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  • URBAN WOODSMAN : A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons Bowls and Boards
    URBAN WOODSMAN : A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons Bowls and Boards
    ISBN: 9780857833778
    Title: URBAN WOODSMAN : A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons Bowls and Boards
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book appeals to the modern man and woman looking for a creative outlet that will connect them to their environment, be they in the city or the countryside. The book begins by identifying certain wood types and trees and how to source local timber for free or next to nothing. Then Max discusses the basic tools and hand grips, and with step-by-step carving and cutting techniques you will soon be mastering the skills to make your own creations. Starting with eating spoons, cooking spoons and spatulas, you can move on to butter knives, coffee scoops and chopping boards - even small bowls can be mastered without using a lathe.

    And there is added advice on finishing your projects - how to sand, ebonise, scorch and texture the surface as well as waxing and oiling your new, beloved kitchen creations. All these projects are displayed and explained clearly so that, even if you are a craft or carving novice, you will succeed in creating something that can be passed down from generation to generation.

    Imprint: KYLE BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS
    WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS
    CAMPBELL JEN
    ISBN: 9781780334837
    Title: WEIRD THINGS CUSTOMERS SAY IN BOOKSHOPS
    Author: CAMPBELL JEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments.

    'Can books conduct electricity?

    ''My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?

    'A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.
    From 'Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?' to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year's weather; and from 'I've forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter' to 'Excuse me... is this book edible?
    'This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top 'Weird Things' from bookshops around the world.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WICKED BUGS : THE LOUSE THAT CONQUERED NAPOLEONS ARMY AND OTHER DIABOLICAL INSECTS
    WICKED BUGS : THE LOUSE THAT CONQUERED NAPOLEONS ARMY AND OTHER DIABOLICAL INSECTS
    STEWART AMY
    ISBN: 9781604692945
    Title: WICKED BUGS : THE LOUSE THAT CONQUERED NAPOLEONS ARMY AND OTHER DIABOLICAL INSECTS
    Author: STEWART AMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs.

    From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the bookwormsA" that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures. Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins-but doesn't end-in your own backyard.

    Imprint: TIMBER PRESS
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • WICKED PLANTS : THE A-Z OF PLANTS THAT KILL MAIM INTOXICATE AND OTHERWISE OFFEND
    WICKED PLANTS : THE A-Z OF PLANTS THAT KILL MAIM INTOXICATE AND OTHERWISE OFFEND
    STEWART AMY
    ISBN: 9781604691276
    Title: WICKED PLANTS : THE A-Z OF PLANTS THAT KILL MAIM INTOXICATE AND OTHERWISE OFFEND
    Author: STEWART AMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glinting red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a climbing plant that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war.

    Bestselling author Amy Stewart takes on two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate and otherwise offend. Menacing botanical illustrations render a ghastly portrait of evildoers that may be lurking in your back (or front) garden. Drawing on history, medicine, science and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, enlighten and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

    Imprint: TIMBER PRESS
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    BOLLMAN STEFAN
    ISBN: 9780789212566
    Title: WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    Author: BOLLMAN STEFAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An elegant survey of more than 70 works of art featuring women reading throughout time.

    What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann's 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous' explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. As the book's provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters, such as "Intimate Moments" and "The Search for Oneself," Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous', telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the Virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.

    Imprint: ABBEVILLE PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
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