Christmas Gifts for Him
The 36th edition of The Good Pub Guide is better than ever before. It provides a comprehensive, county-by-county rundown of the best pubs in the country.
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From traditional pubs in the country to town centre inns and riverside retreats, this is an essential reference for anyone who loves to sample the local ales and delights of our country. It also highlights the best gastro pubs and those that specialise in malt whisky and craft beer.
Author Fiona Stapley recommends the best pubs for beer, food and accommodation in each county and unveils the prestigious winners of both the Pub of the Year and Landlord of the Year awards
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Match! is the UK's favourite football magazines and its annual is always one of Book People's bestsellers. Available at a back-of-the-net price, it's a goal-den read for footy fans of all ages!
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This year, Match! fans can build their ultimate players (would you rather have Ronaldo's skill or Lukaku's power?) and learn all about the wonderkids who are set to light up 2018 - which, let's not forget, is a World Cup year.
There are also features on stars' cars, Premier League legends, quizzes, cartoons and so much more. Among the players featured are Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero!
If you know a gentleman who takes great pride in their appearance and wants to scrub up in even better shape, they'll love the hints and tips included in this quintessential guide.
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Showing chaps how they can look their best every day of the year, this book draws from Captain Fawcett's far-flung travels, culturally rich experiences and extensive historical research and even has advice from barbers, style aficionados and master craftsmen of essential grooming items.
Centuries-old techniques are showcased with step-by-step instructions and there are also illustrations, photographs, witty observations and literary quotations to pore over.
Manchester United's identity as an attacking force can all be tracked back to one man - legendary manager, Sir Matt Busby.
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With an emphasis on young, local players, Busby's football teams played a quick, passing, attacking game that entertained fans in their droves. However, tragedy struck when his 'Busby Babes' team were involved in the 1958 Munich air disaster where 23 people died (including eight players). This definitive biography looks at the effect of this tragedy and how, a decade later, Busby led a new United team to triumph as they won the European Cup.
With interviews with players including Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Nobby Styles, who reveal just what it felt like to play for one of the greatest and most influential football managers of all time, this book reveals the qualities that set Busby apart.
All the way from Ancient Persian couriers to the invention of Concorde and journeys into space, this coffee table book provides an illustrated account of human's greatest journeys.
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With a foreword by Simon Reeve, it's a fantastic book for every armchair historian and reveals how journeys range from manners of impulse to migration and hunts for food. It even focuses on quests for adventure and pilgrimages made out of scientific curiosity.
Covering all of humanity's most famous, significant and thrilling journeys, this book has biographies of conquerers, explores and travellers.
This huge-format book will tell anyone who loves a glass of whisky everything they need to know about this most sophisticated of tipples.
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Full of information about the world of whisky, it is fully up to date, beautifully illustrated and covers the history of the drink, the process by which it is made and the finest distilleries from all over the world.
There are in-depth descriptions of all the Scottish distilleries, while Ireland, Japan, the USA, Canada and the rest of the whisky-producing world are also given equally informative coverage.
Whether you know what kind of whisky like or if you want to try something new, this will be the ideal companion.
Narrated by big-name actors including Dan Stevens, Bill Nighy, Rory Kinnear and Damien Lewis, this audio collection contains the first four books in Ian Fleming's classic James Bond series.
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Featuring Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker and Diamonds are Forever, these CDs (complete with original, unabridged text) follow the spy on his various missions and are sure to keep anyone who loves all things 007 happily entertained.
Casino Royale follows Bond as he aims to neutralise the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table; Moonraker has him trying to stop a millionaire-backed project that could threaten Britain's defence system; Live and Let Die is a tale of terror, treachery and torture; and Diamonds are Forever finds diamonds being smuggled from Africa to America via Britain.
Approximate running time: 26 hours
Featuring a host of limericks about Britain's kings and queens, this book recounts their reigns in rhymes, covering all their lives and times.
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Pocket-sized and bursting with fun illustrations, each entry has a limerick and then gives further details on the events that happened during the ruler's times.
There's even a fact box that shows you how long they reigned, the reason they took the throne and their age at accession.
This impressive book celebrates the work of the world's most famous (but also most secretive) street artist - Banksy.
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Presented in stunning hardback, it looks over the whole of Banksy's street art career all the way from his early work in 2002 to his New York residency in 2013 and beyond. There are full-page photographs of every work to pore over.
A rare artist whose work is both accessible yet complex and with many layers of meaning, author Xavier Tapies gives an insight into the ntriguing background of each piece of Banksy art. There's also a double-spread world map so you can see where each stencil was painted.
Featuring exclusive interviews with legends of the sport including Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Wayne Rainey, this book provides a fascinating look back over the full-throttle history of Moto GP.
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A brilliant hardback, it's great for new and old fans alike and is packed with glorious photographs that capture the speed and excitement of this exhilarating motorsport.
It looks back on the winners, losers, triumphs and crashes that have made the world's premier motorcycle championship so iconic and beloved.
Iceland has more volcanoes than footballers
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Cholesterol is good for you
Camels gave humans the common cold
These three facts are joined by 1,420 more in the latest book inspired by the popular BBC show, QI.
Presented in a gift hardback style, the nuggets of information from the QI Elves are sure to make your jaw drop and are great for sharing with all your friends and inspiring conversations.
One of our favourites is the fact that John Bercow MP, speaker of the Commons, has a cat called Order.
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This is just what every proud geek wants - a Haynes manual that takes you through the step-by-step process of building a machine that could take on all rivals in the hit TV series Robot Wars!
Now presented by Dara O'Briaian and Angela Scanlon, the show is more popular than ever and this manual provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the show, the arena and house and competitors' robots.
It contains instructions for building three project robots - from a simple, 'self-navigating' model to an epic challenger.
Condign - (of punishment or retribution) appropriate to the crime or wrongdoing; fitting and deserved.
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Agitprop- political (originally communist) propaganda, especially in art or literature.
How to Sound Really Clever is a book with definitions for over 600 words that can mystify and outfox even the smartest person, including 'Zelig-like' (one who unconsciously mimics the traits or appearances of those with whom they associate). The sequel to 2010's bestseller How to Sound Clever, it explains a variety of words you ought to know but have never looked up in the description.
Complemented by anecdotes and witty illustrations, each entry has a description and example phrases so you can see it used in the correct context. This book is great for boosting your vocabulary.
Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole is a character we've all laughed at and with over the years and this audio collection includes the first three books in the hugely entertaining and influential series.
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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will introduce you to a hapless teenager who provides an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life through his diary; The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole finds the teen struggling with the prospect of entering adulthood and trying to survive his family's attempts to scar him for life; and The Wilderness Years finds Adrian aged 23 and 3/4, living as a lodger in Pandora's Oxford flat, where he's barely tolerated by his childhood sweetheart.
Narrated by Nicholas Barnes, these are brilliantly funny CDs to listen to again and again.
Approximate running time: 16.5 hours
Part-travel companion, part factually dubious encyclopedia and part scrapbook of a travelling circus, this The Grand Tour book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show.
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Inspired by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May's travels filming the show, it's full of not-entirely serious guides to the countries they visited and also has them offering hints and tips on packing, passing through airports and breaking the language barrier.
As well as the three presenters' unique takes on all the places they have visited, there are plenty of facts about cars for petrolheads to pore over.
This festive collection of short stories features writing from bestselling crime authors including Margery Allingham, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin.
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It's Christmas Eve and while the world sleeps and snow falls gently from the sky, there is murder afoot. Each mystery in this book shows how the festive season is just ripe for death and mayhem.
From a Santa Claus with a grudge to a cat who knows who is responsible for the death of its owner, these are stories to absorb and be surprised by on the cold nights that lead up to Christmas.
The Times has a history of receiving incredible letters and this book presents over 300 items of correspondence from the past century from politicians, literary figures and and celebrities.
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The letter section is a forum for debate, a playground for opinion-formers and a noticeboard for eccentrics. Over the years, the Times' letters section has provided a window on the nation's feelings about the events of the time and also covered more trivial events including how to make the perfect porridge.
Well-informed, well-intentioned, witty, quirky and bizarre, among those you can read letters by are Margaret Thatcher, Benito Mussolini, Graham Greene and John Le Carre.
From the Dambusters bombing raid to the story that inspired the classic film, The Great Escape, this collection is full of fascinating reads for anyone interested in military history.
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With five books to read through, it will provide hours of reading. The Battle for the Code is the story of how the German Enigma codes were broken (as seen in the Benedict Cumberbatch film The Imitation Game); Ill Met by Moonlight is an adventure story about how the Special Forces kidnapped the General of Crete; and The Great Escape is the story of a mass escape from a WWII German PoW camp.
This collection also includes Wings on My Sleeve, test pilot Eric Brown's autobiography; and The Dambusters Raid, a definitive account of the most audacious bombing raid of the Second World War.
This delightful book will take any car enthusiast on a nostalgic road trip back in time to the 1950s and 1970s - a time often regarded as the golden age of motoring.
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Featuring illustrated images and descriptions of cars including the Ford Zephyr, Hillman Imp, Triumph Herald, Ford Capri, Vauxhall Viva and, of course, the Morris Minor 1000, this book celebrates cars that are now not often seen on our roads as well as those that have stood the test of time.
With a foreword by Chris Packham, this awe-inspiring hardback will delight nature lovers with its continent-by-continent journey around the Earth's most beautiful landscapes.
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It will help you draw up your bucket list and combines landscape photography with 3D terrain models and other explanatory artwork that will show you what lies beneath the surface and how certain geographical features are formed.
Among the places you'll be able to learn all about are the Amazon River in South America, the Himalayas in Asia and the Ninety Mile Beach in Australia. There's even a focus on the plants and animals that inhabit these environments, making this an accessible guide to Earth's geological processes and features.
Now established as one of the nation's favourite chefs, Tom Kitchin shares his passion for meat and game in this mouth-watering cookbook.
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The game recipes make use of the likes of venison, partridge, pheasant, grouse, rabbit hare and all things wild and adds them to roast, pasta dishes, terrines, soups and pies, while the meat ones include roasts with all the trimmings and smoked ham hocks with hot pineapple salsa.
Tom also adds some new and contemporary twists on much-loved classic meat dishes.
This book provides a fascinating insight into how inventions are designed and how they evolved from drawings on a page into the items we know and love today.
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Featuring the original drawings submitted to the patent office for the paperclip, the umbrella and even a space suit, this is an intriguing read for anyone who fancies themselves as an inventor.
Other gadgets, gizmos and games feature in the book include the floppy disk, the Barbie doll and the Game Boy!
GORDON'S ALIVE! And he appears on this mug that is decorated with retro-style comic book artwork.
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Dishwasher- and microwave-safe, the porcelain mug comes in a cool display case. It's a great gift for anyone who loves Flash Gordon - either in print or on film.
Box size: 105 x 125mm, Mug size: 95 x 120mm
This beautiful book will delight any James Bond fan. It contains six classic 007 stories in comic-strip format, all restored and presented in the highest quality imaginable.
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Created by Ian Fleming and the star of so many films over the past 50 years or so, the MI5 spy's adventures are full of action and surprises and these illustrated tales offer a refreshing new take on the character.
As well as Bond's encounter with Auric Goldfinger (the man with the Midas touch), this book features Risico, A View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, The Man With the Golden Gun and The Living Daylights alongside a foreword from Tania Mallet, who starred as a 'Bond Girl' in the film adaptation of Goldfinger.