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Illustrated Books & Guides

  • BSRW
    Simon Jenkins
    • £11.99
    • RRP £25.00
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    Simon Jenkins, the author of Britain's 1000 Best Churches, turns his attention to railways in this rail-ly good book. He's travelled all over the country to select the best ones and talks about them with insight and authority.

    Simon is the founder of the Railway Heritage Trust and his passion is second to none. He reveals each station's history, geography, design and significance and how they have impacted on social history.

    Railways are a place where people come, go, meet, greet and part. They're also a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture and this beautifully illustrated book celebrates the engineers, architects and companies that have built them.
  • DRVE
    • £12.99
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    Rev up for a truly exciting read... DK's Drive offers a definitive history of motoring that spans from 1985 all the way through to the present day.

    Written by petrolhead Giles Chapman and packed with facts, diagrams, illustrations and photographs, it covers everything from the public's initial reactions to the idea of a horseless carriage to the ways that cars might look and operate in the future.

    With emphasis on personal accounts and biographies of famous motor figures, this book covers how cars have become an essential part of modern life and how they are now faster, safer and easier to drive than ever before. It also looks at their evolution from being a means of transport into objects of desire and status...
  • UNSL
    Peter Dazeley
    • £12.99
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    Acclaimed photographer Peter Dazeley has gained access to the hidden interiors of 50 of London's most iconic buildings and showcases them all in this stunning book.

    Accompanied by Mark Daly's concise, thoughtful and informative text, among the buildings you can look inside are the royal palaces of Hampton Court, the Tower of London and the Supreme Court. Some of the relics and structures are derelict, but many are still working. What's for certain is they're all extraordinary.

    This beautiful book explains how each place was created, how they are used and what each ones reveals about the currents of power that flow through the city. You can find out all about the boiler room of London's infrastructure and peek inside everywhere from the changing rooms of the top sports stadiums to the heart of the establishment.
  • TIQU
    Paul Atterbury
    • £7.99
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    The Antiques Roadshow has been a staple of BBC television for 40 years now and is fully deserving of its status as a national institution. This coffee table book celebrates the most incredible finds and stories from the flagship show.

    Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at some of the quintessential moments from the history of the show, revealing hidden secrets and celebrating some of the timeless and priceless finds including 23 original Beatrix Potter drawings, a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic and Marc Bolan of '70s glam rockers T. Rex's Flying V Gibson guitar.

    Beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs throughout, this hardback is a wonderful keepsake of the enduring show's extraordinary objects (including paintings, merchandise and tools) and most memorable moments.
  • EVOA
    Evo Magazine
    • £8.99
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    Inspired by Evo magazine, this keepsake hardback is a brilliant celebration of Aston Martin and its glorious history.

    With features on 60 of the greatest Astons of all time, this book has first-hand reviews of various cars, behind-the-wheel reports, technical information and performance stats - and it's all accompanied by completely jaw-dropping photography.

    There's also a special feature focusing on the iconic James Bond cars including Goldfinger's DB5 and Spectre's DB10. This is the perfect gift for petrolheads or anyone who loves the iconic Aston Martin brand.
  • BKTC
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    It's long been thought that books have the power to change the world and this book examines and celebrates those acclaimed, rare and seminal books that have had a lasting impact on the world as we know it.

    Covering 75 incredible reads, this encyclopedia spans all the way from 3000 BCE to the modern day and its chronological chapters not only provide a history of the written world but also the evolution of human knowledge.

    Among those books covered are Shakespeare's First Folio, the Diary of Anne Frank and Penguin's first paperbacks. It also looks at Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system and Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

    The books, dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties and religious texts are presented with gorgeous photography and in-depth biographies of those who created them.
  • JRNY
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    All the way from Ancient Persian couriers to the invention of Concorde and journeys into space, this coffee table book provides an illustrated account of human's greatest journeys.

    With a foreword by Simon Reeve, it's a fantastic book for every armchair historian and reveals how journeys range from manners of impulse to migration and hunts for food. It even focuses on quests for adventure and pilgrimages made out of scientific curiosity.

