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  • FGFB
    Olento Salaperainen
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    The likes of dragons, vampires, pixies, witches and trolls have been popular for generations and A Field Guide to Fantastical Beasts will help you learn more about them.

    Exploring each beast's legacy and focusing on a film or book that has placed them into popular culture, this is an essential guide for anyone who finds these beings compelling. The text reveals all about each creature's natural habitat, appearance and traits.

    Mermaids, gremlins, fairies and werewolves are also all covered in detail.
  • DCCE
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    Over the past 12 months we have seen Batman and Superman facing up to each other and the Suicide Squad causing all sort of havoc... 2017 will see Wonder Woman and the Justice League appear on the big screen and if you want to find out more about these iconic DC Comics characters, this encyclopedia is essential.

    Featuring original comic artwork, this book features over 1,200 characters including heroes, villains, friends and foes. There are features on the characters' most famous clashes and romantic encounters, while their famous vehicles and weaponry are also featured.

    DC Comics has been entertaining the masses for over 75 years and this fully up-to-date book is lavishly illustrated and packed with facts any fan will love to pore over.
  • JWCW
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    Whatever stage they're at, would-be writers will find this how-to guide to creative writing essential. Packed with information, support, advice and tools for how to write in a way that turns heads, it also reveals how the publishing industry works.

    Alongside all the tips, tricks and insider secrets that are unveiled is a six-month subscription to Writing Magazine and a gorgeous notebook so that writers can jot down any ideas that come into their heads. There's also a CD included that is full of suggestions to help inspire creative writing of the highest calibre.
  • HANA
    Alice M Roberts
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    Go on a visual journey and discover the biological wonders of the human body with Human Anatomy: The Definitive Visual Guide.

    In the book you'll be greeted by spectacular anatomical images of each of the body's core systems in dazzling detail - from ear bones to lymph nodes - expertly written and annotated to provide essential details on organs and body structures.

    A beneficial resource to anyone studying Biology or Physiology, or for those curious as to how these in-depth systems combine to make the body work, the book is the definitive visual guide to human anatomy.
  • SCRN
    Matthew Parris
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    'May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits' - Arab curse.
    'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupiditym and I'm not sure about the former' - Albert Einstein.

    Written by former MP and newspaper columnist Matthew Parris, Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History is an up-to-date compendium of the sharpest, funniest and rudest insults of all time.

    Showing that verbal abuse can be an art form, this selection of quotes spans from the Roman era to the battleground of Twitter and includes bile from masters including Groucho Marx, Princess Anne and Winston Churchill.

    From the politely rude to verbal sledgehammers, this book has insults encompassing literature, art, politics, showbiz, marriage, gender, nationality and religion.
  • WATW
    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.
  • TYNK
    Elspeth Beidas
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    This book takes 10 subject areas and divides them into 10 sections of 100 profiles each - making it the ultimate list book!

    From the visual, literary and performing arts to history, society and philosophy, design and technology, science and nature, travel, sport and leisure to food and drink, each list is full of fascinating insights.

    A great book to dip in and out of, it'll make a fascinating gift for anyone with an interest in history, popular culture and trivia.
  • WDRO
    Paul Anthony Jones
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    Full of linguistic curiosities, Word Drops is the first book to combine popular trivia with the topic of words and language. It contains 1,000 facts about words, language and etymology.

    With unexpected connections and weird juxtapositions, this book will help you stumble upon a new or remarkable word, learn a new tall tale or just a fascinating fact e.g. did you know that the bowl made by cupping your hands together is called a gowpen? Or that the first known reference to bowling in English dates back to 1555, when bowling alleys were banned by an Act of Parliament.

    All the linguistic tidbits are presented together in one long interconnected chain, which means that everything neatly 'drops' into place. This book will explain what Norwegian steam and a jaaaar is and many of the strange facts are backed up by informative footnotes.
  • AG1060
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    Covering home, work and play, 1000 Life Hacks is a self-help book packed with little tips to make your life easier.

    Entirely practical and often ingenious (did you realise a bulldog clip could replace your broken computer keyboard leg? Or that the spring from a pen could save wires from being damaged?), the book provides solutions for common issues and even those pesky little problems that have a habit of springing up at the most inconvenient times.

