- The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey through Everyday Life
From the author of `The Music of the Primes' and `Finding Moonshine' comes a short, lively book on five mathematical problems that just refuse be solved - and on how many everyday problems can be solved by maths. Every time we download a song from Itunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. Maths may fail to provide answers to various of its own problems, but it can provide answers to problems that don't seem to be its own - how prime numbers are the key to Real Madrid's success, to secrets on the Internet and to the survival of insects in the forests of North America. In `The Number Mysteries', Marcus du Sautoy explains how to fake a Jackson Pollock; how to work out whether or not the universe has a hole in the middle of it; how to make the world's roundest football. He shows us how to see shapes in four dimensions - and how maths makes you a better gambler. He tells us about the quest to predict the future - from the flight of asteroids to an impending storm, from bending a ball like Beckham to predicting population growth. It's a book to dip in to; a book to challenge and puzzle - and a book that gives us answers.
- Mog's Christmas
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The classic Christmas story with Mog, everyone's favourite family cat! This funny and warm-hearted escapade comes complete with a stunning foiled cover for extra Christmas sparkle.
Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with this special anniversary edition of her classic Christmas adventure.
From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful Christmas adventure about a really remarkable cat!
It's Christmas, and Mog's house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going...? But it's always a Merry Christmas in the end when you're with Mog and her family.
Mog's first story, Mog the Forgetful Cat , was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her escapades ever since. This sparkling edition of her Christmas adventure is the perfect gift for boys, girls and families everywhere!
- STALKER! CHRIS WALKER
Following the retirement of the legendary Carl Fogarty, Chris Walker has become Britain's most popular motorcycle racer. Incredibly brave, outspoken and with talent to burn, Chris is frank about his hell-raising exploits on and off track, his legion of fans and his action-packed career in World and British superbikes.
Chris Walker's first book recreates his zest for life, passion for bikes, but most-of-all, his unique sense of humour. It includes not only the inside story of his racing, but revelations of his and fellow riders' more 'racy' exploits.
Chris will also expose some of the inner demons that are rarely shown to the public. Major storylines include:
- A childhood surrounded by bikes, and his first girlfriend: 'She was 13 going on 21 and had the biggest boobs I have ever seen.' - A catalogue of broken bones: just weeks after spending four months in plaster following a serious road bike accident, he almost severed his other leg when motocrossing. - The inevitable attention of the opposite sex: 'Girls would not have been knocking on my motorhome door offering a blow-job if I hadn't been racing bikes...' - The classic season-long ding-dong battle with arch-rival Neil Hodgson, which went to the courts over disputed points. - The loyal support, and exploits, of his five-strong 18-stone posse of mates known as the 'Big Lads' and the less-welcome attentions of a fully-fledged stalker. - A switch to Carl Fogarty's race team: 'The bike caught fire during practice at Silverstone and I jumped off to avoid serious injury - but not before all my pubic hair had burnt off!' - His battles with the debilitating Bell's Palsy. - His long-awaited first World Superbike win from the back of the grid at Assen in 2006.
Updated and told in Chris's inimitably self-deprecating style - and with all the drama of the opening races of the 2008 World Supersport series - the book breaks the mould of recent motorcycling autobiographies.
- The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home
Britain s million-copy bestselling, hugely popular bakery is back with over 100 new tried-and-triple-tested recipes that celebrate home baking.
This stunning new cookbook, including step-by-step photos and every foolproof recipe with its own image, offers some of the bakers all-time favourite home baking recipes and brand new, inspirational ideas.
Our love of baking has been handed down from generation to generation and this collection of gorgeous Hummingbird bakes includes delicious cupcakes, loaves, layer cakes, biscuits, sweets, roulades, pies, puds and savouries all with the unique Hummingbird twist.
Pecan and Toffee Thumbprint Cookies, Custard Cream Cupcakes, and Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes for afternoon tea; Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Blackbottom Pie, Raspberry and Jelly Roll and for dessert; Blueberry Buns, S more Brownies or Pinwheels for a delicious pick-me-up; Red Velvet Roulade, Maple and Walnut Streusel Cake, and Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Meringue for something a bit special.
From easy-peasy Olive Loaf to gorgeous Lemon Layer Cake, the baker s original cakes and bakes will appeal to novice bakers and confident pie-makers alike - and offer memorable moments for friends, family or simply to enjoy at home.
This gorgeous, mouth-watering cookbook evokes a delightful age of classic home baking and will stand out from the baking shelf with recipes to treat, to give, and to celebrate.
- Mog the Forgetful Cat
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A very special fiftieth anniversary edition of the very first adventure of Mog the Forgetful Cat!
Fifty years ago, everyone's favourite family cat, Mog, first got into trouble for her forgetfulness, and she has been loved ever since for her funny and warm-hearted escapades.
From Judith Kerr, the bestselling author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the beloved Mog stories still delight children all over the world, and this special anniversary edition of Mog the Forgetful Cat celebrates this unforgettable cat's very first adventure.
The perfect gift for families, boys, girls, fans of Judith Kerr, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat!