Britain Yesterday & Today
Like their modern counterparts, Britons of the 19th century visited the seaside, ate fish and chips, attended football matches and cheered royal processions, but today these activities look rather different and other aspects of British life have changed beyond recognition. This collection of photographs compares images of similar scenes, a century or more apart, to present a nostalgic look at the changing times and the unchanging traditions of British life.
Total Guitar: How to Play Guitar
Acoustic and Electric – Learn to Play Like a Rock Hero
Employing widely differing styles and sounds, Ed Sheeran, Slash and Nile Rodgers are among the guitarists whose wisdom is quoted in the pages of this guitar manual for the beginner to intermediate player. Compiled by the editors of Total Guitar magazine, the well-illustrated guide goes beyond lessons in basic guitar technique to advise on all aspects of the instrument, from amps and accessories to how to write songs, record and promote your music.
Spock's Logic Puzzle Box
The USS Enterprise's Science Officer, Spock, was known for his prodigious powers of intellect and this game set encourages players to apply his relentless logic to a series of Star Trek-themed problems and brain-teasers. The set includes 120 puzzle cards, set at different levels of difficulty, a player’s score pad, a ‘gravity-powered continuum designator’ (egg timer) and a book containing rules and solutions.
The British Pub Quiz Challenge
60 Quiz Cards
With 1,800 questions and answers arranged in 120 quizzes, this set of 60 cards is ideal for cramming facts and figures before the local pub quiz (best not take them with you), quizzing with friends, or playing general knowledge patience on your own. Slipcased.
Mensa Riddles and Conundrums
Over 100 Games and Puzzles to Sharpen Your Wits and Challenge Your Intelligence
Devised by Mensa, the high IQ society, this set contains the boards and pieces for chess and solitaire, tangram, pentominoes, the matchstick game and jailbreak, as well as a 72-page book of brain benders, cryptic crosswords and rules for the games. This diverse collection of over 100 puzzles and games will exercise your brain for weeks, but you don’t need a massive IQ: we are assured that logical thinking and persistence will prevail. Boxed set.
Mensa Logic Brainteasers
Over 150 Diverse Logic Puzzles
Logic puzzles require no specialist knowledge, just the ability to follow a line of reasoning, step by step, to its ultimate conclusion. This selection of more than 150 brain-teasers ranges from verbal and mathematical riddles to visual conundrums that test your spatial reasoning as well as your powers of logic.
The Great Houdini's Puzzle Vault
A Collection of Mystifying Puzzles Inspired by The Astounding Escapologist
The great Hungarian-American magician Harry Houdini won his reputation for making seemingly impossible escapes and undertaking baffling feats of endurance or agility. This illustrated puzzle book presents conundrums and teasers inspired by his work, and describes many of his most famous tricks (such as the flooded tank escape, the bullet catch and the milk-can escape), providing explanations of how he did them in the solutions section.
Elvis: The Legend
The Authorized Book from the Graceland Archives
Elvis's career began to take off in 1955 when he was picked up by the shady Dutch-born promoter ’Colonel' Tom Parker, who secured a major recording deal. The contract sent to Elvis's parents (as the singer's guardians) to authorize Parker as manager is one of the items of memorabilia reproduced in this celebration of Elvis's career, which includes many concert and promotional photographs, film stills and posters as well as private snaps and personal documents.
Doris Kloster's Demimonde
A Visual Exploration of Fetish
Doris Kloster, the photographer and editorial director of FAD magazine, presents an album of 160 photographs celebrating the world of night people, drag goddesses, dominatrixes and divas that inhabited New York’s club scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Sexually explicit.
Wallace and Gromit: Grand Adventures and Glorious Inventions
The Scrapbook of an Inventor and His Dog
Complete with Wallace’s blueprints, the Mood-o-Meter and the Giant Vegetable Competition Chronicle of Disasters, here is Wallace and Gromit’s scrapbook, packed higgledy-piggledy with information on inventions, inventors, villains such as Feathers McGraw and the Were-Rabbit, and the great adventures, from A Grand Day Out and The Wrong Trousers to A Close Shave.
The Story of Scotch Whisky
A Journey of Discovery into the World's Noblest Spirit
In this detailed guide, richly illustrated with colour photographs, Bruce-Gardyne charts the story of Scotland’s national drink over 500 years, and introduces some of the people involved in its history and production. Following the whisky trail, he takes readers on a journey around Scotland’s whisky regions, visiting distilleries and offering tasting notes on some of the greatest names, before exploring the culture and traditions – from Hogmanay to Whisky Galore – associated with the ‘water of life’.
Stats, Records & Rock 'N' Roll
Fine-Tuned Infographics to Rock Your World
From a chart of literary band names to a world map of independent record labels, a graph plotting the best World Cup songs and a timeline of the evolution of percussion instruments, this book presents 80 colourful music trivia infographics.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967
As well as the quality and originality of the music, the timing of Sgt Pepper contributed to its reputation, released at a pivotal moment in post-war social history. This highly illustrated book explores the album itself and how it was made with the input of studio engineers, journalists and record company executives, and also the wider cultural and political events of 1966–1968 that set the climate for The Beatles' masterpiece.
The Natural History Museum Book of Predators
How Predators Find, Catch and Consume Their Prey
Many different strategies have evolved that allow predators to overcome their prey, from the deadly trap of a spider's web to the pack hunting of wolves and wild dogs. This illustrated exploration of the natural world explains how predators find, catch and consume their quarry, revealing an array of heightened senses and weaponry from the telephoto eyesight of a hawk to the deadly venom of a king cobra.
Vintage Fashion Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Introduced by Kaffe Fassett, this illustrated history of knitwear surveys garments, styles, designers and manufacturers decade-by- decade, from cashmere under-vests in the early 1900s to wartime hand- knitting in the 1940s, and from 1950s twinsets by Pringle to evening dresses from the catwalks of the 2000s. The book covers all forms of knitted textile, whether hand-knits or machine produced jersey, and describes the development of the technology of knitting as well as its social and cultural context.
Aarrgghh!! It's War
Between the 1950s and 1970s the British comic digests War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea ran for a combined total of more than 4,500 issues, their humble black-and-white artwork on cheap newsprint concealed beneath painted covers bursting with colour and conflict, depicting soldiers, sailors and pilots fighting for their lives in the Second World War. This title reproduces over 500 of the digests' finest covers in the quality they deserve, and features commentary by veteran comic artist David Roach. Foreword by James May.
Building the Titanic
The Creation of History's Most Famous Ocean Liner
Determined to restore its pre-eminence in the trans-Atlantic shipping business, the White Star Line decided not to challenge Cunard's Mauretania and Lusitania for speed but to outdo them for luxury and elegance. This book details how its new liner Titanic was conceived, designed and built (at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast), and contains a number of blueprints and cutaway illustrations as well as archive photographs of the ship under construction.
World War II in Photographs
Although this photographic history of the war includes iconic shots such as MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines and the Russian flag being raised over the Reichstag, much of the material is less familiar, and some published for the first time. Painstakingly selected – and avoiding staged pictures – the photographs cover as many theatres of war as possible and, with Richard Holmes's accompanying text and captions, narrate the war, year by year, from its origins to the Japanese surrender in August 1945.
The Dog that Survived the Titanic
and Other Amazing Animal Stories
Inspired by the incredible tale of Rigel, the Newfoundland dog that survived the Titanic disaster, this book is a celebration of animal antics. With over 500 stories including the cat that flew the world, the gorilla who learned sign language, the horse that drove a Cadillac and a dog arrested for skateboarding, this entertaining collection reveals the intelligence of our animal friends.