    Whether you're looking for DIY holders for your devices, an effective exercise regime or want to make a flight hugely more comfortable, you'll find the answers in this illustrated book. Fashion, DIY and cleaning hacks are also provided.
  • SCVG
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    From the experts at DK, this huge hardback book follows the story of scientific progress right from the invention of the wheel to the climate solutions of the 21st century.

    Capturing all the key scientific discoveries, it provides accessible yet detailed evaluations of the concepts, the inventions and the figures who have had such a powerful and important impact on our world.

    Fully illustrated and very accessible, this book makes science accessible and celebrates many of the world's biggest breakthroughs.
  • GKAQ
    Andrew Gimson
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    From the heroic to the hopeless and William the Conqueror to the present day, this lively survey of the 40 kings and queens of England is wonderfully informative and highly entertaining.

    Written by Andrew Gimson and illustrated by Martin Rowson, the book tells the unbelievable but true story of the monarchs. It's a tale of courage and conquest, madness and magnificence, and breakdowns and nobility.
  • SLCL
    Kassia St Clair
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    Did you know that the colour khaki changed the way wars were fought? How about the fact mauve was accidentally created by a scientist trying to cure malaria? Or that magenta was named after a battle that took place near Milan?

    Praised by Simon Garfield, The Secret Lives of Colour looks at a palette of 75 different shades, dyes and hues. Revealing the inspiring, vivid stories behind each colour, the book looks at their roles in everything from fashion and politics to art and war.

    Providing an alternative cultural history, Kassia St Clair's colour-full book is great for dipping in and out of.
  • SDVG
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    Completely out of this world, this huge guide to the stars truly is the definitive visual guide to the cosmos.

    Fully authenticated by the Smithsonian Insitution, the book covers everything from glittering star birth nebulae to supermassive black holes and features a 3D graphic that charts the constellations across the night sky.

    A great gift for anyone who is fascinated by the night sky or who sees themselves as the next Brian Cox, the book contains new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope and features topics ranging from the Milky Way to the Big Bang.
  • TBOT
    William Thomson
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    Covering the main forms of water that affect Britain, William Thomson's The Book of Tides is a rich and personal guide to our rivers, seas and shores.

    Presented in an illustrated and idiosyncratic style, the book covers rips, rapids, wells, streams, tides, waves, whirlpools and tsunamis. It explains how the waters surrounding us affect our daily lives and shape our actions (as well as our landscapes).

    Anyone who loves the coast will find so much to love in this book, which was inspired by William's own journey travelling the coastline of Britain with his young family in a panel van.
  • THNG
    Randall Munroe
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    Randall Munroe - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - returns with Thing Explainer, a book full of brilliantly simple diagrams that show how important things work.

    From a biro to the nuclear bomb, Randall uses drawings and a vocabulary of the most common 1,000 words to describe where things like food-heating radio boxes (microwaves), very tall roads (bridges) and even the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates) come from and how they work.

    Funny, interesting and easy to understand, this is a book to ignite the mind of anyone who has ever wondered how things work... and why.
  • GHWK
    T. H. White
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    A classic memoir about the bond between man and animal, this edition of T. H. White's The Goshawk includes a foreword from H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald.

    First published in 1951, the book finds White describing the struggles (and enjoyment) he experienced while trying to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird. With no training and only a few out-of-date books on falconry to guide him, he set about trying to bend the will of Gos to his own.

    Suffering setback after setback, White found himself becoming more and more attached to his new animal friend and together he believed they could soar.
  • GRCM
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    Featuring over 70 beautifully illustrated historical city plans and maps, this book explores civilization in some of the world's top cities.

    Ranging from the ancient metropolis of Rome through to the modern urban behemoth of New York City, each map has highlights and hotspots pulled out and the cartographic appearance is one that you'll find yourself absorbed into.

    There is also in-depth analysis on the background stories of not only the cities but also the map makers and their work.
  • DMTR
    Susie Dent
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    When a golfer hits a shot that's a bit thin, they refer to it as 'Kate Moss'; refuse collectors call maggots 'disco rice'; and when a flight attendant is carrying out the seatbelt check, they're almost certainly thinking about it as 'crotch watch'...

