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  • Call the Midlife!

    Chris Evans

    Product Code: MDLF
    Hardback
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    Now he's approaching 50, Chris Evans is very much aware he's a prime candidate to be entering a 'midlife crisis'. In this book, he argues that this is completely the wrong term for this time in a man or woman's life and it's really the Golden Age.

    At 50, many people are still capable of physically doing everything they have always wanted to - and sometimes even better than before! Mentally, those approaching their 50s are also more in the know than before, but how do you make the most of this time? Here, Chris talks about taking a year out to plan to make the most of this period and enjoy a successful future.

    Wise and witty, Chris looks at the best ways to rest, the most worthwhile relaxation methods and the sleep and nutrition needed to ensure there's a happy 25 years (at least) ahead.
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  • Work Tends To Ruin Your Day

    Product Code: AG1070
    Hardback
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    Cath Tate is famed for her hilarious greetings cards and this book is full of her observations about how Work Tends to Ruin Your Day.

    She covers everything from bone-idle colleagues, overbearing bosses and fussy jobsworths to intractable technology that proves no matter how futuristic our offices get, nothing much changes.

    There are 50 hand-coloured vintage photos and they're all paired with witty captions. This book is perfect for those who are making their first steps into the working world, people who get stressed by the 9 to 5 life and also anyone who is packing it in and heading the glory of retirement.
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  • What Every Parent Needs to Know

    Toby Young

    Product Code: WEPN
    Hardback
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    Written by How to Lose Friends and Alienate People author Toby Young and Miranda Thomas, What Every Parent Needs to Know: How to Help Your Child Get the Most out of Primary School is a step-by-step guide to what parents can expect when children get to this age.

    Fully up to date so that it fits in with (and explains!) the New Curriculum, the practical guide will show how you can tell what your child is learning, and if they are behaving themselves or not...

    Year by year, it reveals what children will be learning and shows what they'll be taught and why. It also provides information and advice on what children should know at the start of each year, and what they should be able to achieve by the end.

    With its games and exercises, the handy guide has been designed to help you prepare, encourage and nurture children every step of the way as they work their way through each term. You'll give this book an A*!
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  • Shakespeare's Strangest Tales

    Product Code: SHKT
    Hardback
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    Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this compelling and entertaining book takes a look at the weird and wonderful stories from the theatres that have played host to the Bard's work.

    From fluffed lines to falls off stages, you'll get to find out about the terrible behaviour of the groundlings at the Globe, learn why the 'rude mechanicals' in A Midsummer Night's Dream were recast as a group of ladies from the WI and discover how Dame Maggie Smith got even with Sir Laurence Olivier.

    Curious and extraordinary, this collection of tales will entertain any fans of the Bard or the stage.
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  • Pint to Pint

    The Telegraph

    Product Code: PTPT
    Hardback
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    Inspired by the popular column in the Daily Telegraph, this book provides an authentic and personal guide to Britain's best boozers.

    Focusing on 'proper' pubs that focus on the beer and conversation rather than loud music, the easy-to-dip-into book explains why each one will deserve a special place in your heart.

    Whether it's a beer garden for the summer or a roaring fire for the winter, the book celebrates the true character of pubs and explains what distinguishes them from the corporate chains.
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  • Fresh Faced Beauty

    Alex Brennan

    Product Code: FFBY
    Hardback
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    Model Alex Brennan shows you how to make your own bath, body and haircare products and achieve a healthy glow in this essential beauty book.

    When Alex realised that conventional, chemical-laden hair treatments were contributing to her sudden hair loss, she decided to do something about it and started cooking up natural recipes for shampoo and conditioner in her kitchen. She started using these products and her hair soon grew back.

    The book is divided into three main sections: Bath & Body, Hands, and Haircare and all of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket or health-food store. With easy-to-follow tips, you'll soon be making your own soaps, body washes, hand lotions, natural deodorants, hair-washing and styling products. There are also suggestions for dental care, foot scrubs, bubble baths and advice to help you make younger and more mature skin.
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  • Dadland

    Keggie Carew

    Product Code: CSCTC
    Hardback
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    Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016, Keggie Carew's Dadland is a story of war and grief, jealousy and madness and mischief and fierce love.

    A poignant exploration of what becomes of us as we grow old, it is full of Keggie's memories of her rather unorthodox but charming father. As her father Tom begins to lose his memory, Keggie tries to unravel his story but finds out so many surprising secrets.

