Reference

Encyclopedias

  • 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.
  • DCCG
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    Fire up the Bat-Signal and call in every superhero fan you know! This huge book from DK will tell you everything you could ever want to know about DC Comics' famous heroes and their evil enemies.

    Packed full of facts, stats and the original comic book artwork, you will have the chance to read about Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.

    With 12 character cards and an awesome poster also included, this book will keep DC Comics fans of any age enthralled and entertained.
  • ECHM
    Andrew Chevallier
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    From the experts at DK, this is the fully revised and updated Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine.

    Providing definitive reference on herbal plants and their medicinal properties, this informative book provides detailed descriptions for over 550 plants and remedies for more than 80 ailments.

    Based on the latest scientific research and safety advice, among the natural remedies included are those for headaches, arthritis and fungal infections. This is a handy book to have around the house when you want to look at using plants with therapeutic properties.
  • MUCG
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    Avengers fans... assemble!

    Featuring all the favourite characters from the Marvel universe, this extensive book provides profiles of over 225 superheroes, their friends and their foes.

    From Avengers including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk to villains like Red Skull, Loki and Thanos, you'll get to discover facts and stats about each character and their history and powers.

    The book even comes with collector cards of the famous heroes and a pull-out poster!
  • SR0015
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    The Encyclopedia of Formula 1 showcases the highs and lows of the most cutting-edge series in the history of motorsport.

    From the early days to the 2016 season, this guide gives comprehensive insight into all aspects of the exciting sport including coverage of memorable drivers, constructor teams, circuits and moments.

