General Interest

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Characters
    This author has meticulously researched the signage and typography of Melbourne – that have helped to shape the character of the city. From architecture and advertising to cultural history and much more, this is a book that will appeal to historians and designers alike.

    Featuring a treasure trove of long overlooked examples, Stephen Banham reveals how typography is a rich form of cultural expression, redefining the way we look at our surroundings one letter at a time.

    Rather than presenting the new, this offers a whole new way of looking at the familiar.
  • Clash of the Titians

    Canvas crunch time! Whose impasto impresses the most? Was Monet the greatest painter, or does Manet's brushwork beat them all? Who was the greatest Renaissance wonder?

    Pit 32 Old Masters against each other in a trump card battle encompassing hundreds of years of amazing art history and learn about the greatest artists ever to have lived!

  • Collage and Keep

    Collage and Keep is a visual journal and keepsake where the reader is encouraged to participate in collage based activities that explore and reflect on their own experience and perspective of life. Whilst some pages seek a more personal engagement, for example relating to memory or desire, others simply provide a space to 'recreate your favourite book cover' or produce a 'collage quilt' using collected ephemera from friends and family.

    Including helpful tips and basic principles of collage, the reader is guided to source materials from their everyday world and to look for what is beautiful, inspiring or unusual to them.

    • Collage your three greatest achievements
    • Create your perfect view
    • Make a paperchain of people you connect with
    • Collage a home video of your happiest memories
    • Fill the cabinet full of things that you are curious about
    • Create footprints using photos of places you've been

  • Colour Scheme Bible

    This inspirational and practical handbook contains over 150 colour scheme ideas for interior designers and home decorators:

    • Discover how colour can be used to create ambience, or to give the illusion of space, depth, warmth and light
    • Divided into the major colour groups, each section explores a range of hues, from primary brights to the palest of pastels
    • Find out how to create distinctive schemes that are informed bu themes such as nature, art, travel, or even a favourite possession
    • Inspirational mood boards present a range of palettes to use with different materials for refreshingly original interior colour schemes

  • Complete Bike Book

    A comprehensive, richly illustrated guide for bicycle enthusiasts offers step-by-step instruction in a variety of riding techniques and provides detailed coverage of everything from setting up a bicycle correctly to maintenance and repair techniques.

    Complete Bike Book will help you choose the right bike, perfect your riding performance and maintain your bike like the professionals. From bicycle maintenance to riding technique, all aspects are covered in this definitive cycling guide.

    Filled with essential information and step-by-step photographs on how to adjust your bike correctly and basic to advanced repair advice. You'll also find instructions on riding techniques, fitness exercises and cycling safely. Plus, tips and advice from the professionals.

  • Cool Architecture

    Cool Architecture tells you everything you need to know about architecture around the world, from the simple dwellings created by the earliest humans to today's most innovative buildings, via forbidding medieval strongholds, great 18th-Centruy palaces and the classic Art Deco skyscrapers of New York.

    Learn about the great architectural movements and the personalities that created them, and explore the most iconic buildings in the world, from the Parthenon in Greece to the (current) world's tallest skyscraper, the Khalifa Tower in Dubai. This book is a perfect introduction to what's cool about the fascinating world of architecture.

  • Crash Detectives

    Christine Negroni takes the reader inside crash investigations from the early days of the jet age to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    As Negroni dissects each accident, she explores the common themes and, most importantly, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation and aircraft design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and kept hundreds of people alive.

    Tying in aviation science, performance psychology and extensive interviews with pilots, engineers, human factors specialists, crash survivors and others involved in accidents all over the world, The Crash Detectives is an alternately terrifying and inspiring book that might just cure your fear of flying, and will definitely make you a more informed passenger.

  • Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend

    Author Alannah Moore draws on her extensive experience to show how, in just a weekend, almost anyone can create a website in WordPress that looks professional and is entirely tailored to their needs and preferences.

    Through carefully structured step-by-step tutorials, the book takes the reader through every stage of the web design process, covering domain registration, planning, plugins and choosing the right theme.

