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Updated DK Eyewitness Guides for a New Generation

Over our 40 years as a publisher we have produced 150 DK Eyewitness titles in 50 countries and 35 languages. We’re so proud of this that we’ve included it in our 40th anniversary social media celebrations:

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Probably the most well known all DK books, the DK Eyewitness reference guides have now been updated for a new generation of readers; we know how much people love these books, so we want to make sure that the young readers of today can enjoy learning about fascinating subjects like dinosaurs, Ancient Greece and the wonders of the ocean, like the generations before them.

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Packed with all the essential information from the previous editions, the updated guides are now more interactive and colourful than ever with new infographics, statistics, facts and timelines making the book more engaging and educational for your child.

Updated titles include:

Ancient Greece
Ancient Eygypt
World War I
World War II
Gandhi
Ocean
Titanic
Dinosaur
Dog
Cat
Crystal & Gem
Hurricane & Tornado
Rock & Mineral (which also happens to be the best selling DK Eyewitness Guide ever!)

At £6.99 each you’d be silly not to! Browse and buy now on our website.

Updates to infant choking in the new edition of the First Aid Manual

You may have seen in the press yesterday that there is new advice for parents and carers on how to treat a choking infant. This comes after a survey that we carried out revealed that a third of parents have been in a situation where their child has started choking and worryingly, half of parents did not know the correct procedure. The survey was commissioned to mark the publication of the latest edition of the First Aid Manual, written and authorised by the UK’s leading first aid providers, St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid.

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First Aid Manual 10th edition, only £9.99 (RRP £13.99) for a limited time

Parents were previously advised to place the infant face down along their arm, but the new guidance states babies should be placed face down along the thigh. Andrew New, speaking on behalf of all three charities, said: “Treating a child for choking is easy when you know how. The new manual contains the latest guidance on choking and other procedures and is a must for every home.”

We’ve now been publishing the bestselling First Aid Manual for 32 years and it’s still the only first aid reference manual that’s written and endorsed by all three of the UK’s leading First Aid providers. The new 10th edition has been updated with all the latest guidelines and best practice and covers all aspects of first aid from emergency first aid and first aid for babies and children, to life-saving resuscitation. From sprained ankles, burns and bleeding to strokes and unconsciousness, you can find out quickly how to treat over 100 different conditions and the clear step-by-step photos are designed to show you exactly what you need to do in any situation.

We’re currently offering £4 off the First Aid Manual (until 31 March, while stocks last) – get your copy for just £9.99.

Simple Flower Arranging- A fabulous book and a fabulous launch

Want to give a lovely fresh gift at one of the many celebrations on the horizon such as Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday, Easter and the upcoming wedding season? With all those events, buying thoughtful original gifts can be difficult, but with Simple Flower Arranging you can give a beautiful gift created by your own hands. Or if your loved one is a flower arranging fan you could give them the book itself (£16.99, but you can get £4 off with code SFA4OFF).

Simple Flower Arranging contains more than 60 projects to inspire you from simple kitchen table displays to chic wedding bouquets. If you’re on a budget, Simple Flower Arranging shows you how to take a simple bunch of blooms from a supermarket, and re-present them with a florist’s touch. Simple step-by-step guides lead you stem by stem to your own beautiful hand-made bouquets.

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Here’s a simple idea from the book, perfect for Valentine’s Day:

Simple Flower Arranging has two fabulous authors, Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks, who are ex-ballet dancers turned florists and owners of destination florist Bloomsbury Flowers in Covent Garden. They now supply bouquets to the ballerinas at the Royal Opera House as well as many other famous clients, so they know their stuff!

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Last week Mark and Stephen hosted a beautiful launch for Simple Flower Arranging in the Clore Studio at the exclusive Royal Opera House.

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The flowers were, of course, fragrant and fabulous, and to everyone’s delight, Darcy Bussell made an appearance!

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Simple Flower Arranging is available to buy now and remember you can get £4 off with code SFA4OFF.

Dinner party recipes from Mary Berry & Lucy Young

Here in the office we’re very excited about the paperback edition of Mary and Lucy’s Cook Up a Feast, (£9.99 for a limited time only) which is packed with 150 foolproof recipes perfect for every occasion. Mary and Lucy understand all your worries about entertaining and have hints and tips on everything from cooking for different numbers of people and getting the most from your kitchen, to preparing ahead and keeping food hot during your party. If you’re looking for great dinner party recipes then look no further:

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You’ll be able to impress your guests with easy step-by-step instructions for everything from delicious party bites to gorgeous desserts, as well as classic favourites with a twist. Some of our top recipes include mini chicken satays, mushroom and spinach cannelloni, salmon salsa verde encroûte and coffee and walnut cupcakes.

Cook Up a Feast eBook also available here

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Mary and Lucy cover all possible occasions for you – easy lunches for friends, smart dinner parties, festive family gatherings, buffets and parties for a crowd. Their straightforward advice will help you play the perfect host or hostess and make entertaining stress-free. You’ll find helpful advice on everything from how to plan a dinner party, to menu planners that will help you choose the best dishes for feasts or themed parties.

