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We have art books, design books and architecture books that will tell you everything you need to know about these fascinating subjects.

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    Rice's Language of Buildings

    Matthew Rice

    Product Code: RLOB
    Hardback
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    Become fluent in the world of volutes, hood moulds, lobed architraves and bucrani with this stunning edition of Rice's Architectural Primer. It will help you talk about buildings with as much knowledge and enthusiasm as you have for your favourite films, TV shows and music.

    This beautiful book covers the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster. From cathedrals to country houses, the entries are complemented by over 400 jaw-dropping watercolour illustrations and hand-drawn annotations.

    This joyous celebration of architecture will help you recognise, understand and date any British building.
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    The Magical History of Mermaids

    Russ Thorne

    Product Code: MHOM
    Hardback
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    Discover a whole new world and head under the sea to learn all about sightings of mermaids throughout history.

    This book highlights sightings of mermaids and looks over their appearances in classic books. It's all illustrated by stunning fantasy work from contemporary artists.
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  • Artists: Their Lives and Works

    Product Code: ARLW
    Hardback
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    Learn all about the stories behind 80 of the world's favourite artists and their masterpieces with this incredibly lavish gift book. It talks about artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt to Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor and examines their works, influences, developments, friendships, loves and rivalries.

    From Holbein's matchmaking portraits for Henry VIII to Caravaggio's thuggish reactions to a badly cooked artichoke and the romantic affairs of Picasso, this book contains so many lavishly illustrated biographies of incredible artists and looks at the unique techniques, artworks and personalities that made them so legendary.

    An amazing book for art lovers of all ages, this book provides a fascinating overview of so many influential artists in a handy timeline.
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    Draw Cats in 15 Minutes

    Product Code: DCTS
    Paperback
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    With their luxurious fur and distinctive markings, you might think that drawing cats is an impossible challenge. Think again! With Draw Cats in 15 Minutes you'll be sketching your favourite feline friend in no time at all.

    Following the formula of the popular Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, the book presents easy-to-follow tutorials that take you from basic drawing techniques every would-be artist needs to know, to capturing the unique qualities that define your cat.

    From understanding a cat's anatomy to how it affects their appearance, rendering their fur in both pencil and charcoal and putting their distinctive character onto page, Draw Cats in 15 Minutes is a book that ensures that anyone who's ever wanted to draw will be able to in no time!
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  • Art

    Andrew Graham Dixon

    Product Code: ARTY
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    This beautiful book offers a definitive visual historical timeline of art - all the way from classical Greek art and the Italian Renaissance through to modern-day masterpieces.

    Featuring masterpieces from artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Van Gogh, this reference book reveals key facts about art movements and their origins and influences and examines the matter and methods used by each artist.
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    Say It With Paper

    Hattie Newman

    Product Code: SIWP
    Paperback
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    This papercraft book will help you create some truly remarkable things using paper - including pop-ups, papercuts and 3D shapes.

    This book explains how paper can be used to communicate ideas and how it can be photographed in a variety of ways. It's also packed with tips on how to make models and scenes with paper and how you can construct all sorts of stunning projects including animal masks, ferris wheels, lanterns and pop-up greetings cards.
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    Letter Crafts

    Clare Youngs

    Product Code: LETC
    Paperback
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    It's as easy as A, B, C to bring a touch of typography into your home decorations.

    In this practical craft book, Clare Youngs offers 35 quirky and cool projects to make from inexpensive and easily sourced materials including recycled fruit crates and old T-shirts.

    All the projects have accessible instructions and there's even a tools and techniques section to help you brush up your crafting skills, whatever letter you choose.
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  • The Art of the Scarf

    Product Code: AOFS
    Hardback
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    Have you ever stopped to think about just how special scarves are? From neckties to turbans and drapes, The Art of the Scarf is a celebration of this oh-so-fashionable accessory.

    Nearly everyone has a scarf tucked away in their wardrobe, but nowhere near as many are completely sure of how to wear them with style. This book shows you how to adapt your scarf in so many different ways. From bold bows to more subtle knots, there is a way to make the most of every scarf.

    With art deco-style black-and-white illustrations to show you how to achieve the right look, this quirky little book explains the best ways to wear scarves with tailored jackets, on nights out or even with a swimming costume.
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    Tiny Britain

    Dixe Wills

    Product Code: TNYB
    Hardback
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    Dixe Wills, a Book People favourite author, looks at Britain's tiniest treasures in this eye-opening book.

    He examines the smallest counties in the land, crosses the shortest river and enjoys a ride on the tiniest ferry. Covering castles, cathedrals, cinemas, pubs, museums, theatres, woods and stately homes, he explains how these gems are united in their lack of size and many of them are only known to locals.

