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  • DBAC
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    You don't need to spend so much time on incredible drawings of architecture and landscapes... Matthew Brehm's book is full of tips that will help you sketch urban environments in just 15 minutes.

    The exercises in this book will help you develop the core skills for drawing buildings and cities in a shorter timeframe and there is also advice on playing with proximity and point of view. Matthew even shows you how to capture the unique character of buildings and cities and record details including reflections and shadows.

    This book will build your confidence as it proves anyone can draw - and that good drawings aren't always the ones that you've spent a lot of time over... Some of the best pieces are swift and energetic.
  • ANIB
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    Featuring a foreword from Alan Titchmarsh and introduction from Sir Nicholas Bacon, Matthew Biggs' A Nation in Bloom is a beautiful hardback tome that celebrates the people, plants and places of the Royal Horticultural Society.

    This book reveals the story of the RHS and how it works tirelessly to improve the gardener's lot. Biggs explains the RHS's role in the future of horticulture and celebrates its five famous British gardens including Wisley, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Bridgewater with Jason Ingram's sumptuous photographs.

    This book also provides an insight into the Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Shows and reveals how the RHS helps define new gardening trends, encourage children to eat veg through the Campaign for School Gardening and inspire communities through Britain in Bloom.
  • FBKA
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    Get creative and recycle your old books into stunning paper crafts using this inspiring book.

    From simple bird designs to botanical lampshades, Clare Young shares a variety of 35 paper projects that range from beginner to advanced level. They all have step-by-step instructions and illustrations to help you get started - all you need is books!

    Examples of projects in chapter one (Folding Books) include a sailor's knot and a shining star, in chapter two (Making Scenes) users can make a fairy tale castle or a tiger in the jungle, and in chapter three (Refashioned Pages) you can transform pages into greeting cards or hanging birds.
  • KEAT
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    A Mummy Too founder and award-winning writer Emily Leary presents a 5-phase programme that will help picky eaters discover a world of flavours.

    With a mantra of 'make new the norm', Emily presents a holistic approach that introduces more varied meals in an imaginative and positive way. Each phase includes a clear explanation of what you're going to learn and achieve and the tried-and-tested recipes are sure to tantalise everyone's taste buds. There are also hands-on activities to add extra interactive appeal.

    This innovative approach introduces unfamiliar colours, flavours and textures into favourite dishes; explains how it can be fun to experiment with food; and encourages the whole family to discover new ingredients and combinations together.
  • CBEW
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    Bestselling author Stuart Fisher brings you a comprehensive survey of the British coastline, exploring every stretch of the shores of England and Wales.

    From the clear blue waters of serene Cornish bays to the tempestuous seas around rugged Pembrokeshire headlands, this fascinating book visits all the places of interest along the entire coastline of England and Wales - spanning almost 8,000 miles!

    Stuart journeys from industrial hubs to small villages and fishing communities, offering a keen insight into what makes each stretch of Britain's shoreline unique and special. It features evocative photography as well as maps, stamps and local artefacts to help convey the character of each area.
  • The Times: Mind Games Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9780007975822
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    • Just £2.50 per book
    Two books packed with puzzles taken from the Mind Games section of The Times. One book will test your powers of logic and mental agility while the other will test your word power.

    Each book contains 500 assorted puzzles with the number and logic challenges ranging from mental maths to arithmetical logic puzzles (KenKen) and Suko (espresso sudoku), while the word conundrums include concise and cryptic crossword-style quintagrams, word quizzes and codeword grids.
    Format: paperback
  • ICCC
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    Howzat! The Cricket World Cup takes place in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July this year and this is the official preview and guide to the incredible event.

    Illustrated with full-colour photographs, this book explores the history of the sport and recalls the most memorable moments from past World Cups. It also includes an analysis of all 10 teams competing for the prize - England, Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Windies, South Africa, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

    It highlights the star players and venues and includes a full schedule for you to complete as the countries compete for the grand prize in the world's favourite summer sport.
  • CRCH
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    Crochet can be a very relaxing hobby and you're sure to find mindfulness when you work your way through the 35 patterns in this craft book.

    With specially designed elements of repetition, colour and texture that will help you relax, refocus and unwind, these projects make stunning additions to your home and beautiful gifts.

