A Christmas Carol
A miser who has no time for the magic of the festive season, Ebenezer Scrooge has his outlook transformed after a series of night-time visitations from three ghosts. Quentin Blake’s illustrations capture the spirit of Dickens’ Christmas tale of redemption. Unabridged. Age 8+
Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden
This extensively illustrated guide includes a short history of roses, their origin and symbolism, followed by descriptions of more than 60 varieties, from traditional favourites to modern blooms, and offers easy-to-follow advice on cultivation, pruning and care.
Birds of Paradise
A Colouring Expedition
Scientific illustrator Andrew Leach provides images of the 39 birds of paradise found in and around New Guinea in this colouring book. Each bird is given a short description, and guidance on plumage is provided through the photographs of wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman. Age 7+
How Everything Works
This reference guide, from an award-winning illustrator, answers questions about the organization of the kitchen and the correct use of its equipment. Using minimal text and detailed illustrations, Snow offers advice on subjects including choosing a new knife and how to brew the perfect cup of tea.
6 Robots to Build and Decorate
Comprising six pages of cardboard press-outs, this activity book provides colourful robots that can be built without the use of glue or scissors. Each of the three models has a colour version to customize with the stickers provided, and a plain, white alternative so that readers can create their own designs. Age 5+
The New Complete International Jewish Cookbook
This revised and updated guide to classic and contemporary Jewish food contains over 1,100 recipes for both the amateur and experienced cook. Thirty chapters present meals from a wide variety of communities, including European, American and African. There is a guide to catering for specific festivals and celebrations throughout the year, as well as vegetarian, diabetic, gluten-free and parve dishes, and all entries conform to the Jewish dietary laws.
Big City Explorer
Where Can I Go?
In this illustrated guide for young explorers, a penguin takes an alphabetical tour of 28 world cities from Amsterdam to Washington DC. Each spread includes historical information, key facts and famous landmarks, and provides directions using the book’s built-in compass. Age 4+
The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business
Who did his business on Mole’s head? That’s what Mole is trying to find out in this scatologically humorous tale first published 30 years ago. As Mole examines poo from various different animals, readers can press the button to generate appropriate sound effects.
The Secret Life of Puppies
A Dog's-Eye View of its First Year of Life
Blind and deaf at birth, puppies suffer the ‘terrible twos’ at 13 weeks and are awkward teenagers within a year. Illustrated with colour photographs, this companion to the Channel 5 series takes readers through that year in stages, incorporating useful facts, ways to care for your pet and step-by-step training exercises that will help to provide your canine companion with the perfect start in life.
Then and Now
Pairing photographs taken during the Belle Époch, from around 1870 to 1910, with modern colour photographs of the same locations today, the authors look at how Paris buildings, monuments and streets have fared over the last century or so. Many of the older photographs were commissioned by the city authorities to record the redevelopment of Paris, and they show side streets and outlying districts as well as monumental buildings such as Notre Dame and the Panthéon.
Oz Clarke Wine A–Z
The World's Favourite Wine Writer
As the climate changes, so do the conditions in which vines flourish, bringing different challenges for growers and new flavours for customers. Revised and updated, this edition of Oz Clarke’s Wine A–Z, published in 2015, covers over 7,000 wines and 4,500 producers, providing summaries of regions, styles of wine and estates, vintage charts and 500 of Oz’s own recommendations for classic, up-and-coming and ‘oddball’ wines.
A Life in Pictures
From his ‘lucky, lucky childhood’, a war baby growing up in his mother’s sweet shop, to experiencing ‘another burst of wonder’ as a grandfather, Michael Foreman tells the story of his life in prose suited to readers young and old, and in pictures from the books he has illustrated. Tracing his career through those story books, Foreman describes his collaborations with writers, especially Terry Jones and Michael Morpurgo, who has written the foreword for this charmed life in pictures – and stories.
The Mackintosh Style
Decor & Design
Elizabeth Wilhide begins this study of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his achievements in architecture and design by looking at how influences such as the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements were forged into a new style and a ‘unique vocabulary of design and decoration’. The book goes on to give a detailed and richly illustrated account of buildings and interiors by Mackintosh, including The Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill, The Hill House and the Willow Tea Rooms.
The world of fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is one of muscle-bound heroes, beautiful - and also muscle-bound - women, dragons and monsters in other-worldly and often violent landscapes. In this volume the two artists present 145 reproductions of recent, previously unpublished images, and chapters telling their own stories and discussing elements of their art. With the book, inside the back cover, there is a set of ten limited edition art prints.
Filled with Facts & Projects for Kids of All Ages
Instructions for experiments such as turning salt water into drinking water, making a cloud in a bottle and tracking animals are given in this guide to the natural world, which covers topics including geology, weather, dinosaurs and the water cycle. Age 9+
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Official 50th Anniversary Companion
Truman Capote, author of the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, wanted Marilyn Monroe to play the part of Holly Golightly on screen, but Audrey Hepburn's elegance brought a different dimension to the free-spirited protagonist, and the film in turn established an iconic and lasting style for the star. This celebratory volume tells the story of the design and production of the film, describes its reception and impact, and is richly illustrated with stills and behind-the-scenes photographs.
The South Pacific Companion
The war in the Pacific might seem an unlikely setting for a Broadway musical, but Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 adaptation of James A Michener's stories became an instant classic. Packed with production photographs, posters and set designs, this handsome and lovingly produced book charts the show's origins, reproduces the lyrics of classic songs such as 'Some Enchanted Evening' and 'There is Nothin' Like a Dame', and follows the production history of this evergreen hit into the 21st century.
A dual collection of erotic literature, Agent Provocateur can be read from both ends: the Pink Side with erotic short stories, articles and poems; or the Dark Side, also made up of stories and poems, but with a wilder, sadomasochistic streak. The book is illustrated with drawings by David Bray. Bound in black and pink embossed covers, with a black silk marker. Sexually explicit.
A Life in Pictures
Destined for the limelight from childhood, Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was just twelve when National Velvet made her a star. And while later films such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) established her depth and power as an actress, she was better known for her many marriages and passion for diamonds. Illustrated with photographs, this handsome book charts her life and career, her turbulent relationship with Richard Burton, and her charity work. Off-mint.
A Life in Pictures
'Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.' Sophia Loren (b.1934) is one of the most magnetic actresses in the history of cinema, yet her off-screen life has been a quiet one, and she counts motherhood and her 40-year marriage to producer Carlo Ponti (1912–2007) as her greatest achievements. This lavish photographic biography covers her impoverished childhood, her early films and her subsequent international success, and explores the contradictions of her public and private personae.
Ham, Pickles and Jam
Traditional Skills for the Modern Kitchen Larder
'Cooking your own preserves, salting and curing your own meats, and bottling your own cordials to stock your larder shelves is well within the reach of even the beginner in the kitchen.' With novices in mind, Thane Prince describes the techniques and provides the recipes to recover lost skills such as rendering and pickling. As well as recipes for bread, cakes and biscuits, jams, chutney and condiments, cordials and liqueurs, she offers valuable advice on stocking a larder and storing foodstuffs.