Hobbies & Interests


  • STRG
    Heather Couper
    • £2.99
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    If you're getting set to stargaze throughout the 12 months of 2017, this Philip's guide will be a very useful addition.

    Handily sized, this is perfect for both seasoned observers and those just starting out. Every month has a colour star map which will show you where you should be looking to see constellations, planets and positions of the moon. All the special events are also clearly marked and dates of special events such as eclipses and meteor showers are shown.

    There are also in-depth explanations of planets' movements and recommendations for the best stargazing equipment. This stargazing guide is suitable for use in Britain, Ireland and most of continental Europe.
  • HMCH
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    If you're planning on giving hand-made gifts this Christmas, then this DK book will show you how to make beautiful cards, gifts, decorations and bakes.

    With step-by-step instructions and plenty of photographs, the projects use techniques ranging from metalwork to bread making and focus on upcycling and using natural materials.

    Enjoy your most creative Christmas yet with this cool craft book.
  • HSPF
    Kelsey Elam
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    Join in the paper flower trend and create some truly stunning decorations with the help of Kelsey Elam in this gorgeous craft book.

    Paper flowers are affordable, fun and easy to make and provide an uplifting hit of colour that will brighten anyone's day. With its 100 templates and projects, this book is blooming with brilliant ideas for ornaments, applications and decor.

    With inspiring photography, it shows you how a handful of techniques can work across the board and will show you how to make everything from paper daisies to bouquets of lilies.
  • SHCL
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    Bring to life scenes from William Shakespeare's most famous works with Colouring Shakespeare - a colouring book inspired by the Bard.

    Featuring a foreword from Shakespearean actor and playwright Simon Callow, the book encourages you to express your creativity through selecting the right colours and shading for each pattern and texture.

    Ideal for anyone who wants to find mindfulness, the quotes come from plays including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • KFTH
    Hilary Grant
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    Inspired by traditional knitting, Hilary Grant's patterns offer a more contemporary slant on Nordic designs and in Knitting from the North she shows you how to make a host of cosy hats, gloves, scarves and jumpers.

    There are 30 colourful hand-knitted projects featured in the book and they all have clean and simple shapes that ensure that pattern and colour are always at the forefront. Hilary share her inspiration for each pattern and even gives advice on choosing the right yarn.

    Every project follows a pattern with a mitten, hat and scarf variation - meaning you'll soon have a whole winter wardrobe full of accessories.
  • CKCB
    Cath Kidston
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    One of the UK's most popular and eye-catching brands, you instantly know a Cath Kidston design whenever you see one. But have you ever thought of adding a bit of your own personality to this gorgeous imagery?

    The Cath Kidston Floral Colouring Book encourages you to immerse yourself in the cosiness and romance of her designs. Encouraging you to use your own colour schemes or recreate the originals, this is the perfect activity to indulge in when you want to relax and see your worries drift away.

    With 43 illustrations to work through, this will provide you with hours of serenity.
  • MSDD
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    You can pre-order this item today! Please note all orders containing this item will be despatched in their entirety from 17 October onwards.

    Everyone's favourite web-slinger will be swinging back onto the big screen in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and this dot-to-dot book is sure to get your spider senses tingling.

    Bursting with action shots by Thomas Pavitte (whose other large-format dot-to-dot books have been given a huge thumbs-up by Book People customers) this is a fun activity for all ages to do and the dots are even colour coded to help you find your way around the puzzle.

    Familiar favourites including Mary Jane, the Green Goblin and J. Jonah Jameson are all featured in the designs and there's even an extra-large face-off puzzle featuring Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus battling it out.
  • MYOJ
    Nicolette Lafonseca
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    Everyone wants a Christmas jumper at the most magical time of year, and what better way to mark the festive season than with your very own one that requires no knitting?

    Taking any plain jumper as a starting point, this book provides 20 easy and inspiring ways in which you can transform it into something altogether more Christmassy. All you'll need is a few simple materials, a spare hour or two and plenty of festive spirit.

    Whether you want it to be glitzy and glam or twee and tasteless, the book will also encourage you to add as many sequins, pompoms and twinkly lights as is physically possible to make sure you brighten up people's Christmas time.
  • QAEQ
    Lynne Goldsworthy
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    Add some colour and interest to any room with one of these 20 modern machine-quilting projects.

