General Interest

  • Man Vs Maths

    Could we solve queuing with an equation? How do algorithms control our news? What is the secret behind encryption codes? Mathematics is inescapable. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you live your life, mathematics plays a role. From controlling a city's traffic to finding love, spending money online to building a skyscraper, the mathematics at play in our world is fascinating. Yet despite its ubiquity, for many of us, how the maths of today really works remains complex.

    Timothy Revell distils these complexities in this essential guide to modern-day mathematics. Along the way we discover how social media trends work, why the universe has a favourite number and what this means for you. Man vs Maths shows you how understanding a little more mathematics can help improve your life.

    $29.99
  • Man Vs Money

    Where is all the money? How does a country go bust? Should I get paid in Bitcoin? Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you live your life, money plays a role. From buying a sandwich to earning a wage, going on holiday to playing the lottery, how money and economics governs our world is fascinating. And it's just about to get more curious; the arrival of modern banking, crowd funding, investments at the touch of a smartphone and virtual currencies means, for many of us, it is even more complex.

    Stewart Cowley distils the complexities that power our world in this guide to modern-day money and our relationship with it. Along the way we discover how the statistics that govern our world are based on guesswork, why stock markets are like a wandering drunken man, what you need to live like a millionaire and why cooking has made man the dominant species on the planet. Man vs Money shows you how understanding a little more economics can improve your life.

    $29.99
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  • Maths Squared

    For many of us, mathematics is a subject to be feared – a daunting world of schoolroom numbers and equations. Yet we often wish in everyday life that we could remember all those handy mathematical tools and tips that were once explained to us – Maths Squared provides the bite-sized solution.

    Maths Squared is an ideal reintroduction to the mysterious and magical world of numbers. Across 10 chapters and 100 topics, it takes you on a whistlestop tour from the essentials of numbers and arithmetic to the strange outer limits where mathematics and philosophy merge. Along the way, it looks at many of the key problems that have led to mathematical breakthroughs, and some of those which remain unsolved.

    Using accessible yet authoritative text complimented by colour illustrations, infographics and photographs, Maths Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to learn more about the fascinating language of numbers and equations that describes the Universe.

    $19.99
  • Midnight Blue

    Amsterdam 1654: a dangerous secret threatens to destroy a young widow's new life. Following the sudden death of her husband, twenty-five year old Catrin leaves her small village and takes a job as housekeeper to the successful Van Nulandt merchant family. Amsterdam is a city at the peak of its powers: science and art are flourishing in the Golden Age and Dutch ships bring back exotic riches from the Far East.

    When a figure from her past threatens her new life, Catrin flees to Delft. There, her painting talent earns her a chance as a pottery painter. Slowly, the workshop begins to develop a new type of pottery to rival the coveted Chinese porcelain – and Delft Blue is born. But when tragedy strikes, Catrin has a hard choice to make.

    $19.99
  • Modern Furniture Classics
    Richly illustrated with more than 250 photographs, this catalogues the passionate talents of international furniture designers and manufacturers from the 20th and 21st centuries.

    From the handmade vernacular styles of the Arts and Crafts Movement through to today's experimental work, this chronological journey focuses on more than 240 classics of modern furniture design, including influential pieces by Philippe Starck, Henry van der Velde, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Matthew Rice, Frank Gehry and others.

    It's an accessible and authoritative celebration of over 100 years of the craft.
    $39.99
    $12.99
  • Monet's Garden in Art

    This book focuses on Monet's garden at Giverny as seen through his paintings, offering a revealing insight into the artist and his work.

    Monet's garden was a private haven where domestic pleasure, artistic vision and aesthetic delight converged. It became as powerful a passion in his life as painting – he chose his planting schemes as carefully as he chose colours for his palette. It was also the inspiration for his art, and the subject of some of his greatest paintings.

    Exploring his vision of the world of beauty he brought into being, Debra Mancoff shows how Monet's endeavours as a gardener were part of his identity as a painter and how his artistic vision drew strength from his passion for his garden.

