RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry
With famous poems such as Shelley’s ‘To a Skylark’, or Robert Browning’s conjuring of the English countryside in ‘Home-Thoughts, from Abroad’, works by contemporary poets such as Liz Brownlee’s ‘Mole’ and ‘Nuffin’ Like a Puffin’ by John Rice, and with drawings, watercolours and woodcuts by some of today’s finest illustrators accompanying every poem, this anthology is a colourful tribute to the beauty and diversity of Britain’s wildlife. With a foreword by Andrew Motion. Age 6+
Mammals of the World
This definitive volume identifies 519 mammal species that have been discovered or reclassified since the last comparable work was published in 1993, contributing to a total of 5,066 species named in the book. Ordered by subclass, order and family, the checklist includes the English and scientific names of each species and a summary of its distribution and habitat. The comprehensive indices allow for cross-referencing by common or Latin names and include lists of newly discovered and extinct species.
The Anatomy and Figure Drawing Handbook (Artists Handbook)
This comprehensive guide to anatomy and figure drawing includes hundreds of diagrams of the skeleton and the muscular systems of the body, a wide range of anatomical positions, and analysis of the male and female figures. These are followed by step-by-step exercises on drawing the nude figure, clothed figures and portraits, in a wide variety of media, including charcoal, pen and ink, pastels and pencil.
Dictionary of Accounting
In clear, simple English, this dictionary covers more than 6,000 terms relating to accounting, from personal finance and investments to company accounts, balance sheets and stock valuations. Many entries include examples and quotations from journals showing the words used in context, and there is a supplement with sample financial documents and a list of industry contacts.
Goblins & Ghosties
Stories of Darkness from Around the World
The 25 folk tales and fairy stories in this collection originate in locations as far apart as the Isle of Man, Colombia, Korea and New Zealand. They range in tone from the farcical to the magical and the spooky, and feature ghosts in the library, hungry trolls, a werewolf's bride, vampires, goblins and spirits. Age 8+
Mummies and Mayhem
Terry Deary's Tales
This compilation from the bestselling author of the Horrible Histories series collects The Gold in the Grave, The Magic and the Mummy, The Phantom and the Fisherman and The Plot on the Pyramid – four previously published, fact-based stories of extraordinary Egyptians. The straightforward text is accompanied by amusing black-and-white illustrations, making the book appealing to less confident readers. Age 7+
RSPB Nature Guide
Even on car journeys you can look for wildlife: the game of 'spotter bingo' in this book awards 5 points for a cow or sheep and 20 for a bird of prey. Organized season by season, this guide encourages young nature watchers to discover the wildlife all around them, with tips and activities such as identifying animals and making plaster casts of their footprints.
The Encyclopedia of Art Techniques
This comprehensive guide to a wide range of media contains dozens of step-by-step studies from different artists that are full of tips and inspiration. Discussion of the basic techniques for each medium, materials and equipment, and colour and shade is followed by sections on the genres: flowers and still life, the nude and portraits, and landscapes. These feature introductory advice followed by lavishly illustrated walkthroughs of works in progress, in watercolours, oils, acrylics, pastels, pencils or charcoal.
Drawing the Nude
Anatomy and Live Models
This course in life drawing takes the form of hundreds of sketches demonstrating the most important graphic elements in human anatomy pertinent to the artist. The lessons range from establishing a point of view and mapping the subject's basic perspective and contact points with the ground to discussing musculature, bone structure and how different movements and postures create characteristic folds and lines in the body.
The Chronology of Pattern
Pattern in Art from Lotus Flower to Flower Power
A richly illustrated sourcebook, this journey through 3,000 years of pattern styles reveals geographical and cultural contrasts and connections from late Bronze Age metalwork motifs to 21st-century fashion design. Including a visual timeline, analyses of elements of pattern, biographies of the great innovators and examples from textiles, paintings, mosaics, engravings and architecture from around the world, the book provides an inspirational design resource and an expert guide to the history and development of pattern in art.
Experimental Ideas for Contemporary Lettering
Hand-drawn lettering is very much in vogue in modern graphic design. This practical guide shows how to produce colourful and contemporary effects with creative letterforms. There are clear explanations of the basic techniques of letter construction, spacing and relative proportion but the book takes a looser, more intuitive approach than traditional calligraphy, with projects and exercises that use everyday writing tools and materials rather than specialist precision equipment.
Secrets of Codes
'We are all proficient cryptoanalysts' writes Paul Lunde, and his entertaining and visually exciting book demonstrates how coded information pervades our lives, whether we are learning to speak or generating keys for digital encryption. This illustrated survey of how codes of every sort have been used to convey information - from early writing systems to cutting edge computing - investigates topics as diverse as the Rosslyn Chapel, Maya symbols and flag signals, cracking Enigma, mapmaking and the genetic code.
Fifty Great Escapes
A Global Guide to Creativity
Discover the places that inspired the world’s greatest writers, artists and film-makers, from Gauguin’s Tahiti to Conan Doyle’s Dartmoor. Each entry includes colour photographs and practical travel advice, while a global directory lists 100 21st-century hotspots for budding artists.
Who Was Who
Volume IV: 1941–1950
Since 1897, when it first included biographical entries instead of a simple list of names, Who's Who has been an invaluable source of information on the careers of people from every walk of life and all parts of the world – while they lived. This fourth volume of Who Was Who contains the biographies of those who died during the decade 1941 to 1950. The entries are as they last appeared in Who's Who, plus the date of death and occasionally some revision.
The Usual Suspects
and Other Cliches
Cliches: over-used, abused, and sniffed at by school teachers – or are they valuable linguistic shorthand, summing up in a few words what otherwise would take twenty? In this A–Z, lexicographer Betty Kirkpatrick explains the stories behind and the usage of more than 1,500 phrases, old and new, from what is 'essentially a lawless part of the English language'. First published as The Dictionary of Cliches in 1996. Second edition.