The Big Ideas Simply Explained series is for everyone interested in a topic but at the same time intimidated by the complexity and breadth of the subject. Just where, for example, do you start to find out about psychology, politics, religion or philosophy?

61AEjCGkH-L._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_ 61sSe1w9WDL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ 91GexOJeeDL 91i9mDYhQzL 91oDw5yz-gL 912yw9WahoL

That’s where the Big Ideas series comes in. The Big Ideas Simply Explained books have an abundance of easy to follow graphics, quotations from experts in the field and accessible texts which make them the perfect entry-level guides for readers who are just dipping their toes into a particular pool of knowledge. They are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most challenging ideas, so they are easy to understand. The step-by-step diagrams walk you slowly down the path of a concept and are, particularly useful to visual learners.

The Sherlock Holmes Book chronicles every case of the world’s greatest fictional detective and his assistant Dr. Watson. The game is afoot, and The Sherlock Holmes Book provides you with the perfect players guide so you can discover every intimate detail of Sherlock Holmes’ world.

From the first novel A Study in Scarlet, through The Hound of the Baskervilles to Holmes last story, The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, The Big Ideas Simply Explained Sherlock Holmes Book explores every facet of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most realistic creation. Discover how Holmes reaches his conclusions through deductive reasoning, read in-depth biographies of key characters and explore London during the Victorian era.

Whether you’re a fan of the books, movies or TV shows, The Sherlock Holmes Book offers all you want to know, and more, about the world-famous sleuth and his world – although I would have liked to have read more about his rooms at 221B Baker Street!

If literary knowledge is not your style (there is also a Big Ideas volume about Shakespeare and his works) perhaps you would like to know more about Science?

The Big Ideas Simply Explained Science addition begins with the beginnings of science and the first accurate prediction of a solar eclipse by Thales of Miletus in 585BC and brings us all the way to the present day via subjects as diverse as; ‘Is light a particle or a wave?’, ‘Gravity affects everything in the universe’ and ‘Worlds beyond the solar system.’

For each chapter, the subject has a section that places it in context and gives a short history, key conclusions, pivotal scientists, quotations, diagrams, and photos. For example in the chapter about genetics, the ‘context’ is biology, and there is a boxed section that walks you through a timeline before & after Gregor Mendel, the pivotal scientist in the study of genetics. The rest of the chapter simply explains Mendel’s work and how he established and refined the laws of inheritance through his experiments with pea plants. Just four pages are enough to give you a working knowledge of how inheritance, recessive genes and dominant characteristics work.

This excellent book finishes up with a directory of some of the figures who have added significant understanding of the world around us.

Each book in the series has a similar layout and are equally easy to understand – expand your horizons and buy a copy now.