    Using fascinating photographs and statistics throughout, the history of Formula 1 tells a story of genius and endeavour, rivalry and camaraderie and triumph and tragedy.
  • 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.
  • AANKA
    Christopher Brickell
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    This is the fifth edition of this best-selling guide to plants and flowers, updated and revised from the experts at the RHS. "RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers" is an expert guide to planning your dream garden, redesigned to aid navigation and make identifying plants easier than ever. Over 8,000 easy-to-find plants and thousands of photographs will give you all the guidance you need. Each variety is photographed and the new 'how to' section tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. Plus, use the special plant selector to grow for every possible situation and condition, from sunless walls to sandy soil. The perfect addition to any gardener's bookshelf.
  • ADRLC
    Jeremy Evans
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    This is the complete practical guide to sailing and racing dinghies, catamarans and keelboats. It is the ultimate reference book for sailors of all ages and all levels of ability. Step-by-step guides give instant understanding of techniques, and illustrate all aspects of the sport, from putting on a wetsuit to handling dinghies, catamarans and cruisers. You can learn how to sail with expert advice and tips. It includes information on all aspects of safe sailing: buoyancy aids, distress signals, man overboard rescue procedures and rights of way at sea. Specially commissioned photography combined with authoritative text makes this essential reading for everyone interested in the sport of sailing. This practical manual is aimed at all sailors, from newcomers to the more experienced. For beginners there is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to getting started, learning the core techniques, choosing the best boat to suit your ability, and basic safety requirements. There is a guide for experienced seafarers about more advanced sailing, such as high-performance dinghies and keelboats. Two sections give the vital facts and figures about regatta and big boat racing. With an emphasis on the practical, together with clear action photography and informative text, this book will be an essential guide for all those who love to get out on the water.
  • ABDXU
    Graham Rice
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    "RHS Encyclopedia of Perrenials" is the definitive practical guide to choosing, planting and combining herbaceous perennials - an essential tool for gardeners of all levels, from the experts at the RHS. From Acaena to Zizia, an A-Z guide to over 5,000 perennials. It includes the vast numbers of new perennials made available in the last 10 years. This title tells you how to choose the right ones for your garden with cultivation, propagation & hardiness information to help you grow them successfully. It includes inspirational ideas for planting schemes. It provides expert tips on how to get the best from your plants and your garden. Make a perennially beautiful garden with this essential guide.
  • ADZXX
    Sallie Morris
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    An illustrated guide to spices, spice blends and aromatic ingredients, with 100 taste-tingling recipes and 1200 step-by-step photographs
  • AFLVD
    Christopher Brickell
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    This is fully revised and updated edition of the world's finest and most authoritative source of gardening advice, from the experts at the RHS. Marking 20 years since first publication, the updated edition of the "RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening" is the classic reference for keen gardeners. Packed with unrivalled gardening advice you'll find guidance and step-by-steps on everything from pruning to propagation. Plus new topics reflect current trends including how to grow fruit and vegetables in containers and green roofs. Whatever your level of skill in the great outdoors, expert tips and guidance from editor Christopher Brickell and a team of specialist contributors, "The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening" will help you create and keep your garden perfect all year round.
  • AAWDZ
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    This authoritative book sketches the historical development of amphibious warfare, using real examples to illustrate the great range of scale, from raiding to full-scale invasion, with historical examples. It highlights the many coordinated activities necessary for a successful operation, from surveying and minesweeping to fire support, fighter direction and tri-service control. Two illustrated country-by-country directories cover landing ships, which transport personnel, cargo and vehicles from shore-to-shore, and landing craft, which focus on ship-to-shore movements. This instructive volume containing 530 photographs will provide enthusiasts and historians with a lively and engaging guide to a fascinating subject.
  • ABWNB
    Martha Stewart
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    This is a treasury of sewing and fabric craft techniques and projects, complete with additional CD-ROM containing all the patterns and templates you will need. It features full step-by-step instructions for every sewing technique, catering for everyone from first-time dabblers to the more adventurous sewers. Over 150 projects are fully explained and beautifully shot - a key blend of accessible and aspirational. Detailed UK sources and buyer's guide, and a full rundown of essential tools and materials make this a lasting reference.
  • ABWSP
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    Whether you are an experienced jewellery-maker looking to move up to the next level, or a complete beginner, "The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Making Techniques" is an invaluable resource. Using this book you can: learn how to manipulate wire to create elegant structural designs for earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, tiaras and brooches with clear, illustrated instructions; combine wire with beads and stones through threading and wrapping for an intricately embellished look; have fun experimenting with different types of wire, from precious metal to electrical and recycled wires; and, progress from basic wire-working skills to more advanced techniques, such as making linked jump-ring chains, simple soldering, and using chemicals to alter the wire finish.
  • ACQXN
    Robyn Chachula
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    This visual encyclopedia features instruction for 350 crochet stitch patterns, from basic stitches to crocheting cables, lace and openwork, textured stitches, mesh and filet crochet, fans and shells, clusters, puffs, bobbles, spike stitches, colorwork, and more, each accompanied by a full-color photograph and a diagram. Every crocheter needs a book like this on her shelf - the content is timeless and it will have a place next to your crochet needles for many years to come. "Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia" gives you quick visual access to a comprehensive collection of stitch combinations that enables you to create your own designs or modify existing patterns with ease. It includes a detailed color photograph accompanies each stitch. Hardcover packaging and elegant matte finish make the book durable for a lifetime of use. It provides sidebars and additional visuals that guide you through tricky parts of various stitch patterns Whether you're a beginner or advanced crocheter, "Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia" is the only technique book you'll ever need.
  • ACVYF
    Jonathan Edwards
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    This title includes the essential gardening tasks that are shown step by step, with over 950 clear colour photographs and illustrations. It covers everything from planning a design to planting, propagation, care and cultivation through each season. It helps you learn basic gardening skills and techniques from planning and basic maintenance to planting and caring for trees, shrubs, climbers, bulbs, annuals and perennials. Each technique is clearly explained with step-by-step pictures taking you through every stage. It includes information on growing vegetables, herbs and fruit, greenhouse gardening, building rock and water gardens, and propagation. It provides simple advice on garden maintenance including how to improve your soil and achieve a weed-free lawn. It offers a comprehensive seasonal checklist highlights the key tasks to do throughout the year. This is an essential reference guide for new gardeners and those who want to extend their gardening expertise. This title includes over 950 colour photographs and illustrations. This comprehensive practical book begins with simple design ideas and advice about planning your garden and information on using a huge variety of plants, as well as guidance on planting and pruning. This book then builds on this basic knowledge to suggest more spectacular ideas for gardens from wildlife ponds and water features to rock gardens. There is advice on growing fruits and vegetables and making the most from your greenhouse. The final section covers the skills you need to keep your garden in tip-top shape, from weeding, feeding and pest control to propagation, and includes a year-round checklist of essential tasks.
  • ADAUQ
    Tony Russell
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    This is a beautifully illustrated guide to trees from around the world. It is a comprehensive guide to over 600 trees from the tropics and temperate worlds, with more than 800 photographs and illustrations. It includes conifers, deciduous broadleaf trees, striking cacti-like palms and fruit trees. It features stunning watercolour artworks of each tree through the seasons, and useful maps show the natural distribution of each tree. Without trees there would be no life on Earth, and this wonderful encyclopedia provides all you need to know about these amazing plants. This book explains what a tree is, how it lives, grows and dies, and describes the purpose of its buds, branches, flowers, leaves, roots, cones, fruit and bark. Each tree is each accompanied by a watercolour artwork, along with photographs of their defining characteristics to make identification easy.
  • ADATR
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    The American president is the most powerful and influential political leader in the world. As commander-in-chief of the armed forces, head of state and head of government, a handful of men have been elected to this exalted position. This visual directory of the early presidents of America looks at the roll call of the first men voted to high office. Their social backgrounds, education, military or legal training and career path to the presidency are presented along with an insightful analysis of the success each made of the role as statesman and politician. Illustrated with over 225 stunning archive photographs and paintings, this fascinating and accessible volume explores the formation of the United States and the political leaders who helped to steer a course through a century of domestic and international history.
  • AKIYQ
    Ahmed Fayaz
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    A superb reference for anyone interested in the world's tropical flora. Accessing detailed and accurate information on tropical plants is not always easy, yet there is a huge interest in the beautiful and fascinating flora from the tropical regions of the world. This book is the most comprehensive survey of tropical plants in a single publication to date. Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants brings together over 3,000 species of tropical plants selected to reflect the major plant groups in the tropics all over the world. It uses the most up-to-date nomenclature and systematics and arranges the species in family order, rather than by the usual alphabetical genus name, which makes identification and comparison of similar plants easier. Species descriptions include the plant's leaves, flowers, stems and fruit, as well as its native habitat, distribution, blooming season and zone. Full-colour photographs illustrate the major features of the plants described. Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants is an up-to-date, comprehensive and authoritative reference for botanists, horticulturists, professional growers and tropical plant enthusiasts.
  • AJRKN
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    RHS experts make it easy to find the perfect plant for every site. Whether your garden is stuck in shade or scorching in the sun, RHS What Plant Where Encyclopedia is the go-to guide for making the most of your garden. You can solve your garden problems with simple steps to assess your site and soil and then use the at-a-glance classification guide and photos to choose from over 2,000 plants. Landscape your garden with tips for creating stylish beds or borders and inspirational planting "recipes". Plus, a section on fragrant or colourful plants helps transform your garden into your own Eden. RHS What Plant Where Encyclopedia is the indispensible guide to perfect planting.
  • AOMVB
    Chris Cook
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    The quintessentially British almanac, Pears' Cyclopaedia continues to inform and intrigue generations of readers with its unique mix of solid facts and fascinating gems. Now in its 124th year, this ultimate volume offers clear and concise information on such wide-ranging subjects as global events, Norse mythology and modern cinema. Updated regularly by editor Chris Cook and his panel of experts, this handy and beautiful edition includes new entries for all major events from 2014-15 and all the traditional favourites - from public figures and celebrities, through medical matters and classical mythology, to a gazetteer of the British Isles and the latest tax advice. This is a world of knowledge rolled into one must-have volume - the Swiss army knife of reference books.
  • ALVMZ
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    This is an A-Z BMA visual guide to over 7,000 medical terms including symptoms, diseases, drugs and treatments. This new, revised sixth edition of the BMA's bestselling and definitive medical reference guide brings authoritative and up-to-date medical knowledge into your home. Stay up-to-date with medical advances and advice; from new developments in travel immunizations to the most recent guidelines for antenatal screening and the latest recommendations for breast awareness. It includes 3,000 diseases, disorders, conditions and symptoms, information on diagnosis & treatment, a wide range of drugs & tests, new & established surgical procedures and explanations of medical terms. Using jargon-free language and an easy-to-use A-Z format, 7,000 entries and more than 800 illustrations, this fully revised and updated edition remains the definitive medical reference book for every family.
  • ALCAC
    David McCandless
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    In this mind-blowing follow-up to the bestselling Information is Beautiful, the king of infographics David McCandless uses spectacular visuals to reveal unexpected insights into how the world really works. We are living in the Information Age, in which we are constantly bombarded with data - on television, in print and online. How can we relate to this mind-numbing overload? Enter David McCandless and his amazing infographics: simple, elegant ways to understand information too complex or abstract to grasp any way but visually. In his unique signature style, he creates dazzling displays that blend facts with their connections, contexts and relationships, making information meaningful, entertaining - and beautiful. Taking infographics to the next level, his new book Knowledge is Beautiful is an endlessly fascinating spin through the world of visualized data, which offers a deeper, more wide-ranging look at the world and its history. Covering everything from dog breeds and movie plots to the origins of life and a timeline of the far future, this stunning book is guaranteed to enrich your understanding of the world.
  • AAHBR
    Martha Stewart
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    This title features: 32 must-know crafts packed into one comprehensive 416-page hardback book; full step-by-step instructions for every technique, catering for everyone from first-time dabblers to the more adventurous crafters; and over 200 projects that are fully explained and beautifully shot - a key blend of accessible and aspirational. Illuminating glossaries, a full rundown of essential tools and materials, professional tips and handy UK resources make this a lasting reference.