Our Cookie Policy

1. What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files stored in your computer's browser by nearly all web sites. Cookies are not harmful to your computer and are usually just a simple text string used to keep track of what you put in your shopping cart, which products and pages you have looked at.

2. What are cookies used for?
A complete list of the cookies used on this site together with what they are used for is set out in the tables below.

First Party cookies are set by this site only. They cannot be seen by anyone else. They do not contain any personal information about you. They are an essential part of online shopping and if you turn them off some parts of the site may stop working, for example the shopping cart.

Third Party cookies may be set by us on behalf of third party web sites, usually for tracking and analytics purposes so that we can find out what works, what doesn't and further improve the operation of the web site. Any information gathered is completely anonymous and we do not sell or pass it on to any other third parties. The most common Third Party cookie we set is the Google Analytics cookie. 

3. How to manage cookies.
Our site will only set non-essential Third Party cookies with your consent. If at any time you want to remove your consent, click the Reset Cookies button below and select Decline.

The best way to ensure your privacy is to make use of the Private Browsing feature of your browser and to modify your browser's privacy settings.

Microsoft Internet Explorer: 1. Choose the "tools" menu - then "Internet Options" 2. Click on the "privacy" tab 3. Select the appropriate setting


Mozilla Firefox: 1. Choose the "tools" menu- then "Options" 2. Click on the "privacy" icon 3. Find the menu "cookie" and select the relevant option

For Opera 6.0 and further: 1. Choose the > "Preferences" menu 2. Privacy 

4. Essential cookies set by this site
This is a list of the main cookies set by this website, and what each is used for. They are all anonymous and only last for the length of time you spend on the site, i.e. for your session. They are, in our view, essential for the smooth and secure operation of the site.

Cookie NamePurpose
avtUsed to store a list of previously viewed titles during your session
eh1Used to store previous searches to allow you to repeat these during your session
os9(site_name)CContains a unique identifier used to identify you as a user between page loads during a session
os9(site_name)MContains a unique identifier used to identify you as a user and check user session integrity between servers during a session.
oslastadd2bUsed to store a record of the last item added to the shopping cart during a session.
xg9(site_name)CContains a unique identifier identifying an account session between page loads.
xg9(site_name)MContains a unique identifier used to identify your account session and check user integrity between servers.
test(site_name)CUsed to anonymously test session and account integrity
test(site_name)MUsed to anonymously test session and account integrity
ASPSESSIONIDActive Server Page SessionID - contains a unique identifier that can be used to maintain user sessions across different page loads.
treemenu1 treemenu2Records the state of the left-hand menu, which items are open and which closed.
Used to record your decision regarding the setting of non-essential Third Party cookies. This cookie is set to expire after 3 months.

5. Third Party cookies set by this site
The following cookies are set by this site on behalf of third party web sites in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below.

Selecting  means that these cookies will not be set.

Cookie NameDescription
Google Analytics

The site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the web site and compile reports for us on activity on the web site.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the web site you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to reject or delete this cookie:


6. Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)
The site may use the Adobe Flash Player to deliver its video content services, such as the Media Streaming and Video Players, throughout our sites. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects - or Flash Cookies as they are commonly known - are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash Cookies are stored on a user's terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.

How to disable Flash Cookies: The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies either for a specific domain like bbc.co.uk or for all websites - see http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security for details. Please be aware that restricting the use of Flash Cookies may affect the features available to you for Flash based applications.

7. Cookies set by Third Party sites
We sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these. 

8. Social Networking Sharing Tools
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that our website may also carry embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the sites to easily share content with their friends through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Last updated: 8th June 2012