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Book People offers a wide range of illustrated reference books and guides for all the family to enjoy - and they're available at unbelievable prices.

  • The Maths Book

    Matt Parker

    Product Code: MTHS
    Hardback
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    Make sure the numbers add up...

    This huge and stylish DK book will help you discover 85 of the most important mathematical ideas, theorems and proof of all time - and learn all about the minds that came up with them.

    From fractions to shapes and patterns to numbers, all the information is presented in authoritative and concise text that complements the bold graphic illustrations. This book reveals how maths is used in everything from world economies and modern technology to computers and AI.
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  • How Technology Works

    DK

    Product Code: HTEC
    Hardback
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    This graphic guide from DK shows you exactly how various everyday inventions, gadgets and devices actually work.

    Using eye-catching visuals, it demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going - from zip fasteners to driverless cars and gives special attention to those inventions that changed the course of history.

    All of the step-by-step explanations of vehicles are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show their mechanisms in great detail.
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  • London's Underground

    Oliver Green

    Product Code: LNDU
    Hardback
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    Mind the Gap! And just imagine London without the Tube...

    The Underground helps millions of people find their way across the city every year and stops off at destinations ranging from leafy suburbs to bustling streets in the heart of the city.

    Complete with photography by the award-winning Benjamin Graham, this book (published in association with Transport for London) by Tube expert Oliver Green traces the history of the Underground - covering all its troubles, triumphs and the important role it plays in shaping London's economy, geography, tourism and identity.
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  • Philosophers: Their Lives and Works

    DK

    Product Code: PTLW
    Hardback
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    Learn about the origins of big ideas with DK's lavish Philosophers: Their Lives and Works.

    From Confucius and Plato to Noam Chomsky and Karl Marx, this book contains 100 illustrated biographies of the world's most influential thinkers.

    These biographies trace the ideas, friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired their ideas and influenced their work, providing insights into what drove them to question the meaning of life.
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    The LEGO Visual History

    Product Code: TLVH
    Hardback
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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.
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  • A Field Guide to Fantastical Beasts

    Olento Salaperainen

    Product Code: FGFB
    Hardback
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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.
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  • Le Tour de France

    Serge Laget

    Product Code: LTDF
    Hardback
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    One of the world's favourite sporting events, Le Tour de France finds cyclists competing in a huge test of skill, passion and endurance.

    This authoritative hardback looks over the event in great detail and contains over 300 photographs from its history - including some from the 19th century.

    Fully up to date with analysis of the 2017 tour (which found Chris Froome joining an elite club of four-time and three-in-a-row winners) alongside all the memorable moments from yesteryear, this beautiful book contains action shots of the most famous stars of the saddle and archive images of brochures, newspaper clippings, posters and postcards.
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  • Marathons of the World

    Hugh Jones

    Product Code: MOTW
    Paperback
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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.
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    Chasing the Dram

    Rachel L. McCormack

    Product Code: DRAM
    Hardback
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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.
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  • The Tool Book

    Phil Davy

    Product Code: TLBK
    Hardback
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    This big book from DK will help you always choose the right tool for the job. It comes with a foreword from Ron Swanson himself - woodworker and tool fan Nick Offerman.

    The information in this book will help you understand, look after and use tools effectively. It contains over 800 photographs and illustrations of tools and pays homage to centuries of craftsmanship and know-how. Looking at tools from every angle, it will help you understand the structure and manufacturing of so many different pieces of hardware.

    From hammers and spades to chisels, this has step-by-step photography that will help you use tools like a pro.
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  • Cops and Robbers

    Ant Anstead

    Product Code: COPS
    Hardback
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    In Cops and Robbers, TV presenter, former police officer and dedicated petrolhead Ant Anstead talks through the history of the British police car - revealing how it evolved from being a 20mph annoyance that scared horses to a vehicle capable of 150mph pursuits.

    Ant has always loved cars and this was partly the inspiration for his decision to join the police force. However, he was a serious copper and succeeded so much he joined on of the force's most elite units.

