We all know books are wonderful things that can take you to all kinds of different places. They can also increase their knowledge of subjects ranging from science to history and current affairs. Here at The Book People, we have a selection of fact-filled books that will make perfect gifts this Christmas.
Did you know that chimpanzee choosing answers at random is actually more honest than any number of ‘experts’, journalists and investment bankers? Praised by Barack Obama and Bill Gates, Factfulness is a book that will help you cut through the ‘fake news’ and see the positives in today’s world.
We, of course, headed straight to the double-page spread that explains the journey of a book from idea to bookshelf in this illustrated guide for young fact fans. It also explains how glass never dies, where the water in a tap comes from and the journey of a film from script to screen!
Tumble through the waves of weird in the annual bestseller, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The 2020 edition is packed with photographs and concise accounts of mind-boggling people and events – from bog bodies to huge hornets and fruit ninjas!
2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Radio 4’s Today programme and this book looks back over the world-changing events that it has covered over this time. Edited by Edward Stourton with forewords from Nick Robinson and Martha Kearney, this book will delight anyone who is a fan of the show or has an interest in modern history.
This fully revised and updated edition of Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson’s expert guide to the world of wine will delight any would-be connoisseur. First published in 1971, the reference guide is packed with facts and photographs of the best wines in the world today – and the vineyards and wineries where they are produced.
This huge hardback, published in association with the Natural History Museum and featuring a foreword by Chris Packham, will help you learn all about the animal kingdom and the creatures we live alongside – from the tiniest insects to fearsome predators and fantastic fish. It’s packed with photographs and concise accounts of how animals live and thrive in different environments.
A comprehensive reference guide that will teach you all about the time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. This book explores fossils and evolution and also reveals how life-forms are classified.
The latest book from Randall Munroe, the author of the bestselling What If? And creator of hugely successful (and gloriously geeky) web comic xkcd, shares a selection of monumentally bad ideas for completing everyday tasks including getting to appointments on time by destroying the moon.
Why are carrots orange? How do we carry out repairs on the International Space Station? This book from the team behind The Economist provides eye-opening answers to questions you’ve never thought to ask… It’s packed with eye-opening facts and figures.
Learn about all the key events that have shaped Britain and Ireland throughout the countries’ shared history. This huge tome is packed with illustrations and photographs as the text succinctly recounts the country’s major discoveries, breakthroughs, battles and figures including Charles Dickens and Queen Elizabeth I.
We have even more brilliant reference books for your favourite fact fiends on site. Check out our reference books and guides here.
The Best Books to Give to Fact Lovers this Christmas
- The Everyday Journeys of Ordinary Things
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2020
- The World Atlas of Wine
- The Science of Animals
- Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
- How to
- Uncommon Knowledge
- History of Britain and Ireland