Things That Go
Sticker, Shape, Draw
From a submarine exploring the depths of the ocean, to a fire engine zooming to the rescue and a rocket blasting into space, children can use the step-by-step instructions and stickers in this book to complete its 21 scenes, finishing the images with their own drawings. Age 4+
A Crash Course
Two authors who are sceptical of traditional assumptions about wealth and mass consumption argue that we should focus on social justice and well-being rather than fostering exploitation and income inequality. Harking back to thinkers such as Ruskin and Schumacher, they make a powerful case for an alternative view of issues including poverty, money creation, climate change and financial crises.
30-Second Rock Music
The 50 Key Styles, Artists and Happenings, Each Explained in Half a Minute
In sections on origins, genres, the essential elements of the music, rock culture, pop, classics and ‘rockin’ around the world’, here are 50 of the key styles, artists and events of rock in 30-second summaries and ‘3-Minute Jams’ on major artists.
30-Second Forensic Science
The 50 Key Topics Revealing Criminal Investigation from Behind the Scenes, Each Explained in Half a Minute
How do forensic specialists identify and piece together clues to present a convincing case in court? This guide to scientific techniques explains the analysis of evidence ranging from drugs to digital devices, dental records to DNA. Foreword by Val McDermid.
The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Matter is broken down into its fundamentals in these 50 articles on subjects relating to the nature of atoms and molecules, the structure and uses of natural and synthetic materials, and the properties and behaviour of solids, liquids and gases.
Hollywood Love Stories
True Love Stories from the Golden Days of the Silver Screen
Gill Paul recounts fourteen real-life romances between 20th-century movie stars, beginning with the ‘Marriage of the Century’ of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in 1920. Illustrated with period images and ephemera, the tales include the stormy marriages of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the long affair between Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn and the scandalous liaison between Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
With simple experiments and challenges, supported by colour diagrams and step-by-step instructions, this book introduces the skills and concepts that a range of science-based careers rely on, including measuring and recording data, how satellites send signals, and how our organs function. Age 8+
A Natural History
Beginning with the origins of Caninae and ending with a directory of 32 popular modern breeds, this colourful volume surveys the biology and behaviour of dogs, how they think and how they interact with people. Written by a team of experts, the book discusses the life of wild dogs as well as the different roles they play as companions, guard dogs, herders and co-workers, and also considers the future for canines in our changing society.
Christmas Paper Play
Play, Make, Decorate!
Over 40 festive-themed activities feature in this collection, which includes games and puzzles as well as templates and step-by-step instructions for a range of papercraft projects, from paper garlands to the more challenging advent calendar and Christmas crackers. Age 6+
The Extraordinary Form & Function of Bones
Evolving from fish scales 500 million years ago, bone is a remarkable material that is capable of strength, lightness and flexibility; in a range of skeletal arrangements it can support the weight of an elephant or a bird in flight and provide the dexterity of a human hand. Through a series of line drawings and extended captions, this accessible introduction examines the different forms and structures that have evolved across the animal kingdom.