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    365 Days of Creativity

    Lorna Scobie

    Product Code: DOFC
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    Embrace your inner creativity - 365 days a year!

    This thoughtful and inspiring book will help you unlock your potential and spark a love of all things creative. Written by Lorna Scobie, it encourages you to experiment, explore and let go of artistic inhibitions and find inspiration wherever you go.

    It has a number of daily exercises and imaginative goals for you to set every single day over the next year or so.
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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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    New Botanical Painting

    Harriet de Winton

    Product Code: BOTA
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    Create your own beautiful botanical artwork!

    Harriet de Winton offers tips on painting individual flowers and foliage and then explains how you can use these skills to make art for your wall or for cards and invitations. You can also use these newfound skills to paint for pleasure!

    There are 30 step-by-step watercolour projects to complete, treasure and share.
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    Michael Rosen's Book of Play

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: BOFP
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    Put down your devices and play!

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt author Michael Rosen shares ideas for screen-free fun for all ages in this brilliantly creative book. He explains why being silly and getting active is good for creativity, resilience and so much more and encourages you to let your worries drift away as you embrace the sheer joy of playing games and interacting with others.

    From doodling to word play and after-dinner games, Michael shares enticing ideas for indoor and outdoor fun.
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    Crochet with Your Leftovers

    Product Code: CWYL
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    Crochet something lovely with leftover yarn!

    This craft book is bursting with ideas that will help you use up the remainder of any ball of yarn. It contains patterns from Nicki Trench that can be made with one ball or less and can be used for baby hats, bootees, toys, cosies and bunting.

    It also has ideas for the home including cushion covers, egg cosies and mug warmers.
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    The Essential Guide to Drawing Collection - 5 Books

    Product Code: EGTD
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    Five practical and inspirational workbooks to help you hone your drawing skills in areas including perspective and composition, portraits, landscapes, animal and still life.

    These accessible and illustrated books provide step-by-step introductions to their subjects with clear examples of what you should be aiming for - from capturing the likeness of a human being and rendering elements of water, trees and rocks to sketching realistic animals and drawing single objects and themed compositions.

    They are suitable for any level of artist and go through the process of drawing and tackling the subject matter with clarity.
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    Birds: The Watercolour Art Pad

    Emma Faull

    Product Code: WATR
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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.
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    Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

    Bob Mortimer & Paul Whitehouse

    Product Code: MWGF
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    Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse ponder life, friendship and fishing...

    Inspired by the popular BBC series Gone Fishing, this poignant and funny joint memoir finds comedians Bob and Paul reminiscing over their friendship of 30 years while angling for elusive species of fish in rivers across the UK.

    When both men were diagnosed with heart disease, they realised just how short life can be so they dusted off their kits, chucked on their waders and headed to the countryside to reconnect with themselves and one another. While fishing, they started to wonder how they got so old, what they should do if they find a corpse and where all the fish actually are...
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    The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

    John Seymour

    Product Code: CBSS
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    A brand new edition, complete with a foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of John Seymour's classic Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency.

    This practical book offers step-by-step instructions for everything from growing your own fruit and vegetables and baking bread to chopping trees and harnessing solar power. It has advice on living off the land and how investing time, labour and love into the things we need can be so rewarding.

    Fully illustrated, this book will delight anyone who wants to escape the madness of modern life and eat ethically grown food, develop their skills and create amazing things.
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    Sew Perfect Pets

    Helen Rhiannon

    Product Code: SEWP
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    This craft book is full of whimsical animal-themed sewing projects ranging from an owl doorstop to a doggy oven mit.

    Designer Helen Rhiannon offers step-by-step instructions for 18 projects that will add character and colour to any household and also serve useful functions. Key techniques and basic materials are detailed at the start of the book and the projects can be completed by sewers of all abilities.

    Other projects include a snake draught excluder, a sheep hot water bottle cover and a fantastic fox pillow. Templates for all the animals are provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of the book.
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    Mindful Crochet

    Emma Leith

    Product Code: CRCH
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    Crochet can be a very relaxing hobby and you're sure to find mindfulness when you work your way through the 35 patterns in this craft book.

    With specially designed elements of repetition, colour and texture that will help you relax, refocus and unwind, these projects make stunning additions to your home and beautiful gifts.

    They encourage you to be 'in the moment' as you follow the pattern, keep yarn on the hook, count stitches and use different colours.
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    The Double Dangerous Book for Boys

    Conn Iggulden

    Product Code: DANG
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    Spark your imagination, forge your own adventures and unearth long-lost skills.

    Conn Iggulden and his sons Cameron and Arthur follow up The Dangerous Book for Boys with another compendium full of cunning schemes, projects, tricks, games and tales of extraordinary courage for children of all ages.

    From building a flying machine to mastering a Rubik's Cube and learning all about the world's greatest speeches and forgotten explorers, this is a book that will boost your knowledge and hone your skills. , The Double Dangerous Book for Boys is the ultimate companion to be cherished by readers and doers of all ages.
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    Draw Buildings and Cities in 15 Minutes

    Matthew Brehm

    Product Code: DBAC
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    You don't need to spend so much time on incredible drawings of architecture and landscapes... Matthew Brehm's book is full of tips that will help you sketch urban environments in just 15 minutes.

