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I Spy For Grown-UPs

The I-SPY concept is very simple: it's like the 'I spy with my little eye' game, only instead of all the tedious stuff about 'something beginning with', there are pictures and descriptions and genuine opportunities to use your sleuthing skills to discover interesting things.

This can be alarming - but when turned into a sport, it's also fun.

So far I've written four books in this popular series:

I SPY THE UK: WHILE IT LASTS

The United Kingdom of Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland isn't very united anymore.

Great Britain isn't very great. Or so say the wrong-headed doubters who want to talk us down!

But where else can you see Morris Dancers, men in kilts, weirdly neat gardens and aggressively jovial village fetes?

Nowhere else. And this guide helps you add to these great joys by awarding you points for seeing them.

Isn't that the pip?

I SPY AT THE SCHOOL GATES: MY MUM'S BETTER THAN YOUR MUM

At the school gates, everyone is childish. You'll see over-excitement, sexual tension, poor discipline, bad language, bullying, and temper tantrums.

Especially among the parents. It really is a world unto itself - with unique fauna and its own complex set of social patterns which generally revolve around impenetrable cliques and complicated competitions.

They also involve interesting displays of status and costume.

All of which provide a simply topping challenge for good I-SPYers.

I SPY SIGNS AND INSTRUCTIONS: YOU MUST OBEY

Britain is simply brimming with officious signs. It's not fun to defy them, however. Because then people will tut at you - and this is worse than death.

This book provides a useful guide to the signs you are likely to see strategically placed around the UK.

It teaches us that it's not only necessary to obey orders, it's enjoyable too.

It makes good spies of us all!

I SPY PETS: WHEN HUMAN FRIENDSHIP IS NOT ENOUGH

Britain is overrun with animals. But so long as you don't venture into town centres on Friday and Saturday nights, you can generally avoid them.

Meanwhile, there are also quite a lot of pets to see.

They come in all shapes and sizes. It's fun to note down as many different kinds as you can and to gently laugh at just how much they look like their owners.

It's also nice to judge people depending on the kind of pets they own.

This book will help guide you through that enjoyable process.