  • Creative Thinker's Exercise Book

    The Creative Thinker's Exercise Book is for everyone eager to indulge in exercises to enhance their innate creativity by identifying connections. The book gives you:

    • 40 exercises to enhance your creativity
    • Insioghts into connection making
    • Hands-on training in generating original ideas
    • Creative cross training to boost your brain
    • Hours of fun!

  • Daily Dishonesty

    Daily Dishonesty features a colourful collection of nearly 150 lies, beautifully illustrated by Lauren Hom.

    Covering topics from diets to breakups, these gorgeously lettered, funny little mantras are relatable, tongue-in-cheek and beautiful.

  • Dali Pop-Ups

    The art of Salvador Dali, like the man himself, defies easy description. Enigmatic, playful, deceptive, outrageous, and above all adventurous, he will be remembered as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

    Here seven of Salvador Dali's mind-bending images are re-imagined as superbly crafted pop-ups.

  • Designer's Web Handbook

    Web guru Patrick McNeil teaches you the fundamentals of great web design. He explains how to make a website not only look good, but work as well.

    This book will help you avoid making costly mistakes so that your designs work the way you want them to. You'll Learn:

    • How to start/plan a web design project
    • How to identify and properly use the different components to a web page
    • The specifications of designing for the web, like screen resolution or file size limitations
    • Both lessons and inspiration for actually designing your website
    • How to maintain your website in the long run
    • How to track your website's performance
    • And so much more!

  • Endangered

    Visual imagery plays a huge role in helping us to care about what is happening around us. Endangered is an experiment by award-winning photographer Tim Flach in how and why we connect emotionally to other forms of life through visual imagery.

    Through Tim’s extraordinary up-close photographs, we see:

    • The last of the white rhinos – there are only three left in the world: two females incapable of carrying a child and one male with low sperm count
    • The majestic swarms of the Monarch Butterfly, whose milkweed crops are being destroyed by herbicides
    • The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect – an extinction success story! Thought to be extinct in 1920 after rats from a wrecked Glaswegian cargo ship made it to shore and caused chaos on Lord Howe Island. A tiny colony of 24 specimens was discovered on the tiny rocky outcrop of Balls Pyramid in 2001 and has now been saved in the Melbourne Zoo.

    We also learn that:
    • Bees are worth 300 billion USD to the global economy
    • 100 million sharks are killed for their fins every year
    • Some fast-growing coral can recover from damage within 10–15 years, if given a chance...

    This immense book is a staggeringly beautiful siren call to connect people with nature.

  • Explorer's Atlas

    Discover the most intriguing, fascinating and extraordinary facts about the world in this lavishly illustrated, large format atlas.

    Feed your imagination and go on an adventure with this unusual atlas which is illustrated with a wealth of quirky facts and curiosities from around the world. Uncover hidden secrets on every page – from world cultures to history, the economy to nature, geography to sporting events and following the trails of great explorers.

    Be inspired and surprised by carefully selected and composed text, with icons, graphics and routes that will make you see the world through different eyes. Explorer's Atlas has been created for travellers, map lovers and adventurers of any age.

  • Favourite Poems

    A collection of over 100 classic poems about life, love and nature featuring best-loved poets from William Wordsworth and John Keats to Emily Dickinson and TS Elliot.

    The poems are organised by themes to make it easy to find a poem that can console or amuse, or for special occasions like readings at christenings and weddings. Illustrated throughout with Jane Robbins’ charming collages.

  • Fix Your Bike

    Fix Your Bike is a straightforward, stylish and no-fuss approach to DIY bike maintenance and safety. By teaching you the basics in plain terms with straightforward, step-by-step instructions, you can simply just get on with riding your bike.

    Speedy, easy and proficient, it is full of shortcuts, tricks and techniques that all cyclists should know to help them get back (and remain) on the road. Smart and beautifully illustrated, this book will aid and encourage you in all areas of bike maintenance – from puncture repair to gear care, brake-tightening to chain-fixing – to bring out the best in your bike.