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The Beautiful Game - 9th Feb 2017

The Beautiful Game A Cultured Left Foot: The Eleven Elements of Footballing Greatness
by Musa Okwonga

Feet, balance, fun, endurance, graft, toughness, guts, aura, madness, luck, vision: if you have all of these in spades, then you have the makings of a real football great (according to Musa Okwonga).

Okwonga's book presents the eleven key qualities that make up footballing greatness, with a chapter on each one. These elements combined create the perfect player: think Pele and Maradona.

This is a must-read for every football fan and player. Pop into the shop and pick up a copy or buy one from our on-line catalogue and find out why being a football great is a lot harder than it looks.

Stupidity - 8th Feb 2017

Stupidity Stupid, foolish, dull, thick, dense, brainless, ignorant, mindless, idiotic, asinine, dim, witless.

The Encyclopaedia of Stupidity 
by Matthijs Van Boxsel

"Stupidity forced man to develop his intelligence but intelligence is no guarantee of self-preservation. Indeed, intelligence can boost stupidity. For example, stupidity comes to the fore in the smouldering civil war we wage on the highways, which, worldwide, causes hundreds of thousands of fatalities every year - not to mention serious injury. This chronic catastrophe makes less of an impression than a one-off disaster, such as an aeroplane crash."

This book is a compilation from the fields of art, fairy tales, history, poetry, maths, science, and general knowledge. It is entertaining and clever and sometimes quite funny. It will certainly make you think and it will provoke a reaction.

Mad cows are the result of recycled butchers' waste.

The Little Prince - 3rd Feb 2017

The Little Prince is an all-time classic. Antoine de Saint-Exupery said it was a book for children written for adults - and it can definitely be enjoyed by both. The book has been translated into over 200 languages so if you are learning a foreign language, it is a useful idea to buy a copy in that language - good for your vocabulary and grammar, easy to understand (since you have already read it in your own language) and provides a great sense of achievement once finished.

Just in case you haven't already read the book, it is a charming story of a little boy who leaves his own tiny planet to travel the universe. He has a series of encounters which help him to learn about the weirdness of adult behaviour. His odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures ensue.

No more detail or the pleasure of meeting The Little Prince for the first time will be ruined and so will the fun of re-reading after an absence of many many decades. 

A primer in visual awareness - 2nd Feb 2017

What has an ox to do with the letter A?
Are you left-eyed?
Who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?
What is the belly button problem?

An inexhaustible mine of anecdotes, quotations, images, curious facts and useless information, oddities, jokes, science and all of it concrned with the interplay between the verbal and the visual and the resources of the human mind. Even the pages of this book are a superb demonstration of the expressive use of type, space, colour and imagery. A witty exploration of perception, colour, pattern, proportion, paradox, illusion, language, alphabets, words, ideas, creativity, culture, style, aesthetics and value.

If any of the above excites your curiosity or piques your interest, then you need a copy of:

The Art of Looking Sideways
by Alan Fletcher

Weapons - 1st Feb 2017

Weapons All these weapons you know: axes, knives, swords, pistols, crossbows, daggers, cannons, rifles, spears, clubs, lances and many more you may not. . . .

. . . kindjal, morgenstern, halberd, kukri, nimcha, dirk, fang, and yet more. . . 

. . . . .and that's just a small taster of what you can find in today's book 
The Illustrated History of Weaponry: From Flint Axes to Automatic Weapons
by Chuck Wills in association with the Berman Museum of World History

This is a comprehensive look at the history of weapons (as you can tell from the title of the book). It spans more than 3,500 years of weapony and also covers conflicts from all over the world. It is a great reference book for anyone with an interest in the subject.

We have recently bought a large collection of books on weaponry and so there are plenty of new titles entering our on-line catalogue and our shop stock every day. Why not check out our website or come into the shop and have a look at the weaponry section - whether you're a collector, a weaponry connoisseur, an interested amateur, or a historian, you're bound to find something of interest.

MUSIC - 31st Jan 2017

MUSIC The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
by Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin is now a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience but has also been a session musician, sound engineer and record producer. This little introduction will go some way to explaining his fascination with music and human nature.

In this book Levitin blends art and science in describing how music has played a pivotal role in the creation of society. He addresses the role of music in the evolution of language, thought and culture. 

He covers every kind of music from Bach to Beatles, rock to reggae and Mozart to marimba (via Matinee Idle, of course). If you have any interest in music at all, this is a fascinating read.

Winnie the Pooh - 30th Jan 2017

A first edition of AA Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh with illustrations by Ernest H Shepard

This beautiful first edition of AA Milne's classic children's book was published by Methuen & Co in 1926. The famous illustrations by Ernest Shepard are familiar to nearly everyone and deservedly much admired.

This edition has lovely dark green fine cloth boards with an appealing gilt motif of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin on the front. The upper page edges are gilt too. The front & rear eps are illustrated with a map of the area where Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Pooh, Kanga, the Heffalumps and Christopher Robin live.

This book isn't cheap but how often do you get the chance to buy a first edition of such a classic? 

The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum - 28th Jan 2017

The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum Richard Fortey was a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. In his book Dry Store Room No. 1 he takes us on a tour of the collection of fascinating specimens held there.
It is filled with stories of the interesting characters who worked in the museum, ground breaking and strange discoveries, and, of course, enough natural history to entertain and educate both science enthusiasts and casual readers.

If your wallet isn't quite up to travelling all the way to London to see the marvellous museum in the flesh (or should I say bone?), then we think this great $10 book is a fantastic compromise!

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