    She learns that Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer and a law unto himself. He was also part of an elite SEO unit who was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerilla resistance in France, Burma and during the Second World War - and that was just the beginning...

    Dadland takes in elements of peace and war and then follows a painful path into dementia. It's a heartbreaking, powerful and perfectly poignant true story about an extraordinary man.
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  • Things We Have in Common

    Tasha Kavanagh

    Product Code: CAFNC
    Hardback
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    Praised by the likes of Sophie Hannah, Nathan Filer and the Independent, Tasha Kavanagh's Costa First Novel Award 2015-shortlisted debut novel Things We Have in Common is one that you will not want to put down.

    A black comedy thriller that comes across as a combination of Sue Townsend and Zoe Heller, it tells the story of Yasmin - a 15-year-old girl who would do anything not only to have a friend, but also to keep one... and what happens when she casts her eyes on her school's most popular girl, Alice Taylor.

    When a man begins to hang around Alice, Yasmin is adamant that he's going to 'steal' her away from him... but does he have secrets of his own?
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  • Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music

    Stephen Fry and Tim Lihoreau

    Product Code: SFHM
    Hardback
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    National treasure and clever clogs Stephen Fry provides a riotous, rambling and rather potted history of classical music in this must-read book.

    Covering 700 years, Stephen throws in references to pretty much anything he wants as he tells how classical music came to soundtrack the nation. Along the way, he'll mention the Mongol invasion of Russia and Genghis Khan, the Black Death and the revolutionary atmosphere of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

    Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, Wagner, Mozart... all the key players are featured in this endlessly entertaining read about classical music and so much more.
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  • The Museum of Things Left Behind

    Seni Glaister

    Product Code: MTLB
    Hardback
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    `Sunny, charming, and as playful as Stella Gibbons or E.F. Benson, The Museum of Things Left Behind took me on holiday to the tiny imaginary country of Vallerosa, and returned me with the wonderful feeling of having spent time with an uplifting friend.' - Laline Paull, 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction-shortlisted author of The Bees.

    Seni Glaister's The Museum of Things Left Behind is an evocative book we're sure you will absorb yourself in...

    With its lush valleys and beautiful mountains, the European country of Vallerosa appears to be a dream destination. A place lost in time, the community does not bother with money but does have strong values that mean more than any politician's ideals. But underneath this positive exterior, the locals are beginning to grow cranky and disaffected... Meanwhile, some hostile Americans have cottoned on to the country's financial potential and are making plans of their own. Will an unlikely visitor prove to be the agent of change the country's been waiting for?

    A book about the world we live in today and the issues that affect us all - from politics to religion and economics to a good cup of tea - the light, witty and heart-warming tone will keep you hooked from the very first page, and have you pining for a trip to Vallerosa!
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  • Lily's Driftwood Bay: The Sunshine Picnic

    Product Code: LYDB
    Hardback 3 years +
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    A hugely popular and beautifully animated show on Nick Jr that features the vocal talents of both Stephen Fry and Ardal O'Hanlon, Lily's Driftwood Bay is a place that children would love to visit.

    Encouraging readers to imagine, create, play and have fun, this book features imagery of the popular characters from the show and invites them to join Lily in her imaginary island where adventure and friendship reign supreme.

    In the story, Lily finds some treasure washed up on the beach - where will it take her? This gorgeous book will delight little ones as they help Lily find sea treasure on the sunniest day of the year.
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  • The Ice Cream Sandwiches Book

    Donna Egan

    Product Code: ICSB
    Hardback
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    The Ice Cream Sandwiches Book offers 50 recipes for incredibly cool and tasty treats that are suitable for kids and adults alike.

    Ice cream sandwiches are a scrumptious new hit with food lovers and this pretty book has every easy-to-make recipe you will need to create your own frozen delight.

    From decadent peanut butter dreams and fresh & fruity rose meringues to child-friendly S'more sandwiches, the book contains stunning colour photography of all the treats on offer. Eating ice cream has never been so much fun!
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  • Rainbow Bakes

    Mima Sinclair

    Product Code: RNBW
    Hardback
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    Enjoy a treasure trove of taste with this beautiful baking book all about rainbow cakes.

    Mima Sinclair's vibrant book includes a selection of helpful tips and techniques to help build your confidence and mashmallow funfetti blondies, macaroon towers, rainbow bagels and - of course, a rainbow layer cake - are some of the treats you can make.
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  • Gin Made Me Do It

    Jassy Davis

    Product Code: BTVAS
    Hardback
    2016 was officially the "year of gin" in the UK, with sales topping GBP1 billion! The brilliantly botanical spirit is much more than tonic's sidekick, it's sophisticatedly sippable, and adds depth and flavour to any drink. This beautifully illustrated book will introduce you to a host of cocktails from the classic to the cutting edge, and showcase the versatile potential of gin. In Gin Made Me Do It, gin aficionado and cocktail maven Jassy Davis explains everything you need to know: how to choose the perfect blend, mix the ultimate martini, and deliver delicious cocktails for every occasion. From the perfect G&T and updates on classics like the Aviator and the Vesper, to a wide range of herbaceous cocktails, the recipes in this book are fresh, flavourful, and fun. 60 delicious recipes are illustrated with bright and beautiful original artwork in a book that makes a lovely gift for your friends-or yourself!
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  • Fresh Clean Home

    Wendy Graham

    Product Code: BLZEM
    Hardback
    Recipes for natural cleaning products from green living blogger Wendy Graham. Learn how to make your home smell as fresh as a daisy with these eco-friendly, money-saving, germ-busting recipes. Using a base of essential oils and natural ingredients, these cleaning products are easy to make, are kinder to your skin and to the environment, while being as effective as any shop-bought solution. The recipes use simple, inexpensive ingredients that are widely available such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt and citrus fruit, and will leave your home sparkling clean. You can even customise the fragrances to make your home smell crisp, time and time again. Fresh Clean Home guides the reader from the kitchen to laundry and the bathroom, and also includes a section of recipes for specific household cleaning products, such as window and mirror cleaner, carpet and upholstery spot cleaner and sticky stuff remover. Clean every nook and cranny, with surface cleaners and bathroom shiners, laundry powder and fabric conditioner, kettle descaler and more, for a beautiful, fresh clean home.
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  • Britain By Bike

    Jane Eastoe

    Product Code: BFVFR
    Hardback
    WINNER OF THE BEST BRITISH BOOK AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE BRITISH BOOK DESIGN AND PRODUCTION AWARDS 2010 Join Clare Balding on some terrific cycle rides around Britain, whether it's a week-long cycling holiday or an afternoon ride with the family, the book has a cycle ride for everyone. Free-wheeling on and off road - along obscure lanes, bridleways and disused railway lines - Britain by Bike reveals a fresh perspective on our country. Revel in beautiful breathtaking and exhilarating cycle routes and scenery in the six regions of Britain and find out the unusual ways to enjoy these islands, whether it's going to green man festivals, learning local customs or resting up at remote campsites or posh yurts! Share in Clare Balding's practical and cycle-related challenge and learn how to make the most of pedal power with guidance on reading a map, puncture repair, bad weather and tricky terrain. Discover Britain by Bike.
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  • The Wicked Wit of Princess Margaret

    Karen Dolby

    Product Code: BPLBF
    Hardback
    Celebrate the rapier-like wit of the royal rebel, the late, great Princess Margaret - or 'Ducky' as she was known behind closed doors. Even as a child, Princess Margaret - younger sister of Elizabeth - was noted for her theatrical and witty demeanour. Her nanny, 'Crawfie' described her as a 'born comic' and her sister, now Queen Elizabeth II, remarked that parties were always better with Margaret in attendance as she made everyone laugh. She made John Lennon blush and Pablo Picasso was infatuated with her - and she made no secret of her intolerance for the dim-witted, the disobedient or the boring - and her one-liners are legendary: On considering that Elizabeth would one day be Queen, Margaret's response was one of sincere commiseration, 'Poor you', she told her. Attending a high-society party in New York, the hostess asked politely how was the Queen? 'Which one?' Margaret replied coolly, 'My sister, my mother, or my husband?'
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  • The Georgians

    Ruth Brocklehurst

    Product Code: AOLJL
    Hardback 7 years +
    Children studying the Georgian era will find this book fascinating and informative.

    From the elegance of stately homes to the squalor of the slums, it reveals what it was like to live in Georgian Britain. It's packed with fascinating facts, illustrations, photographs, maps and timelines.
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  • Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book)

    Tony Juniper

    Product Code: AWQIV
    Hardback
    Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Climate Change is a clear, simple and enlightening introduction to one of the most important issues facing our world today. From HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh, it explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions with which to reduce its impact. You'll learn about the causes and consequences of climate disruption; heatwaves, floods and other extreme weather; disappearing wildlife; acid oceans; the benefits of limiting warming; sustainable farming, new clean technologies and the circular economy. Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture. For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.
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