By Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Alexander Langlands
During World War Two Britain had to look to the land to provide the produce it had previously shipped in from abroad, meaning huge changes on both the agricultural and domestic scenes. Accompanying an 8-part BBC series and written by the three presenters who spend a year living on a reconstructed farm from the era, Wartime Farm sets these changes within a historical context and looks at the day-to-day life of that time. Exploring a fascinating chapter in Britain's recent history, we see how our predecessors lived and thrived in difficult conditions with extreme frugality and ingenuity. From growing your own vegetables and keeping chickens in the back yard, to having to 'make do and mend', many of the challenges faced by wartime Britons have resonance today. Fascinating historical detail and atmospheric story-telling make this a truly compelling read.
This fun quizbook will delight both fans of the programme and quiz enthusiasts alike. Featuring rounds from the show, 30 complete quizzes and 750 questions it's sure to test your general knowledge and tickle your trivia bone. Sections include the Think Tanks answer bank as well as a selection of Question Impossibles for the final round. To add to the mix, throughout the book are some of the weirder responses the contributors have given. There's also a Foreword from the host himself describing what it's like recording the show.Think Tank is sure to be a daytime quiz classic. Why not enjoy the quiz with your family with this fun, fact-filled quizbook.
The Story of Astronomy
By Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest
Journey through time and space with the greatest astronomers in history. Astronomy is one of the oldest of all the sciences. And yet, its history is also so much more than the history of a science, reflecting our entire culture and providing insight into the evolution of humankind's ideas and ideals over the centuries. This fascinating book tells the amazing story of the development of astronomy, through the key characters in its history from Copernicus to Hubble and Halley, the excitement of new discoveries and the ways in which the history of the skies has affected our lives and how we look at the planet on which we live.The Story of Astronomy celebrates changing perspectives (from the Ancient Greeks to the latest scientific advances) as different cultures, philosophers and scientists sought to come to terms with their, and earth's, place in the Cosmos.Exhaustively researched and containing interviews with many of the world's leading astronomers, including Stephen Hawking, this is the ultimate history of how the universe has revealed itself to us over the millennia.
Speeches that Changed the World
By Ana Matronic
In the not too distant future, mankind faces the possibility of being overthrown by its own creations.In Robot Takeover, Ana Matronic presents 100 of the most legendary robots and what makes them iconic - their creators, purpose, design and why their existence has shaken, or in some cases, comforted us. Through 100 iconic robots - from Maria in Fritz Lang's Metropolis to the Sentinels of The Matrix and beyond, via the Gunslinger (Westworld), R2-D2 (Star Wars) etc. - this is a comprehensive look at the robot phenomenon. As well as these 100 entries on specific robots, there are features on the people who invent robots, the moral issues around robot sentience, and the prevalence of robots in music, art and fashion, and more. It's the only robot book you need.With fighters, seducers and psychos in their ranks, it's best you get ready for the robot revolution. Know your enemy...
Pilcher's Marijuana Miscellany
By Tim Pilcher
Marijuana has been cultivated and used by humans for at least 5,000 years, and is one of the worlds most important cash crops despite being illegal in many parts of the world. It is used in a host of different ways and has made an indelible impact on our culture and western popular culture in particular. Expert author Tim Pilcher now uncovers both the fascinating properties of this much-maligned herb and the curious story of its relationship with us. In a host of bite-sized entries, he answers the key questions: How do you make and cook with cannabutter? What is the etymology of the word "bong"? And how much does the USA spend on prosecuting marijuana-law offenders every year? The answers to all are inside, along with a host of lists, tips, anecdotes, trivia, and recipes
Philip's Guide to Gems
By Cally Oldershaw
A practical pocket-sized guide to the identification and use of precious and semiprecious stones, novelty stones, agates and crystals.The introductory part of the book describes the geology, chemistry and properties of gemstones in clear and accessible terms. The important properties of gemstones are explained, including crystal structures and optical and physical properties. It examines synthetic gems and discusses how to tell them apart from natural stones.Guide to Gems, Stones and Crystals then covers practical aspects of gemmology and the use of stones, including fashioning and cutting, types and shapes of cut, collecting, handling and storing gemstones, and weighing and measuring stones.An important feature of Guide to Gems, Stones and Crystals is a comprehensive visual identification key. This makes it easy for the reader to recognise the type of a stone, and so move on to the correct section of the book for a detailed identification.The main part of the book examines each major group of gems from every part of the world, with each group divided into clearly structured units. The first section deals with precious gems in their many forms, with illustrations of priceless jewellery. The second and longer section concentrates on the semiprecious and novelty stones, the agates and the crystals used by many professional and amateur jewellers and purchased by the majority of collectors and jewellery enthusiasts. Both sections are richly illustrated with photographs, and clear descriptive text accompanies each image.the authorCally Oldershaw lives in St Albans. She is the author of DK's Gemstones which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Cally is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GAGTL) and a member of the curatorial team at the National History Museum in London.Main map scale:
Philip's Guide to Fossils
