The Man Booker longlist for 2014 has been announced

The longlist for 2014’s Man Booker Prize has been announced and contains some bestselling authors in the shape of David Mitchell, Ali Smith and David Nicholls. With American authors also eligible for the first time in the prestigious award’s history, four writers from the States are also in with a chance of winning this literary prize – Joshua Ferris, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers and Karen Joy Fowler. Now a truly global award, the 13 names will be whittled down to six during September as we head towards the announcement on 14 October.

A varied list that celebrates the most exciting authors and stories in contemporary fiction, the winner will receive £50,000 prize money and also see their profile raised considerably. The Book People wishes all the Man Booker longlisted authors the best of luck as they aim to succeed Eleanor Cotton’s The Luminaries.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt

J – Howard Jacobson

The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

Us – David Nicholls

The Dog – Joseph O’Neill

Orfeo - Richard Powers

How to be Both – Ali Smith

History of the Rain-  Niall Williams


#SummerReads with the Book People: The books to read this summer (part II)

“What books should I read?” we hear you cry! At the Book People we are passionate about reading, and we want to help you find your perfect book for summer, so we’re back with part II of our #SummerReads book reviews and recommendations. Whether you’re looking for the best books to take on holiday, the best books to take to the beach, the newest bestselling titles, classic fiction, summer cookery books, or even if you’re looking for children’s activity books for the summer, the staff at the Book People have picked out books to read for the sunny summer months so that you can create your own 2014 summer book list.

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Tom, the Book People’s Content Editor, has chosen The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins as his (or my) #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Tom’s reasons for choosing The Hunger Games Trilogy as one of his book recommendations for summer:

“I’d tried my best to avoid the Hunger Games trilogy up until now. Being a fan of Battle Royale, I was aware of the similarities between the Hunger Games and Koushun Takami’s 1999 book and was initially skeptical as to the plot of Suzanne Collins’ series being so similar. But minus the umbrella plot, the books couldn’t be more different! Whilst Battle Royale focuses on action, brutality and complex descriptions of the deaths of a group of unsuspecting students trapped on an island, I found the Hunger Games to be an immersive world of well-grounded characters, accessible politics and uplifting resistance; I was pleasantly surprised. So, if you too have avoided the Hunger Games series thus far, I’d recommend jumping on the bandwagon. A thoroughly entertaining set of books for summer!”

There is nothing quite like an affirming book recommendation from someone who has read and fallen in love with a fantastic story. So, if you have any recommended books which you would like to suggest as one of the best books to read this summer to fellow bookworms, why not take your own #BookShelfie and post it on InstagramTwitter or Facebook? Together we can create an online book club where people all over the world can share their own personal book reviews.

Or if you’re not into the whole social media thing, take a peak at the books our Summer Reads category on the Book People’s new website. You’re sure to find some fantastic books to read in summer 2014.


#SummerReads with the Book People: The books to read this summer

“What books should I read?” we hear you cry! At the Book People we are passionate about books, and we want to help you find your perfect book for summer. Whether you’re looking for the best books to take on holiday, the best books to take to the beach, the newest bestselling titles, classic fiction, summer cookery books, or even if you’re looking for children’s activity books for the summer, the Book People staff have picked out books to read for the (hopefully!) sunny summer months that lie ahead so that you can create your own summer book list.

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Sorcha, the Book People’s Online Marketing Coordinator, has chosen Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn as her #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Sorcha’s reasons for choosing Gone Girl as one of her book recommendations for summer:

“I’m a big fan of crime and thriller novels as a good summer read; classics like Agatha Christie are always a staple in my beach bag. Lots of friends have been recommending Gone Girl to me this year as a ‘gripping thriller’ and as it’s about to become a film I figured now was the time to finally getting round to reading it. I’m about halfway through and I’m already hooked, I read it every chance I get! This book keeps you guessing at every turn and is a really compelling read – it’s not hard to know why it’s a New York Times bestseller! I’d definitely recommend it to a friend as a must-have this summer.”

There is nothing quite like an affirming book recommendation from someone who has read and loved a fantastic story. So, if you have any recommended books which you would like to suggest as one of the best books to read this summer to fellow bookworms, why not take your own #BookShelfie and post it on InstagramTwitter or Facebook? Together we can create an online book club where people all over the world can share their own personal book reviews.

Or if you’re not into the whole social media thing, take a peak at the books our Summer Reads category on the Book People’s new website. You’re sure to find some fantastic books to read in summer 2014.


Guest blog: Digital Ink Drop

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“During the war…” – The importance of the written word

By Debbie Mynott, Digital Ink Drop CIC

As you’ll no doubt know, this year marks the centenary of the Great War. As the nation gears up to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, we here at Digital Ink Drop are no different.