    From the Met's Wolseleys to the Senators that patrolled the motorways, Ant's love of cars shines through. This is a fascinating read for anyone who loves cars, races or modern history.
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  • Drive: The Definitive History of Motoring

    DK

    Product Code: DRVE
    Hardback
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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...
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  • Factfulness

    Hans Rosling

    Product Code: FCTF
    Hardback
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    The facts of life...

    Inspired by the bestselling book that counts Bill Gates and Barack Obama amongst its fans, Factfulness Illustrated uses facts to show how everything in the world isn't quite as bad as you may think it is - and how a chimpanzee choosing answers at random often tells the truth more then experts, journalists and investment bankers.

    It explains how letting bad news taking on outsize proportions instead of basing our thoughts around facts means that we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.
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  • National Trust: A Treasury of British Folklore

    Dee Dee Chainey

    Product Code: TOBF
    Hardback
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    Explore British folklore...

    Did you know that people in Scotland believed they could ward off fairies by hanging trousers from the foot of the bed? Or that Gloucestershire residents thought they could cure warts by cutting notches in the bark of an ash tree?

    This beautifully illustrated book finds Dee Dee Chainey telling tales of mountains, rivers, pixies, fairies, witches and alchemy and examining how these tales of folklore have shaped British culture. She even shares the places that keep folklore alive today.
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  • Introducing Media Studies

    Ziauddin Sardar

    Product Code: ADXGS
    Paperback
    No one can escape the influence of the media. Every day we watch hours of TV, listen to the radio, read newspapers and magazines, go to the cinema, sit in front of videos or surf the Web. These information commodities exercise enormous influence and power over all of us. "Introducing Media Studies" explores the complex relationship between the media, ideology, knowledge and power. It provides a scintillating tour of media history and presents a coherent view of the media industry, media theory and methods in media research. It explains how 'the audience' is constructed and how it in turn interprets the content and meaning of media representation. We also learn how to analyse film, deconstruct advertising and appreciate how TV and the press shape public opinion. The media is a condition of our existence and, in an unprecedented way, the pervading shape of our history. No one can afford to neglect a critical understanding of its omnipresence. Here is an entertaining and informative book, accessible to students and general readers concerned with the increasing power, influence and proliferation of the media.
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  • Introducing Marx

    Rius

    Product Code: ADXGQ
    Paperback
    Compact INTRODUCING guide to the influential philosopher, sociologist and economist. INTRODUCING MARX - A GRAPHIC GUIDE explores the life of the most famous Socialist figure, from his early years to meeting Engels in1842. It provides a readable, understandable biography of Karl Marx as well as a fundamental account of his original philosophy, its roots in 19th century European ideology, his radical economic and social criticism of capitalism that inspired vast 20th century revolutions.
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  • How to Write an Assignment

    Pauline Smith

    Product Code: AEBGK
    Paperback
    This practical guide, written by a chief examiner, gives you the tools and planning techniques for making light work of assignments, essays, reports and dissertations. It covers: - Thoroughly understanding the title, question or brief - Choosing the right format for your assignment - Producing an outline plan Reseaching and taking notes - Drafting the structure and improving your style - Presenting the final assignment Examples and mini case studies show the difference between good and bad practice. Self-evaluation exercises ensure you stay on the right track.
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  • Foucault

    Chris Horrocks

    Product Code: ADXGD
    Paperback
    Michel Foucault's work was described at his death as 'the most important event of thought in our century'. As a philosopher, historian and political activist, he certainly left behind an enduring and influential body of work, but is this acclaim justified? "Introducing Foucault" places his work in its turbulent philosophical and political context, and critically explores his mission to expose the links between knowledge and power in the human sciences, their discourses and institutions. This book explains how Foucault overturned our assumptions about the experience and perception of madness, sexuality and criminality, and the often brutal social practices of confinement, confession and discipline. It also describes Foucault's engagement with psychiatry and clinical medicine, his political activism and the transgressive aspects of pleasure and desire that he promoted in his writing.
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  • Introducing Chomsky

    John Maher

    Product Code: ACOWN
    Paperback

    John Maher's Introducing Chomsky: A Graphic Guide traces Chomsky's understanding of the cognitive realities involved in the use of language - and the technical apparatus needed to represent it. The sometimes complex theories are explained in a clear manner through Judy Groves' brilliant illustrations. A great introduction to the man sometimes described as the 'father of modern linguistics'.

