Running isn’t a hobby, it’s a way of life.
Runners run to be the best they can be, to challenge who they are, to inspire others and to champion their cause.
From the woman who ran for three and a half days without sleep, to the 61-year-old man who broke records in an 875-km ultramarathon, this collection of unforgettable stories will inspire anyone who’s ever pounded the pavement to keep on running and enjoy every minute of this liberating sport.
Have you stopped getting your freak on and started getting your creak on?
Do your hobbies now include ‘napping’, ‘relaxing’ and ‘having a quiet one’? Have you found you’ve more in common with your nan than your peers? It sounds like you’re OLD AF! Get out your fun slippers and sit back with this collection of hilarious quips and too-true quotes for the old at heart.
This is just the beginning…
Retirement is a fresh chapter, another adventure and permission to try something new. It’s also a great time to take care of your health, your money and your everyday happiness. This is the essential guide to your new life of opportunity, relaxation and enjoyment, whether you’re in need of inspiration for holidays and hobbies or advice on staying active, mentally sharp and emotionally fulfilled. Practical, insightful and enlivening, these ideas are perfect for any newcomer to full-time freedom.
What makes a man?
Forget the tired old rules about what a man should or shouldn’t be. Life’s just too short. Being a man is meant to be fun, thrilling and fulfilling. But there’s no harm in a few handy ideas to help you up your game – a style tip here, a life hack there, some adventures to boost your bucket list, even a recipe or two (for the barbecue and beyond). Man Stuff contains all this priceless wisdom and more, including a look at classic male hobbies like sport and technology as well as sound advice on health and fitness. Dive in and decide for yourself what kind of man you might be.
– Do you wake up in the morning and think, ‘I wish there was a quicker way to put on my make-up?’
– Do you find yourself getting so frustrated at nail varnish smudges that you’ve given up even trying?
– Do you hate spending your hard-earned money on hair and beauty products, but still enjoy expressing your style?
These and dozens of other hair, skincare, nail and make-up dilemmas are solved with this compendium of ingenious beauty hacks. This fully illustrated manual covers everything from DIY face masks and time-saving make-up cheats to quick and easy styling tips – everything you need to look good, feel good, and still have time for the other fun things in life!
Once you hack, you won’t look back!
Do you have lots of great ideas but have a hard time starting them? Do you want to improve your daily habits but don’t know where to begin? Are you excited to start new projects but struggle to finish them? If the answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’, this book is just what you need. Divided into eight easily-digestible chapters, it’s packed full of bite-size insights into how motivation works and think-outside-the-box tips on how to get – and stay – motivated.
Whatever you’d like to improve – home, study, health, work or hobbies – this creative and energising volume will help you say goodbye to procrastination and hello to motivation.
Ready, steady, get started!
Does your child appear nervous in social situations?
Perhaps they worry a lot about what other people will think of them, or are sad and withdrawn?
Do they seem reluctant to partake in their usual interests and hobbies?
These could be signs that your child is struggling with low confidence.
This practical guide combines cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness methods with simple activities to help your child to improve their self-confidence. It’s aimed at children aged 7-11 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child’s emotional well-being, not just now but for years to come.
Your child will be guided, with the help of Pip – a friendly and supportive character they can identify with – through fun and engaging activities which are interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements and practical information for parents.
Have you ever wondered if there is a way to stop airport staff from flinging your luggage around like a Frisbee? Do you wish there was a way to relax on the beach without getting sandy? Are you keen to discover ingenious ways to make your trip unforgettable without it costing an arm and a leg? Travel Hacks is your handy guide to making your trips that little bit easier, whether you are jetting off for a week or a year. This fully illustrated manual covers everything from maximising space in your suitcase to keeping mosquitoes at bay, and much, much more.
This beautiful book is filled with simple self-care tips and ideas to help you nurture your well-being every day
Self-care comes in many guises, but at its heart it’s anything you do to take care of yourself. It could be five minutes of gentle breathing, time reserved for pursuing a hobby, or the joy of a hot shower – as long as it leaves you feeling restored and refreshed.
