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We have a selection of books for mums who want to expand their general knowledge and wow friends and family at their next quiz night. These are perfect gifts for Mother's Day.

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For Fact-Loving Mums

We have a selection of books for mums who want to expand their general knowledge and wow friends and family at their next quiz night. These are perfect gifts for Mother's Day.

  • WHYB

    Why Do Buses Always Come in Threes? (Paperback)

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    Why does your toast always land butter-side down? How do you measure the speed of a tennis serve? And just how do you win big on the lottery?

    This book looks at the fascinating maths behind 60 different questions that cover a vast range of topics. It uses practical knowledge of numbers to answer all sorts of questions that will quench your curiosity.

    Other topics covered with application include the weather, the internet, DNA testing and romance. People who love to wow friends with facts and their intelligence will find so much joy in this jaw-dropping book.
    • £3.99
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  • WSEN

    Never Eat Shredded Wheat (Hardback)

    James M. Russell

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    This handy and humorous book is a cornucopia of mnemonics, full of familiar examples from our childhood as well as more recent ones and some alternatives to the traditional versions.

    As our memories are mysterious, we need to associate things to relatable bits of information in order to remember them correctly. Consequently, mnemonics are a great way to locate information within your memory by creating shortcuts. For example, 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat' is an amusing and visual reference to provide our brains with an instant cue.

    Ranging from history and science to language and art, this book has lots of useful information to keep you entertained. In addition, there are sections on working out your own methods for mnemonics and memory aids.
    • £3.99
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    GHAW

    The Greeks Had a Word for it (Hardback)

    Andrew Taylor

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    It's always surprising just how many feelings and concepts that we British just don't have the words for. This gift book shows how other languages don't have this oversight.

    From the vague desire to be far away to that feeling of euphoria at the start of a love affair (forelsket - thanks, Norway), this book has words you can use in everyday life from other countries to sum up your thoughts.

    Part glossary, part amusing musings, with Andrew Taylor's The Greeks Had a Word For It, you'll never be lost for words again.
    • £1.99
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  • TTET 9 years +

    Top 10 of Everything 2019 (Hardback)

    Paul Terry

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    Dip in and out of this brilliant book and learn some truly mind-boggling facts, stats and trivia - from the world's longest bridges to the longest-running live-action comic book TV shows and countries with the most airports.

    The Top 10 of Everything 2019 is fully updated and bursting full with lists that will tell you everything from what the tallest roller coaster in the world is to the size of the biggest shark known to man!

    This book is beautifully presented with photographs, charts and graphs and all of the lists are separated into different and exciting genres including the animal kingdom, sport and forces of nature.
    • £5.99
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  • LBBI

    The Little Book of Big Ideas (Hardback)

    Daniel Smith

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    Daniel Smith's The Little Book of Big Ideas provides accessible overviews of important human ideas including religion, science, philosophy, economics and art.

    From geometry and genetics to anarchism, art and architecture, this is a concise account of the most important principles of Western thought.

    This book explains where these ideologies have sprung from and how they have impacted civilisation in so many different ways.
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  • PAVL

    Pavlov's Dog (Paperback)

    Adam Hart-Davies

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    Can you condition a dog to behave in a certain way?
    Do our thoughts really control our actions?

    This eye-opening book looks at how experimental psychology has had such an impact on the way we understand human thoughts and behaviour.

    It offers clear and concise explanations of Pavlov's salivating dogs, Milgram's obedience studies and Zimbardo's classic Stanford prison experiment. It talks about each case's context procedure and results and how they made a major impact on the way we think about the world.
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    HREM

    How to Remember Everything (Hardback)

    Richard Wiseman

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    Impress your friends, sharpen your mind and increase your retention skills with this handy book from experimental psychologist, Professor Richard Wiseman.

    This book is packed with powerful tricks of the memory trade and explanations of the science behind them. Richard gives tips on remembering names, faces, birthdays, meetings and telephone numbers.

    He also discusses the best ways of winning a pub quiz, remembering what to write on a shopping list and passing exams. Of course, he'll help you remember where you left your keys as well!
    • £3.49
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  • EMRR

    Eaton's Modern Ready Reckoner (Hardback)

    Thomas Eaton

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    Described as 'outrageously addictive' by none other than Stephen Fry, Eaton's Modern Ready Reckoner is a contemporary miscellany of facts, figures, tables and curiosities. It's an eclectic anthology of modern general knowledge, sometimes trivial but always informative.

    Perfect for anyone who loves trivia, it covers concepts ranging from digital algorithms to weights, measures, monarchs, presidents and rap stars in a concise and accessible way.

    A modern take on the classic reference book, this dip-in book also offers fascinating insights into everything from Bitcoin and stem cell therapy to emojis and Netflix.

    Please note this book's text is presented in a small font.
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  • ATGQ

    All That Glisters (Hardback)

    Caroline Taggart

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    Packed with some of the pithiest, wisest and most fascinating quotations we should all know, this book details where they come from and why they may be useful for making a point or spicing up a conversation.

    Written by Caroline Taggart, the author of My Grammar and I, this book takes on the wit and wisdom of the last 2000 years by exploring a range of famous quotations from the past.

    In addition, Caroline explains how misquotes can provide an entertaining yet informed approach as to why things are the way they are in today's language.
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  • BRWR

    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (Hardback)

    Susie Dent

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    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is an incredible 1,600-page tome that has been used for reference by authors ranging from Terry Pratchett to J.K. Rowling in its 148-year history. This latest edition is edited by Countdown's Susie Dent and features a brand new Collection of Curious Words.

    The huge hardback contains a catalogue of absurdities that have acquired near-mythical status and covers everything from customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear. The eccentric nuggets range from the Keystone Cops to the KGB!

    This coffee table book really is unlike any other reference book and invites you to take the scenic route to knowledge.
    • £12.99
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    ETCW

    Events that Changed the World (Paperback)

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    This book looks at how the world has changed since the beginning of the 20th century and how various major events have shaped the way we live. It has sections dedicated to humanity and liberty, culture and society, technology, medicine, science, space and the environment and politics and war.

    From the optimistic excitement at the start of the century when extraordinary scientific breakthroughs and new inventions were promising so much to the tumultuous and violent battles that followed, it's a whirlwind read through modern history.

    Covering culture, humanity, war, science and space among many other elements, this book covers everything from the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of JFK to the release of the first personal computer. Other events include The Beatles releasing 'Please Please Me', the moon landing and the Chernobyl Disaster.
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  • SFGK

    64 Geeks (Hardback)

    Chas Newkey-Burden (Author)

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    Read all about the people who pushed the boundaries of technology to change the world in this celebration of 64 geeks.

    From the genius of Galileo to Ada Lovelace's computer programming, each informative profile is accompanied by illustrations inspired by 8-bit computer games. As well as the likes of Aristotle, Steve Jobs and Katherine Johnson, this book also focuses on history's hidden heroes who have had a lasting impact on the advance of technology and big names like Arsene Wenger and Rivers Cuomo who have left their legacy on sport and music.

    There are also a number of jaw-dropping facts to pore over... Did you know that we might not have Wi-Fi if it wasn't for the ingenuity of an actress once described as 'the most beautiful woman in the world'? Or that we may have had mobile messaging as early as 1901 if it were not for the fickleness of a banker..?
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  • TKNW

    The Knowledge (Hardback)

    Robert Lordan

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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.
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