Absolutely Beautiful Things
By Anna Spiro
In Absolutely Beautiful Things, successful designer Anna Spiro shows you how to create an interior that's just right for you. To her, it's all about the mix, not the match, and, with her help, you'll find beauty in unexpected places. She'll give you the confidence to put together a layered and very individual home using elements you love, and make you see your old belongings in a new light. As well as lavish photographs of rooms Anna has created, she shares many of her secrets from a life in decorating, gives practical details on how to work with pattern and colour, and provides a room-by-room guide to furniture choice. 'I always endeavour to create happy, interesting, layered and uplifting spaces. That means mixing everything: colour and pattern, old and new, square and round, quirky and conservative. It's the imperfections and surprises that make a space interesting'.
By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Let's be honest: who doesn't want to be a little bit Italian? To glide through Rome on a Vespa like Marcello Mastroianni, wearing an impeccable suit? Or sit in St Mark's Square in Venice at dusk, nibbling cicchetti and sipping an Aperol spritz? This is la dolce vita, and this is aperitivo - Italy's take on drinks and small snacks.Aperitivo brings together 80 recipes from across Italy, and tells the stories behind the food and the drinks that shape the aperitif hour. The book opens with the aperitivi themselves - Campari and Aperol - as well as recipes for classic Italian cocktails (including the perfect Negroni) and a guide to Italian wine. Kay then introduces simple recipes for Antipasto and Pinzimonio; Tramezzini; Bruschette and Crostini; Seafood; Meat and Fowl; Vegetables, Dairy and Eggs; Bread and Baking; and Dolci. So let's cinch in our waists, pop on some cat's eye sunglasses, and make like Sophia Loren. It's time for Aperitivo.
By Bev Speight
Art Life is an invitation to take a creative journey - making your own fantastic art along the way. This is a completely original way to unleash your creativity, with an engaging structure based around four distinct categories for exploring ideas - line, book, traces, and marks. For each of these there are numerous projects and accessible methods for creating art, and you are encouraged to try whatever inspires you, without pressure or any preconceptions. Enjoy the element of surprise and satisfaction in creating something that evolves, rather than following a rigid plan. You will be amazed by what you can achieve.Introducing work in every conceivable medium with sensational art and new photos, this book will let you enjoy the creative process, relax, and enjoy the art escape.
At Home with Plants
By Ian Drummond, Kara O'Reilly
Houseplants are hot, and creative interior planting is becoming increasingly easy to achieve. The new wave of unusual and dramatic indoor plants is as much about décor and statement as greenery. Used aesthetically, as a focal point and sculptural element in interior design, indoor gardening is not just about possessing or growing a plant, but about using it as an accessory combined with other objects to create a particular style and mood. In this much-needed book, Ian and Kara show you how to transform your home with plants and tells you which plants will work best where and how to care for them. From strikingly geometric terrariums to pretty hanging baskets, practical herb pots and colourful window displays, this book is packed full of exciting and gorgeous ideas. Specially commissioned photography by Nick Pope throughout proves that bringing the outdoors in really is the best form of interior design.
Adventure Maps to Build and Explore in Minecraft
By Kirsten Kearney
The sequel to the bestselling Create & Construct: Incredible Minecraft Cities and Create & Construct: Super Structures in Minecraft, Adventure Maps to build in Minecraft explores Minecraft's adventure mode. These player-created challenges and experiences built in custom mode have turned thousands of gamers into would-be game developers. Explore the best interactive stories and quests devised by the Minecraft community - maps that have been played by hundreds of thousands of gamers all over the word. Learn how to design and build your own adventures, challenges and arenas with tutorials and simple guides.Featuring expert tips from the creators of the most popular maps, Adventure Maps to build in Minecraft walks you through a wide range of game types and worlds, which all involve interacting with the environment and other players to complete scenarios set in beautiful and imaginative lands. It introduces the concepts and technical steps needed to create great adventure maps and guides the reader on the best ways to create their own games within the world of Minecraft. Stand tall in huge gladiatorial arenas, parkour across city rooftops, and treasure hunt in ancient ruins, and learn how to transform from player to games master.
By Janelle Estep
Perfect for anyone who wants to create nail art with personality, Awesome Nails provides more than 40 designs for nail decals you can print at home. Clear, photographic step-by-step tutorials show you how to apply the designs, and you can also download, scan, colour in or trace to customize and make your own. Two pages of ready-to-wear nail stickers mean that you can get started straight away. YouTuber Janelle Estep shares stylish templates to customize and print, from cute paw prints to magic unicorns. All you need is some craft decal paper and a desktop printer. She provides simple instructions for applying studs, jewels, glitter and special-effect polish techniques to take your nail art to the next level. With mess-free salon tricks at your fingertips, Awesome Nails will help you create perfect nail art for every outfit and occasion.
