How to Train Your Dragon
Starting with taming a dragon, ten young novices are initiated into the Viking tribe – including unlikely hero Hiccup, whose unusual skills make up for his weaknesses when the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus stirs. This edition of the first adventure in the bestselling series includes 48 collector cards. Age 7+
The Magic Faraway Tree
Three children, Joe, Beth and Frannie, and their cousin Rick, live in a cottage deep in the country, near the Enchanted Wood where the Faraway Tree grows. High in the tree live the children’s friends Silky the fairy, Moon-Face and Saucepan Man, and at the top there is always a new magical land to explore. First published in 1943, this famous adventure story has new, colourful illustrations by Mark Beech and large print for young readers. Age 6+
How to Fight a Dragon's Fury
How to Train Your Dragon: Book 12
The finale of the bestselling series sees the future of dragonkind hanging in the balance. All hope lies with unlikely young hero Hiccup, who needs to be crowned king in place of Alvin the Treacherous and persuade the Dragon Furious to call off the rebellion. Age 7+
‘When I rebuild a bicycle, I re-order my head. So might you…’ writes The Grand Tour presenter James May in introducing this manual on the joys of reassembly. May discusses the history, nostalgia and meditative satisfaction involved in reassembling seven classic machines including a Bakelite rotary telephone, a Tokai electric guitar and a Honda Z50A Monkey Bike.
Peggy and Me
The comedian, actress and writer had always viewed dog owners slightly askance – they talked obsessively about their pets, and their clothes and sofas were covered in hair. Then she got Peggy, a shih-tzu bichon-frise cross puppy, and discovered the joy and comfort of canine companionship amid life-changing crises, and its lessons in life, love, trust and friendship. Slightly off-mint
Roger Hargreaves - 3 Books
Sharing the simple text and clear illustrations that made the Mr Men series so popular, these introductions to counting, telling the time and learning the alphabet were first created by Roger Hargreaves in the 1980s. Age 3+ The three titles included in this set are: Count Worm (Read more...) Grandfather Clock (Read more...) Albert the Alphabetical Elephant (Read more...)
The Unwelcome Visitor
Depression and How I Survive It
Soap actress and Loose Women regular Denise Welch has been frank about her struggles with alcohol, anxiety and depression. In this account she traces her experiences back to a post-natal depressive episode, discusses the difficulty of identifying ‘triggers’, and reveals how cathartic it was to speak about her problems on social media.
From Crime to Crime
As a lawyer, Richard Henriques prosecuted Harold Shipman and the killers of James Bulger. After becoming a judge, he oversaw the cases of the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers and Jean Charles de Menezes, as well as many high-profile appeals. In this book he recalls his most notorious cases, and gives his views on the state of the British judicial system.
The Secret Seven
Originally published in 1949–51, the three stories in this collection were the first full-length books in the much-loved Secret Seven series. The young detectives investigate a spooky house, track down a missing necklace and help a boy who has been hiding in their treehouse. Age 7+
The Famous Five, Collection 1
Five on a Treasure Island, Five Go Adventuring Again, Five Run Away Together
Featuring the original cover art and drawings by Eileen Soper, this collection of the first three adventures sees the famous five searching for hidden treasure on Kirrin Island, tracking down the thief who stole Uncle Quentin's important papers, and foiling a dastardly kidnapper. Age 7+
Say Why to Drugs
Everything you Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High
Dr Suzi Gage investigates the science behind recreational drugs, from coffee and alcohol to cocaine and LSD. She debunks common urban myths and offers clear explanations of how each substance impacts the brain and body, both short and long term.
My Penguin Year
Living with Emperors – A Journey of Discovery
The award-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae spent a year in Antarctica filming emperor penguins for a BBC documentary. This is his account of the life-cycle of the creatures, which march over 100 miles to reach their breeding grounds before the males, unusually, incubate the eggs. It also reflects on his own feelings as he faced a polar winter thousands of miles from his wife and unborn child.
How to be a Viking
Gather Round, Said the Ancient Crab and Hear the Tale of
The central character in How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup first appeared in this picture book. Feeling small and scared, the young Viking dreads going to sea with his heroic father, but when a storm hits he quickly learns how brave they can both be. Age 3+
The Inside Story of Brexit
David Cameron’s former Director of Communications offers a day-by-day account the six months leading to the EU membership referendum in June 2016, the machinations of the Brexit campaigners, conflict within the Conservative party, and the aftermath of the shock result.
Thinking Out Loud
Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad
One of England’s most respected footballers, Rio Ferdinand lost his wife Rebecca to cancer at the age of 34. Writing with the journalist Decca Aitkenhead, he tells their story, and frankly discusses the challenges of parenting while dealing with bereavement.
Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation
From dung beetles steering by the stars to salmon following scents and birds using geomagnetism, many animals make long journeys with unerring accuracy. This book reveals their amazing feats of navigation and reviews the latest research into the subject.
Brilliant Bakes and Cakes
Liam Charles, the breakout star of The Great British Bake Off 2017, introduces an eclectic range of bakes in his characteristically cheery style. The recipes include his famed Mega Choccy Cupcakes, Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread and Salted Caramel Millionaire Dominoes, plus dishes influenced by his Caribbean heritage – such as individual curried goat pies and salt fish doughnuts.
The River Cottage Meat Book
This highly illustrated volume opens with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 'Meat Manifesto'. He then explains the different cuts and the cooking techniques associated with them, followed by a selection of more than 150 recipes including such classics as Roast Pork with Crackling and Toad in the Hole and, more exotically, Thai Pork Dumplings and Curried Goat.
Bake it Better
Part of the Great British Bake Off series of Bake it Better books, this is both a guide to basic ingredients, equipment and techniques and a collection of recipes arranged by biscuit types and the skills involved in making them: from Flapjacks in the ‘needs a little skill’ category to the challenges of Garibaldi Biscuits and Palmiers.
Our Ultimate Challenge
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has crossed both Poles on foot and fought with the SAS: in spite of also having scaled mountains, he is still so scared of heights that he hates climbing ladders. In this meditation on the physical and psychological aspects of fear, he explores how they can be overcome, using his own experiences and historical moments in which fear played a critical role.
Hitchhiking the Silk Road
Levison Wood was just 22 in 2004 when he decided to hitchhike from England to Goa, via Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Looking back on his adventure, he recalls how, fascinated by the ancient cultures that flourished along the Silk Road and following the footsteps of explorers such as Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo, he made his way through mountains and war zones, meeting shepherds and priests, Russian Mafiosi and mujahideen fighters.
Toast and Marmalade
And Other Stories
Calling to mind childhood picnics, fragrant gardens, endless summers and cosy winters, Emma Bridgewater's distinctive pottery – manufactured and traditionally hand-decorated in the Staffordshire Potteries – has found its way on to the dresser shelves and kitchen tables of homes all over Britain and beyond. Comprising an assortment of family photographs, recipes, childhood reminiscences and musings on her inspirations and artistic processes, this volume encapsulates Emma's creative approach to life.
The Game of My Life
After a successful playing career, Rob Andrew had a defining influence on the new professional era of English rugby, taking charge of the Newcastle Falcons from the mid 1990s, and then joining the RFU as Director of Elite Rugby from 2006. This reflection on his experiences focuses on his time as a coach and administrator and the ups and downs of the England team since his retirement from playing.
Bake it Better
Great British Bake Off – Sweet Bread and Buns
This collection of sweet bread and bun recipes from the The Great British Bake Off is organized into colour-coded groups: 'Easy Does It', 'Needs a Little Skill' and 'Up for a Challenge'. The bakes, such as Toasted Coconut Banana Bread, Croissants, and Panettone, are illustrated with step-by-step photographs, and a side panel lists the preparation time, oven time and storage instructions.
Gino's Islands in the Sun
Over 100 Recipes from Sardinia & Sicily to Enjoy at Home
While similar to Italian food, Sardinian and Sicilian cuisine both have a distinct identity, influenced by the islands’ geography and history. Inspired by their use of fresh ingredients and regional specialities, such as pecorino, shellfish and saffron, Gino presents over 100 simple recipes for starters, main dishes, sides and desserts, including Pork and Sage Risotto, Seafood Salad and Jasmine and Orange Sorbet.
Gino's Hidden Italy
How to Cook Like a True Italian
In 2016 Gino D'Acampo embarked upon an odyssey around northern and central Italy, meeting traditional food producers and sampling local specialities. In this companion volume to the ITV series of the same name he distils what he learnt about the distinctive culinary identity of each region into 80 authentic recipes including Chicory and Pancetta Risotto, Polenta-Crusted Mackerel and Sour Cherry Ice Cream.
Michael Parkinson saw George Best make his Manchester United debut in 1963 and over the next 40 years interviewed him many times, forging a close friendship. This tribute to the skilled but flawed footballer includes personal anecdotes as well as reflections on his talent for the game, his impact as the first footballer to become a media celebrity and the struggles with alcoholism that curtailed his career and led to an early death.
How to Train Your Dragon
The first adventure in the bestselling series sees unlikely hero Hiccup leading ten young novices through their initiation into the Viking tribe, starting with stealing baby dragons and taming them. If they fail, they will be banished. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge. Age 8+
L is for London
Paul Thurlby immortalizes the sights of London in his retro-style illustrations – from A for Abbey Road via I for ice skating at Somerset House and N for Nelson's Column to Z for London Zoo. Each double-page spread includes interesting facts about the landmark or sight depicted. Age 6+
John Grisham Collection
Theodore Boone’s father is a lawyer, his mother is a lawyer and, although he is only 13-years-old, Theo is absolutely determined to be a lawyer. Already an expert on the criminal justice system, Theo is investigating crime and bringing criminals to justice in Strattenburg, Pennsylvania. In these six cases he comes up against corrupt officials, exam cheats, kidnappers and even murderers. Age 9+
The Books of the Bible
The New Testament is here rearranged so that each gospel is placed at the beginning of a group of closely related books, allowing the reader to have a more meaningful encounter with their different theological traditions. The New International Version’s text is used, but without the distraction of chapter numbers and headings. The book accompanies the four Lumo Project films of the gospels and includes photographs from them.
The Shadow Doctor
When Jack’s grandmother died, she left him the Shadow Doctor’s business card – a doctor who looks deep into souls and prescribes cures you can’t buy at the chemist. Eventually, Jack meets him and begins to realize that the Shadow Doctor has demons of his own. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
While a junior reporter, Michael Parkinson played cricket for Barnsley and counted Geoffrey Boycott and Dickie Bird amongst his team mates. Detailing his rise from local journalist to national broadcaster, this memoir relates his experiences in the television industry over a 40-year period, including the infamous TV-am launch, and his thoughts about the many famous and influential people he interviewed on his long-running chat show and Desert Island Discs.
Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing
Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language
Daniel Tammet, author of the bestselling memoir Born on a Blue Day, here draws on his own experiences as an autistic person and a polyglot to explore what the intricacies and oddities of human language can teach us about ourselves. His 15 essays cover such topics as the art of translation, sign languages, the music and patterns of words, the grammar of telephone conversations and the rules that prescribe acceptable Icelandic names. Slightly off-mint.
Made In Spain
Recipes and Stories from My Country and Beyond
Having moved from Spain to be with husband Nick Clegg during the coalition years, Durántez started a blog to encourage her boys to enjoy the food of their homeland. Her recipes include her takes on traditional favourites – Gazpacho, Tortilla de Patatas and Churros – and ideas for tapas, snacks and desserts, as well as more substantial dishes and child-friendly meals such as homemade meatballs and Pasta with Chorizo.
The Jimmy Hill Story
As a revolutionary players' union rep, innovative manager and pioneering presenter and pundit, Jimmy Hill had a profound effect on football. This new edition of his autobiography, first published in 1998, contains an additional chapter reflecting on his remarkable career.
Mikey Walsh was born into a family of Romany gypsies and brought up, with no formal education, in the isolated and fiercely loyal culture of the traditional gypsy community. This acclaimed autobiography tells the story of his childhood with a cruel and abusive father and how coming out as gay forced him to abandon his roots, educate himself and seek a new life.
Watching the English
The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
Convinced that there is such a thing as ‘Englishness’, the popular anthropologist Kate Fox looks beyond the ‘the ethnographic dazzle of superficial differences’ to reveal the unwritten rules that define English national identity and character. This is an updated edition of the 2004 international bestseller.
Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon
Catherine Wendell married Lord Porchester in 1922, when she was just 20. Less than a year later his father, Lord Carnarvon, died, and she found herself chatelaine of Highclere Castle, famous now as the setting of Downton Abbey. The present Countess tells Catherine's story, transporting us back to a vanished world of magnificent banquets and weekend house parties. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Never Eat Shredded Wheat
The Geography We've Lost and How to Find It
Christopher Somerville, the best-selling author of Coast, presents the basics of British geography, starting with borders and counties of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and going on to deal with 21 big cities, 'the watery bits', coasts and islands and 100 landmarks. There is also a glossary of geographical terms and, when you feel you've mastered the subject, a pub quiz.
Gino's Italian Escape
A Taste of the Sun
The 100 recipes in this book are typical of central and northern Italy, where the climate and industrial heritage, with its associated wealth, has created a tradition of hearty soups, rich risottos and a widespread use of cheese and meat. Adhering to his mantra ‘minimum effort, maximum satisfaction’, Gino presents ideas for antipasti, mains, sides and desserts, including Four-Cheese Risotto, and Chicken and Porcini Mushroom Casserole.
In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible
and How it Changed the Nation, a Language and a Culture
A landmark in the history of the English language, the translation of the Bible known as the 'Authorized Version' or 'King James Bible' has had an incalculable influence on cultural life and literature ever since it appeared in 1611. Beginning with the labyrinthine politics of Tudor and Jacobean England and a world being transformed by the new technology of printing, Alister McGrath narrates the story of the translation, why it was ordered by James I, who translated it, the problems they faced and the reception of the new Bible.