General Interest

  • 101 Problems for the Armchair Scientist

    Is running always faster than walking? If you froze your hand in liquid nitrogen and hit it with a hammer, would it shatter? Could you survive in a falling elevator by jumping as it hit the ground? Why can't a fly get out of the toilet?

    This fascinating foray into the world of science tackles some perplexing problems that even the brainiest of scientists can't figure out. It presents you with 101 imaginative scenarios – from everyday life to the human body and from the natural world to outer space – and provides the scientific reasons or theories behind why they are possible.

    $19.99
  • 1423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over

    The eye-popping, gob-smacking, rib-tickling phenomenon that is QI serves up a brand new selection of 1423 facts to bowl you over.

    • Iceland imports ice cubes
    • A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness
    • It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandi
    • Eight billion particles of fog can fit into a teaspoon
    • People who read books live longer than people who don't
    • Prince Philip was born on a kitchen table in Corfu
    • No human beings have ever had sex in space
    • Netflix's biggest competitor is sleep
    • Mice sigh up to 40 times an hour

    $22.99
  • 1980s Bumper Activity Book

    A Magnum PI paper doll, a paint-by-number Ferris Bueller, a cassette tape greeting card – take a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s with 52 cool and easy-to-do art and design projects. Stuffed with hugely quirky and fun things to do, this actvity book contains easy instructions for creating and making your own favourite art and design projects.

    The awesome things to create include: paper dolls of such icons as Alexis Carrington and Debbie Gibson, WHAM! puppets, a Pong duvet cover, a Pac Man cake to bake, a Super Mario cross stitch, a Madonna and Sean commemorative plate, and such pictures to colour in as Tom Cruise underwear dancing, and Aerosmith and Run DMC imploring you to Walk this Way.

    $19.99
    $9.99
  • 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know
    Starting with Darwin's theory of evolution & concluding with the most recent & controversial scientific advances, The Times' science editor shows how knowledge of our genetic code has changed our understanding of life on Earth. 50 lucid & engaging short essays distil the central concepts of genetics using the latest research, arguments of key thinkers, case studies, quotes & timelines.
    $24.95
    $22.50
  • A Moment in Time Capsule

    This elegant box contains 8 glass capsules with cork lids and 24 notes to fill out (16 with prompts and 8 to customize) with your thoughts, hopes and predictions for the future.

    Insert the note into the vial, place back in the box, and then the box can be sealed with a large sticker that can be labelled with a "To Be Opened On" date.

    The box is compact and easy to store until the time comes when you decide to open it. Then, invite the same family and friends who filled out the notes one, two, five, or even ten years later to create another memorable day.

    $24.99
  • Adventures in Stationery

    We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex are integral parts of our everyday environment. So much so that we never think about where they come from, why they are the way they are – or what stories they might have to tell. But luckily, James Ward does is here to tell you all about the secret pull stationery exerts on our lives.

    After all, who remains unmoved by the sight of a pristine blu-tak slab, or the first unmarked sheet of a brand new notepad? And which of humanity's brightest ideas didn't start life on a scrap of paper, a Post-it or in the margins of a notebook? Exploring the stories behind these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. This witty and entertaining book, packed with fascinating facts, will change the way you look at your desk, pencil case or stationery cupboard forever.

    $19.99
  • Antiques Roadshow

    This anniversary celebration looks back at the quintessential moments from the show's illustrious history, providing a look at the history behind the very best and most intriguing objects that have appeared on the show.

    The authors reveal the astonishing stories behind findings such as the discovery of the Lalique vase which had been bought for a pound at a car boot sale and left in the loft, only to be valued and sold for £25,000; the twenty-three original Beatrix Potter drawings; a brooch designed by the great Victorian architect William Burges; a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic, and legendary 1970s glam rocker Marc Bolan's distinctive Gibson Flying V guitar.

    Beautifully illustrated, and featuring a wealth of artefacts from the show, this is a truly revealing book, unearthing moments from history through each of the extraordinary objects discovered on the programme.

    $39.99
  • Architectural Modelmaking

    The physical model is an important communication tool for architects. Although the proliferation of CAD programmes has enabled the creation of increasingly complex computer models and virtual environments, there is also a growing need to address the three-dimensional qualities of architecture that may be lost when using such media.

    This book focuses on the inspiring possibilities for modelling the built environment with all the different media and techniques available. In describing the use of different models in different contexts, the book provides a practical guide to how and why models are used, and what they are used for.

    This second edition includes more detailed step-by-step exercises, expanded discussion of materials and techniques, updated coverage of digital techniques and new case studies.

    $49.99
  • Atlas of Untamed Places

    In a world that has increasingly become tamed by human activity, the true wild holds a growing mysticism. Rugged landscapes with unspoilt scenery invoke romantic visions of paradise, but there are also intense and powerful wildernesses that produce fear and awe alike and unexplored zones where feral wildlife roams in the shadows.

