General Interest

  • 1,423 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
  • 1001 Quotations to Inspire You Before You Die

    'To be or not to be' is not really the question: the real question is what did Hamlet mean by it? 1001 Quotes to Inspire You Before You Die presents multicultural aphorisms, adages, and axioms from numerous brilliant minds over the past 7,000 years.

    This book takes familiar quotations from around the world and contextualizes and analyzes them. It covers the whole span of recorded history, from Confucius (whose 'I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.' encapsulates modern distinctions between teaching styles) to Donald Rumsfeld's remark about 'known unknowns' and 'unknown unknowns' (which raises important and interesting questions of cognition and risk).

    The book gives the underlying meanings and subsequent interpretations of the quotations, offering so much more than the words themselves.

    $39.99
  • 101 Dilemmas for the Armchair Philosopher

    In a democracy, should everyone – absolutely everyone – get a vote? Does it really matter if tigers become extinct? Why does murder carry a heavier penalty than attempted murder? If you don't like the socks your grandma gives you for Christmas, should you tell her so?

    101 Dilemmas for the Armchair Philosopher is packed with problems, puzzles, quizzes and questions, as well as ethical ideas and insights from history's greatest philosophers.

    This thought-provoking, interactive and entertaining introduction to ethics will bring you face to face with some tough moral choices. It presents you with 101 imaginative scenarios – sometimes amusing, sometimes tragic and sometimes uncomfortably realistic – which will force you to re-examine your most cherished assumptions about right and wrong.

    $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
  • 2019 Guide to the Night Sky

    This practical guide is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for seasoned stargazers. Content includes:

    • Advice on where to start looking
    • Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see
    • Positions of the moon and visible planets
    • Details of objects and events you might see in 2019
    • Diagrams of notable events visible from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

    $12.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Beetles

    The Book of Beetles presents 600 significant examples in glorious photographs, life size and in detail, alongside an engraving offering a side or open-winged view.

    Each profile includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, and a commentary revealing notable characteristics, related species and a diagnosis of the specimens importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, behaviour and scientific significance.

    Arranged taxonomically, this essential reference reveals the variety and importance of beetles.

    $69.99
  • Book of Frogs

    Recent intense scrutiny of amphibian conservation status makes this title a timely archive in the context of the frog’s dramatic decline. Frogs are adversely affected by loss of habitat, pollution by agricultural and industrial chemicals, and climate change. As such, the frog is an important pollutant indicator.

    This book profiles 600 species, representing the remarkable diversity of frogs, each species photographed life-size to capture its delicate detail, and accompanied by an in-depth species profile.

    $59.99
  • Book of Shells

    The Book of Shells presents a lifesize collection of 600 of the most significant shells.

    Each shell is reproduced lifesize, and the book is arranged by shell family, and by size within each family, providing instant visual identification and comparison. Accompanying text for every example is divided into charted specifications, a general 'biography,' a summary of related species and an extended caption that provides a detailed visual description. Magnified details reveal the diversity of pattern, while miniature line drawings reveal the variation in structure.

    The result is a collector's piece that is both a significant resource for enthusiasts and scholars, and the most visually stimulating guide to shells you could wish to find.

    $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
  • 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
  • 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.
    $49.99
    $25.00
  • 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!

    $16.99
  • 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.

    $29.99
    $12.99
  • 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.

    $32.99