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    Secret Pigeon Service (Hardback)

    Gordon Corera

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    BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera reveals the story of MI14 and the Secret Pigeon Service during the Second World War for the first time in this compelling read.

    Using extensive original research and declassified documents, he reveals the inner workings of 'Columba' - an operation that saw 16,000 plucky homing pigeons dropped in an arc from Bourdeaux to Copenhagen in an effort to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation.

    The messages came flooding back from France, the Netherlands and Belgium - all written on tiny pieces of rice paper that has been tucked into canisters and tied to the legs of the birds - and these authentic missives ranged from the comic to the tragic and occasionally invaluable, giving the British Intelligence advance notice of German troop movements, weapons and more.

    Corera also looks at the people behind this mission, not many of whom were trained agents or experienced in spying. He focuses in particular on the Leopold Vindictive network, a small group of Belgian villagers - led by priest Joseph Raskin - who were always prepared to risk everything. This is a powerful and tragic tale of wartime espionage that looks at a quirky and quarrelsome band of spy masters and their unique operations.
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    A Question of Trust (Hardback)

    Penny Vincenzi

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    Penny Vicenzi's A Question of Trust is an intelligent, moving and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to fans of Santa Montefiore and Harriet Evans.

    Tom Knelston is a charismatic individual who has a passion for politics and reform. His wife shares his ideals and together they seem to be the perfect match. But then Tom meets an old childhood acquaintance. She's everything he stands against but he finds her irresistible...

    As Tom embarks on an affair with this married fashion model - despite them both knowing it will only end with people they care about getting hurt - he receives some shocking news. A child is ill and Tom must make a decision about his principles, his career and decide who he cares about most.
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    Miller's Art Deco (Hardback)

    Judith Miller

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    Art Deco is one of the most iconic and impressive design styles of all time and this book provides a celebration of the glamour of the Jazz Age.

    Classic yet contemporary, Art Deco remains a popular theme today and this stylish book looks at how designers and craftsmen used natural and man-made materials in innovative ways to produce the elegant pieces that defined the 1920s and 1930s.

    Judith Miller, an antiques expert, explores the key makers and pieces from the Art Deco era and explains what you should be looking for as a collector. From furniture to sculptures and prints to rugs, it's illustrated with over 700 stunning photographs.
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    The Golden Thread (Hardback)

    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.
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    How to Land a Plane (Hardback)

    Mark Vanhoenacker

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    Written by Mark Vanhoenacker, a senior first officer for British Airways, How to Land a Plane is a book that tells you how to get in the cockpit and take the controls of any aeroplane.

    Mark invites you to be captain as he talks through the nitty-gritty of an approach and a touchdown. He also explains our understanding of flight from the ground up (or rather, from the sky down) as he reveals all the ins and outs of this incredibly challenging and rewarding achievement of humanity.

    Short, humorous and spiritual, this book makes flying more fun and accessible before. You'll learn the difference between 'controls' and 'instruments' and be able to notice the breathtaking beauty of amazing cloudscapes and stunning sunsets from up above.
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  • WSCO 9 years +

    When the Stars Come Out (Hardback)

    Lucy Rose Cartwright

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    Explore the magic and mysteries of the night-time with this beautiful large-format gift book.

    This picture book is full of finely detailed artwork that evocatively captures the beauty of our universe at night - from moonbows to shooting stars and the polar region to the northern lights. It shows children (and you!) how different habitats - including cities and the ocean - come alive when the sun sets.

    A wondrous book, it also features illustrations of animals making their beds, sleeping, swimming and flying as you dive into the world of dreams and explore the history of human sleep and gaze at the constellations.
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    Snowflake (Paperback)

    Paula Pascual

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    This Christmas craft book contains instructions for 15 festive projects based around the concept of a snowflake including gift wrap, wall art and wreaths.

    This book starts with single snowflakes that can be used to create cut-outs and embellishments for cards and tags and then progresses in difficulty to more delicate and complex artworks and sculptures.

    Each project has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and line illustrations to help you make the stunning pieces. All you need is a craft knife, a cutting mat, a creasing tool, a ruler, scissors and glue.
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    LTGW 3 years +

    Let it Glow: A Winter's Walk (Hardback)

    Owen Gildersleeve

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    Let it glow this Christmas with this wonderfully wintry book - that has real lights shining through small holes in the scenes on every page!

    A child is making his home through a winter wonderland and the die-cuts let the real lights shine through as he comes across everything from carol singers' candles to the stars in the sky and even one that sits atop a Christmas tree.

    A brilliant book for any child excited about Christmas.
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    Guilt in the Cotswolds (Hardback)

    Rebecca Tope

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    Rebecca Tope's latest novel about house-sitter Thea Osborne finds the sleuthing extraordinaire in the village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire. She's happily going about creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, as requested by her son, Richard, after she has been moved into a care home but then disaster strikes - Richard has been found dead in a barn!