    Chris Fitch takes you on a journey through the world’s most wild places, visiting immensely diverse floral kingdoms, remote jungles abundant with exotic birds, and both freezing cold and scorching hot inhospitable environments. From these natural havens we travel to the extreme and the incredible: lightning inducing lakes, acidic mud baths and man-eating tiger kingdoms.

    We encounter places being reclaimed by nature, such as Chernobyl, that after being left abandoned for years are returning to a natural wilderness, free from human intervention. Not forgetting those most bizarre of destinations, such as the tidal surges of the Qiantang River, the bridge to Modo Island that emerges from the sea and the strange magnetic pull of Jabuka rock.

    $39.99
  • Australia: Small Book, Big Island

    Blue skies, clear water, cosmopolitan cities, red earth and seemingly endless stretches of sand are only a fraction of what you'll find in Australia. Marvel at the beauty of Millaa Millaa Falls; explore the laneways of Melbourne; admire The Pinnacles; and encounter a pack of grey kangaroos and some friendly locals.

    This compact keepsake embodies the spirit of Australia, its immense landscapes and the distinctive flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. A photographic journey filled with adventure and wonder, the book is a small ode to a big island.

    $19.99
  • Basics Marketing: Online Marketing
    With this accessible and practical introduction to the most dynamic and fast-moving field in marketing today, you will be guided you through the major trends that exemplify forward thinking and which will continue to inspire great online ideas well into the future. International examples and case studies and practical exercises will help you master the key concepts and techniques of online marketing so that you can apply them to your own campaigns.
    $45.00
    $40.95
  • Betoota's Australia

    A relatively comprehensive guide to the Great Southern Land by arguably Australia's oldest newspaper. The places, the people, the politics, the language, the sport and much more are here perfectly articulated by what is arguably our country's oldest newspaper, The Betoota Advocate, which can boast more readers than The Australian.

    It's the type of quality publication we've come to expect from a news organ never hamstrung by editorial standards, and features pictures, profiles and fairly up-to-date maps, as well as some frankly incredible facts and stats. Compiled by the paper's editors, Betoota's Australia brings the Great Southern Land to life.

    $32.99
  • Big Questions: The Universe
    What is the universe? Do other intelligent beings exist? Can the laws of physics change? 20 key questions of astronomy, cosmology and existence itself are tackled and confronted for enquiring minds. This title provides and explains the answers of our greatest thinkers.
    $29.95
    $26.95
  • Birdhouses of the World

    Birdhouses of the World is a collection of beautiful, whimsical, stop-you-in-your-tracks amazing birdhouses created by designers and bird lovers around the world.

    Anne Schmauss provides a brief history of birdhouses and lists the kinds of birds that inhabit them, as well as the types of structures that attract various species. Most important in her selection for this book is the “wow” factor: These birdhouses are spectacular in their creativity, ingenuity, and sheer originality.

    With styles ranging from sleek modern to elaborate Victorian, they are as varied as human houses and the book is a captivating look at the creativity than can result when a functional structure is infused with a love of birds.

    $29.99
  • Book of Caterpillars

    The Book of Caterpillars profiles 600 key species from around the world, with spectacular imagery and authoritative text.

    Each entry details the notable attributes of the species, uncovers their camouflage and forms and describes the variety of the defences that they employ. Glorious photographs show both a life-size view and a magnified close-up that reveals each caterpillar's intricate structure. Every entry also features a two-tone engraving of the adult specimen, emphasizing the wing patterns and tones, as well as a population distribution map, and table of essential information.

    A definitive resource for all enthusiasts, this is a visually stunning guide to some of the world's least-known creatures.

    $59.99
  • Book Towns

    The so-called 'Book Towns' of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere.

    Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 45 semi-officially recognised literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice.

    $29.99
  • Brain Bend

    What's more fun than solving a maze? Colouring it in afterward! Brain Bend is a unique book featuring 25 wild, vibrant, architecturally themed mazes, along with black-and-white versions of the same artwork for colouring in.

    Artist and illustrator Mister Mourao's stunning, mind-bending designs, which range in style from joyfully freeform to impressively structured, offer a stimulating visual challenge to maze and colouring enthusiasts. Includes maze solutions at the back of the book. Perforated pages make it easy to remove the designs, and high-quality, heavy, uncoated paper make them a pleasure to solve and colour.

    $19.99
    $12.99
  • Cats: Best in Show Cards

    Find out who's the cat that got the cream with this beautifully illustrated set of cards.

    Does a Persian need more grooming than a Birman? Has a Turkish Van got a louder purr than a British Shorthair? Is a Siamese more independent than a Ragdoll?

    With 30 cat cards, each with scores in 6 categories, to choose from, you'll have hours of fun playing Best in Show.

    $14.99