A-Z Great Modern Writers
By Caroline Taggart, Andy Tuohy
A-Z Great Modern Writers is an essential reference guide to the world's most important contemporary writers, boldly illustrated by Andy Tuohy.Artist and graphic designer Andy Tuohy turns his hand to the world of modern literature in this new instalment of the A-Z series. Rendered in his distinctive style, this new book features portraits of 52 key modern writers significant for their contribution to literature, with a whole host of names from across the world including:-Simone de Beauvoir-F. Scott Fitzgerald-Kazuo Ishiguro-Doris Lessing-Salman Rushdie-Vladimir NabokovBest-selling author Caroline Taggart provides a crib sheet of everything you need to know about each author: why they are important in the field of literature, a list of their must-read books, and a surprising fact or two about them. Alongside Andy's portraits, the book features additional imagery, including book covers and author photographs.A fun, easy guide to some of the best writers of modern times, this is a great gift for anyone who wants to broaden their literary horizons.
Adventures of a Terribly Greedy Girl
By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
As featured in the Sunday Express and Evening Standard Must Haves'...a heady and enchanting book and a manifesto of our times ...if you're interested in food, film, fashion or simply fantastic adventures to far-flung places, you'll want to devour Kay Plunkett-Hogge's Adventures of a Terribly Greedy Girl'.Metro'This eclectic memoir, with its evocative vignettes of life in some of the world's mostvibrant cities, is punctuated with mouthwatering recipes - everything from sashimi with Thai salsaverde to the perfect dry martini'.Daily Mail'...a romp through the life of one-time male model-booker Kay Plunkett-Hogge. There are recipes and checklists peppered among the riotous stories. Dip in and out or read on the train to brighten your commute - it's better than a Berocca fix (and far more entertaining'.delicious.magazine'[A] feisty, funny memoir, interspersed with personal recipes. Best enjoyed with a Martini'.Sainsbury's MagazineWith a dry martini in hand, Kay Plunkett-Hogge looks back at the happy accidents, regrettable errors and unexpected opportunities that led to a career as a food and drink writer, via stints in the worlds of fashion and film. It is a celebration of a tumbling through life, of mistakes, and opportunities laid bare. As you read, Kay shares 25 delicious recipes she discovered along the way, from her grandmother's apple crumble to sashimi with Thai salsa verde. Chapters include 10 Things I Learnt in New York, The Comfort of a Roast Chicken and What Would Martha Do? Joyful, witty and occasionally indiscreet, Adventures of A Terribly Greedy Girl is about the benefits of letting your curiosity trump your good sense.
Amsterdam: The World's Longest Dot-to-Dot Puzzle
By Abi Daker, Abi Daker
The team behind the best-selling 1000 Dot-to-Dot books now brings you the longest and most satisfying dot-to-dot puzzle ever! This hardback book concertinas into a frieze of no fewer than 3000 dots, providing hours of puzzling fun. A perfect souvenir for jet-setters as well as Amsterdam's inhabitants, it celebrates the city's most famous buildings and landmark cobbles and canals, including the Rijksmuseum, the Royal Palace and Oude Kerk; coloured in, it will look even better! So you can enjoy your handiwork to the full, the frieze is perforated: you can easily remove the completed panorama, and display it on your wall.
AUSTRALIA The World's Longest Dot-to-Dot Puzzle
By Abi Daker, Abi Daker
Following the huge success of Ilex's 1000 Dot-to-Dot series, we bring you the longest and most satisfying dot-to-dot puzzle ever! This beautifully designed hardback book concertinas into a stunning frieze of no fewer than 3000 dots, providing several satisfying hours of mindful dot-joining fun. The perfect souvenir of your trip to Australia, this fabulous original illustration features its most famous buildings and landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock and the Devil's Marbles. To enable you to enjoy your handiwork to the full, the ends of the design are perforated: you can easily remove your completed masterpiece, and display it on your wall.
By Thomas Pavitte, Thomas Pavitte
From the creator of the 1000 Dot-to-Dot series comes Querkles Animals, putting an exciting new twist on the classic colour-by-number images that we loved as children. At first, you see nothing but a baffling tangle of circles, but hidden within each puzzle is a furry face waiting to be revealed!Featuring a menagerie of adorable creatures from chomping chimps to louche giraffes, Querkles Animals provides hours of creative colouring fun for artistic minds of all ages. Choose a dramatic colour scheme to make your Querkle truly unique, discover what's hidden in each puzzle, and create a striking animal portrait that you can easily remove and display.
As the Romans Do
By Eleonora Galasso
Rome is steeped in history and tradition, and this is reflected in the sheer vibrancy and variety of its food. In As the Romans Do, Instagram star and Roman native Eleonora Galasso will take you on a journey amongst the houses, the sanpietrini, the tiny side streets, the palazzos, the traditions, the community and the hidden gems of this never ending, always eternal city. From quick and earthy breakfasts and vivacious al fresco meals to brilliant off-the-cuff dinner parties, you will find a recipe to suit every occasion.
The Art of the Jersey
By Andy Storey
A lifelong cycling enthusiast, Andy Storey has assembled a huge collection of the most important designs in recent cycling history, from iconic retro designs worn by Tour de France winners to specialist items and hard-to-find collector's pieces. For each jersey he brings together key information, context and extended captions telling the jersey's story. With more than 200 examples accompanied by photography and analysis, The Art of the Jersey is the perfect book for the road-racing enthusiast and the modern style-conscious cyclist.