    Covering all of humanity's most famous, significant and thrilling journeys, this book has biographies of conquerers, explores and travellers.
  • TLVH
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    This huge hardback is a marvellous gift for master builders of all ages. It provides a visual history of the world's favourite toy - from the very first brick through to the best modern kits.

    A nostalgic run through six decades, it celebrates the fact that even the early bricks are compatible with those that are made today and how LEGO has inspired so much imagination, creativity and innovation around the world.

    It highlights the best-loved and most interesting LEGO builds of all time and there are sure to be sets that you remember from your own childhood.
  • ULTM
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    The Avengers and various other superheroes have taken over the world with their appearances in films over the past few years and this huge tome is the definitive in-world guide to the Marvel comic book universe.

    Full of original artwork, it provides profiles of the heroes, villains, vehicles, weapons and technology that have helped make Marvel so magnificent. This hardback covers from 1939 to the present day and highlights all of the company's different eras including The Golden Age (1939-1950), The Atlas Age (1951-1959), The Marvel Age (1960-1969), The Bronze Age (1970-1985), The Modern Age (1986-1999) and The Heroic Age (2000 to the present day).

    Full of facts and thrills, this is a coffee table book that will delight any superhero fan. It features cover star Iron Man (Tony Stark), Captain America, Captain Marvel, Thor and hundreds of other iconic characters.
  • TQGG
    Capt. Peabody Fawcett
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    If you know a gentleman who takes great pride in their appearance and wants to scrub up in even better shape, they'll love the hints and tips included in this quintessential guide.

    Showing chaps how they can look their best every day of the year, this book draws from Captain Fawcett's far-flung travels, culturally rich experiences and extensive historical research and even has advice from barbers, style aficionados and master craftsmen of essential grooming items.

    Centuries-old techniques are showcased with step-by-step instructions and there are also illustrations, photographs, witty observations and literary quotations to pore over.
  • TSGA
    Victoria Summerley
    • £14.99
    • RRP £30.00
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    Have a wander through some of Britain's favourite celebrities' (including Prue Leith, Cath Kidston and Julian Clary) gardens in this gorgeous book.

    With plenty of photographs to pore over, this book includes essays from the owners that explain their inspiration and passion for their private sanctuaries.

    With never-before-seen photographs, this book is a must for those who love gardens of all sizes and want inspiration for their own and for those who just like to be nosy and see how the other half lives!
  • DRAM
    Rachel L. McCormack
    • £5.99
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    Rachel McCormack celebrates Scotland's national drink of whisky in food in this eye-opening travelogue.

    A very personal guide, Rachel tells anecdotes while revealing the history of the drink and facts about distillers. The recipes will appeal to everyone from the novice whisky learner to a cooking connoisseur.

    She also interviews key people from all around the country while visiting distilleries and those who make their own whisky.
  • SR0021
    Chris Sidwells
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.

    From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.

    With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
  • MOTW
    Hugh Jones
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    This guide to the best marathons in the world covers over 50 events that take place across all seven continents.

    All of the races are complemented by stunning photography and have details on when and how to enter plus information on when they take place alongside essential training tips. The race routes are also rated for difficulty and fact boxes tell you when you should apply to take part.

    London, New York, Boston, Berlin and the Midnight Sun (Norway) are just a few of the marathons featured.
  • The Bee Book - Hardback - 9780241217429 - DK
    BEBK
    DK
    • £5.99
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    Bees are not only beautiful, natural insects but they're also vital to human existence. From the experts at DK, The Bee Book celebrates their existence and provides an introduction to beekeeping.

    From their role in nature to how they impact our gardens and what they do in the hive, this book is full of fascinating facts like how a honey bee visits up to 1,000 flowers a day yet only produces one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime.

    It also explains how the human race can support and benefit from bees' presence. It describes how intelligent they are and the important but turbulent role of a queen bee. It also includes recipes for home remedies and beauty treatments that make use of honey, wax and propolis. You can even learn how to create a bee 'hotel'.
  • SWVE
    • £9.99
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    Star Wars fans who are eagerly awaiting The Last Jedi this Christmas will want to brush up on their knowledge on all things from a galaxy far, far away with this visual encyclopedia.

