Hobbies & Interests

  • TMQB
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    Test your knowledge against the brightest minds in the country with the 1,500 questions featured in The Mensa Quiz Book.

    This brain-teasing book contains a compilation of tough questions, perplexing puzzles and logic challenges from the annual Mensa Quiz. It will help you discover if you have what it takes to be the next 'Brain of Mensa'.

    To help you answer the questions, its introduction contains puzzle-solving tips and themed quizzes of between 10 and 15 questions each. The answers are at the back - but no peeking!

    Mensa is the world's oldest and biggest high IQ society and its membership is reserved for those with an IQ in the top 2 per cent - will you match up?
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    This chunky beginner's handbook for aspiring artists of all ages will help you learn how to sketch and draw anything at any time.

    Completely inspirational, whether you want to draw as a hobby or are thinking of a new career, it is full of proven exercises for real-world practice and improvement. It's a complete course of tried-and-tested lessons that range from five-minute exercises to dedicated sessions that can take at least an hour.

    With a focus on everything from still lifes to urban landscapes, the accessible tips and advice in this book comes from Jake Spicer, the UK's favourite drawing teacher.
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    Repurpose and upcycle your old books into things that are new, attractive and inspiring by following the tips and hints in Clare Youngs' book. There are 35 incredible projects to make including greetings cards, stationery, animals and display scenes.

    Clare celebrates how much typography and vintage artwork adds to projects and explains how book pages add colour, patterns and texture to her incredible designs: the illustrations in children's books add charm to papier-mache dolls, while maps and atlases are perfect for notebooks and greetings cards.

    The designs all come with step-by-step instructions (plenty with illustrations) and make use of a variety of crafting techniques including quilling, collage and decoupage. It also includes a techniques section for first-time crafters.
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    It's as easy as A, B, C to bring a touch of typography into your home decorations.

    In this practical craft book, Clare Youngs offers 35 quirky and cool projects to make from inexpensive and easily sourced materials including recycled fruit crates and old T-shirts.

    All the projects have accessible instructions and there's even a tools and techniques section to help you brush up your crafting skills, whatever letter you choose.
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    Give in to your creative urges and experiment with watercolour by following the tips and advice from contemporary artists in this incredible book.

    Watercolour painting is perfect for experimentation and this book is packed with tips for textures, applications, techniques and materials to use from contemporary artists.

    Create truly original artwork as you learn from what other people have done and rub, dab, scratch, scrunch, cut, sew and seal your next incredible piece.
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    The 25 knitted doll projects in this book by Fiona Goble are so appealing - and easy to make!

    There are boy, girl and animal dolls to make and a whole range of clothes and accessories and outfits. Other characters to make include Ben the Surfer Dude, Marion the Mermaid or Superhero Stan.

    With 35 patterns to master and easy-to-follow instructions, these handmade projects make great gifts for all ages.
  • KALE
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    You'll remember making fortune teller kaleidocycles at school (and some of you may have fond memories of them from the opening credits of Community) and now the crafting craze is taking over the world once more.

    This how-to book proves that the paper-folding creations are just as fun to make as they are to use and has step-by-step instructions for making everything from traditional kaleidocycles to hexaflexagons and paper globes to fortune tellers.

    This book has paper projects to cut out, colour, decorate, fold and create - all in a range of geometric decorations.
  • Learn to Crochet Granny Squares and Flower Motifs - Paperback - 9781782495673 - Nicki Trench
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    Anyone who is just starting to crochet will love this book. Granny Squares are easy to learn and quick to complete and this book explains how to master all the techniques you'll need. It then offers 25 patterns that will help you make use of your newly learned skills.

    The repetition of stitches and patterns within granny squares is perfect for mastering the basics, and the squares can then be made up into all sorts of useful and beautiful things, from scarves and blankets to bags and cushion covers.

    Once you've mastered the squares, this book shows you how to branch out into hexagons, triangles and flower motifs and the combinations of shape, colour and patterns you can use are almost endless.
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    This book for aspiring artists offers step-by-step instructions for drawing all kinds of faces. It's suitable for beginners and those who are slightly more experienced.