    This craft book has easy-to-follow instructions for a wide range of projects and some can even be finished in just one weekend. The quick and easy quilts focus on big blocks to make them easier to complete and there are 12 full-size quilts to make including ones inspired by picnic blankets and nature. The eight smaller projects cover everything from bed runners and cushion covers to wall hangings.

    Lynne Godsworthy has created some truly stunning designs in this illustrated book that also has templates for many of the quilts.
  • OFMI
    Mari Ono
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    Origami for Mindfulness is a book bursting with 35 projects that will help you destress, keep calm and live in the moment.

    Mari Ono is an expert in Japanese papercrafts and in this book she reveals how just a few simple folds of paper can improve your concentration and help overcome negativity. From flowers to objects and animals, this is a very satisfying hobby and you're sure to find inner peace while completing each project.

    The book comes with 60 pieces of origami paper, including some that you can colour in yourself.
  • LUWM
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    The oldest and certainly one of the most famous underground rail networks, London's Underground is still one of the largest and busiest transport systems in the world. This book finds the Tube being given the famous Haynes Manual treatment.

    Showing you how the rail network was designed, built and is operated, the book is full of fascinating photographs and archive illustrations alongside essential technical details and an entertaining overview of its history.

    Written by a former Underground Design Manager and acknowledged expert, the book has a full technical description of the network and also looks at the plans for the future. This is a must for anyone who loves London and/or trains.
  • FGTJ
    Anthony Lambert
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    Travel writer Anthony Lambert showcases a diverse and exciting selection of train journeys that are just the ticket in this celebratory book.

    Carefully chosen and full of character, the journeys range from the Orient Express to the Trans-Siberian railway and also include those closer to home including one that travels through North Yorkshire's Esk Valley and the Inverness to Wick and Thurso route.

    An unmissable selection for any traveller who loves their journey as much as the destination, Lambert talks about each route's sublime scenery and history in detail.
  • LAVG
    Philip Wilkinson
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    If you think of yourself as a Master Builder, this showcase of incredible buildings from around the world made from LEGO is sure to encourage you to get your bricks out and start building !

    From Big Ben to the Empire State Building, the beautiful gift book shows every brick involved in each build. It's incredible for LEGO fans of any age.
  • HYBR
    Julian Holland
    • £7.99
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    From the development of Britain's railways in 1603 through to the present day, this book is endlessly fascinating. Drawing on a lifetime of railway research, Julian Holland offers a first-class commentary complete with photographs and archive material.

    Showing how Britain has claimed many achievements including the first steam railway locomotive, the first inter-city railway and the world speed record for steam in 1938 (126mph, in case you were wondering).

    The book also looks at trains and railways' effect on the Great Victorian Age and the early 20th century before its nationalisation and modernisation from 1948 onwards. It also covers the Beeching Report in detail and the privatisation of the high-speed railways in the 1990s.
  • HTMS
    Sally Hornsey
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    Using traditional methods that incorporate both moisturising oils and butters, How to Make Your Own Soap presents readers with a wealth of soap recipes - in traditional bars, liquid or cream form.

    Including step-by-step instructions, stunning photographs and even packaging ideas for gifting your new creations to friends and family, the book teaches how to make soaps from scratch using natural products rather than purchasing commercial alternatives.

    A creative and health-promoting hobby, soap making is a hot new trend amongst hobbyists that shows no signs of slowing.
  • AERO 9 years +
    David Woodroffe
    9 years +
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    The Complete Book of Paper Aeroplanes is packed with diagrams, instructions and graphics that will help you build your own paper aircraft that really can fly!

    From gliders to space explorers and all kinds of other paper aircraft, the book shows you how to create many different flying devices using the colour templates. With clear instructions, every flying machine featured in this book has been built and tested by author and paper aeroplane expert David Woodroffe.
  • DTDB
    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.
  • CIRP
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    Play like the experts with this deluxe edition Playing Card Set! Presented in a fantastic tin box, the set contains 2 sets of playing cards, 5 dice and a 65-page book that will teach you how to play a wide range of both single and multi-player card games. The games included range from easy to difficult. With practice, even those with little experience of card games should be comfortable at all levels of difficulty. A fantastic gift for anyone interested in playing card games!
  • AG1074
    Charlie Butcher
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    Following three fishing fanatics as they head off on an epic adventure around the globe, Fishing Impossible is an ITV programme that has had so many people hooked. Described as Top Gear for fishing, it's full of extreme situations...

