General Interest

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling

    Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling shines new light onto one of the great scientific icons, and explores how pushing that pedal can nurture mindfulness in a spiritually stressful age.

    The author steers us through his own perspective on cycling – weaving the philosophical, practical and personal into an elegant balance. Add in a sprinkling of meditative insights, and we can all learn how to experience Einstein’s enlightened outlook on life through the simple joy of riding a bicycle.

  • 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.

  • Florence

    The most comprehensive book on the paintings and frescoes of Florence with more than 2,000 beautifully reproduced artworks from the city's great museums and churches. Every painted work that is on display in the Uffizi Gallery, The Pitti Palace, the Accademia and the Duomo is included, plus many or most of the works from 28 of the city's other magnificent museums and churches.

    The research and text are by Ross King, Anja Grebe (author or The Louvre and The Vatican), Cristina Acidini (former Superintendent of the public museums of Florence) and Msgr. Timothy Verdon (Director of the artworks for the Archdiocese of Florence).

  • Fractal 3D Magic

    This ground-breaking 3D showcase offers a rare glimpse into the dazzling world of computer-generated fractal art.

    The eye-popping gallery displays mathematical formulas transformed into stunning computer-generated 3D anaglyphs. More than 200 intricate designs, visible in three dimensions thanks to the enclosed 3D glasses, will engross maths and optical illusions enthusiasts alike.

  • Hello, Melbourne

    From the creator of Hello, Sydney! comes a new look-and-find adventure and this time we’re off the to city voted most liveable in the world, Melbourne.

    Hello, Melbourne! is a celebration of this great Australian city. With its colourful laneways and bustling shopping arcades, the bookish wonders of the State Library and the sights and smells of world famous Lygon Street, there is so much to see in this town. With the help of your tour guides – a charm of magpies – you’ll feel like a true Melburnian.

  • Here and Now

    Here and Now provides a quick and enjoyable way of achieving a mindful state with a soothing tone and reference to modern life, and 25 exercises that bring about a sense of mindful awareness.

    Each exercise features an engaging illustration that gently guides you towards a state of mindfulness as you interact with the page. The exercises are focussed around the themes of breathing, deep relaxation, compassion, gratitude and interconnectedness, to mention just a few. The pages can be returned to again and again and used at any time to comfort, calm and inspire.

    The book's refreshing and unique take on mindfulness will appeal to those who already have some experience of the practice, whilst its light-hearted and friendly approach makes it a simple and compelling guide for beginners.

  • How Smart Are You? Test Your Math IQ

    Every day our numerical skills are tested in different ways, from shopping to budgeting to bill paying. But not everyone is comfortable with numbers.

    This collection of challenging tests and puzzles will help you hone your math skills. Each quiz can be taken in just a few minutes and is easily scored.

    Entertaining and enlightening, it is useful to have on-hand anytime and anywhere, be it the long commute, a waiting room, or an evening at home.

  • How to Be Cool

    From creative to classic to downright crazy, 151 things every cool cat needs to know – a step at a time.

    • Captioned colour illustrations for the 151 things
    • Step-by-steps for how-tos like fighting with nunchakus or teasing up a bouffant hairdo >
    • Examples for identification purposes like identifying men's facial hair, picking a supervillain pet or decoding tattoo symbolism

  • How to Build a Bike

    This simple, straightforward and fun manual will take you from complete bike building beginner to confident bike builder in a series of fully-illustrated instructions.

    It shows you how to build a bike from scratch using parts that are easy to buy, and guides you in the art of choosing the best frame to finding the most suitable handlebars. It shows you how to take apart a vintage bike (for its parts), and how to piece together a brand new single speed ride from the crucial positioning of brake levers to wrapping your bartape and popping on a bell.

    Get to know your bottom bracket from your brake lever, and your stem from your chain stays, and learn how fun, creative and satisfying making your own bike can be. With a few simple tools and a bit of inspiration, anyone can build a bicycle that will bring many years of happy riding.

  • How to Greet a Queen

    Her Ladyship gives practical and invaluable advice on every aspect of royal etiquette: how to behave correctly at formal occasions, and indeed how to follow royal etiquette and guidelines.

    She deals with basic good manners in a range of situations, both formal and informal occasions, whether at home, at work, or abroad. She will teach the reader such necessities as how to meet and greet The Queen and other royals; elegant ways of sitting down, standing up, and getting in and out of cars; and how not to look as if you are bored to death.

  • How to Think Like a Coder

    Coding is set to change the way we work and the skills we will need in the future. For those who know nothing about coding, getting to grips with the basics is daunting. Too many of the beginner books launch straight into programming techniques but what is really needed is an understanding of the key concepts of coding.

    This accessible, fun book goes right back to the very basics, teaching central concepts such as loops, data types, pseudocode and calculations without having to learn a single line of code! Using a set of dice, a deck of cards or a pack of dominoes to enjoy fun and straightforward exercises, you will practise key skills such as critical thinking, creativity, logic and problem-solving and begin to think like a coder without even turning on your computer.

    Once you are equipped with this basic toolkit, Think Like a Coder discusses the basic programmes that are available for beginners, keeping a focus on simple activities that draw analogies with the outside world to make learning easy and fun. Designed to be a thorough yet lighthearted introduction for the complete beginner, adults and children.