Being a not-for-profit company dedicated to the development of literacy skills in children, naturally we’ve found ourselves thinking about reading and writing during the war, and just how important the written word was to people a century ago.

In February 2012, Florence Green, the world’s last surviving First World War veteran died peacefully in her sleep just two weeks before her 111th birthday. With her, Florence took the only first-hand stories of life during the Great War.

The world has come to rely on the written word to express how servicemen and women, families, tradespeople, civilians, everyone, felt during those times of intense conflict. War poetry by writers such as Wilfred Owen, whose poem Dulce et Decorum Est describes the anguish felt by soldiers during a gas attack, and novels by well-researched authors such as John Boyne (Stay Where You Are and Then Leave) and Damien Kelleher (Dog in No Man’s Land) explore the thoughts of those that remained at home and offer us insight into what life was really like 100 years ago.

Everyone that reads understands the importance of reading. The things we learn, feel and experience between the pages of a well written book cannot be underestimated. As part of our own remembrance this year, we’re embarking on a huge reading and writing project, set to help children understand the history of the Centenary. The Great War Read is a shared reading project, both on and offline for families, schools and libraries to take part in which will offer a literary insight into war themes, sharing knowledge and understanding via book extracts, creative writing activities and much more.

So far, the project has been backed by the aforementioned The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas author John Boyne and the Imperial War Museum. Publishing house Random House Children’s Books have also chosen to support the project, offering access to some excellent books that will really enhance the experience for everyone that gets involved. We are really excited, and hope you’ll get involved with the project too.

Keep in touch with us over on Facebook and Twitter to find out more as it happens. And until then, read. Read as much as you can. The Reading Agency says that “everything changes when you read”. Though everything is ever changing, it’s so important that in this, the centenary year of the Great War, we remember those who gave us the freedom to change anything in the first place.

Debbie Mynott is the Director of non-profit organisation Digital Ink Drop. Their project Wood of Words allows families to explore the magical world of children’s books via its library, school and family subscriptions. More than 700,000 children currently have access to the site.


Guest Blog: Work experience with the Book People

Rachael is on work experience here at the Book People and has been helping out during our exciting July Jubilee Sale, a book sale which we’re hoping inspires our customers to find an enjoyable selection of books for summer! In this blog post she discusses her favourite fiction books – fantasy! – and what her plans are for the summer.

Reading was a huge part of my life when I was growing up. It was what I did when I was procrastinating doing my homework or bored at the weekend. In the last year or so I’ve stopped reading so much because, being in the middle of my GCSE’s, I don’t have a lot of time!

The first books that I fell in love with were the Harry Potter series, which are still my all-time favourite books and films. I read the Philosopher’s Stone when I was 7 and carried on reading book after book. Reading these books at a young age influenced my taste growing up to read a lot of fantasy. I love being able to get lost in a world that is completely different to where I live. I love finding that place or situation that you wish you could be in. I love the vivid descriptions of places and characters. I went on to read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and recently started reading the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series’ by Cassandra Clare. My favourite author is Rick Riordan. He creates characters that you fall in love with and that you want to read more about. I’ve read the Percy Jackson series so many times and, even at my age, I would happily read them over and over. My favourite characters are Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter Series. They add humour even in the dark points of the stories and they make you laugh throughout the series. Then right at the end they break your heart and change how you view them.

A book that has recently caught my attention is Divergent by Veronica Roth. It flows through the story perfectly and the characters are created so realistically that you feel like you know them. I’ve yet to read the others in the series but they will definitely be part of the reading I will do in summer. There was also a film version made recently starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James as the main characters, which I saw at the cinema and it was so good!

An exciting event coming up is J.K. Rowling’s Birthday on the 31 July. She is one of my biggest inspirations and I have so much respect for her and her writing. The lasting impact and worldwide popularity of the Harry Potter series is something I think every author should aspire to achieve. As much as I love Harry Potter, I don’t want another story with him as the main character. The ending of the series was a perfect way to finish a series that was a huge part of people’s lives and it rounded every characters story off whilst still leaving enough to the imagination. Another story would ruin it and would change the impact the ending has on the reader.
I’m hoping to read as much as humanly possible during the summer. I haven’t had much of a chance to read before now, but over the next six weeks I have a lot of books that I need to read. For school I have to read To Kill a Mockingbird and Woman in Black (which I’m not looking forward to!!!!). We’re studying them in autumn, so they are a must. I want to read The Mortal Instruments series, the second book in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent, and the John Green books. I can’t wait to relax in the sun, listening to my music at full-blast whilst engrossing myself in a book!

My week on work experience has been really good. The people that I have met have been really friendly and have made me feel welcome. I was so nervous at the beginning of the week, not knowing what the week was going to be like but my confidence has grown and I now know what it is like to work in an office environment. Thanks to everyone at the Book People for having me for the week!


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