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  • DMRM
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    John Murray II published books by the likes of Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott and Washington Irving during his time in charge of the John Murray publishing house.

    This book celebrates 250 years of the publisher with a sparkling anthology of letters sent by authors. They reveal the stories behind some of the most influential books in history and also offer a fascinating glimpse into the friendships that existed between authors, publishers, readers, editors, printers and illustrators.

    You'll be able to find out exactly what Charles Darwin thought of negative reviews of On the Origin of Species; read Jane Austen's concerns about printing delays; and see just how Adrian Conan Doyle challenged Harold Nicolson to a duel for insulting his father in the press.
  • SOBI
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    This evocative book is written by one of television's best-loved archaeologists and presenters, Neil Oliver. Neil beautifully writes a personal account of what makes the British Isles so special and why he believes it is the best place in the world.

    Told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of British history, this book begins with the footprints of humankind's earliest ancestors and continues through to the development of religion, the transition of the industrial revolution and the outbreak of two World Wars.

    Stunningly written, Neil's book features majestic recounts of history, spanning from windswept headlands and battlefields to ancient trees and magnificent cathedrals.
  • Letter Crafts - Paperback - 9781782496007 - Clare Youngs
    LETC
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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.
  • MUOF
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    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an annual!
    Red Devils fans will have so much fun reading through this Manchester United annual come Christmas morning. It offers an overview of the season, colour photographs, facts, stats, quizzes and games!

    It's the ideal stocking filler for anyone who loves watching the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and David de Gea grace the hallowed turf of Old Trafford (the Theatre of Dreams).
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    Scratch the pages using the special etching stylus and unveil beautiful illustrations of the world's favourite cities' iconic skylines.

    This book includes how-to techniques and guided tutorials and is so easy and fun for all ages to complete. The hidden artworks are presented in full colour and it's up to you whether you choose to reveal more or fewer details in blocks or fine lines!

    Each board is presented to the reader with a guideline to work from and some details in place, such as the building outlines. Instructions in the book show several ways to get started on each drawing.
  • The Official Southampton FC Annual 2019 - Hardback - 9781912595181 - Grange Communications
    OFSO
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    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an annual!
    Saints fans will have so much fun reading through this Southampton annual come Christmas morning. It offers an overview of the season, colour photographs, facts, stats, quizzes and games!

    It's the ideal stocking filler for anyone who loves watching the likes of Ryan Bertrand, Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse grace the hallowed turf of St Mary's Stadium.
  • AEMG
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    Scratch the pages using the special etching stylus and unveil beautiful illustrations of stunning gardens.

    This book includes how-to techniques and guided tutorials and is so easy and fun for all ages to complete. The hidden artworks are presented in full colour and it's up to you whether you choose to reveal more or fewer details in blocks or fine lines!

    Each board is presented to the reader with a guideline to work from and some details in place, such as the garden outlines. Instructions in the book will show several ways to get started for each drawing.
  • WTLW
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    Bookworms and literature lovers will delve into this compendium full of over 100 biographies of the world's greatest writers including Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    Each author, playwright and poet's profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait and a critical evaluation of their key ideas, themes and techniques.

    From the Middle Ages through to contemporary writers, this book offers a captivating insight into the lives, loves and influences of a number of extraordinary writers.
  • NTTB
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    Everyone's favourite gardener Alan Titchmarsh introduces a stunning book about the National Trust's best houses, gardens, landscapes, historical sites and artistic treasures.

    Packed with beautiful artwork, this book focuses on National Trust destinations throughout the UK and is full of recommendations and tips for making the most of your visit.

    From beautiful beaches to wonderful wildlife reserves and gorgeous gardens to ancient landmarks, there are so many places to explore and discover throughout Great Britain.
  • TKNW
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    Train your brain like a London cabbie with The Knowledge!

    Fully illustrated and written by a licensed cabbie, this book lifts the lid on London's best-kept secrets. It highlights the streets, alleys, turnings and landmarks every London taxi driver must know to pass the famous exam and showcases 50 real Knowledge routes with notes on hidden histories.

    There are also sections that give readers the chance to test their memory of these routes alongside guides to memory-training techniques that are used by cabbies and memory champions around the world.
  • FLRA
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    This elegant introduction to botany is packed with beautiful photography and illustrations that explain the mechanics of photosynthesis, the reasons why leaves change colour, how cacti store water and how seeds know when to grow.

    This book also explains how plant roots and leaves communicate with their neighbours and how flowers use colour and scent to interact with - and manipulate - the creatures around them.

