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  • ANEX
    Hollis Lance Liebman
    • £4.99
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    This book provides step-by-step instructions for how to perform over 75 different exercises if you are over 50 and are looking to keep fit.

    A detailed guide to attaining optimum physical fitness, the first group of exercises focus on flexibility, while the next ones will help you improve your endurance. There are also exercises that target range of motion, posture and alignment, core strengthening for injury prevention and toning.

    This book will help you keep fit - and stay fit. It's a handy guide for anyone over 50 who is looking to live a healthier life.
  • MORL
    Villager Jim
    • £3.99
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    Described as 'the Banksy of wildlife photography', Villager Jim introduces Barnaby the labrador and a host of animal friends from the beautiful Peak District in this stunning book.

    Barnaby also introduces his labrador 'sisters' Dilly and Bumble, Bobbin the robin (who visits the bird table every day) and various other canines and Highland cattle. There are even chickens who just 'love' to be chased.

    Villager Jim is an award-winning photographer and these images are sure to raise a smile as they present a dog's-eye-view of Barnaby's world.
  • AG1080
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    If you want to add some style to your nails, this is the book for you. It has over 40 designs for nail decals you can print at home - and they're all bursting with personality.

    There are clear and photographic step-by-step tutorials to show you how to apply the designs and then download, scan, colour and trace and customise them. As an added bonus, it even comes with a sheet of ready-to-wear nail stickers so you can get started right away.

    The designs come from popular YouTuber Janelle Estep and range from paw prints to unicorns. She explains how to easily apply studs, jewels, glitter and polish techniques. All you need to get started is craft decal paper and a desktop printer.
  • 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.
  • STFG
    Angela Mckay
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    Stickertopia: The Flower Garden is a sticker book for grown-ups full of gorgeous gardening designs/ It will delight you and help you find serenity.

    With beautiful blossoms and peaceful gardens featured throughout, it comes with jewel-like stickers of botanical flowers, leaves and petals that can be added to designs as you create your very own world of wonder on each spread.

    The artwork is inspired by some of the world's most beautiful gardens including the Saihoji temple garden in Japan, the Versailles Garden in France, the Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona and Kew Gardens in London.
  • STTF
    Angela Mckay
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    Stickering for grown-ups is the new way to find mindfulness and you will find your worries drifting away as you decorate the intricate scenes in this beautiful book based around the joys of the forest.

    Combining gorgeous backgrounds with jewel-like stickers of woodland animals, trees and plants, it's a book that encourages you to construct a world of wonder, one tiny detail at a time.

    All based on real-life wonders, you will love unleashing your creativity as you stick the stickers and complete the exquisite artwork.
  • RALL
    Chris Paling
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    Chris Paling works in a small-town library in the south of England and in Reading Allowed he introduces some of the quirky characters who use this invaluable service on a day-to-day basis.

    There are the street-sleepers Brewer, Wolf and Spencer who are always first through the doors; The Mad Hatter - an elderly man who scurries around manically searching for books; and Sons of Anarchy Alan, a young man with Down's Syndrome who is addicted to the popular American drama.

    There's also the relentlessly cheerful Trish, who is always dressed in pink and has never been married although everyone else's marital status is of huge interest to her. Some of the characters' stories are tragic, some are amusing and some are genuinely surreal. Together they show just how important libraries are and what a huge impact they have on local communities.

    One of the few places left where people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds can wander in and speak to someone about their concerns or just for a general chat, this book is a celebration of libraries and their important role in society.
  • SKRB
    Mitchell Beazley
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    Brought to you by the people behind Sock Club London - a members-only club that has been established to elevate and champion men's hosiery - this book reveals the 10 essential rules when it comes to wearing socks.

    Clearly, socks are a very serious business. But like any kind of fashion and style, there are many pitfalls to be aware of. This book will help you avoid making any fashion faux pas with your hosiery. It reveals the style of socks that best complement brogues; explains whether patterned socks are permissible with sneakers; and even tells you just how high you should rule your trouser legs up.

    All told with a knowing sense of humour, the book establishes clear guidelines for every single aspect of the sock world.
  • TRIC
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    Part of the Trianimals series, this colouring book most certainly is cool for cats!

    Adding a new twist to the tradition of colouring by numbers, it features images of all your favourite felines and once you add a dash of colour to each segment, the cute kitties will magically come to life.

    This book features cats ranging from bengals to Scottish fold kittens and American bobcats. There's even a selection of cat masks included.
  • BATD
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    Do you want to learn how to draw? This engaging, write-in book from the experienced artist and teacher Jake Spicer will show you how.

    Using innovative and easy-to-follow methods, it encourages you to practise the simple lessons straight away. It eases you in and gradually shows you the more head-turning techniques that you'll love mastering.

    This book is full of straightforward advice and tricks that help you develop skills. All you'll need to do is pick up a pencil and work your way through. Among the styles covered are shape, tone and texture, distance and detail and a two-point perspective.
  • PHOW
    Richard Osman
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    Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong present their very own account of times gone by in A Pointless History of the World.

    Told with their trademark humour, this is a step-by-step journey that takes you from the Big Bang to the fall of the Roman Empire and from the evolution of language all the way through to Last of the Summer Wine.

    Taking you on a journey through time and space, the essays are interspersed with questions from Pointless, everyone's favourite TV quiz show.
  • URBN
    Max Bainbridge
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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.
  • 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.
  • HOWP
    James Rhodes
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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.
  • INSS
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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
    WAIN
    Alfred Wainwright
    (5)
    • £19.99
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    • Just £2.86 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
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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.
  • LPPQ
    Hazel Soan
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    Hazel Soan is a hugely popular artist and in this book she will teach you everything you need to know about painting people.

    Compact and accessible, it has a very visual style and easy-to-follow instructions that will help you gain confidence when it comes to painting your own artworks. It also has advice on painting people as individuals and as part of a crowd.

    She also advices on how to paint people in different poses and settings and explains how to make the most of watercolour, oils and other media. Body proportion, perspective and portraiture are also all included.
  • 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!
  • CBOT
    Emma Brown
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    All of these cute animals live on the island of Shady Bay and have a role to play. There's Ronnie the bear who is the island's ranger, canine brothers Archie and Boris who build the homes and Whimsie the bunny who has a very wild imagination...

    You can crochet these amazing characters and many more with the 25 projects featured in this easy-to-follow book. The toys are suitable for children of all ages and the patterns can be made by anyone from beginners to experienced crafters.

    Once completed, these adorable and original animal toys will become friends for life.