    The exercises in this book will help you develop the core skills for drawing buildings and cities in a shorter timeframe and there is also advice on playing with proximity and point of view. Matthew even shows you how to capture the unique character of buildings and cities and record details including reflections and shadows.

    This book will build your confidence as it proves anyone can draw - and that good drawings aren't always the ones that you've spent a lot of time over... Some of the best pieces are swift and energetic.
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    Paint Play

    Katie Rose Johnston

    Product Code: PPLY
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    Brush, drip, spatter, dab, blow... Anyone can make awesome artwork with Paint Play!

    This colourful book will help you discover how versatile watercolour paint can be with introductions to 21 different techniques. You'll master them all in no time at all!

    You can create watery reflections, transport yourself to a Moroccan souk using speckles, spots and spattering paint dogs using different strokes.
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    Bananagrams Secrets

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: LBAN
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    With a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this little book is packed with insider secrets and winning ways of the Bananagrams bunch!

    With an abundance of curious words and fascinating facts, the book includes tips on proper nouns that you can play, five ways to turn tiles that save seconds, easy-to-make three-letter words, and much more!
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    Artful Etching: Cities

    Product Code: AECI
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    Scratch the pages using the special etching stylus and unveil beautiful illustrations of the world's favourite cities' iconic skylines.

    This book includes how-to techniques and guided tutorials and is so easy and fun for all ages to complete. The hidden artworks are presented in full colour and it's up to you whether you choose to reveal more or fewer details in blocks or fine lines!

    Each board is presented to the reader with a guideline to work from and some details in place, such as the building outlines. Instructions in the book show several ways to get started on each drawing.
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    Knitted Animal Socks and Hats

    Fiona Goble

    Product Code: KASH
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    This book contains 35 animal knitting patterns for hats and socks for all ages.

    The patterns for babies, toddlers and children include teddy bear booties, unicorn socks and a pug hat, while teens and adults will adore the reindeer socks come Christmas.

    All of the patterns are accompanied by simple and straightforward instructions.
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    Moongazing

    Royal Observatory Greenwich

    Product Code: MNGZ
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    This Collins book will help aspiring astronomers learn everything they need to know about our night sky.

    Covering the history of lunar exploration and the origin of the moon, it reveals the essential equipment you'll need to make the most of your moongazing and a profile of the special events you need to look out for.

    It also includes detailed moon maps from Greenwich's Royal Observatory and a handy glossary of key terms.
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    Top Gear Supercars

    Jason Barlow

    Product Code: TGUS
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    Rev up for a celebration of supercars!

    The Top Gear Magazine team has hand-picked their favourite supercars in this perfect book for petrolheads everywhere. From the stylish curves and cutting-edge technology to the incredible power and obscene price-tags, this hardback covers every element of the supercar.

    It's packed with full-colour photographs and jaw-dropping facts that will delight anyone with an interest in fast cars.
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    Tate Create: Things To Make & Do By Artists

    Sally Tallant

    Product Code: TATE
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    Make and create with the artists of Tate!

    Leading artists including Yto Barrada, Olafur Eliasson and Yayi Kasuma present fun activities that can't fail to inspire your creativity - from cutting, cooking, drawing, dyeing, dreaming, snapping and spinning to baking bread, dying clothes pink and expressing your feelings.

    There's an awesome activity for all skill levels of artists to enjoy.
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    Card Games

    Paul Chaser

    Product Code: CRDG
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    Become an expert at card games with this essential guide!

    Cribbage, Knockout Whist, Rummy and Klondike are among the multitude of games and variations included, while scoring systems and tips and tricks to amaze your friends and keep you sharp are also featured.

    You'll find this book an invaluable part of your leisure time.
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    Modern Embroidery

    Laura Strutt

    Product Code: MODE
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    Enjoy a new twist on embroidery...

    All embroidery takes is some thread, some stitches, some time and suddenly a plain piece of material can be transformed into a picture, pattern or piece of geometric art.

    This book celebrates how embroidery is now moving towards contemporary motifs including cacti and crystals and being used for decorative stitches and mandala patterns. This book has 35 projects to complete - from the simplest of stitches to sophisticated techniques.
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    Bound

    Rachel Hazell

    Product Code: BOUN
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    Discover a host of imaginative bookbinding projects in Rachel Hazell's beautiful book.

    Suitable for all levels of crafter and inspired by remote landscapes, typography, shorelines and literary cities, the projects include the slit book, a concertina with pockets and multi-section softback which can then be developed further to make personalised notebooks and keepsakes.

    The projects also make use of various types of techniques including cutting, folding and stitching.
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    Urban Rambles

    Nicholas Rudd-Jones

    Product Code: URBR
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    From Brighton to Bath and Lincoln to London, this illustrated city walking guide will inspire you to get outside and start exploring our urban landscapes on foot.

    With 20 walks to choose from across England (which all include a link to a GPS-enabled map full of photos, facts, illustrations and recommendations), this book looks at the cities' finest green spaces and pedestrian routes. It's a great way of keeping fit and seeing things you might normally miss.

    Whether you want to see cathedrals, trading ports or beaches, there's a walk to suit you. There is also a focus on industrial cities and an overview of a 25-mile circular route through London that takes you through the Olympic Park and past stunning rivers, parks and palaces.
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