    This engaging book celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the plant world and focuses on the trees, flowers and foliage plants that share our planet.
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    Question: Which is the only letter of the alphabet not to appear in the name of any US state?
    Answer: Q

    This quiz book is packed with 280 questions drawn from the archives of Radio 4's Today programme. From the cryptic to the numerical and linguistic, the brainteasers have been designed by puzzle masters from Japan, Mensa and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

    Chapters range from Common-sense Conundrums to Flags, Capitals and Nations and there's also a selection of Christmas Crackers to challenge your grey matter.
  • RITS
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    Beloved broadcaster and journalist Clive James was given a terminal diagnosis many years ago and in this book-length poem he tackles the subject of mortality with candour and charm.

    Although unable to leave his house in Cambridge due to ill health, Clive remains in good spirits and lets his mind take you on a journey that captures 'the fragile treasures of his life'.

    Funny, wise and emotional, this book finds Clive looking back over emotionally resonant personal moments, celebrating his interests and accepting his fate. He also focuses on the fact that he is only one bright spot in an entire galaxy filled with stars.
  • SIWP
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    This papercraft book will help you create some truly remarkable things using paper - including pop-ups, papercuts and 3D shapes.

    This book explains how paper can be used to communicate ideas and how it can be photographed in a variety of ways. It's also packed with tips on how to make models and scenes with paper and how you can construct all sorts of stunning projects including animal masks, ferris wheels, lanterns and pop-up greetings cards.
  • STWF
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    Felting has never been more popular so what better introduction to this cool craft than with the famous characters from a galaxy far, far away?

    This kit includes a book with step-by-step instructions and all the materials and die-cut templates you need to make felt versions of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Boba Fett.

    The felt is presented in fantastic colours and stuffing and an embroidery needle are also included. We have a good feeling you'll enjoy making these out-of-this-world favourites.
  • DSFC
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    Learn how to crochet 12 cool characters from Arendelle - including Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf - with this cute craft set. It comes with all the materials you need to make Anna and Elsa.

    Each project has step-by-step photographic instructions and is so fun to make. This is a great gift for Disney fans and the finished projects are sure to melt your heart.

    Making these crocheted characters is the perfect way to prepare for Frozen 2 in November, 2019!
  • URBR
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    From Brighton to Bath and Lincoln to London, this illustrated city walking guide will inspire you to get outside and start exploring our urban landscapes on foot.

    With 20 walks to choose from (which all include a link to a GPS-enabled map full of photos, facts, illustrations and recommendations), this book looks at the cities' finest green spaces and pedestrian routes. It's a great way of keeping fit and seeing things you might normally miss.

    Whether you want to see cathedrals, trading ports or beaches, there's a walk to suit you. There is also a focus on industrial cities and an overview of a 25-mile circular route through London that takes you through the Olympic Park and past stunning rivers, parks and palaces.
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    Although handwriting is sometimes seen as a dying art, it can reveal so much about people's characters and personalities.

    This book finds handwriting expert Emma Bache revealing how you can judge a person's writing. It explains how everything from the height of a 'h' to the curliness of a 'g' can reveal so much about the way people interact, cope with stress and express emotions.

    This book uses real-life examples of writing, including from celebrities, to help you understand more about people's mindsets.
  • HDRW
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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.
  • WLBK
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    Whitaker's Little Book of Knowledge is bursting with general knowledge trivia that will make you gasp and fill your brain with endlessly interesting information!

    From things you learned at school to mini biographies of famous artists and writers and concise overviews of films and literature as well as a healthy dose of nostalgia, all of the facts in this book have been drawn from Whitaker's Almanack archive (which dates back to 1868).

    Providing a unique insight into the world from the 19th century through to the present day, this book will help you win pub quizzes with its humorous entries on sports, key rules, biographies and it even contains a stand-alone sports chapter.
  • KNTV
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    Knit your very own Nativity by following the projects in this crafty Christmas book. It's a scene you will bring out year after year and it's sure to become a firm favourite in your festive display.

    All the materials are simple and inexpensive and the projects include the stable, stars, Mary, Joseph, the baby, a manger and much more. It even includes a yarn wrapping activity for young fingers (making the stable wall) to complete, making it perfect for a family to work on together.

    This book has easy-to-follow instructions and photographs to follow and is suitable for all levels of knitter.
  • BKAR
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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.
  • CIPH
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    Mark Frary reveals the secret history of codes in this timely and captivating reference book.

    From ancient transposition ciphers to steganography and computerised methods designed by codebreakers including Alan Turing, this book provides a detailed overview of 45 of the world's most important codes and ciphers.

    This endlessly interesting book will appeal to anyone who loves science, puzzles, numbers and linguistics. It describes each discovery and development's role within general history, political intrigue and warfare.
  • WIBK
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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.