Search our site
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

Sodding Sums The 10% of maths you actually need by Hywel Carver

Sodding Sums The 10% of maths you actually need

The Real World   Popular Science   

Lovereading view...

Both a how to do it and a go-to guide for the mathematically challenged. Knowing maths can save you money and avert disaster. It may be forms or mortgages and insurance, measurements or conversions, weights and tax – all can cause confusion at best or panic at worst, see how Hywel Carver’s guide can make the sums add up. ~ Sue Baker

Like for Like Reading

How Not to be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Lives by Jordan Ellenberg

Everyday Maths for Grownups: Getting to Grips with the Basics by Kjartan Poskitt

Win Julie Summers' sensational SIGNED first editions

Julie Summers is an award-winning author and one of Britain’s foremost social historians. js

We are celebrating the release of Julie's latest book: Our Uninvited Guests: The Secret Lives of Britain’s Country Houses 1939-45 with a giveaway.

Julie Summers is offering signed first editions of three of her twelve books. The titles up for grabs alongside her latest book are Jambusters: The Women's Institue in the Second World War, which inspired the hit ITV Drama series HOME FIRES and Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War.

Our Uninvited Guests gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain's greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would never otherwise have set foot in such opulent surroundings.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 20 April 2018. The winner will be notified by 4 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 20/04/2018


Sodding Sums The 10% of maths you actually need by Hywel Carver

It is, however, an unavoidable part of adult life, so why struggle through without a clue? Sodding Sums can be your solution to everyday problems, it will substract stress and divide difficulty meaning you'll never feel lost and helpless when faced with maths in the adult world. Hywel Carver is not just passionate about maths, he is determined to make it approachable for anyone who feels terror at the very mention of fractions and percentages, mortgages and loans, or probability and gambling, let alone weight conversions and tax calculations. Sodding Sums will be a go-to-guide for anyone that's ever struggled with converting grams to ounces, or wondered if a good deal in a supermarket is really as soon as it seems. With handy arithma'tricks', tips and shortcuts, as well as covering specific situations such as betting odds, Hywel will cover any mathematic problem which is likely to get you scratching your head in confusion and frustration.

About the Author

Hywel Carver is a computer whizz and maths fan who has a 1st class Master of Engineering degree from University of Cambridge and is a Master of Research in Modelling Biological Complexity at UCL. He has founded two technology software companies, the latest of which allows blind people to use the internet effectively. He was series champion on Only Connect and reached the semi-finals of University Challenge, and has also been on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Eggheads. He wrote Coding Unlocked for Scholastic which teaches children about the essential basics of coding.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

26th October 2017


Hywel Carver

More books by Hywel Carver
Author 'Like for Like'


Kyle Books


64 pages


The Real World
Popular Science

Popular mathematics



I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

My favourite thing about is the 'like for like' page this has really introduced me to some good reads! That and lots of honest reviews.

Sam Lewis

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh