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Top 10 Booker Prize winners

Launched in 1969, The Man Booker Prize has long been regarded as one of the most important awards in the literary calendar. With its aim to promote the finest fiction written in English, the winner not only receives £52,500 and a designer-bound copy of their book, but also a sharp increase in sales.

With excitement building around the unveiling of 2015’s Man Booker Shortlist on Tuesday 15 September, here at Book People we thought it would be a good time to look back over 10 of our favourite previous Man Booker Prize winners.


Salman RushdieMidnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children Man Booker Prize winner 1981


Thomas KeneallySchindler’s Ark

Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark Man Booker Prize winner 1983


Penelope LivelyMoon Tiger

Penelope Lively Moon Tiger Man Booker Prize winner 1987


Kazuo IshiguroThe Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day Man Booker Prize winner 1989

1992 (shared)

Michael OndaatjeThe English Patient

Michael Ondaatje The English Patient Man Booker Prize winner 1992


Pat BarkerThe Ghost Road

Pat Barker The Ghost Road Man Booker Prize winner 1995


Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin Man Booker Prize winner 2000


Yann MartelLife of Pi

Yann Martel Life of Pi Man Booker Prize winner 2002


Hilary MantelWolf Hall

Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall Man Booker Prize winner 2009


Julian BarnesThe Sense of an Ending

Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending Man Booker Prize winner 2011

Buy your back-to-school books at Book People prices!

Although it seems like the summer holidays have only just begun, pupils all over the country will soon be getting set for another year’s worth of learning. Whether they’re starting school for the first time, moving up to the next stage in their education or getting set for their final exams, we have the books, study guides and reference workbooks to help them on their way.

Including guides from established and respected publishers including Oxford, Collins and Letts, these books will help any child get to grips with the key concepts they will encounter in all their lessons over the next year or so. From history to languages, and English to maths, these books will become very useful in the classroom and as homework aids.

As well as our hand-picked selection of books, we’re also thrilled to offer a special 3 for 2 offer on selected titles. Head over to the main site to find the books that are available and to get all the children you know set for their new term.

Books to read before you see the film: Frankenstein

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Sherlock director Paul McGuigan’s take on one of the most famous horror novels of all time and now we can finally watch the trailer for Victor Frankenstein.

Based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, the gothic film has an all-star cast including James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement, Wanted), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter (of course!), The Woman in Black, What If), Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey). McAvoy plays the scientist with grand ideas, while Radcliffe plays his assistant, Igor – who does not appear in the source material.

The trailer promises an action-packed romp with a healthy amount of creepy creatures and plenty of frights along the way. It also looks like McAvoy really relished saying those immortal words: ‘It’s alive!’

The book the film took inspiration from was not so much about a monster on the loose (besides, Victor’s creation is a creature who is just trying to work out where he fits in the world) but rather an examination of the progress of science and the problems with playing God.

Enjoyed by millions of readers and one of the key titles to be studied every year, the novel’s effect on literacy and popular culture cannot be underestimated. We’re excited to see how this latest big-screen incarnation turns out. It’s not out until December, so why not read up on the book once again before it arrives in cinemas?

Finally, doesn’t Daniel Radcliffe’s hair look fantastic in that trailer?

Beyond the books – buy gifts and stationery from the Book People

For over 25 years, we’ve been providing our customers with a hand-picked selection of books at unbelievable prices. Now we’re delighted to add a variety of gifts and stationery that tie in with the books we know you’ll love – and these all have Book People prices, too!

From games that will delight every child, like marbles, tumbling blocks and juggling balls to rucksacks starring favourite characters including the Minions, Thomas the Tank Engine and My Little Pony, the choice is astounding. There’s even an R2-D2-shaped backpack, perfect for any Star Wars fan as the hype surrounding The Force Awakens begins to reach fever pitch.

We also have a selection of Science Museum-approved activities to help any budding scientist discover about the world around them. With these, your children will be able to create their own botanic garden, make their own planetarium and even learn all about chemistry.

The carrycases adorned with book characters are also quite lovely. Designed in a Russian Doll format so you have three for the price of one, the tins are ideal for keeping all your trinkets and keepsakes safe and will look great on anyone’s dressing room table. Among the designs are the Little Miss characters, Guess How Much I Love You and Peter Rabbit.

As well as all this, there is some seriously smart stationery to help you keep organised.

We’re delighted to offer you this hand-picked selection of gifts and stationery and hope you’ll add some of these items to your order alongside our brilliant books.

Top ten: historical fiction

To celebrate the publication of the queen of historical fiction and Cousins’ War author Philippa Gregory’s latest bestseller, The Taming of the Queen, we thought what better time to look at the other great stories about our past that you can buy from the Book People. From navy warfare to royal disputes and poignant wartime novels, these are all books that capture the spirit of a bygone era and take you right into our history.

Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen is available from the Book People for just £4.99, giving you a massive saving of £15 off the RRP.


Winston Graham – Poldark Two-book Set

Winston Graham’s period classics found a whole new audience with its hit BBC adaptation earlier this year; and now you can read about Ross Poldark’s first two adventures for one great price.


Simon Scarrow – Hearts of Stone


Famed for his Roman-era Gladiator series, Simon Scarrow turns his attention to the Greek Resistance during World War II – and the results are spectacular!


Georgette Heyer Collection

Full of quarelling families and issues of class, Georgette Heyer is a brilliant author if you want to travel back to Regency Endland.


Iain Gale Collection 

Set in the era of Louis XIV and sure to appeal to readers who love Sharpe, this collection contains the first three books in a series that focuses on Queen Anne’s army.


Sheila Hancock – Miss Carter’s War 

Actress Sheila Hancock shows she’s equally adept at writing compelling fiction with this tale of a woman who fought social injustice in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Jean Plaidy Collection

 The Tudor times must rank as one of the most fascinating historical eras and who better than Jean Plaidy to capture the spirit of the time?


J. D. Davies’ Quinton Collection

Full of swashbuckling excitement, this series is set in the 17th century while England recovers from Cromwell’s reign – and it’s written by a real historian to give extra credibility to the excitement.


David Donachie Collection

From revolutionary Paris to the Mediterranean and North Africa, David Donachie’s action-packed seafaring adventures are full of historical drama.


Jacqueline Winspear – The Care and Management of Lies

Set during the beginning of the First World War, this evocative novel from Maisie Dobbs author Jacqueline Winspear will take you on a journey from the trenches of England through to the fields of England.


Len Deighton Collection


Spies, secrets and betrayal… It’s all here in this six-book collection from ‘master of fictional espionage’ Len Deighton.

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