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The Real World

Looking to find out something more about the world we live in, instead of gallivanting off into the realm of fiction? Have a look at our hand-picked non-fiction choices.

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The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2013

The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2013

Author: Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

The 2013 edition includes new articles on, amongst other topics, memoir writing, apps, libraries and contains a wealth of practical information on a huge range of topics including copyright, finance, submitting a manuscript and marketing yourself and your writing. With nearly 4,500 entries in its up-to-date directory of media contacts, the Yearbook is an in invaluable companion New articles for 2013 include: Electronic publishing by Philip Jones Notes from a successul romantic novelist by Katie Fforde Writing for the theatre by David Eldridge Why libraries matter by Maggie Gee Writing for magazines by Hero Brown Writing memoir by Irene Graham The laws of privacy and confidentiality by Keith Schilling

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Bad Education

Bad Education

Author: Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Bad Education, written by and starring Jack Whitehall, follows Alfie Wickers the worst teacher to ever (dis)grace the British Education System, and a bigger kid than the pupils he teaches. Abbey Grove school is populated by some of the weirdest teachers you could ever meet: Fraser the hair-brained Headmaster who longs to be down with the kids, Miss Gulliver the biology teacher with a heart of gold but perhaps a dash too much openness and honesty, Miss Mollinson the happily swinging Head of Maths who won't let her hip replacement get in the way and Deputy Headmistress Miss Pickwell who displays all the charm and sensitivity of a Third Reich Dominatrix. Alfie's class is Form K, a bunch of misfits that have been written off by the rest of the school, but Alfie can't help but see a bit of himself in them. This is about a class of kids and their teacher's quest to get through life and get the best results with the minimum amount of effort possible. Sadly it's not an equation that always adds up. From a disastrous parents' evening to cringe-worthy sex-education lessons to life threatening self-defence classes to school elections full of dirty tricks and a school trip to see a rhino pig; Bad Education is school life as you've never seen it before. Bad Education: The Teachers' Handbook is filled with hilarious content from both the first and upcoming second series from pupils' report cards and the graffiti found in the staff toilets, to Alfie's teaching methods and the best ways to scam a free laptop from the government.

Celebrity Juice: The Book

Celebrity Juice: The Book

Author: Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Fronted by the irrepressible Keith Lemon, ITV2's CELEBRITY JUICE is undoubtedly one of the funniest shows on television and now with Celebrity Juice: The Book you can recreate and relive all its irreverent, hilarious, and downright cheeky humour in the comfort of your own front room. Keith, Holly and Fearne will guide you through three rounds of Celebrity Juice from Keith's Scotch Egg Club and The Moob to Be A Dingbat and the Shouting One Out. In between the rounds, find out what kind of fan you are with the Celebrity Juice quiz, cringe as you go through the Top 10 Most Embarrassing Moments and puzzle over the Britain's Got Talent Suboku. Packed full of games, photos and everything you ever wanted to know (and definitely didn't want to know) about your favourite show, so pour yourself a pint of Celebrity Juice and enjoy! WARNING: Unlike most books, this one will not make you more intelligent. In fact, if you read it from start to finish, you will certainly become less intelligent but you will have more fun than you shake a stick at.

Minecraft: The Official Redstone Handbook

Minecraft: The Official Redstone Handbook

Author: Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Here's everything you need to know to get connected to the electrifying possibilities of redstone. From basic mining and logic circiuts to more advanced mechanics, this book will give you step by step instructions to get you fully wired to redstone. With builds including redstone traps and arrow launchers you never need fear creepers again! Plus, see some of the most amazing community creations from the very best redstone builders - they'll blow your mind!

Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians

Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians

Author: Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2014

Have the world in your hands with these compact, affordable, illustrated natural history guides. From tiny frogs in the rainforest to giant tropical crocodiles, leaf through Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians profiling the world's snakes, reptiles and amphibians. Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the snakes, reptiles and other amphibians featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With detailed sections on what a reptile or amphibian is, their reproduction and their feeding habits, Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is the ideal identification guide.

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Dogs Hanging out of Windows

Dogs Hanging out of Windows

Author: Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Ears flapping, eyes wide and nose twitching: a dog hanging out of a window is a spectacular sight. Capturing these moments of delight and canine curiosity, this book is an anthology of beautiful photographs of man's best friend in motion. Dogs of all shapes and sizes from all over the world, majestically alert and gazing triumphantly towards the horizon. Whether cute, powerful, uplifting or heart-warming, these striking images stir up the emotions of joy we feel towards our loveable companions.

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Cartoonist, Robert Crumb said; “When I come up against the Real World, I just vacillate”. Well, he can happily vacillate here for a while. This section features a whole host of books covering subjects as diverse as Mankind’s place in the Universe (Human Universe by Brian Cox), the history of the human journey to work (Rush Hour by Iain Gateley) and the real business of reading books (Bookworms, Dogears and Squashy Big Armchairs by Heather Reyes). This is the ‘Human’ section in our book lovers’ journey.

If you love reading, then you’ll find something here to fascinate you. There are new and interest-piquing passages here from science, philosophy, politics, history, religion, and all of the things that occupy the lives of humans. And we mean ALL of them. The fight against Cancer, the fight for freedom, feminism, fatality, frailty and fame. It’s too big to list. Have a browse through the titles by using our monthly recommendations past and present. We guarantee you’ll be hooked in minutes!