    Thea and Richard's fiance, Drew Slocombe, struggle to give any answers to his family's questions. Thea knows the Wilshires have ta chequered past so can't resist snooping around. Was his death suicide? Or could it be something more sinister?

    The clues are not helpful and this starts to put a strain on Drew and Thea's relationship, especially when it becomes clear neither will give up until the truth is revealed.
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    Collins Complete DIY Manual (Hardback)

    Albert Jackson

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    Having sold over 3 million copies, Collins Complete DIY Manual is a comprehensive and authoritative book that will come in handy for DIY novices, enthusiasts and professionals.

    This latest edition provides up-to-date and in-depth information on tasks including decorating, repairs, electricity and plumbing. With illustrations and photographs to help you get each job performed safely and quickly, the book also covers recent changes to regulations and explains how you can work within them.

    There is even new material about how you can use energy-saving DIY methods and save money while making your next home improvements.
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    Lincoln in the Bardo (Paperback)

    George Saunders

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    Tenth of December author George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo won the Man Booker Prize in 2017. It focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the death of his 11-year-old son Willie at the dawn of the Civil War.

    Newspapers reported that Lincoln often returned to the crypt to hold his boy's body and from this historical template, Saunders has cultivated a story about familial love and loss that takes a supernatural twist: Willie Lincoln is trapped in a transitional realm (known in Tibetan tradition as the bardo) while all sorts of beasts try to take his soul...

    With voices ranging from the living to the dead and the historical to fictional, this humorous novel is completely exhilarating and asks how we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear will end?
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    ASID

    A Shot in the Dark (Hardback)

    Lynne Truss

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    A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss is the first book in a quirky and charming new crime series set in 1950s Brighton.

    When Inspector Steine stops for an ice cream, there's a vicious battle taking place in the seaside city and pretty much every criminal is wiped out. With no criminals, crime or stress, Inspector Steine is really starting to enjoy life as a policeman... However, Sergeant Brunswick is adamant not every crook has disappeared.

    A new constable has also joined the force to investigate a series of burglaries. Then a vicious theatre critic is shot dead halfway through the opening night of a new play... Brighton might not be as safe as Steine hoped, after all!
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    Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem (Hardback)

    Dale Shaw

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    Have you ever wondered what kind of questions history's greatest figures would type into search engines if they'd existed during their time?

    This lively and hilarious book looks at the kind of things Charles Dickens would research while writing his latest novel ('things urchins say'), how Henry VIII would look up relationship advice ('breaking bad news to women from Cleeves') and Karl Marx would build up his knowledge ('cheating at Monopoly').

    With some naughty humour and strong language, this is a great gift book for any history buff and will inspire you to ponder what other questions historical figures would ask... You can't fail to laugh out loud.
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    Those Were the Days (Hardback)

    Sir Terry Wogan, OBE

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    For the first time in his successful career, broadcasting legend and national treasure Terry Wogan turned his attention to writing fiction in Those Were the Days.

    Tom is king of the Cattle Market branch and meets so many interesting people on a day-to-day basis - and they all have stories to tell. In this book, Tom looks back at the places he's been, the people he has met and the laughter and tears that accompanied his journey from humble blank clerk to branch manager...

    Containing several short stories full of laughter, love and loss, this heart-warming book will make a perfect gift for any fan of the much-missed Terry, beloved presenter of Eurovision and Children in Need.
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    The Melody Lingers On (Hardback)

    Mary Higgins Clark

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    The world's best-loved thriller writer needs no introduction. Dazzling readers with her phenomenal crime stories for decades, Mary Higgins Clark is back and we're sure crime fiction fans will love her new spine-tingler The Melody Lingers On.

    Lane Harmon is assistant to a renowned interior designer, so meeting the rich and famous is nothing new to her. But when she is called to the Bennett house, she knows that the job will be a little different. Parker Bennett has been missing for two years - since the discovery that billions of dollars had gone missing from a fund he managed - and suspicion remains around his name. Did he commit suicide or was his disappearance staged?

    Parker's wife is convinced that Parker is alive and innocent of the crime. But there are people after him who are determined to learn the truth at any cost. And as intrigue draws Lane into the Bennett family's world of glamour, she puts her life and the lives of her family in danger...

    If you are yet to read any books by Mary Higgins Clark, this hair-raising novel is a great place to start! Perfectly pitched, it's a breathtaking read for fans of Ian Rankin, Martina Cole and Mark Billingham. If you're already a fan of the worldwide bestseller, you know what to expect from a Mary Higgins Clark book: dazzling pace, nail-biting suspense and plots that keep you coming back for more!
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    TFOY

    The Formula One Years (Hardback)

    Bruce Jones

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    Get in pole position with the most complete and in-depth guide to Formula One you will ever read. It covers life in the fast lane from 1950 all the way through to the present day.

