General Interest

  • 1,234 QI Facts to Leave You Speechless

    Over a thousand brilliantly researched and constantly surprising facts curated by the QI team:

    • Orchids can get jetlag
    • Lizards can't walk and breathe at the same time
    • There are 177,147 ways to tie a tie
    • Traffic lights existed before cars
    • Sir Bruce Forsyth is four months older than sliced bread
    • The soil in your garden is 2 million years old

    1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year's groaning sack of astonishment. Prepare to be left speechless. And if there are any facts you don't believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on qi.com.

    $22.99
  • 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Animals

    It's dot-to-dot gone wild as author Thomas Pavitte sets out to explore the animal kingdom featuring popular pets such as cats and dogs, as well as the more exotic beasts of feathers, fur and scales...

    With 20 incredible drawings for you to complete each consisting of no fewer than a thousand dots, you'll discover the unique pleasure and satisfaction that comes from joining dots. Best of all, the fun doesn't end with the last dot joined, because the perforated pages make it easy to tear out your drawing, rewarding you with a brilliant piece of art that you yourself had a hand in creating!

    This clip is for the first 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book but the idea is the same.


    $19.99
  • 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Icons

    In an age of childhood fun for grown-ups, here is The 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book.

    Thomas Pavitte has put together a unique collection of dot-to-dot puzzles, all of them consisting of 1000 dots and taking a satisfyingly long time to complete. His unique style, when combined with iconic subjects, results in images that are not only fun to join, but cool enough to put on your wall.


    $19.99
  • 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Masterpieces

    Ideal for art lovers of any age, this collection of puzzles features 20 iconic images each rendered in 1,000 dots and takes a satisfyingly long time to complete. Thomas Pavitte’s unique style, when combined with some of the world’s greatest works of art, results in images that are not only fun to join, but cool enough to put on your wall.

    Best of all, the fun doesn't end with the last dot joined, because the perforated pages make it easy to tear out your drawing, rewarding you with a brilliant piece of art that you yourself had a hand in creating!

    This clip is for the first 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book but the idea is the same.


    $19.99
  • 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die

    Newly revised and updated 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die brings you right up to date with an incisive look at the world's best paintings.

    From Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in its scope and beautiful to leaf through. Within its pages you will see 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial and visually arresting paintings that have ever been created.

    Entertaining and informative text written by an international team of artists, curators, art critics and art collectors illuminates both the paintings and the people who painted them. An insightful review accompanies a beautiful reproduction of every painting – an enviable art collection to dip into whenever you please. Organised chronologically, you will discover fascinating and surprising juxtapositions as well as pleasing similarities as you turn the sumptuous pages.

    $39.99
  • 12,000 Dreams Interpreted Journal

    Did you know that Paul McCartney wrote Yesterday after hearing the melody in a dream? Or that the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1936 went to Otto Loewi . . . who derived his award-winning ideas from a fortuitous dream?

    For a window into your most inspiring and imaginative thoughts, look to your dreams. To remember those dreams, count on this gifty journal.

    Rich in information from the bestselling 12,000 Dreams Interpreted, each page reveals the fantastic meanings of quotidian objects and occurrences that surface in your reveries. Keep it handy so you can jot down the details as you awake.

    $19.99
  • 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
  • 30-Second Astronomy

    How hot is Venus? Can you distinguish between a pulsar and a quasar? Is there a universe or a multiverse? Where do we fit into the infinitely grand scheme of things? How do we map the Cosmic Microwave Background? Most tantalizing of all: Is there anyone out there?

    The answers to these and many other far-out questions lie in your hands. Everyone's gazing at the heavens, but a voyage through the star-studded contents of this book will blow your mind. Astronomy encapsulates the terrifying hugeness of the cosmos into bite-size particles that mere earthlings can understand: 50 incredible discoveries brought down to Earth using no more than two pages, 300 words and a picture.

    This one small volume takes you on a cosmic tour, shedding light on the most awesome of objects and places, explaining some very big ideas, concepts, and discoveries, and presenting the scientists and observers who have done so much to crack Life, the Universe and Everything.

    $19.99
  • 30-Second Medicine

    What does the Hippocratic Oath actually say? Who originally discovered antibiotics? And when were hospitals invented?

    Find out the answers to these questions and many others in 30-Second Medicine. Taking the story from the first “medicines” direct from nature to today’s keyhole surgery, and with a look toward future developments, it’s an engrossing journey.

    $19.99
  • 30-Second New York

    New York never sleeps, they say, and 30-Second New York offers up 24 hours' worth of life in the city, looking at its founding fathers (and mothers), at key events in its history and at the buildings and people that make up its unique character.

    Find out who gave the city Central Park and the Empire State Building, learn what it was like to arrive at Ellis Island and admire the way New York has presented itself to the world in art, literature and music.

    $19.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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