Clive Gifford - Author

About the Author

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and over 80 non-fiction books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include Football - The ultimate guide to the beautiful gameFootball SkillsOlympics10 Explorers Who Changed the WorldHow the World Works and Think Again! He has received commendations from the Smithsonian Museum in the US and received a Times Educational Supplement Information Book of the Year award. A life-long supporter of the London team Queens Park Rangers, he has also been a football coach and contributed to various football fanzines. Clive lives in Manchester.

Featured books by Clive Gifford

Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16

Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2008

An absolute must for every early teenager.  Fun, interesting and useful the author has compiled a great list of things to be sure to do before those early care free days – the childish wonder of innocence – are over and before your entire attention span becomes taken up with worrying about the opposite sex.

So You Think You Know the World Cup?

So You Think You Know the World Cup?

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 20/04/2006

Are you well prepared for the kick off. Do you think you know it all? Through the 1000 plus questions you can test yourself and find out if you really do have all the answers at your finger tips. After a few easy questions just as a bit if a warm up, there are literary hundreds of medium and difficult questions to tax your brain and test your knowledge. Fun for all and useful for turning anyone and everyone into an instant expert.

Other books by Clive Gifford

Robographics: Super-smart Robots

Robographics: Super-smart Robots

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2022

An engaging look at the global impact of robots and robotics that have an environmental impact, discovering how robots move, sense and make decisions in the service of humans. By building ever smarter robots we can equip them with the ability to work better by themselves and perform varied and complex tasks. Super-smart robots can work for 2,000,000 hours, without human supervision, make 21,000,000,000,000 calculations per second and reach a top speed of 282.42 kilometres an hour among other stupendous things. Books in the series: Eco-Robots Robot Explorers Robot Helpers Super-smart Robots

How the World Works

How the World Works

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2022

This essential title provides children with all the information they need to know about how the world works! Trustworthy and easy-to-follow text written by Clive Gifford is complemented by vibrant design and illustrations and explains how and why things happen. Covering a range of children's favourite subjects, including space, nature, wildlife, dinosaurs, volcanoes, technology and much more. Meet a meerkat mob, witness a volcanic eruption and discover how we can all be more energy efficient. How the World Works will keep both adults and children captivated as they pore over the information and discover something new on every page.

The Small and Mighty Book of Dinosaurs

The Small and Mighty Book of Dinosaurs

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2022

Filled with bite-size facts and amazing original illustrations, the Small and Mighty range is the ultimate pocket-sized collectible series for young readers who can't get enough of their favourite topic. The Small and Mighty Book of Dinosaurs is a pocket-sized treasure trove of dinosaur information. Inside, readers will discover tons of original dinosaur art, plus a wealth of fun and fascinating dinosaur facts. Read about the earth's largest land creatures, and discover which dinosaurs were the tallest, fastest and most deadly. With profiles of the world's most amazing prehistoric creatures, this is a book no young dinosaur lover can afford to be without!

Robographics: Robot Helpers

Robographics: Robot Helpers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2022

Service robots are put to work helping people in all sorts of locations, from hospitals and care homes to factories and restaurants. Among other amazing feats, robot helpers can produce one complete motor car every 30 seconds, prepare 300 pizzas an hour and reply to questions in 15 languages. In this book, aimed at children aged 8+, readers can meet these robot helpers and many more, then try a quick quiz to find out how much they have learned.

Sports Academy: Netball

Sports Academy: Netball

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2022

Build your netball skills with the Sports Academy series. Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important netball skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and illustrations showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from offence to defence. The series Sports Academy covers rules, equipment and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step illustrations that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.

Sports Academy: Basketball

Sports Academy: Basketball

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2022

Build your basketball skills with the Sports Academy series. Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important basketball skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and illustrations showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from offence to defence. The series Sports Academy covers rules, equipment and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step illustrations that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport. Perfect for future sports stars aged 9+.

Sports Academy: Rugby

Sports Academy: Rugby

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2022

Build your rugby skills with the Sports Academy series. Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important rugby skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and illustrations showing key techniques, you'll discover everything you need to know about rugby. The series Sports Academy covers rules, equipment and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step illustrations that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sporting children aged 9+.

Robographics: Robot Explorers

Robographics: Robot Explorers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2022

Exploration is a risky business. Advances in technology now mean that in many situations we can send machines to explore, rather than risk human lives. Among other amazing feats, robot explorers can climb into an active volcano, dive to the deepest point on Earth and travel to the dwarf planet Pluto. In this book, aimed at children aged 8+, readers can meet these robot explorers and many more, then try a quick quiz to find out how much they have learned.

A World of Computers and Coding

A World of Computers and Coding

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/01/2022

In this exciting, photo-packed book, discover the world's most amazing computers, from the first mechanical calculators to the latest groundbreaking designs. Step back in time to explore the history of computer gaming - from the first simple pong game to the latest high-tech console. Meet the pioneers of computer programming and gain an insight into how computers work. You can even become a coder yourself - follow step-by-step instructions to program your very own computer game!