    $34.99
  • Moviemakers
    Freer traces cinema's evolution from the silent era to now through the lives & works of 50 great directors, from D.W. Griffith (U.S. cinema's founder) to Quentin Tarentino.

    Each chapter offers an account of a director's life, with accounts of colourful episodes & techniques (Curtiz pinching a baby to make it cry on cue) & development of the director's style, list of must-see films, b&w photo.
    $39.95
    $9.99
  • My Little One
    Delightful pairings of colour photos of a baby and a kitten whose waking and sleeping poses mirror each other shows their kinship to be closer than you'd think.

    The perfect gift for all who treasure the connection between animals and humans.
    $19.95
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  • Optical Illusions

    The brain is an amazing thing, but it doesn't always get things right when it comes to sight. This book is here to explain why, with astounding images, baffling puzzles and simple reveal which show you how each trick works.

    Throughout the book there are chances for you to get hands-on with the illusions with step-by-step experiments or tips on how to draw your own "moving" optic art on paper or on the computer. Templates at the back of the book reveal answers and aid the creation of astounding illusions. The science behind each element is simply explained in an engaging way, to encourage you to find out more each time.

    $24.99
  • Paraphernalia

    This is a unique and quirky exploration of the stories and meanings behind the everyday objects that shape our lives. From keys and handkerchiefs to sweets and rubber bands, the curious objects we surround ourselves with, though often seemingly mundane, have a magical quality.

    Their surprising power to disturb, soothe, seduce or absorb give these quirky objects histories and meanings we rarely ponder. Yet we would be lost without them. Take bags, for example. Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? What significance do our bags hold for us?

    In this highly imaginative and entertaining book, Steven Connor embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.

    $21.99
  • Paris Dreaming

    Katrina Lawrence first fell in love with Paris at the age of five, and since then her roads have continually led her back to this most beautiful of cities.

    Taking us on a journey around Paris's most spectacular sights, hidden secrets and most beguiling nooks and crannies, Katrina tells us the story of why this city has been her constant inspiration through all stages of life. Musing on everything Parisian, from femininity to feminism, politics to perfume, and of course, those stylish Parisiennes who captivate us, from Brigitte Bardot and Madame de Pompadour to Simone de Beauvoir and Catherine de Medici, Katrina shares the essential life lessons that Paris has taught her.

    Written with warmth, gaiety, elegance and insight, Paris Dreaming is the ultimate chic, personal and charming memoir – not just for women who love Paris, but for anyone in search of that elusive good life.

    $34.99
  • Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities

    This handsome volume celebrates a world-famous temple to taxidermy and the natural world, where extraordinary curiosities highlight the intersection of science and art. With an abundance of preserved flora and fauna, taxidermy, and otherworldly creations, the Deyrolle boutique is dedicated to showcasing the beauty of nature.

    A family venture founded in the spirit of discovery, Deyrolle has a 185-year history that is a Pandora's box of scientific and aesthetic discoveries. Deyrolle flourished under the nineteenth-century passion for natural history, garnering celebrity devotees from Dali to Nabokov, and quickly established itself as a center for education and research.

    A vocal advocate of sustainability and responsible business practices in the fields of taxidermy and entomology, Deyrolle works only with creatures that have expired from natural causes, raising awareness for causes such as World Rhino Day, Deyrolle combines science and art, lightheartedness and engagement.

    This book provides fascinating insight into the history and day-to-day workings of this unique Parisian institution.

    $44.99
  • Physics Squared

    Physics is the oldest and deepest of all the sciences, revealing profound truths about the way in which the Universe operates. It may have taken us many centuries to realise it, but physical principles underpin all of the other sciences and much of modern technology, making an understanding of basic physics invaluable.

    Physics Squared takes you on a whistlestop journey – across 10 chapters and 100 topics, it guides you from the laws of motion and the basic mechanics of the everyday world, through hugely important fields such as electricity and nuclear physics, to the quantum physics and relativity theories that describe the Universe.

