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Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World

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by Beard, Elspeth
In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.
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Rural London

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by Kate Hodges
London is a wonderful city, but sometimes the hustle and bustle, noise and grime, can get too much and you feel the need for some peace and quiet, clean air and nature. But there's no need to flee to the countryside, as London has so many surprisingly 'rural' areas and activities to offer. With everything from beautiful gardens and country walks, to cosy pubs and nature reserves, Rural London will help you ...
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My Grammar and I (or Should That be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English

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by Taggart, Caroline
A runaway hit and Sunday Times bestseller in 2008, My Grammar and I has continued to grow in popularity, becoming the go-to guide for grammar. Repackaged with a fresh jacket design, this much-loved gift title is now available in paperback, for new readers and fans of the series alike. My Grammar and I offers amusing examples of awful grammar, while steering you in the direction of grammatical greatness. Tak...
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This Book Will Make You Think: Philosophical Quotes and What They Mean

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by Stephen, Alain
An informative and accessible guide to all of the great philosophers' best-known theories, explained through their most famous quotes. We may have heard of Socrates, Plato, Descartes and Nietzsche, but what did they believe? What were their famous aphorisms? And what did these actually mean? This Book Will Make You Think: Philosophical Quotes and What They Mean explains as simply as possible the ideas beh...
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An Unkindness of Ravens: A Book of Collective Nouns

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by Rhodes, Chloe
Why are geese in a gaggle? Are crows really murderous? And what makes lions so proud? Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these peculiar terms actually came from? Most of those found in this book have their origins in the Medieval Books of Courtesy, amon...
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Making Tracks

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by Saxton, Peter
Hop on board as we journey through the incredible history of railways. Cherished, admired and frequently used as an excuse for lateness, the railways occupy a special place in our hearts. Trains are not just a practical mode of transport, but also a way of tracing our social history over the past 150 years, from technological progress and design to cultural change and the impact they have had on our landsca...
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My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures

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by Riddell, Chris
A classic picture-book edition of My Little Book of Big Freedoms illustrated by Waterstones Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, published in partnership with Amnesty International UK. We all want a good life, to have fun, to be safe, happy and fulfilled. For this to happen, we need to look after each other and stand up for the basic human rights that we often take for granted. This book features 16 different...
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What to Draw and How to Draw it for Kids

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by Pepper, Charlotte
What to Draw and How to Draw it for Kids is a fun and useful book to develop the creative skills of budding illustrators everywhere. Kids can learn how to draw a delightful range of subjects, from animals and nature to toys, buildings and landscapes. Featuring easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, kids can improve their artistic ability by using simple shapes and lines to create their own illustrations.
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How to Draw Animals for the Artistically Anxious

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by Moorhouse, Faye
How to Draw Animals for the Artistically Anxious is a fun and quirky fill-in book that will ease the 'artistically anxious' into drawing. On each spread award-winning illustrator Faye Moorhouse has given a beautiful watercolour outline of an animal, with suggested options of features for budding artists to copy. These fun and accessible exercises are great for anyone who wants to practise their drawing!
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Bizarre England: Discover the Country's Secrets and Surprises

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by Long, David
An alternative journey around England, visiting the sights that are definitely not on the average tourist trail. In this charming book, David Long introduces the reader to some of the oddest and most interesting sights in England, such as: * Devon's Gnome Reserve * Britain's smallest pub * A church for dragon slayers * A subterranean ballroom * The Phone Box Museum, and much more From weird buildings to ec...
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Lost Britain

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by Long, David
From vanished villages and bygone businesses to abandoned architecture, forgotten pastimes and projects put on hold, Lost Britain tells the intriguing story of Britain's buildings, counties, transport, languages, roads and rivers that have been forgotten over the centuries.The book shines a light on the hidden corners of Britain's history, exploring medieval ghost villages, former architectural masterpieces...
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Literary London

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by Millar, Eloise
A fascinating guide to the best literary landmarks in London that takes the reader into publishing houses and along paths of inspiration, revealing the stories behind the stories. * One of the world's greatest literary cities, London has streets full of stories and buildings steeped in history. * The biggest and most beloved names in English literature have all been here, and you can still see or visit th...
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My Wild Life: The Story of a Most Unlikely Animal Rescuer

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by Cowell, Simon
The true, heart-warming story of how a reluctant City trader left a life of champagne and bonuses to follow his dream of rescuing animals and setting up a wildlife sanctuary. Simon Cowell always wanted to be a vet. Instead, he ended up as a wealthy commodities trader. But with a love of nature and animals, he could never quite subscribe to the 'greed is good' mantra which rang out through the trading halls...
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Humans of London

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by Teesdale, Cathy
A magical collection of photographs and stories from the iconic streets of London. Capturing the inspiring, the moving, the surreal and the everyday, Cathy Teesdale has made it her mission to celebrate the extraordinary diversity of life found in London. Presenting over 250 photographs, she introduces us to the real people of London, their hopes, philosophies, troubles and stories. Since beginning the Huma...
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The Ultimate Dot-to-Dot: Extreme Puzzle Challenges to Complete and Colour

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by Moore, Gareth
Containing 30 seriously challenging dot-to-dots and over 30,000 dots, Ultimate Dot-to-Dot will entertain and engage puzzlers for hours on end as each puzzle gradually reveals intricate animals, objects and scenes. Incredible interior scenes range from iconic architecture and Aztec patterns, to ornate ornaments and intricate animals, there's something for art lovers and puzzle enthusiasts alike in this wond...
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The Little Book of Big History: The Story of Life, the Universe and Everything

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by Crofton, Ian
From the Big Bang to the future of our planet, The Little Book of Big History divides history into manageable but comprehensive time frames, encompassing the cosmos, the stars, life and everything in between. Big History is the attempt to understand and condense the entire story of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to the current day. Combining methods from history, astronomy, physics and biology to draw togeth...
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Cockney Rhyming Slang: The Language of London

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by Smith, Daniel
The definitive guide to the vibrant and inventive language of the East End, featuring history, trivia and anecdotes. Cockney rhyming slang originated as a secret code among the thieves of London's East End. Adopted by costermongers and market traders, it fast became a vibrant patois that defined a community, confused the police and evolved to include ever more colourful rhyming phrases. Constantly updated a...
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Animorphia: An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge

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by Kerby Rosanes
Welcome to this weird and wacky colouring challenge. There are pictures to colour in, drawings to complete, spaces to scribble in and lots of things to find in these super-detailed doodles by artist Kerby Rosanes.
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The Science of Everyday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine

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by Jopson, Marty
Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chillies and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out? In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round Science Bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these, and many more, baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of ...
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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School

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by Taggart, Caroline
A Sunday Times top-ten title in 2008 and a bestseller ever since, I Used to Know That has continued to delight readers with its pages of forgotten facts from our school days. Now available in paperback, this great gift book has been repackaged with a fresh jacket design for anyone new to the series, and old fans alike. Nostalgic, informative and entertaining, it is an ideal and accessible buy for adults wan...
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