Within these pages you will find a raft of simple but effective tips to help on your journey, including:
– Why self-care is key to happiness and health
– Finding the best methods for you
– How to fit self-care into a busy schedule
– Inspiration to nourish your mind, body and soul
We all need to take time out every now and again to recharge our batteries. Whenever you find your energy fading, dip into this beautiful book and find strength again.
An interactive workbook for parents and children from the author of the best-selling titles Don’t Worry, Be Happy: A Child’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety and You’re a Star: A Child’s Guide to Self-Esteem
Does your child appear nervous and isolated in social settings?
Perhaps they find it difficult to approach other children or make friends?
Do they seem to avoid engaging in hobbies and activities?
These could all be signs that your child is struggling with shyness.
This practical guide combines cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness methods with simple activities to help your child overcome shyness. It’s aimed at children aged 7-11 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child’s confidence, not just now but for years to come.
Your child will be guided, with the help of Jem – a friendly and supportive character they can identify with – through fun and engaging activities which are interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements and practical information for parents.
An interactive workbook for parents and children from the author of the bestselling titles Don’t Worry, Be Happy: A Child’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety and You’re a Star: A Child’s Guide to Self-Esteem
Does your child frequently compare themselves to their friends?
Perhaps they find it difficult to make decisions because they doubt themselves and their abilities?
Do they seem to avoid socializing and participating in hobbies and activities?
These could all be signs that your child is struggling with low self-worth.
This practical guide combines cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness methods with simple activities to help your child overcome their self-doubt. It’s aimed at children aged 7–11 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child’s confidence, not just now but for years to come.
Your child will be guided, with the help of Coco – a friendly and supportive character they can identify with – through fun and engaging activities which are interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements and practical information for parents.
Rest. Reflect. Restore. Reset.
Would you like to make a fresh start? To move forward feeling happier and healthier, and to fill your days with meaningful experiences?
Resetting your life doesn’t have to mean uprooting your entire existence. In fact, making just a few small changes every day can make a big impact. Filled with helpful prompts, tips and activities, How to Reset will take you on a gentle but powerful journey – to rediscover yourself, your passions and your principles.
From reflecting on your past to visualizing your future, the practical advice in these pages will help transform your mindset and reshape your life. Whether you want to refresh your relationships, choose a new career path or simply have a little more time for your hobbies and loved ones, these easy-to-follow tips give you the tools you need to take control, move forward with purpose and enjoy life to the full each and every day.
This collection of verbal and visual challenges will help you stay sharp and stimulated as you embark on a new chapter in life
Retirement is incredibly rich with possibilities – it’s just a question of how to fill all that free time. Well, now that you’ve earned many an hour of peaceful freedom, how about a puzzle or two to prove you’re still as clever as you always were?
From quick-fire trivia questions to more leisurely crosswords and sudoku, whether you’re a recent retiree, approaching the big day or have been enjoying your freedom for years, there’s plenty in these pages to keep you busy and set your mind purring.
Inside you will find a rich variety of puzzles for all tastes, including these:
– Find a whole new set of hobbies within a raft of word searches
– Spot the differences between various comical scenarios you might find yourself in
– Shuffle a bunch of anagrams to locate some objects that could come in handy
– Tackle the pictorial problems posed by a variety of rebus puzzles
Time to down your trowel and pick up a pencil
This bountiful crop of 200 gardening-themed puzzles has something for anyone with green fingers and a love of a good brain-teaser
Gardeners are a naturally smart species. But you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy this book. When your hands deserve a rest after you’ve been out toiling in the garden, or when the weather has you cooped up inside, how about a puzzle or two to cultivate the mind? From quick quizzes and riddles to more leisurely crosswords and sudoku, whether you’re a gardening obsessive or just enjoy pottering around your plot, there’s plenty in these pages to tickle your fancy and keep your brain as sharp as a thorn and as strong as an oak.
