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  • The Urban Woodsman - Hardback - 9780857833778 - Max Bainbridge
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    Max Bainbridge
    • £5.00
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    Max Bainbridge's The Urban Woodsman is a hardback book that shows how you can work with wood to make bespoke cutlery including spoons, bowls and boards.

    Max will show you where to source local timber from (without having to pay much at all) and then explains the tools you'll need and the cutting techniques you should learn to make them. He also reveals the ways to achieve the perfect finish.

    Wood you believe it? This book is ideal for both novices and experienced carvers and will show you how to make some stunning contemporary homeware.
  • HOWP
    James Rhodes
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Accessible and inspiring, this is a beginner's guide to the piano that promises that you will be able to play Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major in just six weeks - even if you know nothing about music and have never even laid fingers on a piano before.

    A book that promises to give you all the tools you need to play this beautiful instrument, no matter what your age, it teaches you the basics of playing including how to read music, the difference between the treble and bass clef, sharp and flat notes and the best ways to practise.

    James Rhodes is a talented pianist and hugely popular in the classical music field. In this book, he encourages you to unleash your creative powers and even embrace your own personal interpretation.
  • GPTD
    Elizabeth Wilhide
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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.
  • 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.
  • Haynes Manual: International Space Station - Hardback - 9780857338396 - David Baker
    INSS
    • £4.00
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    This Haynes manual provides an insight into the inner workings of one of man's greatest technological achievements - the International Space Station.

    Permanently manned, the ISS orbits the earth and comprises modules built in the USA, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. Its astronauts carry out research into many different scientific activities.

    Examining how the ISS was built and with plenty of awe-inspiring photographs this book looks at the logistics and freighters operated by the user nations, how astronauts live on board the vessel, what it actually does and how all the research is carried out.
  • Lakeland Fells Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780711234925 - Alfred Wainwright
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    Alfred Wainwright
    (5)
    • £17.00
    • RRP £109.99
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    • Just £2.43 per book
    A beautiful anniversary edition of all seven of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by the fell-walking legend A. Wainwright.

    The pages have been freshly reproduced from the original artwork and then printed and bound to match the first-edition books as closely as possible. Completely unabridged and unedited, the maps and text are just how Wainwright wrote them.

    There simply is nothing quite like Wainwright's guides, and having been treasured by generations of keen walkers, this set makes a wonderful gift for a new enthusiast. Perfect for walkers and lovers of the Lakeland Fells, as well as those who simply love stunningly presented books.
  • PHIP
    Frank Gallaugher
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    The Photographer's iPad shows you how to realise the potential of your iPad and turn it into an essential and exhilarating piece of photographic gear.

    Featuring the latest and best software, this guide covers everything that is possible with the device - from managing your photos immediately after a shoot to processing files with top-of-the-range apps - and the provides step-by-step instructions for using all the photographic features and functions.

    Included in the book is advice on how to break out of Apple's walled garden and import photos, share them and move them about. There are even tips for using the full editing capabilities of Adobe Lightroom Mobile.
  • Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250380 - Anastasia Catris
    DWYB
    • £4.99
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    • Just £1.66 per book
    This three-book collection of art therapy has been especially designed to help you draw your way to a younger brain.

    Losing your memory is one of the biggest concerns in people aged over 40 and these three books provide a creative way to help you keep your mind sharper and 'younger'. Each book contains a series of line drawings and then space on the opposite page which allows you to copy the illustration.

    The scenes gradually become more challenging as you progress and every page can help stimulate the parts of your brain that are vital for memory retention.
  • TGOB
    Jennifer Ackerman
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    A celebration of our feathered friends, The Genius of Birds is a beautifully written and incredibly informative book that describes just how intelligent birds can be.

    From the memory of the Clark's nutcracker, who can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them months later to the common pigeon's outstanding sense of direction, you'll find out so many amazing things as you read through this book.

    Jennifer Ackerman is a well-respected expert on nature and these words showcase her love for birds. Showing how surprising and fiercely intelligent they can be, she also explains how they're socially aware, too. They can tease, deceive and even console each other.
  • AG1071
    Richard Hammond
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    Former Top Gear (and now The Grand Tour) presenter Richard Hammond provides a celebration of the magic of motorcycles in this witty and knowledgeable overview of the vehicle's history.

    Richard attempts to explain what it is about bikes and biking that proves so irresistible to so many. Charting from the bike's origins through to its modern-day incarnations, the book covers the bikes that have propelled people all over the world to their work, to school and to their doom.

    He also looks at the motorbike's social standing. He examines bikers of every type - from peasants trundling through fields to ridiculously cool film stars and daredevils including Eddie Kidd and Evel Knievel.
  • GRIT
    Aneeta Patel
    (5)
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    This full-colour hardback is a tried-and-tested guide for beginner knitters who are starting their knitting journey and then looking for follow-up projects that will provide the perfect challenge to test and practise their new skills.

    You can learn how to make that all-important first scarf and then progress far beyond that as your knitting confidence grows with every creation.

    Increase your ambition and make beautiful home-made designs you'll be proud to display around your home and give to others as charming gifts with this invaluable guide to knitting for those who are completely new to the timeless and very practical craft.

    A great way to get to grips with the absolute basics of knitting!
  • AC2043
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    This deluxe box set has everything an aspiring artist needs to start drawing.

    From the best materials to use to basic techniques, this instructional book has tips for every element. It discusses the importance of light and shade and covers everything from drawing people to sketching landscapes.