    Written by Countdown's Susie Dent, this book will help you decipher the different private languages that are used by people all around the country. Unique and witty, it reveals why every football manager speaks the same way, how ticket inspectors discreetly request back up and what a cabbie means when he says the Houses of Parliament.

    Describing how we are surrounded by hundreds of tribes who all speak their own 'slanguage', this is an idiosyncratic phrasebook that reveals why different groups speak in such different ways.
  • SFFC
    Jamie Oliver
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    Did you know the average Brit can only cook nine recipes and often has the same home menu week in, week out? Luckily, Jamie Oliver is here to help you broaden your repertoire with his latest cookbook, Super Food Family Classics.

    Following on from his bestselling Everyday Super Food, the recipes in this book are amazingly tasty and also healthy and nutritious. Jamie will show you how to sneak in extra veg to squash mac 'n' cheese, master the art of chicken goujons and plan your week ahead with freezer-friendly fare like jumbo fish fingers.

    The ingredients are easily sourced and recipes easy to follow. Throughout the book, Jamie shares his ideas for breakfasts, salads, traybakes and much more.
  • CLSC
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    From the Austin 10HP to the Ferrari F40, DK's The Classic Car Book covers more than 250 of the world's best cars.

    A definitive visual history, over 250 iconic cars are illustrated in themed catalogues that show their social, cultural and historical importance. Very lavish, the photographs bring the design and mechanical excellence of each model to life.

    A celebration of life on four wheels, this huge hardback also looks at the inspiring innovators and manufacturers of these classic vehicles, offering you the chance to see some behind-the-scenes photos. A perfect gift for petrolheads and car enthusiasts.
  • MSCM
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    Artist and ornothologist Matt Sewell has charmed so many of our customers with his beautiful little books covering British birds, owls and penguins and now he turns his attention to collective nouns for animals.

    A charm of goldfinches, a school of dolphins, a cloud of bats, a murder of crows... all of these and more are portrayed in this enchanting, illustrated book.

    A lovely gift for nature lovers, all of the illustrations are presented in Matt's trademark watercolour and his vibrant and witty text showcases his love of the creatures. In a very playful style, he also explains about each groups' personality.
  • CYBI
    Caroline West
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    If you know someone who likes their facts to be disgusting, bizarre, peculiar and downright funny, Can You Believe It? is the book for them.

    A collection of the funniest, grimiest, grossest and most outrageous facts you are ever likely to have the misfortune to hear (believe us, once you've read them you can't un-read them!), each will have readers scratching their head in disbelief and laughing out loud at the randomness of it all.

    From decapitated cockroaches to sweaty feet, shark attacks and hundreds more weird and wonderful facts and pieces of trivia, the book will literally have those lucky (or unlucky) enough to read it shouting 'Oh my god!'
  • KNFE
    Tim Hayward
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    Discover the culture, craft and cult of the cook's knife with this incredible book for keen cooks.

    A love letter to this essential culinary tool, it covers its form, history and creation and includes interviews with knife-makers, chefs and collectors. Written by award-winning food writer Tim Hayward, this book explores how the relationship between cook and blade has shaped both the knife itself and the way that we eat.

    From Damascus blades to Chinese cleavers and sushi knives, he also talks about 40 different types of knives and their own unique stories. Similar in style to Norwegian Wood, this is an illustrated guide that will delight and inspire anyone with a culinary interest.
  • CRLS
    Andrew Gant
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    Everyone loves a good Christmas carol, and Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir by Andrew Gant is filled with 20 festive favourites alongside little-known histories, great anecdotes and heart-warming stories about each of the best-loved Christmas songs.

    Carols have the power to evoke a special kind of winter ambience - but how do they do it? In the book, Andrew Gant unravels the captivating - and sometimes surprising - tales of great musicians, thinkers, saints, monks and drunks, helping readers to discover the stories of how their favourite Christmas carols came to be.

    Brimming with expert knowledge, charming tales and all of the lyrics and melodic scores you will need to perform the best-loved yuletide classics, Christmas Carols is a fittingly festive and joyous account of the time-honoured tradition of Christmas caroling.