    With accessible yet authoritative text complimented by new colour illustrations, infographics and photos, Physics Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to learn more about the science that governs our Universe, to gain a better understanding of how the world we live in works.

    $19.99
  • Ponsonby's Curious Compendium: Insects & Spiders

    Insects and spiders hold a powerful allure – their design is so complex and their scale so entrancingly minute.

    This compact book, itself hardly bigger than the world’s biggest beetle (which is over 130 mm long, by the way), contains a generous selection of engravings, every one crammed with detail and enhanced by informative text.

    $29.99
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  • Priceless
    Priceless reveals the hidden psychology of value.

    Price consultants advise retailers on how to convince consumers to pay more for less, and negotiation coaches offer similar advice for businesspeople cutting deals. The new psychology of price dictates the design of price tags, menus, rebates, sale ads, phone plans, supermarket aisles, real estate offers, wage packages and corporate buyouts.

    Priceless should prove indispensable to anyone who negotiates.
    $45.00
    $14.99
  • Psy-Q

    Debunking tabloid speculation, revisiting old favourites such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and unearthing bleeding edge research unknown to the general reader, renowned psychologist Ben Ambridge blows away the received wisdom to reveal the psychology behind our daily lives.

    With wit and humour aplenty, he explains whether your blue eyes make you more or less trustworthy, how analogies can help cure cancer, whether Rorschach's famous inkblot tests really work, what your love for heavy metal (or Mozart) says about you, how psychology could help solve the obesity crisis and countless other revealing, entertaining and downright astonishing tests of your Psy-Q.

    $21.99
  • Psychology Squared

    Psychology is one of the most important applied sciences, investigating everything from the way we interact with each other to the means by which we perceive and interpret the world around us. This is vital to selfunderstanding, but to the outsider psychological concepts can all too often seem like a blur of jargon and buzzwords. Ever wondered how your thought process works? Why you act the way you do? How you learn and remember?

    Psychology Squared is the key to a better understanding of the way your mind works. With 100 topics divided into 10 chapters, it guides the reader from basic concepts, through the current thinking about areas such as cognition, problem solving and emotion, to the latest ideas about psychological problems and interventions.

    Psychology Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to get to grips with exactly what makes us tick-previously complex topics are made much more engaging and comprehendible with infographics and accessible text.

    $19.99
  • Real: Living a Balanced Life

    This visually stunning, thought-provoking book is about looking around with awareness, noticing life's quiet details and knowing that the honesty of time changes everything – from a human face, a family home, or a fragile sampler book of antique lace.

    Real is about the agelessness of integrity; appreciating the imperfect; beauty and our involvement in creating it; acceptance; ancient crafts and craftsmanship; and letting everything age with grace.

    A detachable fold-out poster is featured inside, which could be used to giftwrap the book or displayed on your inspiration wall.

    $49.99
  • Rogerson's Book of Numbers

    Rogerson's Book of Numbers tells the stories behind our iconic numbers. It provides a dazzling mass of information for those intrigued by the many roles numbers play in folklore and popular culture, in music and poetry, and in the many religions, cultures and belief systems of our world.

    The stories unfold from millions to zero: from the number of the beast (666) to the seven deadly sins, the 12 signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a pack of cards. Along the way you will discover why Genghis Khan built a city of 108 towers, how Dante forged his Divine Comedy on the number 11 and why 13 is so unlucky in the west while 14 is the number to avoid in China.

    This is your pocket guide to the numerical mysteries of the universe.

    $19.99
  • Ron Mueck
    This catalogue is the definitive reference book on Ron Mueck's sculptures over 20 years of work. It features photos of his emblematic works, some of which have never been published before, and includes spectacular exhibition views of the new works presented at the Fondation Cartier.

    Analytical texts explore his work from the perspective of classical and modern art history, and invite readers to discover Ron Mueck's intimate universe.
    $59.99