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Crafts & Hobbies

Are you a master of your own craft or just looking for your next hobby? You have come to the right place, because at Tales you find a wide variety of hobby and craft books perfect for both professionals and beginners. Whether you like action and fun found in sports, games and motor vehicles, or you enjoy diving into the more gentle and cozy creative activities and DIYs, you find it here. If you instead like spending time outside we would recommend you to take a look at our selection of books about hobbies within the field of gardening, nature and animals. We have something for every taste. Are you ready to dive into an inspiring universe of crafts and hobbies?

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  • - A month-by-month guide to your gardening year
     
    £14.49

    The team at Gardeners' World bring you the ultimate guide to your gardening year, from planning and planting to troubleshooting tips and gardening discovery.

  • by Rob Burrow
    £12.99 - 16.49

    The extraordinarily inspirational memoir from Rugby League legend Rob Burrow from his life at the heart of Leeds Rhino's legendary team to battling motor neurone disease.

  • - A Chaotic Guide to Mental Clarity
    by Campbell Walker
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  • - The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller
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  • by Laura Davis, Kay Featherstone & Kate Allinson
    £10.49

    Track your slimming habits with this three-month diet planner from the authors of #1 bestselling cookbook, Pinch of Nom.

  • - Get Fit. Boost Your Mood. Kick Start Your Confidence
    by Lisa Lanceford
    £14.49

    *Change your life through fitness - feel-good, sustainable advice on nutrition, training & mental health - from the UK's N.1 Women's Fitness Trainer* Strong Body = Strong Mind. Lisa Lanceford's life was transformed through the power of fitness.

  • by Ian Rankin & William McIlvanney
    £16.49

    In this scorching crime hook-up, number one bestseller Ian Rankin and Scottish crime-writing legend William McIlvanney join forces for the first ever case of DI Laidlaw, Glasgow's original gritty detective

  • - The Sunday Times Bestseller from the author of The Salt Path
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  • - How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures
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    £8.99 - 14.49

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  • - A Ratbag's Rules for Life
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    £12.99 - 15.49

    Nat's What I Reckon was the tattooed lockdown saviour we didn't know we needed, rescuing us from packet food, jar sauce and total boredom with his hilarious viral recipe videos that got us cooking at home like champions again.Now that we've cooked our way out of lockdown and are wondering what the hell to do next, our favourite ratbag is back - and he's ready to teach us more about life in this thoroughly unhelpful (but maybe actually kinda helpful?) self-help guide.Nat's already shown us that jar sauce can get f*cked. But what else is sh*t - and what's actually not sh*t? Is it all as bad as we feel like it is most of the time?No part of our weird world and strange behaviour is spared as our long-haired guru tells us what he reckons about it all - and amps up the flavour with some eye-watering stories from his early years before a sweary video about pasta sauce shot him to global fame. With Nat's nine no-nonsense rules, you'll be on the road to being a better d*ckhead faster than you can say 'get in the bin' to jar sauce. And if you screw it up: it doesn't bloody Parramatta!Features a small selection of Nat's favourite recipes illustrated by Sydney artists Bunkwaa, Glenno and Onnie O'Leary.

  • - Marcelo Bielsa and the Rebirth of Leeds United
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    £16.49

    The behind-the-scenes story of the Marcelo Bielsa revolution at Leeds United and their first season back in the Premier League after sixteen years of hurt. Featuring fresh personal insight from Bielsa himself.

  • by Catherine Cooper
    £0.99 - 8.49

    The twisty new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet'A brilliant new story-teller has arrived' ERIN KELLY'A read-in-one-sitting thriller' LUCY CLARKE'Chilling, devious' JANICE HALLETT'Glorious escapism with a murderous twist' TAMMY COHENThey thought it was perfect. They were wrong...A glamorous chateauAura and Nick don't talk about what happened in England. They've bought a chateau in France to make a fresh start, and their kids need them to stay together - whatever it costs.A couple on the brinkThe expat community is welcoming, but when a neighbour is murdered at a lavish party, Aura and Nick don't know who to trust.A secret that is bound to come out... Someone knows exactly why they really came to the chateau. And someone is going to give them what they deserve.The Sunday Times bestseller is back with a rollercoaster read, perfect for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.'Gripping, glamorous, ingeniously twisty' LAURA MARSHALL'The definition of unputdownable' SINEAD CROWLEY'Hot on the heels of her debut thriller, Cooper has crafted yet another gripping page-turner that kept me second guessing myself until the very end' KARIN NORDINPraise for Catherine Cooper:'Pure adrenaline' Erin Kelly'Agatha Christie with glamour' Sunday Times Style'Intense and claustrophobic' HeatThe Chalet was a Sunday Times No.5 bestseller for w/e 28/11/20

  • - An Inheritance
    by James Rebanks
    £5.49 - 16.49

    The author of the beloved No.1 bestseller The Shepherd's Life returns with a stirring history of family, loss and the land over three generations on a Lake District farm'I can't imagine anyone starting to read English Pastoral and not being eager to read it all at once, as I did, and not being moved by the life and the landscape Rebanks describes so well. I was thrilled by it' Philip Pullman As a boy, James Rebanks's grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song. English Pastoral is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future. This is a book about what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

  • - Build a Bulletproof Body for Extreme Adventure in 365 Days
    by Ross Edgley
    £12.99 - 14.99

    From world-renowned adventurer and bestselling author of The Art of Resilience and The World's Fittest Book, comes the ultimate blueprint to (re)building a bulletproof body. 'He's an animal' CHRIS HEMSWORTH 'The inner workings of a sports science genius' EDDIE HALL, former World's Strongest Man

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  • - The UK's No.1 Dog Training Book
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    by David Epstein
    £4.99 - 10.49

    Range is the groundbreaking and exhilarating exploration into how to be successful in the twenty-first century. Through fascinating stories and vividly explained research, David Epstein demonstrates why, as the world has got increasingly complex, developing range can help us excel.

