The I Used to Know That Maths Activity Book
Stuff You Forgot From School
This elementary refresher course, aimed at adults wishing to revive their maths skills, explains the key concepts of arithmetic, fractions, probability, statistics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Simple step-by-step quizzes on each subject (100 in total) include straightforward calculations, equation solving and multiple-choice questions. There are also a few shapes to draw. Answers are provided at the back.
The Ardlamont Mystery
The Real-Life Story Behind the Creation of Sherlock Holmes
In 1893, the aristocratic Alfred Monson was charged with the murder of Cecil Hambrough, a young army officer, on the Ardlamont estate in Scotland. The case captivated popular imagination, but few realized that the two expert witnesses, Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn, had been solving crimes together for 20 years. This book charts their adventures – exploits which inspired Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes – and probes the mystery that would challenge even their genius for detection.
My Grammar and I Activity Book
(Or Should That be 'Me'?)
From identifying parts of speech to spotting the grammatical error in whole sentences (including ‘I think therefore I am’), Daniel Smith presents 103 ‘grammatical games’ to keep you in touch with the formal rules of the English language. Covering such thorny topics as compound nouns, reciprocal pronouns, the subjunctive, tautology and the dreaded apostrophe, the quizzes range from simple to very taxing, with answers at the end of the book.
The Spade as Mighty as the Sword
The Story of the Second World War Dig for Victory Campaign
The original government appeal to the nation's gardeners in 1939 was the prosaic 'Grow More Food'; it was probably Michael Foot, then leader writer for the London Evening Standard, who coined the memorable slogan, 'Dig For Victory', which would help transform parks, gardens and playing fields into vegetable patches. This history reviews the remarkable success of the wartime campaign, explores the groundbreaking design and advertising that drove it and recounts the experiences of the home-front gardeners themselves.
The Sherlock Holmes Companion
An Elementary Guide
In an illustrated guide to the Great Detective as both literary character and cultural phenomenon, Smith provides synopses of all four novels and 56 short stories (without giving away the endings), and profiles Arthur Conan Doyle and other figures – real and fictional – in the history of Holmes. The book includes interviews with actors who have portrayed Holmes and Watson on film, radio and television and chapters on themes including the stories' original illustrator, Sidney Paget, and the detective's literary lineage.
The Marvellous Maths Workbook
If you recognize the value of maths but have never quite got to grips with some of the detail, Go Figure could be your formula for success. This guide to mastering the basics includes simple explanations and 100 short quizzes covering the six main areas of maths: arithmetic, fractions and probability, statistics, algebra, geometry and problem solving. All the answers are provided at the back of the book. Slightly off-mint.