    He explains how although these attractions and sites are all small in stature, they offer big fun.
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  • Puppy versus Kitten

    Andy Riley

    Product Code: PVSK
    Hardback
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    From Emmy award-winning Andy Riley, the creator of cult favourite The Bunny Suicides, comes Puppy versus Kitten - an illustrated and wickedly humorous story about a bright-eyed puppy and a philosophical kitten who live under the same roof.

    The duo know nothing about the world and will have to work together to navigate the ins and outs of life. Kitten uses its intelligence to work out what is going on while the much stupider Puppy just charges around, doing whatever comes naturally...

    Obviously, with their very different outlooks they clash. But then they meet the human... Full of dark humour and jokes as sharp as a cat's claw, this is a laugh-out-loud book for grown-up animal lovers.
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  • Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals

    Angela Nguyen

    Product Code: BZBDU
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    RETURN TO PLANET CUTE!!! Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals teaches you how to draw almost 100 different creatures in an adorable manner. Don't believe seagulls and stingrays can be cute? Think again! You don't need any specialist tools or materials to start drawing cute stuff: all you need is a biro or marker pen, then you're ready to go! In her latest book, artist and illustrator Angela Nguyen starts by teaching you the essential techniques of kawaii through quick and easy exercises on the basic shapes, effects and style. From there, jump straight into drawing the myriad beasts - small and big - you can find inside the book, from household pets to the exotic animals in the seas and skies. The clear and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams are great for visual learners, and make following the instructions for your kawaii critters a breeze. As a brand new addition to this series, interactive pages have been included to encourage you to get drawing straight away, and practice alongside Angela's examples. A perfect book for beginners - add cute-appeal to your furry 'n' feathered companions in no time at all! Other title in the series is the incredibly popular Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Stuff
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  • The Other Side of the Coin

    Angela Kelly

    Product Code: CBUXI
    Hardback
    When Angela Kelly and The Queen are together, laughter echoes through the corridors of Buckingham Palace. Angela has worked with The Queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, initially as Her Majesty's Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty's Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe and In-house Designer. As the first person in history to hold this title, she shares a uniquely close working relationship with The Queen. In The Other Side of the Coin, The Queen has personally given Angela her blessing to share their extraordinary bond with the world. Whether it's preparing for a formal occasion or brightening Her Majesty's day with a playful joke, Angela's priority is to serve and support. Sharing never-before-seen photographs - many from Angela's own private collection - and charming anecdotes of their time spent together, this revealing book provides memorable insights into what it's like to work closely with The Queen, to curate her wardrobe and to discover a true and lasting connection along the way. `The books documents the unique working relationship between Her Majesty The Queen and the woman who has been her Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser for more than two decades: Angela Kelly. It gives a rare insight into the demands of the job of supporting the Monarch, and we gain privileged insight into a successful working relationship, characterised by humour, creativity, hard work, and a mutual commitment to service and duty. Angela is a talented and inspiring woman, who has captured the highlights of her long career with The Queen for us all to share.' - Samantha Cohen, Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen (2011-2018)
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  • How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way

    Stan Lee

    Product Code: ABWFU
    Paperback
    Stan Lee, the founding father of Marvel Comics, and John Buscema, artist of the classic Silver Surfer series, give professional advice and instruction for budding comics artists. Learn how to draw the Marvel way, courtesy of this lavishly illustrated, step-by-step guide to all facets of the process.
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  • Moomin Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BWFHO
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    A true Scandinavian classic, the Moomins, created by Tove Jansson, have been captivating audiences with their adventures - in both book and television form - for decades. Featuring 12 touching illustrations of the muchloved characters of Moominvalley, this art calendar depicts all your favourite characters, from Moominmamma and Moominpappa to Little My and Snorkmaiden. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • How to Draw: Faces

    Susie Hodge

    Product Code: BZBDQ
    Paperback
    This delightful introduction to drawing faces completely demystifies the drawing process. It shows how images can be built up easily, from initial geometric shapes right through to the finished faces. Susie Hodge includes a good selection of head-and-shoulder portraits in this book including couples, children, babies and older people in a variety of poses, and showing a range of expressions. She uses a helpful two-colour method that clearly shows every line and curve of the step-by-step pictures. Even absolute beginners will find themselves creating great drawings when they use this book and there is much to inspire more experienced artists too. An invaluable guide for anyone interested in this subject.
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  • Wreck This Journal