    They encourage you to be 'in the moment' as you follow the pattern, keep yarn on the hook, count stitches and use different colours.
  • Overworked & Underpuzzled Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781781779354
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    Packed with hundreds of puzzles, these exciting books have something for all abilities!

    Coffee Break Puzzles has succinct but satisfying puzzles that will fit into your tea or coffee break and are designed to give your brain a well-needed boost; Mindful Puzzles is the ultimate book for hardworking puzzle fans who want to destress and enhance overall wellbeing; and Puzzles to Unwind uses simple yet fun challenges to help massage the mind when you want to decompress after a long day.

    Ranging from easy, through intermediate to difficult, there is a puzzle for everyone and includes all the favourites: Sudoku, mazes, crosswords, spot the difference, riddles, and much more.

    Format: paperback
  • LRAI
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    In this extended second edition of Lost Railway Walks (complete with eight new routes including Canterbury to Whitstable and Jarrow to Tanfield), Julian Holland details over 100 of Britain's lost railways and reveals how you can explore them by foot or bicycle.

    Presented in a vintage style, this book covers railways from all over the country and includes maps of every single one. Each route is accompanied by a brief history of the railway that used to be there and points of interest you can spot while walking along the route.

    With historical and modern-day photography featured throughout, this is a great book for ramblers and people who love trains. In his previous books, Julian has kept track of The History of Britain's Railways and provided us with a first-class commentary of the Great Railway Journeys of the World - this book is just as compelling, you could say it's just the ticket!
  • BAGM
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    Learn how to sew 20 stylish bag designs with this beautiful beginner's guide.

    From tote and box bags to sports and bowling bags, the projects can be completed using a variety of techniques, styles, fabrics and finishes.

    This book also includes step-by-step instructions for mastering every technique you will need.
  • AVRY
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    Knitting expert Sue Stratford provides you with patterns for 21 feathered friends - from a seagull to a puffin and parakeet to a flamingo!

    This book features beautifully clear colourwork charts to make the patterns easy to follow and all the projects can be completed quickly and easily.

    As well as the birds themselves there are instructions for making a hanging nest, a felt nest box, branches, flowers and leaves so you can display them in style!

    Why should you buy this book? The knitting projects of beautiful birds are fun to knit and make great gifts.
  • SEWP
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    This craft book is full of whimsical animal-themed sewing projects ranging from an owl doorstop to a doggy oven mit.

    Designer Helen Rhiannon offers step-by-step instructions for 18 projects that will add character and colour to any household and also serve useful functions. Key techniques and basic materials are detailed at the start of the book and the projects can be completed by sewers of all abilities.

    Other projects include a snake draught excluder, a sheep hot water bottle cover and a fantastic fox pillow. Templates for all the animals are provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of the book.
  • HDIC
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    These bright and bold crochet projects are suitable for beginner and advanced crocheters. From drawstring pouches and glass jar covers and lacy blankets to lemon slice rugs, there are so many colourful designs to brighten your home.

    The different levels of difficulty means all skill levels can learn new techniques. They use smooth cotton yarn and include full pattern instructions and charts.

    With inspiring photography, this book will encourage creativity and personalisation within the home. It also includes step-by-step instruction for pouches, poufs and cushions!
  • GMCH
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    Harking back to an era when all you needed to play fun games was a pen, some paper and your imagination, this book has easy-to-follow instructions for the favourite games from your childhood!

    From filling in the grids of Battleships to Hangman and cut-out card games including snap, dominoes and pairs, this compendium also presents gorgeous versions of Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.

    Providing a refreshing antidote to today's digi-centric world, these games are suitable for all the family and will help you test your logic and reasoning while having fun.
  • CTKH
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    Geoffrey Fisher offers woodworking tips and projects that can help you make the most of your home and help your garden's eco-system thrive!

    From crafting a catapult to building a bee hotel or making a cup-and-ball game for young children to play with, this book is packed with whittling brilliant ideas. All of the projects are accompanied by step-by-step photography.

    Geoffrey covers the basics of woodworking and also explains how to check wood for disease and maintain it properly before offering step-by-step instructions for the stunning projects.
  • WATR
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    Create beautiful avian artworks and enjoy the relaxing practice of watercolour painting with this incredible book.