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  • Introducing Slavoj Zizek

    Christopher Kul-Want

    Product Code: ACOWM
    Paperback
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  • Introducing Rousseau

    Dave Robinson

    Product Code: ABRAW
    Paperback
    Illustrated guide to the crucial French philosopher who denied bring a philosopher at all. 'I am like no one else in the whole world ...' Thus begins Jean-Jacques Rousseau's defiant Confessions - an autobiography of astounding psychological insight. Musician, poet, novelist and botanist, but above all, a philosopher who firmly denied being one, Rousseau was the first to ask: "What is the value of civilization?" His answer - that civilization corrupts natural goodness and increases social inequalities - shocked his Enlightenment contemporaries and still challenges us today. Did Rousseau inspire the French Revolution? Can Romanticism, psychoanalysis and Existentialism all be traced back to him? Introducing Rousseau presents a maverick thinker whose ideas revolutionized our understanding of childhood, education, government, language and much else. Dave Robinson's clear and concise account of Rousseau's ideas, engagingly dramatized by Oscar Zarate's illustrations, guides the reader through Rousseau's turbulent life of lost innocence, persecution and paranoia.
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  • Introducing Hegel

    Lloyd Spencer

    Product Code: ABRAV
    Paperback
    INTRODUCING guide to the hugely influential German thinker. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is one of the greatest thinkers of all time. No other philosopher has had such a profound impact on the ideas and political events of the 20th century. Hegel's influential writings on philosophy, politics, history and art are parts of a larger systematic whole. They are also among the most difficult in the entire literature of philosophy. Introducing Hegel guides us through a spectacular system of thought which aimed to make sense of history. The book also provides new perspectives on contemporary postmodern debates about 'metanarratives' (Lyotard) and the 'end of history' (Fukuyama). It is an ideal introduction to this crucial figure in the history of philosophy, and is indispensable for anyone trying to understand such key modern thinkers as Marx, Lacan, Satre and Adorno.
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  • Introducing Machiavelli

    Patrick Curry

    Product Code: ABRAU
    Paperback
    Illustrated guide to the crucial Italian philosopher and author of The Prince. 'Machiavellian' is a popular byword for treachery and opportunism. Machiavelli's classic book on statecraft, The Prince, published over 400 years ago, remains controversial to this day because of its electrifying frankness as a practical guide to power. Is it a how-to manual for dictators, a cynical philosophy of 'the end justifies the means', or a more complex and subtle analysis of successful government? Machiavelli was a loyal servant of the Florentine republic. His opposition to Medici despotism led him to torture on the rack and exile, and yet he chose as his model for the Prince the most notorious tyrant, Cesare Borgia. Introducing Machiavelli traces the colourful life of this paradoxical realist whose clear-sighted patriotism made him the first truly modern political scientist. Machiavelli is seen as central to the postmodern debate on Civil Society. This book brings the creative turbulence of Renaissance Italy to life, and presents a compelling portrait of a key figure of European political history.
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  • Introducing Aesthetics

    Christopher Kul-Want

    Product Code: AARZL
    Paperback
    What is beauty, and what is truth? These are some of the questions which aesthetics tries to answer. In our everyday life, we talk about the 'aesthetics' of an artwork or a piece of design. But aesthetics goes beyond the simple experience of art. It is also a branch of philosophy concerned with the whole nature of experience itself, explored through our perceptions, feelings and emotions.
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