    It will help you understand how to draw anatomy and form, use light and shade and capture details including hair and wrinkles. From basic facial structures to the finer details, it helps you understand the fundamentals of portraiture and the book lays flat to help you practise drawing comfortably.

    The book's small and compact size means it's easily transportable and always on hand when you want to draw!
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    Petrolheads will be revving up to work their way through this cool book from the AA. It's a compendium of over 90 famous car logos and emblems from the past 120 years.

    From Alfa Romeo to Porsche, the marques are arranged alphabetically and are accompanied by a detailed history that reveals all their hidden meanings. Detailed artwork also captures each badge's evolution from initial design to the present day.

    A great present for car and design fans of all ages, the diagrams in this book are annotated to show their specific design details .
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    Esteemed artist Vivian Wong shows you how to realise the true potential of making art using colouring pencils with this interactive and beautifully presented journal.

    She explains how to create luscious drawings that sing off the page and reveals all the methods that will help you make something stunning. Stunningly illustrated, she reveals a host of practical techniques to master using a back-to-basics approach.

    She'll even show you how to blend, crosshatch and gradate colours. You can then practise these newfound skills by copying them into the templates provided. With lots of cute artwork, this is a great guide for helping you get awesome at drawing.
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    Decorate your home with a variety of papercraft floral arrangements, house plants, fruits and vegetables.

    This book has 15 designs for anyone new to the craft to master and also includes over 40 pages of colour templates from which the artworks can be directly cut out. Every project also has step-by-step photographs and instructions.
    Cut and assembled from coloured and patterned papers, these contemporary projects will bring a bright modern twist to artificial decoration and include the likes of tulips, poppies, succulents, pumpkins and a fly-catcher.
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    Talented knitting designer Jody Long will show you how to decorate your home with a range of contemporary knitted projects.

    This book starts with an introduction to basic techniques so that the first project will be a breeze and includes instructions for larger items including a tea cosy, table set, wall hangings, throws, rugs, baskets and cushions of varying shapes and sizes.

    There are contemporary and stylish projects that will add style to every room.
  • Thrive Through Yoga - Paperback - 9781472942999 - Nicola Jane Hobbs
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    Yoga expert Nicola Jane Hobbs has put together a visual 21-day plan of poses that will help you feel more alive and ease any anxieties.

    This step-by-step guide helps you become the person you want to be and is sure to improve your happiness and confidence. Based on how she overcame her own mental health experiences, this book combines simple yoga exercises with practical ways to relieve stress and anxiety.

    She explores the struggles and stresses that are most common in modern society and explains how to develop a loving relationship with your body, step by step. Whether you're an experienced Yogi or complete novice, she provides daily inspiration, mindset exercises, meditations, and yoga routines to guide you every step of the way.
  • The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book - Paperback - 9781781571361 - Thomas Pavitte
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    Who said dot-to-dots were only for children? This comprehensive collection of intricate and complex dot-to-dot patterns features 1,000 dots in each pattern to build your concentration and keep you focused for a satisfyingly long time.

    The unique puzzles presented on extra large pages take on Thomas Pavitte's unique style and recreate people and portraits in dot form. So not only will you have plenty of fun completing the pictures, but the finished illustrations will be impressive enough to display on your wall, too!

    As calming as adult colouring, but with the added bonus of a little bit of problem-solving, The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book will provide hours and hours of creative entertainment.
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    Suitable for all skill levels, Mini Knitted Woodland is bursting with cute and easy knitting patterns for animals, birds and other critters you would find living in a forest.

    There are 27 animals to knit and they all come with step-by-step instructions. The techniques you'll need to make the cute projects are also highlighted, complete with easy-to-follow illustrations.

    From badgers to bears and stags to squirrels, this is quite simply a magnificent animal-themed book. You can even knit together a forest floor mat to provide a backdrop to your scene.
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    If you want to start painting or are looking to hone your skills, Beginner's Watercolour will inspire you to pick up a brush and a palette in order to create your own masterpieces.