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Any concerns about making the right amount of food for your party are removed with every recipe including the catering for either 6 or 12 guests already worked out for you.

Cook Up a Feast provides plenty of great advice to help you prepare ahead – cooking for friends will always be a pleasure, helping you bring to life the dinner party you’ve always dreamed of.

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If you can’t wait to get your copy then here’s a free recipe from the book for Coffee & Walnut cupcakes and a short video of Mary Berry & Lucy Young’s top tips for a successful party. Enjoy!

The paperback edition of Cook Up a Feast is out now, priced at just £9.99*

* Limited time only, while stocks last

LEGO® eBook with added content from The LEGO Movie

Are you ready for the ultimate LEGO® adventure? In our new LEGO Minifigures Character Encyclopedia eBook, all of your favourite LEGO characters are brought  to life through sound and animation for a fully interactive experience. These ‘multi-touch’ features are available exclusively to iOS users. Plus the Apple eBook includes added content from The LEGO® Movie – something you won’t find in the printed version!

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Get to know every single LEGO Minifigure character and prepare yourself for the release of the epic, star-studded LEGO movie out this February. The LEGO multi-touch eBook with added movie content is a must-have for any LEGO fan.

Pre-order now from the iBook Store.

Check-out The LEGO Movie trailer:

‘A Little Course in..’ Apple eBooks only 99p

Start the new year by learning a fun new skill with our ‘A Little Course in…’ series.

You can discover everything you need to know about wine tasting, yoga, baking and much more, plus the taster Apple eBook versions are just 99p.

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You can learn how to bake in simple, easy steps with A Little Course in Baking , a handy skill to master for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, nothing says love like a homemade cake.

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Or you can ditch the cake and get back into shape after the Christmas holidays with A Little Course in Yoga, a great way to de-stress!

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Download the Apple eBooks now for just 99p each on iBooks : A Little Course in Sewing, A Little Course in Knitting, A Little Course in Pilates,  A Little Course in Growing Veg & FruitA Little Course in Preserving

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is nearly here!

Ready to get out into the garden and get birdspotting this weekend with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch? Spend just an hour in your garden counting your garden birds and help the RSPB find out how different British bird species are doing.

Your garden birds are a great indicator of the health of the countryside and the Birdwatch’s results help the RSPB to keep an eye on the ups and downs of your local area’s wildlife and figure out how to protect it. What could be a better reason to get out in your garden and get spotting!

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If you’re keen to start spotting, but want a little help identifying your birds, we’ve recently published Pocket Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB, a perfect companion to the Big Garden Birdwatch it profiles the 40 most common garden birds in detail.

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If, after the Birdwatch, you become besotted by your garden birds then there’s also handy tips on how to make your garden a bird-friendly haven, from what plants to grow to what food to provide.

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Pocket Garden Birdwatch is the perfect guide both for this weekend’s Big Garden Birdwatch and for making your garden into the ideal home for all your favourite feathered friends.

Click here for all our other books with the RSPB.

New iOS apps for kids (plus a free download)

Our new Peekaboo! apps provide plenty of fun and exciting  activities for kids. The Peekaboo! apps are aimed at children from 0-3 years of age … but that’s not to say that all ages can’t enjoy them too, so don’t let that hold you back:

Join Rainbow Butterfly and her friends on our new app, Peekaboo! Rainbow. Discover a world of sunshine, flowers, blue skies, smiling butterflies and buzzing bees.

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Peekaboo! Rainbow will have you putting together a jigsaw of Green Turtle, colouring in a boat and matching the rainbow friends to their colour. Read along with your child; this app is great for encouraging early word recognition and memory skills, helping your little one on the way to learning to read.

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With Peekaboo! Bedtime you can join Cuddly Ted and his friends in a game of hide-and-seek, as they hide in random locations to avoid going to bed…something many parents might be familiar with!

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Have fun playing games such as tapping all the bubbles to find who’s hiding in the bath, colouring and decorating Miss Elephant’s car and guessing which of Cuddly Ted’s friends is hiding in the laundry bag:

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This app is bursting with colours, noises and shapes; from matching musical instruments to their sounds to watching Cuddly Ted popping out from his hiding spot behind the bed. Peekaboo! Bedtime is a great app for getting your child sleepy and ready for bed, as Cuddly Ted and his friends fall fast asleep at the end . . . sweet dreams to all!

If you’re still feeling festive, the Peekaboo! Christmas app is available absolutely free:

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With lots of fun and excitement, the Peekaboo! Christmas app will have you colouring in your own snowman, helping the busy elves match the lids to the correct Christmas gift boxes, and decorating Christmas trees.

These apps are currently available on iOS only.

Enter our competition and win a travel pack full of getaway goodies!

If the January blues are setting in and you’re already planning your next holiday we can help…

Click here and Like the DK Facebook page to take our fun quiz and be in with a chance to win 1 of 10 Ultimate Travel Packs!

