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  • Giles The Collection 2018

    A perfect gift guaranteed to make dads and granddads chuckle on Christmas morning, this official Giles book, with a foreword by Bill Turnbull, is a great addition to the classic Giles collection. Iconic, irreverent, and a perennial best-seller, Giles is back with a brand-new collection of cartoons examining the quirks and idiosyncrasies of British holidays, from Christmas to Easter, through New Year, Hallowe'en and many more. With evergreen messages that are as relevant today as they were when they were first published, this is an often perceptive and always hilarious look at the British attitude to festivities. With 150 cartoons taken from the Express archives, this is bound to be a festive nostalgia trip for any Giles fan.
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    The Secret Language of Dogs

    By Victoria Stilwell
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    Victoria Stilwell
    Recent studies into the minds of canines show that they have a rich social intelligence and a physical and vocal language as complex and subtle as our own. The Secret Language of Dogs is a guide to understanding your dog, communicating effectively, strengthening your bond, and helping them to learn in the most effective way possible so they feel confident navigating the human world with success. Along the way, you'll learn the answers to questions such as:-What do different tail wags mean?-What does being right-pawed say about my dog's personality?-How can I tell the difference between boredom barking and warning barking?-What does it mean when my dog spins around, arches his back, or gives me the whale eye?-Do dogs feel guilt?-How do dogs perceive human faces?-Why do some scientists think dogs' emotional experience is even greater than ours?Filled with adorable full-colour photographs and instructive illustrations, this insightful 'dog decoder' will soon make you dog's best friend.
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    The Turnip Prize: A Retrospective

    By Trevor Prideaux, Royston Weeksz OBE, FRSA
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    Trevor Prideaux, Royston Weeksz OBE, FRSA
    The Turnip Prize is a spoof UK art award satirising the less well known Turner Prize. Originally inspired by Tracey Emin's 1999 Turner Prize-shortlisted 'My Bed', the Turnip Prize aims to celebrate the best of the worst of contemporary art. Every year, locals send in their least inventive creations to the judges in the village of Wedmore in Somerset, who then have the dubious honour of choosing the winner. From "Poo Tin' (a tin filled with poo, topped by am image of Vladimir Putin), to "Ewe Kip" (a toy sheep having a nap), the Turnip Prize pays particular attention to the quality of the art's punning title, and to evidence of a 'considerable lack of effort'. The winner is awarded a turnip impaled on a rusty six-inch nail.Including 40 images of entries from throughout the prize's not-so-illustrious history, The Turnip Prize: A Retrospective features pontificating critical analysis of each piece by Royston Weekz, FRSA, along with insightful comments from the competition judges (such as, 'Complete b*ll*cks'). The ultimate gift for art-lovers and art-establishment sceptics alike.
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    The Retronaut Guide to Raising Children

    By Chris Wild
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    Chris Wild
    The highly successful Retronaut blog looks at the past as it has never been looked at before. Here, in the second of a new series of Retronaut books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings you a thought-provoking collection of photographs from our hidden history. Often witty and entertaining, but also thought-provoking and at times puzzling, the images are chosen to shift our perceptions, making us think-and look again. Discover what our ancestors considered to be good parenting in the days before the 'care' was put into childcare, from dangerous sports to the best brand of cigarette for your baby. A perfectly reassuring gift for today's new parent, this book will also appeal to anyone who likes pictures of babies in sunglasses.
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    Being a Dog

    By Karen Wild
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    Karen Wild
    Imagine yourself in the mind of your dog. How would you view the world, other dogs and other animals? How would you see yourself? What would make you happy, excited, fearful or angry?More than just a dog psychology book, this includes the latest scientific research accompanied by enlightening illustrations that give a unique insight into what it's like being a dog from the dog's perspective.CHAPTERS:1. Welcome to your doggy world2. How you see and smell the world3. Taste, touch and sound4. Stimuli and responses5. Puppyhood - Your growing pains6. Emotion, character and nurture7. You and other dogs8. Understanding humans9. The autumn years10. Problems you might face
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    The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook

    For hundreds of years, the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies shop has been supplying quality goods for the monster community from its premises in east London - and this, its classic recipe book, has been in use for just as long.Now, for the first time, it has been adapted for use by humans as well as monsters. So whether you're entertaining trolls, hosting a vampire soirée or expecting zombies round for tea, you can make delicious treats to suit every occasion.- Fallen out with a friend? Bake them some 1000-year Curse Cookies!- Want to woo a zombie? Try our After-Gorging Breath Mints!- Unexpected ogre guests? Make our Fresh Maggot Brownies or Spiced Earwax Pie!With recipes and handy hints for monster housekeeping, this classic tome is an essential addition to every home, lair, cave, swamp or fiery pit.
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    A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas

    By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
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    Kay Plunkett-Hogge
    Tapas and sherry bars are everywhere: Berlin, London, LA, Paris, Munich. Now it's time to bring the trend home and serve this glorious marriage of flavours to friends. In A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas Kay Plunkett-Hogge tells the story of tapas and its beloved companion, sherry, and offers 80 easy-to-cook-at-home recipes. The book begins by exploring the mysteries of sherry, one of the world's oldest wines, considering the five key types, how they're made and how they're served, with tips on the best food and sherry matches and a selection of sherry cocktails. Kay then plunges into the tapas, with chapters on cold tapas - hams and olives and their like - and latillas; montaditos or 'mounted' tapas; pintxos, or 'things on sticks'; and on cooked tapas, with chapters on vegetables, eggs and dairy, seafood and meat. Kay has even created some delicious sherry-based desserts.
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    The Little Book of Marijuana

    A great gift for the stoner in your life, this bite-sized book is full of recipes, history, trivia, fun and facts to enjoy, all on the world's most cultivated leaf. Including anything and everything from 'Weird Science: the five stages of a herbal high', 'The Herb in History: High achievers - famous smokers from around the globe', to 'Know your Blow: 20 great smokes that will blow your mind' 'Mind-bending facts: The a-z of crazy weed names', 'Ganja Games: Blindfolded joint building' and 'Marijuana Munchies' recipes.Full of fun stuff to keep you amused, it's an enlightening read on weed!
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    The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver

    By Chris Graham
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    Chris Graham
    Keeping chickens involves understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as housing, feeding, breed choice, and health requirements.Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud - and, better still, avoid them in the first place. It contains 100 common problems faced by chicken keepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights.
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    Toby The Cross-Eyed Stray

    By Celia Haddon
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    Celia Haddon
    'Hunched among the shoes, half hidden by my dresses, filthy and terrified, he looked like a cat that might be seriously ill. He was toast-rack thin, with all his ribs sticking out, even through his longish hair...'As Toby's story unfolds, so does Celia's. From her alcoholic exploits as a Fleet Street journalist during the 60s, to the death of her mother, Celia's bond with the feline world becomes stronger. Ronnie, a former war correspondent with an incredible career also finds himself succumbing to feline charms and comes to need Toby as much as Celia does. This is a story of courage, hope and love in the most trying of circumstances.
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    Make Mine a Martini

    By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
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    Kay Plunkett-Hogge
    'Martini is made with gin. A Vodka Martini is made with vodka. Apple Martinis are an abomination. That is all.' - Kay Plunkett-HoggeFrom just a few friends for drinks and snacks in the kitchen to a sophisticated soirée for everyone you know, Kay Plunkett-Hogge draws upon her background in the worlds of film and fashion and her youth in Mad Men-era Bangkok to create the ultimate guide to making your evening as easy as ABC. Kay's approach to throwing a party is to keep it simple (yet stylish), plan ahead and, above all, enjoy it.The 80 cocktail recipes are organised by base spirit, with chapters on Gin, Vodka, Rum etc, and the 40 canapé recipes are grouped into Vegetarian, Fish & Seafood and Meat.As Kay writes in the book's introduction: 'Just the sound of ice being shaken, preferably to a rhythm all of its own, is enough to bring a smile to anyone's face. It's the promise of sweet relief, of good times, good friends and good conversation. Just make mine a Martini.
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    Crap Taxidermy

    By Kat Su
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    Kat Su
    You won't know whether to laugh or cry at these spectacularly bad attempts at taxidermy, brought to you courtesy of the hit website crappytaxidermy.com. The site's plethora of bad taxidermy examples - including a squirrel riding a rattlesnake like a cowboy, and various anatomically imaginative renderings of all creatures great and small - have proved hugely popular. Here the very best of the worst stuffed animals are brought together in one full-colour volume; with additional features including a DIY 'Stuff Your Own Mouse' lesson, and an author's introduction to the craze for getting stuffed.
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