A practical pocket-sized guide to identifying, collecting and understanding all types of fossil.The introduction describes how fossils form and the history of ancient life, all illustrated with colour artworks. The classification and distribution of fossils are described, giving essential background information for collectors. The fascinatinghistory of fossil collecting is described before detailed and practical information about how to go about collecting fossils - everything from how to find sites and specimens to how to store and display fossils.An important feature of Philip's Guide to Fossils is a comprehensive and effective visual identification key. This makes it easy for the reader to discover the major classification of a fossil and so locate the right section of the book for detailed identification.The main section of the book goes through every major group of fossils, from trilobites to tree ferns, and includes a wide international range, from the common and easy-to-find to some (such as dinosaur bones) that would crown the collection of any amateur. The section is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs and clear descriptive text accompanies each image.Main map scale:
Philip's Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils
By A. C. Bishop, A. R. Woolley, W. R. Hamilton
A practical and authoritative guide to identifying minerals, rocks and fossils. An invaluable handbook for amateur collectors and specialists alike, small and compact enough to carry in the pocket or rucksack. The illustrations in this revised edition have been improved to give a truer representation of the colours found in nature.A best-seller in its field since 1974 when it was first published, the 1998 edition has been completely revised and updated, with brand-new, extended introductory sections and appendices. The book has also been completely redesigned to bring it into the 1990s and make it more user friendly.Around 145 colour plates show typical mineral, rock and fossils specimens. The plates were photographed from the Natural History Museum's incredible collection. Over 100 specially commissioned line drawings illustrate the authoritative descriptions of the specimens.The 1998 edition has been updated and revised by two of the original authors (Dr Woolley and Dr Bishop), plus an expert in fossils, all from the world-class Natural History Museum in London.Main map scale:
Philip's Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Northern Europe
By Geoffrey Kibby
The Philip's Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Northern Europe is an easy-to-use rapid identification guide to more than 400 of the larger fungi of Britain and Northern Europe. The region covered extends from Britain and Ireland to western Russia, and from Scandinavia to the Alps and the beginning of the Mediterranean zone.The book is a practical field guide, containing accurate, full-colour illustrations of each of the featured species, with important distinguishing characteristics labelled. A cross-section of each specimen is also provided, together with a drawing of a spore. A detailed illustrated key allows the user to identify a specimen and points to the appropriate place in the book for further information.The text gives detailed yet accessible information for each species. Details include: habitat, season, frequency, cap size, shape and colour, gill colour and structure; stem shape and colour; spore colour and size. The author highlights the most distinctive features of each species, so that even a brief glance at the text can provide key information quickly in the field. Clear symbols indicate whether a species is edible or poisonous.The introduction to the book acquaints the reader with the world of mushrooms and toadstools from botanical, taxonomic and economic points of view, and contains sections on collection and identification, as well as on poisonous species and the use of mushrooms in cooking.The Philip's Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools is suitable to the naturalist, the collector and the student alike.Main map scale:
Philip's Guide to Weather Forecasting
By Storm Dunlop
The guide gives detailed information on how to make your own forecast and covers every aspect of weather forecasting, from what causes the weather to information on recognizing clouds. Details of weather systems, depressions, anticyclones and hurricanes are included, plus information on the extreme weather that has so dominated the news in recent years. Local weather, such as wind systems, visibility, frost and snow, is featured along with optical effects such as rainbows, haloes and mirages.The full range of forecasting is explored, from professional forecasts and charts to satellite images and weather watching - including instruments you might use at home.The book features numerous colour photos and diagrams and is ideal for the amateur forecaster.
Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland
By Jeremy Thomas
Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland begins with a valuable introduction to butterflies, explaining the differences between butterflies and moths, the life cycle and structure of butterflies, their movement and migration patterns, and helpful information on the distribution and habitats of the main family groups so that readers will know at a glance which species they are likely to see and where - useful for both identification purposes and for those readers who want to find a specific species. The introductory section finishes with information for gardeners, detailing which plants to grow and when. Each section is illustrated with diagrams and photographs. There then follows an illustrated key to the main family groups, detailing principal physical and flight characteristics, as well as other key information to aid identification. The next section consists of 60 specific species descriptions. These comprise detailed identification notes for both adult and young stages, information on life cycle, habitat and behaviour, and distribution and status - all accompanied by life-cycle artwork and time charts, a distribution map and a large colour photograph.Finishing with photographs and information on the most common day-flying moths, Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland is an essential guide for both experienced naturalists and newcomers to the subject.