How Do You Survive a Duel?
And Other Mathematical Diversions, Puzzles and Brainteasers
Offering a varied workout for the grey matter, these puzzles require skills of reasoning and lateral thinking rather than the mathematics learned in school. For extra challenge, a set of visual-spatial questions is provided, which can be used as a 30-minute test.
The Beano: Dennis the Menace
8 Varnished and Ready-to-Frame Art Prints
The eight ready-to-frame posters in this collection all feature Dennis the Menace, the well-known rascal of Beano fame, along with Gnasher the dog, Desperate Dan, the Bash Street Kids and other favourites. The brightly coloured and varnished ilustrations, each depicting a scene of comic chaos, span 50 years from the first Beano Book to the Beano's 50th edition.
The Winemasters of Bordeaux
Now controlled more by the growers, the Bordeaux winemaking industry was for generations directed by a group of powerful merchant families, until a major fraud and mis-selling scandal in the 1970s forced reforms and tighter controls. This revised edition of the acclaimed history of the industry describes how the region gained its reputation and explains the evolution of the system of crus, appellations and famous estates. Slightly off-mint.
A Life in Pictures
From his childhood in Pontypridd to his performance at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012, this volume follows the life and career of Tom Jones (b.1940) in over 100 photographs. Accompanied by a description of his experiences, image and musical style, there are formal portraits, stills from his stage and television career, and photographs with stars including Elvis, Cher, and his fellow judges on the BBC series The Voice.
The Rolling Stones
Kings of Rock ’n’ Roll
Adding ticket stubs, posters and other period ephemera to a collection of archive photographs, this celebration of the Rolling Stones chronicles their rise from the London blues scene of the early 1960s to world fame and profiles each of the band members. Organized around their 22 album releases, each chapter discusses the progress of their recording and live career as well as telling the story of each of the songs.
King Arthur's Puzzle Quest
Puzzles Inspired by the Once and Future King and His Legendary Quest for the Holy Grail
Featuring all the characters of Arthurian legend, this collection of conundrums tells the tale of the once and future king from the reign of Uther Pendragon to the quest for the Grail, with a puzzle to accompany every stage of the story.
Yesterday and Today
Contrasting historic black-and-white photographs with modern colour views, this book captures the changes that have transformed Britain over the past 150 years. Images of people at work and at leisure, and life in cities and the countryside, reveal the technological and social revolutions that have taken place. From railway stations to pubs, and suffragettes to students, the accompanying commentary examines the political and economic developments that have shaped the way we live now.
How to Live in Space
Everything You Need to Know for the Not-So-Distant Future
The challenges of living in space are multiple: without the Earth’s atmosphere, gravity and rotation, essential activities including breathing, exercising and sleeping require technology. This illustrated ‘space travel manual’ describes all aspects of space travel, from blast-off to the future colonization of Mars, and explores how the development of new technology including graphene is paving the way for space tourism.
Edgar Allen Poe's Puzzles from Beyond the Grave
Cryptic Conundrums from the World and Works of the Gothic Genius
Taking abridged versions of 'The Raven' and six of Poe's stories as their starting point, this is a collection of 89 ingenious enigmas, riddles, ciphers and logic problems. Some are from the mind of the master himself – such as the cryptic question ‘What must you do to a tea table to make it fit to consume?’ – while others are inspired by situations found in his stories of detection and Gothic horror. Solutions are provided in case human ingenuity fails.
Dinosaur Number Crunch!
The Figures, Facts and Prehistoric Stats You Need to Know
Here is the book for the child who wants to out-statistic friends with encyclopaedic dinosaur knowledge. With bite-sized information and illustrated throughout, there are facts about longest legs, deadliest claws, and how much the last T-Rex sold for at auction.
Classic Tracks: All the Songs, All the Stories 1969–1982
This exploration of the meaning of and inspiration for every track in Led Zeppelin’s ten-album canon charts the band’s movements during their decade at the top and recounts the circumstances of the writing and recording of each of their celebrated cuts.
The Totally Wild Fact-Packed Fold-Out Animal Atlas
The maps in this children’s atlas, many of which fold out, illustrate the variety of habitats or ‘biomes’ which are home to the world’s fauna. Each map features captioned photographs of indigenous species, including alpine marmots, desert cats, nesting seabirds and river reptiles, some of which are paired with animal fact boxes describing each species, and highlighting the most remarkable – and dangerous.
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.