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 tracks.
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.
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.
How Do You Get an Egg into a Bottle?
Bizarre, Weird and Wonderful Puzzles with Science
The egg problem is one of the 60 weird and wonderful science puzzles in this set of question and answer cards. You can challenge yourself or friends to work out why boomerangs come back or how to drive on ice: the solution of each problem is explained on the reverse of the card.
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.
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.
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.
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.