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    £8.49 - 11.49

  • - Lifestyle Secrets from the City of Lights
    by Marissa Cox
    £12.99

    Everything you need to know about how and why to adopt a more Parisian lifestyle, from the British-born, Paris-dwelling blogger known as Rue Rodier

  • - Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World
    by Sue Stuart-Smith
    £0.99 - 16.49

    'The wisest book I've read for many years ... Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health ... Hugely recommended' Stephen Fry

  • by J. K. Rowling
    £7.99 - 109.49

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. There are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march.

  • - The Best of Billy Connolly
    by Billy Connolly
    £2.99 - 12.99

    Outrageously funny story-telling from the nation's favourite comedian. Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the 'Best of Billy Connolly'. 'One of stand-up's great naturals. No one told a story better.' Guardian

  • - How I Play
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    £21.49

    The first book from the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant-a lavish, deep dive inside the mind of one of the most revered athletes of all time.

  • by J. K. Rowling
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    Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He lives a very unremarkable life. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose.

  • - The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
    by Prof Steve Peters
    £6.99 - 11.49

    Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life?The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:- Recognise how your mind is working- Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts- Manage yourself and become the person you would like to beThe Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life. Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand. There are also exercises for you to work with. By undertaking these exercises you will see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, you will develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.

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    £5.99 - 14.99

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    £5.99 - 12.99

  • - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
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  • - Interior inspiration for every home
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    A fun, vibrant home interiors book.

The advantages of Crafts and Hobbies 
At Tales you find hobby craft books for everyone. The books will allow you to dive into what interests only just you and to expand on your creative skills will evolve you as a human being. It will make it easier for you to concentrate in every situation of life including at your work space. It will also make you more innovative and creative in general - something many jobs require of you today. 
The hobby books are directed to every level and will inspire you to get started or improve the craft that you have fallen in love with. 
In Tales’ selection of Crafts & Hobbies - you could also get inspiration to get more motion or physical activities into your busy everyday life. We all know that exercise is good and healthy for us, but you may have tried all the most common sports(grene) and all the machines at your local fitness center, and concludes that motion was not something for you. In our selection of hobby craft books you find all the inspiration you need to discover new and creative ways of movement. They will make you forget all about motion and sweat and you will instead just enjoy the game, while you actually move your body quite a lot. Exercising is not only good for your physical health, but also your mental health will benefit from it. You improve our attention span and you will have a better capacity to learn new things.  
Another wonderful thing about hobbies is that it can create communities. When you gather around a common interest you can find new friends, who all like the same hobby or craft as you. As part of a creative community you can meet a great diversity of people, who all happen to be interested in the same hobby as you. A social community around a common hobby can also help you on your way to becoming better to your craft. In a community you can spar with each other and learn from each other's experiences both within the field of the specific hobby, but as your friendship grows you can also spare about life in general, maybe while you knit, sew or play. 

Crafts & Hobbies Trends
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the focus on DIY and other creative activities you could in a home doing quarantine has grown. Many have taken up their previous interest in sewing or knitting and others discovered the wonders of making their own clothes for the first time. Also in light of the climate crisis many especially young people have an increased focus on sustainability and by sewing your next dress or knitting your next sweater yourself you can also make the clothes making process more sustainable. 
The advantages by making your own clothes is in fact that you can design and make it as you want to. If you are a novice in sewing we would recommend you to follow the guidelines found in a good hobby and crafts book that will guide you every step of the way. The pandemic has also increased the focus on the home and garden, and in our selection you find the hobby books that will help you decorate your home in the best possible way, and guide you on how to get a vigorous garden with lots of flowers and life. 

Hobby crafts scrapbooks
Tales’ selection also counts hobby crafts scrapbooks. The scrapbooks either guide or invite you to fill out different creative tasks in order to remember some of life’s biggest events. You can for example get inspiration for how to best remember your wedding in the hobby crafts scrapbook Our Wedding Scrapbook. The scrapbook is a beautifully illustrated guide on how to gather all the wonderful and overwhelming first wedded memories in a well-arranged and pretty package of a book. 

Hobbycrafts sketchbooks
It can sometimes be hard to keep track of all your creative ideas, and that is why a hobbycrafts sketchbook is a good to have. In a sketch book you can collect all your different ideas both through text, illustrations and pictures and have them all assembled in one place, and have them at hand at all times. Who knows, when they might come in handy? You can for example find the popular Moleskine series in Tales’ selection of Crafts & Hobbies. The Moleskine notebooks are perfect as hobbycrafts sketchbooks and they come in a world of variations and colors. 

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