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101 Things to Do Instead of Playing on Your Phone

by Ilka Heinemann
Our phones have become a constant distraction; it's time we put them down and rediscovered the simple art of taking a few minutes out. This book offers an imaginative list of games and tips aimed at curing us of our portable tech addiction. More than mere time-killers, these activities include ways to unleash your creative side and train your brain, but above all methods to set you on the road to calm.
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The Orchid Hunter: A young botanist's search for happiness

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by Bersweden, Leif
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Vegan in 15: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes You Can Cook in 15 Minutes or Less

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by Ford, Kate
Live well and feel great - go vegan in 15...The vegan revolution is here. More and more people are looking to eat and shop in a way that treads as lightly as possible on our fragile planet and that doesn't cause suffering to animals. In Vegan in 15, renowned green food blogger and cook Kate Ford presents the easy way to 'go vegan' - showing you how to conjure up incredibly tasty meals in just 15 minutes, wi...
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Titanic: Minute by Minute

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by Mayo, Jonathan
At 2.20am on 15th April 1912, the Titanic was plunging 12,000 feet to the ocean floor. Machinery, coal, crystal goblets, pianos and jewellery all tumble through the dark water. Hundreds of passengers and crew remain trapped below decks - hundreds more will perish on the surface. This is the definitive chronology of the Titanic's final hours, told in fascinating detail and offering a real-time experience of ...
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A Tale of Trees: The Battle to Save Britain's Ancient Woodland

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by Niemann, Derek
We are a nation that loves its ancient woods and trees. We prize our sturdy oaks, craggy pines, bluebells and primroses, badgers and dormice. We value the history and heritage of places that have been woodland since before the Norman Conquest. But only a generation ago we were all set to wipe them out. It was said that in the space of just 30 years, nearly half of our ancient woods were destroyed. How and w...
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Kakebo - The Japanese Art of Saving Money

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Are you really aware of what you spend? Do you know how to value things beyond their price? For the answer to these questions and more, look no further than Kakebo - the budgeting journal used by millions every day in Japan to manage their household spending. The Japanese believe that tidiness in one's finances is as important as tidiness in one's house - indeed for them, the act of thinking mindfully about...
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The Story of Ada Lovelace: The Mathematical Genius

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by Lethbridge, Lucy
Daughter of the famous romantic poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was a child prodigy. Brilliant at maths, she read numbers like most people read words.Lady Byron wanted Ada to be as unlike her father as possible. Ada grew up surrounded by an army of tutors who taught her every subject every waking moment, except for poetry.In 1843 Ada came to the attention of Charles Babbage, a scientist and inventor who had j...
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101 Things to do instead of worrying about the world

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by Felicity Brightside
#12. Alphabestise your book collection...#23. Play kitchen table tennis...#47. Arrange an office bake off...Political upheaval, nuclear weapons, Trump, bankers' bonuses, climate change, sugar, Trump... Sometimes you'd be forgiven for not wanting to get up off the sofa. Let's face it; we could all do with a break from worrying about what's going on out there.
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The Orchid Hunter: A young botanist's search for happiness

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by Bersweden, Leif
Shortlisted for a 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream - to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles. He has just a few months to complete his quest - no one has ever done it before within one growing season- and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. ...
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Birds in a Cage

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by Niemann Derek
"In the summer of 1940, lying in the sun, I saw a family of redstarts, unconcerned in the affairs of our skeletal multitude, going about their ways in cherry and chestnut trees..." Soon after his arrival at Warburg PoW camp, British army officer John Buxton found an unexpected means of escape from the horrors of internment. Passing his days covertly watching birds, he was unaware that he, too, was being wat...
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Hitler's Last Day: Minute by Minute

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by Mayo, Jonathan
On 30th April 1945 Germany is in chaos - Russian troops have reached Berlin. All over the country, people are on the move - concentration camp survivors, Allied PoWs, escaping Nazis - and the civilian population is fast running out of food. The man who orchestrated this nightmare is in his bunker beneath the capital, saying his farewells. Hitler's Last Day: Minute by Minute is pure chronological narrat...
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the Beggar and the Hare

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by Kyro, Tuomas
Vatanescu, an impoverished construction worker, wants a future for himself and a pair of football boots for his son. So he decides to head north to a cold, dark country where there is money to be made.
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101 Things to Do When You're Not Drinking

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by Ilka Heinemann
This book offers an imaginative mix of games and tips to remind you of the simple joys of waking up with a clear head.Whether you are about to embark upon a short detox, quit the sauce for good, or just looking for a night off, these alcohol-free activities will light your way.
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101 Things to Take the Stress Out of Christmas

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by Snow, Robin
#17. Make a snowball cocktail...#32. Play children's Trivial Pursuit so you feel smarter...#51. Write your own Queen's Speech for the year...Christmas can be a real whirlwind - buying presents, cooking the dinner, hosting the family. Surely there is a way to make it all a little more relaxing, and a bit more fun?This book offers an imaginative mix of games and tips to remind you of why we celebrate Christma...
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The Story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain

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by Mitchison, Amanda
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a man with a brilliant brain for design, and never tired of building new and exciting things - the deepest tunnel, the longest bridge, the fastest train. For Brunel, the average and the ordinary were just not good enough. He was a perfectionist and a control freak. And he would stop at nothing to complete a project, even when if it meant taking hair-raising risks...
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TEN MILLION ALIENS

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by Barnes, Simon
Life on planet earth is not weirder than we imagine. It's weirder than we are capable of imagining.And we're all in it together: humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, ridiculous numbers of beetles, molluscs the size of a bus, bdelloid rotifers who haven't had sex for millions of years and creatures called water bears: you can boil them, freeze them and fire them off into space without killing them.I...
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The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

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by Baxter John
The most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years...In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and Paris resident John Baxter recounts his year-long experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers. Along the way, he tells the city's history through a brilliant cast of characters: the favourite cafes of Erne...
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Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed

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by Barnes Simon
Learning birdsong is not just a way to become a better bird-spotter. It is tuning in: a way of hearing the soundtrack of the planet earth...Why do birds sing? What are they trying to say? Birdsong is not just about natural history. It is also about our history. We got melody from the birds as we got rhythm from the womb. This vital book - with a free podcast - takes you from winter into deepest spring...
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How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher

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by Barnes Simon
Look out of the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. Congratulations. You are now a bad birdwatcher. Anyone who has ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds. In this funny, inspiring, eye-opening book, Simon Barnes paints a riveting picture of how bird-watching has framed his life and can help us all to a better understanding of our place on this planet. How to be a bad bir...
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The last Resort - a Zimbabwe memoir

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by Rogers/16
For many years, Lyn and Ros Rogers were the owners of Drifters, a famous game farm and backpacker lodge in the eastern mountains. But when President Robert Mugabe launched his violent land reclamation programme, everything changed. The Rogers found their home under siege, their friends and neighbours expelled, and their lives in danger. But instead of leaving, as their son pleaded with them to do, they haul...
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