    Ideal for all ages, this beginner's guide will help you improve your artistic skills and inspire you to draw all sorts of incredible things. It even comes with three charcoal pencils (soft, medium and hard) and three drawing pencils (soft, medium and hard).

    Paperback book, size 250 x 185mm, 128 pages
  • TQCB
    • £4.99
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    From history and geography to culture and literature, this collection of four crossword books is sure to keep your brain ticking and memory pumping - wherever you are.

    Perfect for long journeys, commutes or rainy, stay-at-home days, there are 320 definition-only puzzles from the Times T2 section for you to work your way through.

    A great way to test your word power AND boost your general knowledge!
  • UDDA
    Dr Gareth Moore
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    With extreme puzzle challenges to complete and colour, this large-format dot-to-dot book contains over 30,000 dots.

    All animal themed, the puzzles are sure to entertain and engage you for hours on end. As you connect the dots (one has 2,000 just by itself!), the intricate animal images will appear before your eyes - as if by magic.

    Once you've finished joining the dots, why not colour it in and make it unique?
    Please note that the dots featured in this book are very intricate.
  • AG1027
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    From the first loop to the last seam, First Crochet is an essential beginner's guide to one of the most popular needlecrafts.

    It's full of comprehensive instructions and step-by-step photographs that start by showing the basics, from holding the crochet hook to weaving intricate patterns.

    There are over 20 gorgeous projects to make including stylish home accessories like cushions and a throw and beautiful gifts such as scarves, bags and baby items.
  • Anti-Stress Puzzles Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781782437253
    ASPU
    • £5.99
    • RRP £20.97
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    • Just £2.00 per book
    This three-book collection of puzzles is perfect for when you want to switch off, unwind and refocus your mindset.

    There are 90 activities in each of these travel-sized books. The crosswords will test both your general knowledge and word power; the word searches are fun yet tricky and provide your brain with a gentle workout as you try to find the words that are hidden in any direction; and the codeword puzzles offer a numerical twist on the traditional crossword. No prior general knowledge is needed and they increase in difficulty as you progress.

    Great for taking on journeys or when you just want to relax in the evening after a hard day's work.
  • AG1067
    • £4.99
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    Transform plain old paper into beautiful decorations, handmade cards and stunning scrapbooks with this incredible book.

    Suitable for novices and those who already enjoy papercrafts, it also contains step-by-step instructions for jewellery, bunting and lanterns.
  • Collins Learn to Draw Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780007960309
    CLTD
    • £6.99
    • RRP £39.95
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    • Just £1.40 per book
    Learn to draw like a professional with this wide-ranging collection. From animals and buildings to still life and the countryside, these books are full of hints, tips and techniques to inspire you to embrace your creative nature.

    The books are all easy to follow and will help you master the basics of drawing techniques for each subject and then encourage you to hone these new-found skills in a variety of ways. There's even a book to help you create realistic drawings of people.

    Each book has practical exercises and looks at the structure and form of each subject. They will help you choose the right medium, learn about composition and understand the importance of light and shade. They will also help you capture movement and behaviour.
  • MNDL
    Jane Snedden Peever
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Mandalas are big at the moment, and we just made them even bigger! Artist and pattern-maker Jane Snedden Peever has created a gorgeous collection of richly elaborate mandalas, each one hand-drawn on a specific mindful theme. Furthermore, these mandalas are supersized, made bigger for more colouring, and making a larger and more impressive addition to your wall. Whether your choice of media is colouring pens, pencils, pastels or watercolour, you will be inspired by the beautiful creations in this book. Giant Mandalas makes an ideal gift or self-purchase for anyone seeking hours of colouring calm.
  • Green Guides Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781472933911
    GRGU
    • £4.99
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    • Just £1.25 per book
    Anyone who loves getting outdoors will find these little guides to be essential companions on their next adventure.

    Covering wild flowers, trees, butterflies and garden wildlife, the books provide concise descriptions of their subjects which include information on their appearances, habitats and much more. There are also beautiful illustrations of over 150 species in each book.

    Ideal for beginners and amateur naturalists alike, the Green Guides come in a pocket size.
  • HMBT
    Juliette Goggin
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    Cosmetic experts Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton show how, using only natural ingredients, you can make skincare and haircare products easily at home.

    Truly inspirational, the products can be made using just a few basic materials and some kitchen equipment. The first part of the book looks at the things you will need to make the cosmetic projects; while the second includes 37 recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations.

    Including step-by-step instructions for home-made face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, hand creams, body butters and bath bombs, the projects cater for all skin and hair types. It even includes ideas on how you can package them.
  • Love to Sew x 2 PBs S/W - Collection - 9781782215424
    LVSW
    • £4.99
    • RRP £15.98
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    • Just £2.50 per book
    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.
  • LTDW
    • £2.99
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    Enjoy drawing, colouring and doodling with this collection of inspiring and fun ideas of things to draw and create.

    There are illustrations to start you off and free space to draw without rules.

    There are absolutely no drawing skills required and there's a lot to get you started in this imaginative collection of ideas, designed to boost creativity and imagination.
  • UWLK
    Julia Bradbury
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    Tying in with the popular TV show Best Walks with a View, Julia Bradbury presents eight of the country's most-loved walks in a book that is part-practical guide and part-love letter to walking.

    Complete with maps and landscapes, the walks take in the likes of the South Downs, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. As she writes about each walk, Julia focuses on the sights and sounds, flora and fauna and past and present of each path.

    They may be well-trodden, but each walk is still full of wonder and discovery - and a few pubs! Accompanied by maps and illustrations, each walk is under 10 miles showcase the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Great Britain.