Robographics: Eco-Robots

Robographics: Eco-Robots

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2022

Fearsome robots are sometimes shown in sci-fi movies attacking Earth, but in real life, robots are actually helping to save the planet. Among other amazing feats, eco-robots can plant 10 trees every 15 minutes, collect 500kg of marine waste in 10 hours and blast 9,400 litres of water per minute to fight fires. In this book, aimed at children aged 8+, readers can meet these eco-robots and many more, then try a quick quiz to find out how much they have learned.

Sports Academy: Tennis

Sports Academy: Tennis

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

Build your sports skills with the Sports Academy series. Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important tennis skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and illustrations showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from serving to scoring. The series Sports Academy covers rules, equipment and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step illustrations that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sporting children aged 9+.

100 Things to Know About Inventions

100 Things to Know About Inventions

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2021

How do you sum upthe world's amazing inventions in just 100 words? This striking book takes on the challenge! From helicopters to fireworks, each of the carefully chosen 100 words has its own 100-word long description and quirky illustration, providing a fascinating introduction to incredible inventions from history to the modern day. Along with some expected inventions, such as trains and Internet, you'll also discover less predictable inventions that will give you a fresh perspective. With balloons and submarine, you can explore the risks some inventors had to take. Through paper and pencil imagine how such seemingly simple objects would have been groundbreaking at the time of invention; whereas some inventions, such as skates, had a very funny beginning! With a clean, contemporary design, each word occupies a page of its own. A large striking illustration neatly encapsulates the accompanying 100 words of text. Other titles in the 100 Things to Know About series include: Ancient World, World Politics, Art.

Sports Academy: Football

Sports Academy: Football

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Build your sports skills with the Sports Academy series. Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important football skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and illustrations showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from scoring to defending. The series Sports Academy covers rules, equipment and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step illustrations that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.

A Quick History of Politics

A Quick History of Politics

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2021

How did ancient people make decisions? How do the people in power stay in power? Why did Karl Marx have to go without trousers? A Quick History of Politics answers these questions and more, taking a ride through time from plutocrats to people power. What do you think of when you hear 'politics'? Is it grey-haired men in suits, shouting at each other in a weird room? Well, you're partly right... but there's also a whole lot of crazy stories and weird history in the political world. A Quick History of Politics takes a look at the silly side of government, big and small, throughout the ages, and also explains the important stuff, like suffrage, elections and getting your voice heard. You will discover: How the earliest tribes got by without a leader. How the first ever kings and queens ruled their people. When and how democracy was invented, and what it actually means. Why there are so many different ways of governing people, with no one right answer. What 'gerrymandering' means (no, we didn't make that up). How empires, wars and revolutions have shaped the world we live in today. How elections work today. How countries work together (and sometimes fall out). How young activists can use their voice to call for change, before they're even old enough to vote! Plus, read about the women who used ju-jitsu to campaign for equal rights, the dictator who banned beards, and the rhino that became a council member in Brazil. Learn how the media can swing things in modern elections and get savvy to fake news. Test your knowhow with a quiz at the back of the book. Packed with facts and jokes and perfect for introducing young readers to big concepts, the latest in the Quick Histories series is here to make politics funny again.

A Quick History of Money

A Quick History of Money

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2021

Why is a GBP5 note worth GBP5? Where do coins come from? What do banks actually do? All this and so much more is answered in A Quick History of Money, a crash course from cash cows to cryptocurrency. Money might sound all grown-up and serious, but the history of buying, selling, saving and stealing is full of crazy stories and unbelievable facts. A Quick History of Money is here to show you the silly side, as well as give you the lowdown on the important stuff like interest, stocks and shares and wealth inequality. You will discover: How the earliest societies got by without a penny in their pockets. Why gold gets all the glory. How the first banks started making money from money. Who invented the first banknotes and the concept of 'fiat' money. The craziest money-making cons of all time, from shaving coins to selling the Eiffel Tower... twice. How wealth is measured in the modern-day. History's most expensive money mistakes. What money might look like in the future. Great tips for slick saving and smart spending. Plus, read about the world's weirdest wonga, from the four-tonne stones used as currency on the island of Yap, to teacups and sea shells in ancient Asia, to beaver pelts in colonial Canada. Learn how hyperinflation leads to some mind-blowing money maths, like the Bitcoins used to buy two pizzas in 2010 that would be worth GBP75 million today. Test your knowhow with a quiz at the back of the book. Packed with facts and jokes, the latest in the Quick Histories series takes us on a chronological tour from cashless societies to... cashless societies, proving that while it might make the world go round, money sure is funny.

Wasted

Wasted

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Aimed at readers aged 9 and up, this book takes a look at the pollution and damage caused to our planet and the solar system through the lens of extreme waste manifestations, such as toxic smogs, grotesque fatbergs, mountainous landfills, marine garbage patches and space junk. It explores these human-created phenomena, uncovering their causes and impact, and asks what is being done to deal with them and prevent their recurrence. Real-life photographs are included, bringing home the extreme awfulness and scale of the problem.

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