Take the fun quiz to find out what item people always forget on their holidays, discover what kind of traveller you are and enter your email to be in with a chance of winning an Ultimate Travel Pack!

Be relaxed with our in-flight comfort kit, safe with our first aid kit and have your phone fully charged anywhere across the globe with the international travel adaptor. Plus expertly explore the country of your choice with 5 DK Eyewitness Guides, all packed away in an Osprey ultra-light wheeled bag. Make sure your getaway is stress free with this fantastic prize full of travel essentials.

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From Barcelona to Istanbul DK Trip Planner is your personal travel guide helping you plan the perfect getaway. Using DK’s global, trusted content Trip Planner puts together the greatest cafes, museums, parks, galleries and much more to create your own unique trip tailored to your needs. Download your personalised itinerary so it’s handily available on the move so you can look up listings, pictures and maps even when your offline. Find out more about Trip Planner here!

Click here to Like the DK Facebook page, take the quiz and be in with a chance to win an Ultimate Travel Pack!

Things to Listen to in this Lifetime

Robert Ziegler, world renowned Conductor and Consultant for our new book Music: The Definitive Visual History, shares his essential listening guide…things to listen to in this lifetime.

1. Vespro de la Beata Virgine (Vespers of 1610), Monteverdi: Composed just over 400 years ago, Monteverdi’s landmark religious work features all his theatrical flair in this setting of the Vespers for the Blessed Virgin.

2. Brandenberg Concerto No 5, Bach: One of Bach’s most joyous and famous creations.

3. Aria “Dove sono” from the opera Marriage of Figaro, Mozart: In a drama about class, sexual infidelity and emotional honesty, the Countess reflects on lost youth, innocence and love.

4. Symphony no 5, Beethoven: Beethoven’s definitive symphony. There’s never been as dramatic and intense a symphonic statement. The composer by whom all others are judged.

5. Ride of the Valkyries from the opera “Die Walküre”, Wagner: Before cinema’s soundtracks and special effects, Wagner had singers flying around the stage to this thrilling score. Also used in the film “Apocalypse Now”.

6. Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz, J. Strauss II: The elegance of the Viennese waltz is summed up by its greatest musical master, Johann Strauss II.

7. Aria: “Che gelida manina” from La Boheme, Puccini: If the TV series “Friends” were an opera, it would resemble this story of the young Bohemians in Paris. In this aria Rodolfo and Mimi meet for the first time on the stairs between their apartments. Puccini’s most intimate aria from the greatest operatic love story ever.

8. The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps), Stravinsky: The brash 20th century starts here – Stravinsky’s ground breaking ballet score explodes onto the stage.

9. What a Little Moonlight Can Do (with the Teddy Wilson Band), Billie Holiday: A quicksilver joyous jazz band featuring legendary pianist, Teddy Wilson, supports the magical singing of “Lady Day” – Billie Holiday.

10. Music for Prepared Piano, John Cage: John Cage, a fearless pioneer of new music,  re-invents the humble piano with other-worldly sounds that out-do new age electronics. This video is of John Cage performing “Water Walk” in January, 1960 on the popular TV show I’ve Got A Secret:

11. South Pacific, Rogers/Hammerstein: From Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein,  the two creative giants that invented the modern musical, one of their greatest hits. This really is “Some Enchanted Evening”!

12. Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra’s voice and music defined the American 20th Century: confident, optimistic and cool. Here’s one of his unforgettable signature songs.

13. Music from Vertigo, Bernard Herrmann: Bernard Herrmann’s music for his longtime collaborator, Alfred Hitchcock, produced his most dramatic scores. Here is one of the greatest for the mysterious thriller, “Vertigo”.

14. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix: In his brief yet astounding career, Jimi Hendrix’s songs and guitar playing revolutionised everything about the guitar and its place in pop music.

15. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley: Elvis! The hip shaking singer who spawned an army of devoted imitators and created rock ‘n’ roll into the bargain. Long live the King!

16. The Ace and Deuce of Pipering, The Chieftains: For over half a century, The Chieftains have been synonymous with Irish folk music and have popularised it around the world.

17. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles: The Beatles created a body of songs known throughout the world. This is probably the most famous and most influential album of all time.

18. Ragas, Ravi Shankar: Just listen and be swept into another world by Ravi Shankar.

19. Sweeney Todd (musical), Sondheim: The Broadway musical turns murderous in this riveting thriller set to music by Stephen Sondheim.

20. Bring The Noise, Public Enemy: Public Enemy were pioneers of hip hop and this track saw them stomp onto the global stage.

21. Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt: Music from the Estonian master Arvo Pärt whose music is simplicity itself and contains some of the most sublime moments you’ll ever hear.

22. Thriller, Michael Jackson: In partnership with musical wizard Quincy Jones, Pop’s greatest icon was at his peak when the music, video and songs combined to make his greatest album.

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