    Illustrated with photographs and stills from the long-running saga's films, TV series and spin-offs including last year's Rogue One, it showcases everything from the incredible architecture of the different planets to the friendly droids and not-so-friendly members of the Empire and the First Order.

    Providing timelines of all the major events and facts about everyone from Qui-Gon Jinn to Jyn Erso and R2-D2 to Rey, this is a virtual museum in a book. There are many more intergalactic delights throughout the extensive hardback... The Force of this pictorial companion is strong and will delight any Jedi!
  • FLWB
    Rachel Siegfried
    • £9.99
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    With its absolutely gorgeous jacket, The Flower Book celebrates all kinds of flowers and will help you (or whoever you gift it to) learn the art of floral design. It also has 30 inspiring arrangement ideas so that you can ensure the next batch of flowers you give are presented in style.

    Season by season, it provides stunning, in-depth profiles of 60 cut flowers which reveal everything you need to know about their colours, shapes, textures and fragrances.

    Celebrating the loveliest flowers for the home, bloom by bloom, this book covers the likes of orchids, sunflowers, lavender, roses and tulips in great detail.
  • SCFM
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    The StarCraft saga has been one of the most successful computer games of all time and this combat handbook (presented in the style of a field manual) celebrates the impact and legacy of the iconic military, strategy and sci-fi adventure.

    The game follows Sarah Kerrigan and Jim Raynor as they find themselves in the midst of a terrifying battle between the scrappy Terrans, mystifying Protoss and terrifying Zerg swarm. This book draws on over a decade's worth of lore to create an all-encompassing collector's book that fills in every detail of the game's technology, races and units.

    A definitive field guide, it features original illustrations and an engaging narrative that provides an in-depth overview of the franchise. Presented in keepsake hardback, it's a thrilling gift for any fan.
  • MVMK
    Dan Farrell & Donna Bamford
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Aspiring Spielbergs have never had it better. With smartphones and tablets getting ever more powerful, movie making is more accessible than ever before.

    The Movie Making Book will teach you all the skills you need to get started in film-making and is bursting with mini projects and enjoyable games.

    It also has advanced projects so that you can put all your skills to the test and advice on the best ways to share your creations online so that they will get the most views.
  • HLMY
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    Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved was released on the XBox in 2001, the shoot-em up has gone from strength to strength and is surely one of the most iconic and influential computer games of all time.

    Fully endorsed by 343 Studios and full of eye-catching artwork, this stunning gift book is the comprehensive and authoritative guide to the Halo universe and it covers the entire canon, including games, books, comics, film and television.

    It contains the timeline of the Halo universe and charts humanity's battles against the alien forces of the Covenant, Forerunners and the Flood.
  • GPTD
    Elizabeth Wilhide
    • £5.99
    • RRP £20.00
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    With evening classes being oversubscribed all over the country, pottery is quickly becoming the nation's favourite hobby - thanks, in part, to BBC Two's hit series, The Great Pottery Throw Down.

    This companion book provides a complete introduction to ceramic art and its craft, manufacture, history and culture. It reveals how the history of pottery runs parallel to the evolution of mankind and how it's played such a key role in everything from terracotta warriors to home furniture.

    Its narrative will tell you jaw-dropping details about the materials, processes and skills involved in making pottery and is full of striking photographs and illustrations.
  • AG1044 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £16.00
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    From head to toe, this book takes the whole family on a journey through the natural wonder that is the human body.

    Comprehensive and fully illustrated, it explains all aspects of the anatomy with detailed and informative text and each of the body's individual systems and functions are described in colour-coded sections.

    Written by medical experts and consultants, the text in this book is clear and concise and there are also full-colour diagrams to pore over.
  • 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.
  • WHBK
    • £9.99
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    This impressive book celebrates the work of the world's most famous (but also most secretive) street artist - Banksy.

    Presented in stunning hardback, it looks over the whole of Banksy's street art career all the way from his early work in 2002 to his New York residency in 2013 and beyond. There are full-page photographs of every work to pore over.

    A rare artist whose work is both accessible yet complex and with many layers of meaning, author Xavier Tapies gives an insight into the ntriguing background of each piece of Banksy art. There's also a double-spread world map so you can see where each stencil was painted.