5-Star Non-Fiction

  • DYNS
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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.
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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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    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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    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!
  • 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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    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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    MasterChef winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed's Khazana is a cookbook packed with mouth-watering recipes steeped in Persian flavours.

    Inspired by Saliha's travels in India and Pakistan, the tantalising recipes range from smokey chicken and basil kebabs with buttermilk riata to Moghul fish korma with almond rice.

    Khazana translates as treasure trove and the food featured here will delight and inspire you in so many ways.
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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!
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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.
  • Smoky the Brave - Hardback - 9781786483072 - Damien Lewis
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    Smoky was a four-pound Yorkshire terrier with a big heart. One of the heroes of the Second World War, she was found in mysterious circumstances and adopted by Corporal William 'Bill' Wynne, a member of the US Air Force.

    This book, written by acclaimed historian and war reporter Damien Lewis and based on the recollections of 93-year-old Wynne himself, tells the heart-warming and inspirational story of Smoky's life. He looks over all the air and sea rescue missions she embarked on and the awards she won. He also talks about how she used to parachute using a special rig!

    This book looks over Smoky's most heroic exploit - running a cable through a 70-foot pipe that enabled phone lines to reach a nearby occupied airbase in Luton. Smoky's efforts saved so many lives.
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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.
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    For many years, The Great British Bake Off has inspired and encouraged so many budding star bakers to get in the kitchen and make some amazing treats.

    It takes inspiration from GBBO's most ambitious bakes but simplifies their recipes and offers step-by-step instructions that even the biggest baking novice could follow.

    With a focus on sharing, this book has ideas for birthdays, charity fundraisers and celebrations.
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    This evocative book is written by one of television's best-loved archaeologists and presenters, Neil Oliver. Neil beautifully writes a personal account of what makes the British Isles so special and why he believes it is the best place in the world.

    Told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of British history, this book begins with the footprints of humankind's earliest ancestors and continues through to the development of religion, the transition of the industrial revolution and the outbreak of two World Wars.

    Stunningly written, Neil's book features majestic recounts of history, spanning from windswept headlands and battlefields to ancient trees and magnificent cathedrals.
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    This essential book will help you make sure your family life is less stressful and more rewarding by showing you how to:
    Break a pattern of arguments
    Cope with negative feelings
    Resolve conflicts peacefully

    Written by the experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk is packed with advice on the best way of getting children to cooperate - without resorting to arguing or telling them off.

    This book is full of alternative communication techniques that should save so much stress. It goes through them step by step and will help you learn how to break a pattern of arguments, cope with different feelings and express anger without being hurtful.

    It also uses real-life situations to show how you can respect and respond to children's feelings in a satisfying way for everyone involved.
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    This informative book contains 150 maps that demonstrate how - and where - the Second World War was fought around the world.

    Published in association with the Imperial War Museums, it features everything from small-scale maps of country boundaries to large-scale maps of the key battles.

    Alongside the maps are photographs and expert commentary on the conflict that lasted from 1939-1945. There are also trench maps, maps from newspapers and key propaganda.
  • Leading - Hardback - 9781473621176 - Alex Ferguson
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    The most decorated manager in the history of football, it's fair to say that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows a few things about leadership. In Leading, he reveals the secrets to his success - both on and off the field.

    A truly inspiring read, Sir Alex looks back over his 38 years in management and tells all about the key tools he used to cover everything from tactics to teamwork and hiring to firing. Covering some of the most pivotal leadership decisions he made during his long and successful tenure at Old Trafford, he aims to provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to make it at the top, whatever your career.

    Not only a great read for Man Utd supporters, but also for anyone interested in the psychology of management at the highest level, this is a collaboration with successful businessman Sir Michael Moritz that is full of hints, tips and advice for becoming a champion.
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    Peter Ackroyd presents the latest instalment in his History of England with Revolution, a book covering the years between 1688 and 1815.

    From William of Orange's accession following the Revolution to the Regency when England once again found itself at war with France (a war that ended with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo), this looks at life during the late Stuart and Georgian eras.

    During this time, the Bank of England and stock exchange were founded and the Church of England was fully established as the guardian of the spiritual life of the nation. Newspapers also first flourished during this era and the English novel was born. It was also a time when coffee houses, playhouses and shops began to pop up in towns and villages all across the nation.

    The industrial revolution also occurred in this period and this was a time when England transformed from a country of blue skies and farmland to one of soot and steel and coal.
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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?'
  • Artist's Painting Techniques - Hardback - 9780241229453
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    If you've always dreamed of painting or if you just want to hone your creative skills further, Artist's Painting Techniques is a book that will help you explore art with watercolours, oils and acrylics.

    A book that encourages you to discover your own style and grow as an artist, it starts with the basics of painting such as developing your observational skills and learning how to draw and then gradually progresses to working with the different types of paint.

    It will explain everything you need to know about tone, colour, pattern, brushwork and composition and build your confidence. It also has inspiring advice from practising artists and will take you through a range of projects that will hone your skills, step by step.
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    Put your whisk and rolling pin to one side, pick up your pens and pencils, and release your creativity! Here are beautiful illustrations of your favourite cakes and bakes that are just waiting to be brought to life. Sprinkle colour onto gingerbread houses, finesse macaron towers and embellish the decorations however you wish. Whether you choose to traditionally ice your Swedish Princess Cake, trial rainbow piping on your layer cake, or marble your many sponges, anything goes in the only unofficial GBBO colouring book. With over 70 blank signature bakes and technical challenges to colour in, now you can create your own showstoppers without even entering the kitchen!