals and recipes for weekend feasts.
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    We all know that we should be eating at least five portions of fruit and veg a day but recent scientific studies have shown that 10-a-day could help you further prevent the biggest diseases and illnesses.

    We've chosen this book from James Wong as it will help you transform your health without having to give up the foods you enjoy. It's packed with healthier and tastier takes on 80 of your favourite recipes - all with more fruit and veg ingredients that will leave you feeling good. It also has visual representations of the size of each portion you should be enjoying.

    This book is bursting with fuss-free recipes and simple science that will transform your health e.g. a spaghetti bolognese with seven portions of veg; an aubergine parmigiana with five portions; and even green eggs and ham to delight all the Dr. Seuss fans!
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    Who better to offer advice on running your life than the Olympic champion, Dame Kelly Holmes?

    This motivational book is all about achieving emotional and physical well-being and is perfect for anyone who is looking to start exercising in a more mindful way. Kelly looks back over key moments in her personal life and career and explains how these have affected her mental health in so many different ways.

    Kelly also reveals how you you can keep your body strong with monthly movement plans; reach a happier state of mind with simple mindfulness exercises; and provides a selection of nourishing and healthy recipes.
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    52 Great British Weekends celebrates the diverse range of events, attractions and activities that are on offer throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

    From walks in the woods to ice skating and skiing, there's something for every season. This book also showcases historic sites, man-made attractions and natural beauty spots.

    This book also contains a calendar of Britain's seasonal highlights and offers recommendations of places to stay and eat.
  • Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families - Hardback - 9781785943010 - Stephen Moss
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    Tying in with the latest 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.
  • Haynes Supermarine Spitfire Owners' Workshop Manual - Hardback - 9781844254620 - Dr. Alfred Price
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    This Haynes Manual will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Royal Air Force's Supermarine Spitfire.

    The informative book reveals what it takes to own, restore and operate a Spitfire, while also giving a fascinating glimpse into the engineering and construction work behind such an incredible aircraft.

    Celebrate the centenary of the RAF with this detailed book. Its information is based around the Spitfire MK IX at RAF Coningsby.
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    Thinking of going vegan in 2019? Or just cutting down on meat and enjoying a flexitarian diet?

    This cookbook is packed with over 100 vegan dishes that will keep the whole family happy - and you won't have to make a different meal for everyone.

    The delicious dishes make use of meat- and dairy-free alternatives including grains and pulses and can be used for everything from packed lunches to the main meal of the day. Each recipe also has a 'Good Stuff' box that lets you know its nutritional value.
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    Create beautiful avian artworks and enjoy the relaxing practice of watercolour painting with this incredible book.

    Featuring the European goldfinch, a hummingbird and a wren, this book is full of beautiful birds for aspiring artists to paint in watercolour.

    Emma Faul's stunning artworks have been reproduced as outlines on high-quality watercolour paper and this book also contains advice on getting started and mastering a wide range of techniques.

    To get started, simply choose an outline on watercolour paper and pull it out of the book, then follow the artist's step-by-step advice for creating beautiful watercolours and use the gallery of finished artworks as a guide.

    The professional paper will also work beautifully with other media, such as acrylic paint, artists' pencils and art brush or marker pens.
  • Home Decoration in Crochet - Paperback - 9786059192194 - Tanya Eberhardt
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    These bright and bold crochet projects are suitable for beginner and advanced crocheters. From drawstring pouches and glass jar covers and lacy blankets to lemon slice rugs, there are so many colourful designs to brighten your home.

    The different levels of difficulty means all skill levels can learn new techniques. They use smooth cotton yarn and include full pattern instructions and charts.

    With inspiring photography, this book will encourage creativity and personalisation within the home. It also includes step-by-step instruction for pouches, poufs and cushions!
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    Britain's Best Home Cook and Eat Well for Less presenter Chris Bavin shares over 100 of his favourite simple family recipes in his first ever solo cookbook, Good Food Sorted.

    Chris explains how to make the most of your freezer (just wait until you try frozen flavoured butter or herb-and-oil ice cubes) and gives tips on savvy shopping as well as revealing all the storecupboard staples you need. He also explains the benefits of batch cooking.

    Chris recommends flavour swaps that breathe new life into old favourites and simple but imaginative ideas that can transform weeknight dinners into weekend winners!

    This cookbook is ideal for anyone who wants to eat good food but is hard-pressed for time. Among the tantalising recipes are slightly spicy chicken enchiladas, smoked salmon and horseradish fish cakes with garlic and lemon mayo and warm run pineapple with lime mascarpone.
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    Kimi Raikkonen is one of the stars of Formula One but is also famously private. This revealing biography finds the Fin opening up about his life, career and way of thinking.

    A very enigmatic individual, Kari Hotakainen's book reveals what life is like in the fast lane and features a number of previously unpublished photographs from Kimi's own collection.

    Kimi reveals how he plans race strategies and what it's like racing on the world famous Grand Prix courses. This book captures the raw excitement of Formula One and has the same kind of cult appeal as I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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    Despite the popularity of satnavs and Google Maps, there is still nothing better than a physical map to help you get where you need to go while navigating Britain's roads and motorways.

    This spiral-bound atlas, brought to you by the experts at the AA, features clear mapping and 102 city, town and port plans. Each page has been titled with its geographical location so that you can find the page you need with ease and there is also a comprehensive 31,500 entry index with airports, tourist sites and motorways services listed.