    This tie-in book is just as funny and fascinating as the show and finds Charlie, Jay and Blowfish looking back over their trips. From spear-fishing in the Bahamas to bungee jumping in British Columbia and dodging crocodiles in Kenya, they look at how they managed to catch fish in entertaining and bizarre ways.

    You'll feel as if you are with the gang as you read about their adrenalin-fuelled trips.
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    Any model railway layout can be enhanced with the effective use of scenery and accessories. Chris Ellis examines the range of ready-made scenic accessories available to modellers, and also explains how to make your own scenic structures. Tips and techniques for adapting and weathering such accessories are included, along with clear step-by-step instructions that explain how to create rolling hills, trackside buildings and even lakes and rivers from a variety of materials, whether bought from modelling shops or using discarded product packaging. The book's sections include: planning backdrops and scenic settings; building basic terrain; painting backgrounds and creating the illusion of distance and perspective; texturing vegetation, foliage and trees; modelling water; depicting rocky surfaces such as cliffs, scree and waterfalls; and, incorporating civil engineering (tunnels and bridges) and adapting Skaledale and other accessories for use in personal dioramas. There is a useful appendix that also contains details of popular modelling materials, stockists and suppliers, useful reference works and other research sources.
    • £28.69
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    This comprehensive hardcover reference unveils the magical secrets of the Pathfinder rules like never before. Tons of new tricks and techniques for every spellcasting class in the game fill the book, ranging from arcane secrets uncovered by studious wizards to dazzling ki-tricks performed by canny monks to new mutagens for alchemists, new oracle mysteries, specialized channel energy options for clerics, and more. "Ultimate Magic" also introduces the latest Pathfinder RPG base class: the magus.

    Combining arcane spells with practiced martial skill, the magus incorporates elements of the warrior and wizard to walk a path balanced between two deadly efficient extremes. All this, plus more than 100 new spells for all spellcasting classes, an innovative new "words of power" spellcasting system, a complete system for 1-on-1 spell duels, and more.
    Bill Slavicsek
    • £11.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Explore the fantasy world of D&D and delve into dungeons, slay monsters, and gain treasure! If you've been thinking of playing D&D or you've played before and you want to get up to speed on the all-new 4th Edition, this is the book for you. Here's what you need to know to join the fantasy fun. * D&D terminology - understand what ability check, modifier, saving throw, AC, gp, hp, and XP mean * Roll the dice - add modifiers and see if you rolled the d20 high enough to beat the challenge * Minding your manners - know D&D etiquette so you'll be welcome in any adventure * Character building - select your character's race and class, and choose the best powers, skills, feats, and gear * Roleplaying - give your character a background and personality quirks * Combat - use combat rules, a battle grid, and miniatures to play out furious battles Open the book and find: * Everything a new player needs to get started playing D&D * Details on four fantasy races and four iconic classes * Explanations of every number and statistic on the character sheet * The best magic items and equipment for characters of all classes * Advice on roleplaying and teamwork * A ready-to-use adventure to get you started as a Dungeon Master * A ready-to-use battle grid with character and monster markers
    Jason Bulmahn
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    Delve into the occult secrets of psychic magic, mystic rituals, and esoteric sciences with Occult Adventures! Six new, occult-themed character classes bring the vast treasures of occultism and mysticism to Pathfinder players like never before. Set out on new adventures as a kineticist, medium, mesmerist, psychic, occultist, or spiritualist, or choose from dozens of archetypes for these and most existing Pathfinder RPG classes. Explore forbidden secrets long kept from the world to discover magical forces that unlock vast powers of mind and body. Uncover lost relics and proscribed spells to give your hero new powers in the fight against evil, and pick up new psychic tricks with a library of new feats based on occult traditions.
    Joe Krone
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    Land of the Free is the new set of wargaming rules from Osprey that allow players to recreate the various conflicts that broke out in North America shortly prior to and just after Independence, including the French and Indian Wars, the Revolution and the War of 1812. This set of rules lets players begin their campaigns with small warbands of 10-20 miniatures of any scale and develop their forces over time, building them into armies hundreds strong. A unique system of command points and the need to carefully manage resources or risk becoming vulnerable to counter-attack have to be finely balanced against the need to gain objectives throughout the game, creating a challenging, but enjoyable environment for your armies.