    Featuring exclusive contributions from the likes of Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Mark Webber, this book provides an overview of every twist, turn and significant moment from the world's favourite motorsport.

    From the ecstasy of victory to the anguish of defeat, this is a truly evocative collection of memories, photographs, triumphs and tragedies.
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    TBCB

    The Bicycle Book (Hardback)

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    The Bicycle Book provides a glorious, visual celebration of the bike. From iron-framed Boneshakers to record-breaking carbon-fibre track bikes, it features photos and details of over 300 classic bicycles.

    As well as the bikes themselves, the book also focuses on the courses that have held the most famous races. It will introduce you to the most important designers and innovators of the cycling world and some of the most defining moments in cycling history.

    Cycling is a global sporting, leisure and transport and this book will delight anyone who is fascinated by life on two wheels.
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    Herring in the Smoke (Hardback)

    L.C. Tyler,LC Tyler

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    Twenty years ago, Roger Norton Vane went for a walk in the Thai jungle and never returned. Now, after years of wild speculation, he's officially being declared dead. At his memorial service, a man interrupts proceedings claiming to be Roger...

    Roger's partner, Tim MacDonald, who was with him at the time of his disappearance, was due to pick up his inheritance but now 'Roger' has returned and wastes no time in making himself at home in his old flat; evicting Tim and coming up with a plan to prove his right to the money on offer.

    This startling chain of events surprises crime writer Ethelred Tressider. He's been commissioned to write a biography about Roger and finds the person claiming to be him full of vague and scurrilous anecdotes. It soon becomes clear that many people wish Vane had stayed dead and that his tales had been buried with him...

    The seventh book in the Elsie and Ethelred series, L.C.Tyler's Herring in the Smoke is a mystery that will delight fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and M.C. Beaton.
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    The Memory Activity Book (Hardback)

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    The Memory Activity Book is packed with practical projects that can help you, your friends and family combat memory loss. It has been specially written and compiled for people who have dementia and their carers.

    Including physical activities, crafts and puzzles, the brain-stimulating projects have clear and visual instructions and come with examples of how to perform each activity (with suggestions for adapting them for different stages of dementia). Each activity is spread across two pages: one that a person with dementia or memory loss can complete; and another for relatives, friends and carers to help them with.

    This is a stimulating and resourceful book for people with memory loss issues.
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    Miffy: Patch Lion with Rattle (Other)

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    This friendly lion is a roar-some gift for little children. Part of the Miffy family, he will become a much-loved member of your little one's cuddly toy family. In fact, he could be the mane event!

    Dimensions: 180 x 120mm
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    CRSS

    Crisis - Felix Francis (Hardback)

    Felix Francis

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    Trainee lawyer and crisis manager Harrison Foster is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six valuable horses, including the favourite for the Derby.

    Although Harry knows next to nothing about horses, he soon finds himself thrust into the world of Thoroughbred racing and comes across the notoriously nasty Chadwick family.

    While investigating, Harry soon discovers there is far more to the fire than meets the eye. For a start, the remains of a human have been found in the wreckage, even though everyone has been accounted for....

    This Felix Francis thriller, written by Dick Francis, is full of shocks and surprises that will have you on tenterhooks.
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    The World Atlas of Whisky (Hardback)

    Dave Broom

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    This huge-format book will tell anyone who loves a glass of whisky everything they need to know about this most sophisticated of tipples.

    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.
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    The Outsiders (Hardback)

    Gerald Seymour

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    Written by Gerald Seymour, the author of Harry's Game, The Outsiders describes how Winnie Monks has never forgotten - or forgiven - the death of an agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army Major.

    Years later, she hears the Major is travelling to the Costa del Sol and sends in a surveillance unit to spy on him... They find a perfect base to spy from that will also be ideal for Winnie's darker, less official, plans but it turns out the property isn't deserted. The owners have invited young British couple Jonno and Posie to housesit while they are away.

    The new couple are supposed to be on a carefree break in the sun, but everything changes when the Secret Services team arrives...
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    Mary's Household Tips & Tricks (Hardback)

    Mary Berry

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    Mary Berry knows much more than baking... In this book, Britain's best-loved cook shares all her household tips and tricks that will make you feel happier.

    Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated, it covers everything from organising your kitchen to sorting a wardrobe and even getting green-fingered in the garden and making some beautiful flower arrangements.

    All practical and easy to do, this is a must-have compendium for anyone who wants to keep their homes organised and clean.
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