There and Back

Illustrator Robin Boutell
Author Magnus Pyke
Year 1978
Publisher Pan
ISBN 0-330-26020-2

‘A SEWAGE WORKS IS SUCH FUN, QUITE APART FROM BEING SUCH A FINE MONUMENT TO SCIENCE…’

The zestful and ebullient Magnus Pyke once again transports us into his colourful world of science-made-easy and discusses the tremendous advantages that technology can give us — if only we control it properly. Already the signs are encouraging: we have set aside areas in our towns to be free of wheeled traffic; we prefer babies to be born out of hospital; and we often say ‘thank you, no’ when science offers a tempting free gift.

Magnus Pyke’s infectious optimism and sparkling originality can only but succeed in making us believe that the world is not such a bad place after all.

‘A non-stop stream of provocative and stimulating ideas’ DAILY EXPRESS Continue reading

The KnowHow Book of Puppets

Illustrator Malcolm English
Designer John Jamieson
Authors Violet Philpott and Mary Jean McNeil
Year 1977 (first published 1975)
Publisher Usborne
ISBN 0-86020-003-5

About This Book (from the inside front cover)

This is a book which tells you how to make lots of different kinds of puppets and how to work them properly when you have made them. You will find that the puppets at the beginning are easier to make than those at the end.

At the end of the book there is a puppet play. We have started it, leaving you to make up the rest of the story yourself.

The puppets are made from things you will probably be able to find at home. A lot of them are made with glue. When you buy glue, remember to buy strong, quick drying glue like Bostik 1 and UHU.

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The KnowHow Book of Detection

Illustrator Colin King
Author Judy Hindley and Donald Rumbelow
Year 1978
Publisher Usborne
ISBN 0-86020-124-4

How to Use This Book (from the inside front cover)

A good detective needs special skills, lots of training—and imagination. In this book there is a mystery story to test your imagination. There are also puzzles to solve and projects to teach you skills, like finding a get away car.

Try some of the puzzles as you read the story. See if you can solve the mystery Shamus faces. Then go back and try the projects. Continue reading

Best: An Intimate Biography

Illustrator Bergen (first name not listed)
Author Michael Parkinson
Year 1975
Publisher Arrow
ISBN 0-09-911480-1

George Best – the greatest footballer of all time?

Certainly the most controversial. In his stormy, spectacular career, this wayward genius from the backstreets of Belfast attracted more praise – and more criticism – than any pop star or politician.

Now in one of the most intimate and revealing biographies ever published, Michael Parkinson tells the true, explosive story behind Best’s dazzling success and tragic decline.

It’s all here. The rows, the rivalries, the girls, the goals. With Best’s own biting comments on the world he once ruled. Continue reading

The KnowHow Book of Spycraft

Illustrator Colin King
Designer John Jamieson
Authors Falcon Travis and Judy Hindley
Year 1975
Publisher Usborne
ISBN 0-86020-082-5

About This Book (from the inside front cover)

This book is all about keeping secrets. It shows you how to set up secret meeting places and a secret post office and how to disguise your messages. It shows you lots of secret codes and signals.

On the first page you will meet the Black Hat Spy. Watch out for the tricks he plays in Spy Trick – these are things real spies have done. You can see what equipment a spy uses and how he hides it quickly in an emergency.

There are messages in code all through the book. See if you can work them out.

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