5the Top Reference Books; JUST THE JOB

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The worldwide web is a fountain of knowledge, but what happens when our computers crash? We reach for our faithful paper friends. The following reference books are available from major book stores or online at Amazon.

Want to know what the Boxer Rebellion in China was all about? Do you need to clarify the rules of any game? Or do you just want to check out you haven't missed any of George Clooney's films? The New Penguin Encyclopedia 2003 is great reference material that should be kept close to hand at home or the office. The book has more than 28,000 entries on topics ranging from current affairs to history, from science to philosophy, from sport to music (pound sterling30).

Compiled by the editors of the style magazine I.D., Fashion Now features the works of 150 of the "most important" fashion designers.

The book focuses on both the biggest names and new talent. The A-Z entries include interviews, biographical information, images of recent designs by leading photographers and recent catwalk shots (pound sterling19.99).

To find out which are London's most popular restaurants, where to find the best dining value and who got the latest top food rankings, consult the Zagat London Restaurant Survey 2003. …