    Suitable for all ages, it will show you the basics of painting with watercolour - from building up washes to mixing colours and creating the impressions of light and shade. There is also advice on how you can use effects such as spattering, sponging and stippling.

    A brilliant book bursting with advice for all those who want to paint - whether you're interested in portraying landscapes, still lives or people.
  • Love to Sew Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781782215424
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    This is a lovely two-book set for those who enjoy sewing and creating beautiful projects. It contains two Love to Sew books covering little bags and purses and quilted covers and cosies.

    Little Bags & Purses by Saskia Abel is full of charming and colourfully designed bags for you to makes and also contains essential items such as key rings, phone covers and glasses cases. All have step-by-step instructions, full-size templates and there's even a handy techniques section (ranging from easy to more technically advanced) at the front of the book to help you on your way to making something stunning.

    Quilted Covers & Cosies by Book People favourite Debbie Shore has 18 projects that sewers of all abilities will want to make. This book starts with Debbie introducing basic quilting, binding and applique techniques and explaining which materials you will need. After this you will be able to make projects that range from egg cosies and mug hugs to sewing machine and toaster covers. All of them are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs.
  • Querkles - Paperback - 9781781572818 - Thomas Pavitte
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    Colouring in is becoming more and more popular with adults of all ages, so why not give Querkles - a similar concept to colour-by-number - a try?

    Designed by Thomas Pavitte - the graphic designer behind our bestselling 1,000 Dot-to-Dot books - Querkles may appear to just be a random assortment of overlapping circles but when you colour them in, famous faces begin to appear...

    With 20 great portraits - ranging from Mona Lisa to Captain Jack Sparrow - embedded in the puzzles, this book offers a great way for people of all ages to both relax and get creative!
  • Hook, Stitch & Give - Paperback - 9780857832160 - Kat Goldin
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    With projects suitable for a range of abilities, Hook, Stitch & Give features 30 creative crochet presents that you'll love to treat your family and friends to.

    From birthdays to house-warmings and festive celebrations, you'll find the perfect project for every occasion. From cushions and cabled throws to cardigans, there are so many cool projects to complete.

    Kat Goldin has been crocheting all her life and was recently described by Mollie Makes as 'Crochet's new star'. Among the crocheted presents you can enjoy making are granite mittens, a tablet case and a bobble hat.
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    You know the story of the starcrossed lovers, but you've never seen it in such unsqueakably good style as this - A Guinea Pig Romeo & Juliet.

    Born into the litters of two rival families, Romeo and Juliet fall tuft-over-paw for each other before learning that they are sworn enemies... There's soon a secret wedding on the cards and Romeo finds himself banished from the city after a fatal accident.

    Romeo and Juliet hatch a plan to scurry away together, but there's a chance it will lead to heartbreak. One of Shakespeare's beloved plays, these rodents fill these iconic roles almost as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film adaptation.
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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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    A great book for first-time knitters, Knitting Basics provides step-by-step instructions that will help you become an expert with a needle and thread.

    Starting with casting on, garter stitch and casting off, this helpful knitting book has 20 workshops that will show you the different stitches and techniques you will need - as well as colour artworks to show how everything is done.

    As you progress, you'll also have the chance to learn how to read knitting patterns, how to join pieces and how to knit in the round. Among the projects you'll soon be creating are table runners, a child's jumper and textured throw.
  • Draw Cats in 15 Minutes - Paperback - 9781781571958
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    With their luxurious fur and distinctive markings, you might think that drawing cats is an impossible challenge. Think again! With Draw Cats in 15 Minutes you'll be sketching your favourite feline friend in no time at all.

    Following the formula of the popular Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, the book presents easy-to-follow tutorials that take you from basic drawing techniques every would-be artist needs to know, to capturing the unique qualities that define your cat.

    From understanding a cat's anatomy to how it affects their appearance, rendering their fur in both pencil and charcoal and putting their distinctive character onto page, Draw Cats in 15 Minutes is a book that ensures that anyone who's ever wanted to draw will be able to in no time!