    Featuring the European goldfinch, a hummingbird and a wren, this book is full of beautiful birds for aspiring artists to paint in watercolour.

    Emma Faul's stunning artworks have been reproduced as outlines on high-quality watercolour paper and this book also contains advice on getting started and mastering a wide range of techniques.

    To get started, simply choose an outline on watercolour paper and pull it out of the book, then follow the artist's step-by-step advice for creating beautiful watercolours and use the gallery of finished artworks as a guide.

    The professional paper will also work beautifully with other media, such as acrylic paint, artists' pencils and art brush or marker pens.
  • RBPZ
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    Packed with 100 puzzles that range from logic to mathematical and visual, this book has been compiled by the creators of the Rubik's Cube and is sure to keep you guessing.

    With a cool, retro feel throughout, the puzzles have been split into different types so that you will have a varied and challenging experience as you work through. Perfect for dipping in and out of, some of the challenges really are tough nuts to crack.

    Other puzzles featured in the book include mazes and colour sequences. Thankfully, all the answers and explanations are also included but remember, no cheating!
  • The Astronaut Selection Test Book - Hardback - 9781780899183 - Tim Peake
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    Tim Peake will help you see if you have what it takes to travel into space with The Astronaut Selection Test Book.

    Part a puzzle book, part guide, this is suitable for all ages and anyone who dreams of following in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's footsteps in the 50th year since the moon landing. It finds Tim drawing on his personal experiences to give an authentic feel to all the questions.

    It includes 100 real astronaut tests and training exercises for readers to try at home and outlines the full ESA (European Space Agency) selection process for the first time. From visual memory and perception puzzles to teamwork exercises, survival skills and foreign language aptitude tests, the questions wildly vary in difficulty.

    Are you ready for blast off?
  • MNGZ
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    This Collins book will help aspiring astronomers learn everything they need to know about our night sky.

    Covering the history of lunar exploration and the origin of the moon, it reveals the essential equipment you'll need to make the most of your moongazing and a profile of the special events you need to look out for.

    It also includes detailed moon maps from Greenwich's Royal Observatory and a handy glossary of key terms.
  • UDAV
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    David Attenborough is a national treasure, so what better way to while away the hours then by getting stuck into a whole host of fun and silly activities inspired by the world's favourite naturalist?

    You can enjoy guessing the animal from David's description, designing an Attenborough coat of arms and even partake in a drinking game inspired by his actions.

    As well as games and activities, this book includes fun facts about the man and even features a self-help guide titled 'What would Attenborough do?'
  • BAOR
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    Caroline Taggart will take you on a guided tour of the weird and wonderful places that have been connected to royalty over the past 1,500 years.

    The monarchs have waged war against cousins, created their own religions and married - and divorced - for diplomatic reasons. They have also built stunning summer palaces and formidable fortresses all over Great Britain.

    The history of the royal family is told in Britain's landscapes and castles, churches, battlefields and stained-glass windows all have stories to tell. This amusing and eye-opening book lifts the lid on them...
  • EFSP
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    In the year that marks 50 years since mankind first set foot on the moon, this book contains over 200 spectacular images of our planet from the depths of space.

    The astonishing satellite images and stills from the BBC's Natural History Unit's footage show the Earth's surface, its mega structures, weather patterns and natural wonders in awe-inspiring detail. You will be astounded by the colours, patterns, mass migrations and seismic changes that shape our world.

    From herds of elephants crossing the plains of Africa to turtles travelling on ocean currents, some of these fabulous scenes of nature can only be seen from space! You'll also be able to see the Earth's true colours - from the green plankton super bloom that attracts a marine feeding frenzy to the striped tulip fields of the Netherlands.

    Other breathtaking images include the world's largest beaver dam (so remote it was discovered through satellite imagery) and newly formed islands borne from volcanic eruptions. Accompanying the BBC series, this is a coffee table book to cherish and pore over.
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    Learn all about card games, magic tricks and expert skills with this clearly illustrated book.

    While delving into the history of cards, this book reveals the rules for 52 card games and explains how to perform 52 magic tricks that will amuse and entertain. It also offers advice on 52 card skills and feats that will help readers shuffle, flip, cut and palm their way to total card mastery.

    Presented in an eye-catching style, this book will appeal to card players of all ages and abilities.