    Static speed camera locations are also indicated, along with their speed limits, while National Trust, English and World Heritage and tourist attractions are also all featured. The AA even highlight their top 300 AA-inspected caravan and camping sites!
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    Whether breaking land speed records, working 70-hour weeks mending trucks for a haulage firm or buying his local pub, Guy Martin is always busy. We Need to Weaken the Mixture is a book that finds him inviting you to keep up to speed with his always-on life.

    In this book, he talks about his exciting TV challenges ranging from building a Typhoon to restoring a 1983 Williams F1 car and also his 'proper' jobs including taytie farming and truck fitting.

    He also recalls the most terrifying experience of his life - singing out of tune in front of the Kirmington crowd on New Year's Eve!
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    Learn how to cook delicious and unpretentious food in a tin with this handy cookbook.

    It proves that tins can be used for so much more than baking and Sunday roasts. Use a chocolate brownie tin to make sweetly spiced roast chicken with chorizo or a simple loaf tin to make berry ripple ice cream. Other treats include a square tin chicken, bacon and spinach lasagne and sushi cupcakes made in a muffin tin.

    By cooking using tins, you can make more space in your home and save on the washing up. The delicious treats also include risottos, gratin and almond and blueberry bars.
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    David Attenborough is a national treasure, so what better way to while away the hours then by getting stuck into a whole host of fun and silly activities inspired by the world's favourite naturalist?

    You can enjoy guessing the animal from David's description, designing an Attenborough coat of arms and even partake in a drinking game inspired by his actions.

    As well as games and activities, this book includes fun facts about the man and even features a self-help guide titled 'What would Attenborough do?'
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    A Girl Called Jack author and passionate activist Jack Monroe returns with Cooking on a Bootstrap - a cookbook that shows how anyone can make affordable, authentic and creative recipes.

    From fluffy berry pancakes to Marmite mac and cheese and self-love stew, there are 118 recipes based around bread, breakfasts, pasta, rice, spuds and vegetables. There is also a focus on vegan, sweet and 'contraband' (Jack's term) dishes alongside some handy money-saving tips.
  • Up - Ben Fogle - Hardback - 9780008319182 - Ben Fogle
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    Following the devastating stillborn birth of their son Willem, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and his wife Marina made a promise to embrace every day and be more positive. This led to Ben's dream of conquering Mount Everest.

    In April 2018, Ben set off along with Olympic Gold-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton and mountaineer Kenton Cool to climb to the top while raising funds for the British Red Cross and highlighting the environmental challenges mountains face.

    The trio walked the fine line between life and death 8,000 metres above sea level and Ben quickly realised how enlightening this seven-week journey was going to be.

    This memoir is told with humour and warmth and covers both Ben and Marina's - who was holding the family together at home - experiences during his expedition.
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    Former cricketer, presenter and podcaster Freddie Flintoff answers all the big questions about life in this entertaining read.

    Freddie asks whether aliens actually exist, ponders what happens when we die and reveals the worst thing that can actually happen. He rants, raves, reflects, muses and offers pearls of wisdom on so many different elements of life.

    This is a brain dump that covers everything from family and love to the universe and the joys of wrestling.
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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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    Looking to lose weight in 2018? Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge can help. This cookbook ties in with his latest BBC series and contains 100 recipes that are low in calories but big on flavour.

    Having lost over 11 stone in the last four years, there is no-one more qualified to motivate you to start eating good food as you look to shift the pounds. Better still, Tom's dishes are served in portion sizes that would satisfy even the hungriest person.

    You'll never feel like you're missing out, especially with the likes of warm halloumi salad, sweet potato and black bean burritos and baked doughnuts with sweet five-spice dust on offer!
  • The Golden Thread - Hardback - 9781473659032 - Kassia St Clair
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    From the author of The Secret Lives of Colour, this fascinating book explores the history of civilization and human creativity: from the mummies of Ancient Egypt and the silken dragon robes of Imperial China to the woollen sails of Viking longboats and the Indian calicoes.

    Kassia St Clair studied the history of women's dress and masquerade during the 18th century and uses her knowledge and wit to argue that fabrics have changed and shaped the world we live in today.

    Packed with compelling stories from around the world and spanning thousands of years of human ingenuity, this book is sure to change the way you see the world.
  • Dominion - Peter Ackroyd - Hardback - 9780230706439 - Peter Ackroyd
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    Peter Ackroyd continues his History of England series with Dominion. This impressive hardback tome will delight any armchair historian.

    This book takes us from post-Battle of Waterloo Britain in 1815 though to the last years of the Regency and death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Ackroyd casts his eye over William IV's reign that saw the modernisation of the political system and the abolition of slavery, the accession of Queen Victoria and technological progress including the invention of steam railways and the first telegram.

    This richly detailed book also looks at industrialisation and the sheer amount of great literature that was written during this era (Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth and, of course, Dickens). It celebrates a time when Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.
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    No one knows good food better than Mary Berry and in her latest cookbook she reveals 120 brand new recipes that are sure to delight all your family, friends and guests.

    She offers advice that will help you feel more confident in the kitchen and even her most complex recipes will be manageable for even the most novice cook.

    She'll show you how to master the art of traditional French onion soup, roast the perfect loin of pork with apple sauce and (of course!) make incredibly tasty teatime treats including treacle tart and lemon meringue pie.
  • Eat Better, Live Longer - Hardback - 9780241313626 - Dr Sarah Brewer
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    This book focuses on the superfoods that can help you live longer.

    It reveals the secrets of long life from centenarians around the world and reveals 10 simple adaptations you can make to your diet in an attempt to follow in their footsteps.

    It's packed with 110 nutrient-packed recipes and reveals a four-week eating plan to help you improve your health. It also contains advice on making smarter choices about the foods that are good for you.