Inside you will find a rich variety of puzzles, including these:
– Find the flowers, fruit and veg hiding within word searches
– Spot the differences between various idyllic views of a garden
– Shuffle the letters of anagrams to locate your trusty tools
– Wind your way through a series of intricate hedge mazes
Show nature the kindness it deserves
Whether you long to see butterflies flit across your flowerbeds or hear birdsong all year round, there’s something endlessly rewarding about playing host to wildlife. With practical projects and helpful tips for gardens big and small, this guide will help boost local biodiversity and benefit countless native species. Learn how to:
– Choose the best type of bird feeder and seed for your feathered friends
– Build natural habitats and provide shelter for all manner of insects
– Make sugaring recipes to attract butterflies and moths
– Select the right pollinator plants for bees in every season
Wherever you do it – on a balcony, in a garden or across acres of land – you too can create the perfect sanctuary for an abundance of creatures.
Far away from the bright lights of international rugby, there is another version of the game played by ordinary blokes of all shapes, sizes and degrees of physical ability.
Steven Gauge was the last person anyone would expect to find on a rugby field, being somewhat shorter than average, bespectacled and decidedly “unsporty”. But as a gentleman of a certain age when strange life choices are sometimes made, Steven chose to pick up a rugby ball and run with it.
He discovered a hidden and hilarious world of convoluted nicknames, creative interpretations of the laws of the game and the inevitable, beer-related, post-match mayhem. But he also found a heartfelt sense of belonging and camaraderie of the kind that only a good, honest team sport can provide.
So forget everything you think you know about rugby and join us on the touchline of Warlingham Rugby Club as Steven leads out the 4th XV. Welcome to the world of mud, sweat and beers…
This pocket-sized miscellany, packed with fascinating facts, handy hints and captivating stories and quotes from the world of bikes, is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy of cycling.
Whether you are in need of some blossoming inspiration or your fingers are the colour of freshly mown grass, this compendium is overflowing with snippets of fascinating folklore and tips for making your garden grow.
Follow the garden path to horticultural heaven and learn about:
– Growing your own herbs to make therapeutic delights
– Banning bugs and slugs and attracting beneficial creatures
– Recycling old household items for gardening solutions
– Keeping bees and chickens
– Cooking up your produce, even the weeds
– Why you should always keep a leek in your attic and never kill a ladybird
The only gear you need is ‘go’.
Fixies and single-speeds take cycling back to square one. They’re the ride of choice for hipsters, tricksters and hardmen alike – bare-bones bikes that can be dressed up or stripped down; simple machines that have inspired a diverse, inventive culture and innovative designs in a host of industries. This book celebrates the art and craft of one-gear bikes with stunning photos of rides from around the world. Includes inspirational quotes.
If you’ve stopped finding the ‘hide the pencils’ routine funny, or just need some wicked inspiration for staving off office boredom, these dares are guaranteed to have you gasping with delight and cackling in anticipation as you:
• Arrive at work in your dressing gown, holding a bowl of cornflakes
• Book a male stripper for the office on Friday afternoon
• Create a mini aquarium in the water cooler
• Communicate with everyone through the medium of dance for the day
With 400 outrageous dares to help release your inner delinquent and challenge your nerve to the limit, the question is: Do you dare to play?
‘For as long as I stay here, I know I will have to also get to the wild places.’
This pocket-sized miscellany, packed with tips on equipment, food, surviving bad weather and finding the right campsite, and with facts and stories from the world of camping, is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy and adventure of pitching their tent under an open sky.
Do you spend hours on garden maintenance, leaving no time for the fun stuff? Would you like the chance to eat your produce before the pests get to them? Do you dream of an abundant garden that’s beautiful all year round? These and dozens of other gardening dilemmas are solved with this trusty guide filled with ingenious gardening hacks. Whether you’re a regular Best In Show looking for some time-saving tips or you’ve just planted your first seedlings and you want to learn more, Gardening Hacks is your fully illustrated manual to blossoming as a gardener.
This pocket-sized miscellany, packed with fascinating facts, handy hints and captivating stories and quotes from the world of walking, is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy and freedom of lacing up your hiking boots and heading for the hills.
A book for bike lovers.
Whether for transport, leisure or sporting endeavour, cycling supports and inspires millions across the globe. This fact-filled miscellany looks at biking from its origins through to its remarkable scope and status in the present day. Covering cycling’s great races, athletes and anecdotes, Ride also provides practical tips on how to maintain your bike and improve your riding.