    Keri Smith

    Product Code: AGLIP
    Paperback
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    A new edition of Keri Smith's bestseller, with updated material Think of Wreck. This Journal as the anarchist's Artist's Way - the book for those who've always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it. For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes "Wreck This Journal", an illustrated book featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to muster up their best mistake - and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts - poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience the true creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process. Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the "Washington Post", "The New York Times", "Ford Motor Company", "People", "The Body Shop" and "Hallmark". She is the author of "Wreck This Journal", "How To Be An Explorer of the World" and "Mess". She lives in Canada.
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  • Elmer Family Organiser Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZACU
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    Appointments, anniversaries, parties and birthdays... keep track of it all with this spacious family organiser. With 5 columns there's room for all the family. Featuring bright and colourful illustrations of Elmer from the cherished storybook series by David McKee, each month will have you smiling with delight at these lovable characters. The datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • L.S. Lowry Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZSK
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    Renowned for his paintings of the industrial towns of North West England, Lowry had a distinctive and enchanting style. In association with The Lowry, which houses over 400 of Lowry's works, this exceptional art calendar portrays a selection of 12 works ranging from urban landscapes teeming with his iconic `matchstick men' to haunting unpopulated scenes. Informative text accompanies each work in this art calendar and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • The Pebbles on the Beach

    Clarence Ellis

    Product Code: BRMAK
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    This fascinating guide to pebbles shows you how they are formed, what they actually are and how to identify individual stones in the best pebble-spotting grounds in the UK.

    Both witty and knowledgeable, Clarence Ellis explores pebble-hunting as a hobby and shows you the difference it can make to a trip to the beach, lakeside or riverbank!

    Including a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, this illustrated guide will help you to know your chert from your schist and your onyx from your agate.
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  • Spike Milligan - Mini Wall calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZSN
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    Perhaps best known as the co-creator of and writer for the Goon Show, Spike Milligan has received accolades as a comedian, musician, poet and playwright. This mini wall calendar features a selection of his hilarious cartoons that have been chosen by his Manager, Norma Farnes. The datepad features previous and next month's views.
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  • 365 Days of Drawing

    Lorna Scobie

    Product Code: BSYVJ
    Paperback
    Get lost in your creativity with 365 Days of Drawing, a thoughtful and inspiring art journal designed to help you carve out moments of self-expression. Lorna shows you that drawing does not have to be scary - it can be done with any materials, in any colour, in any style and can be done anywhere. Each activity has been given a loose category: imagination, tutorial, relaxation, colour theory and observational, so that you can practice a broad range of drawing skills. Each 'theme' is designed to expand your creative skills and spark the artist within. With helpful prompts and pages that encourage you to try new materials to draw with, 365 Days of Drawing is guaranteed to stir your imagination and put a little creativity into every single day.
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  • Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic

    British Library

    Product Code: BJESZ
    Paperback 9 years +
    An irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts - packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library. This spellbinding book takes readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more. Discover the truth behind making the Philosopher's Stone, create your very own potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. Learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists. The perfect gift for aspiring witches and wizards and any Harry Potter fan. Celebrating twenty years of Harry Potter magic, and produced in association with the British Library to support their major exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
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  • English Travel Posters Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZAAU
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    Recapture the nostalgia of yesteryear with these vintage travel posters, depicting scenic and enticing holiday destinations. This fantastic art calendar showcases the powerful illustrations of vintage advertising. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • Seashaken Houses

    Tom Nancollas

    Product Code: BZNWA
    Paperback
    'A thrilling celebration of lighthouses' i newspaper An enthralling history of Britain's rock lighthouses, and the people who built and inhabited them Lighthouses are enduring monuments to our relationship with the sea. They encapsulate a romantic vision of solitary homes amongst the waves, but their original purpose was much more noble, conceived as navigational gifts for the safety of all. Still today, we depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships. Nowhere is this truer than in the rock lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland: twenty towers built between 1811 and 1904, so-called because they were constructed on desolate, slippery rock formations in the middle of the sea, rising, mirage-like, straight out of the waves, with lights shining at the their summits. Seashaken Houses is a lyrical exploration of these magnificent, isolated sentinels, the ingenuity of those who conceived them, the people who risked their lives building and rebuilding them, those that inhabited their circular rooms, and the ways in which we value emblems of our history in a changing world.
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Let your arty side take over with one of our books on art, design and architecture.

Interesting art styles

Learn all about the history of art from all around the world. Whatever artists or art styles interest you; we have plenty of art books to grip your attention.

Explore a huge variety of design and architecture forms

Whether you are interested in fashion, interior or web design, or something else entirely, we have loads of design books for you. Plus, if you want to learn all about architecture, we have architecture books on a huge range of styles for you to explore.

Learn new skills

If you’re new to art, design and architecture, we have great guides to help you learn the basics or build on the skills you may already have to become master artists, designers and architects.