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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer unveiled – buy Star Wars books!

‘Chewie, we’re home…’

Three simple words that have had Star Wars fans beaming from ear to ear after the release of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Pefectly capturing the look, style and essence of the original trilogy, the trailer took many back to their childhoods and also gave glimpses of what we can expect when the biggest film of the year is released around Christmas time.

However, with eight months to wait many will be rewatching the first six films (and some children watching them for the first time) and will need some accompanying reading material – or fun-filled activity books from a galaxy far, far away – that’s where the Book People comes in… Our range of Star Wars books is second to none. Whether you love the LEGO Star Wars Minifigures or have a young reader eager to learn the way of the Jedi, we have the right book – or collection!

With eight sticker books for just £7.99 (that’s £1 a book), the Star Wars Sticker Collection reveals all about the previous battles between the Jedis and the Sith. With all the characters we’ve come to love – including those from the Clone Wars – it’s a great set to give out at any Star Wars-themed parties that may be coming up.

We also have a Star Wars Reader Collection for sale at just £14.99. A massive 20 books, it’s designed in a way so that children as young as 5 can start learning all about life on Tattooine and the Millennium Falcon and then as their reading skills progress find out more about the more complex side of the Star Wars universe.

Among our LEGO Star Wars books are ones focusing on the Jedi master Yoda, an extensive Character Encyclopedia and a Visual Dictionary – and they all come with a free exclusive Minifigure, ranging from Luke Skywalker to Han Solo and a Stormtrooper!

Our videographer has also created his very own Star Wars spoof video. Tying in with our amazing R2-D2’s Droid Workshop: Make Your Own R2-D2 book and May the Fourth Be with You, it follows R2-D2 in his everyday life and the poor droid is feeling a little lonely (just where is C-3PO?)… As he goes about his morning routine, he heads into town and finds a bookshop – could he have found his soulmate in there?

Adult colouring books – the new craze for grown-ups!

The latest craze is here – and it’s not a playground one this time around. Colouring books for adults are becoming ever more popular and are appearing near the top of the book charts (and the Book People’s very own bestsellers). A great way to unwind and relax either at the end of a busy working day or on a day off, the trend has got adults all over the country colouring in.

Not only does colouring in put your mind at ease, it’s also a great way for you to sharpen up your cognitive development skills – and of course, there’s the sense of pride you’ll feel once finishing filling in your masterpiece. The Book People has an exciting selection of colouring books for grown-ups that can be complemented by our books about drawing (Draw People in 15 Minutes, Draw Cats in 15 Minutes, A Short Book About Drawing), exciting giant dot-to-dot books (The 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Animals, The 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book) and painting.

Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom is full of distinctive pictures of wildlife that are just waiting for your personal touch and a burst of colour and imagination, while Art Therapy: An Anti-stress Colouring Book is full of sophisticated pictures that will help you keep your fine motor skills up to scratch. We also have a two-book collection available for just £4.99 that gives adults the chance to colour in everything from patterns and swirls to geometric patterns – and they’re the right size to fit in your handbag or rucksack, too!

If you’re looking for a colouring book to help you get away from the stress of it all, make sure is the first place you visit!

Alex Hollywood’s recipe for Best-ever Brownies from My Busy Kitchen

Many of you told us just how much you were enjoying the Ginger and Blackberry Chocolate Brownie Recipe we posted from Alex Hollywood’s My Busy Kitchen earlier this week and now we have another delicious treat from the wife of Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood – her Best-ever Brownies.

Rich in irresistible dark chocolate, they’re absolutely divine and will delight any chocoholic. You can find this recipe – and many, many more – in My Busy Kitchen, which is available from us for just £6.99 (a saving of £18 off the RRP).

With thanks to Hodder

 Best-ever Brownies recipes

Alex Hollywood recipe

Makes approximately 24


  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Gas mark 4. Butter a shallow 20cm x 28cm brownie tin and line it with greaseproof paper.

Put the butter, chocolate, both sugars and the syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until blended. Set aside to cool.

Put the eggs and vanilla into a bowl and beat together until frothy. Gently whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the chocolate mixture and fold together very gently until well combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 20–25 minutes, until it looks browned and starts to come away from the sides of the tin.

Allow to cool, then turn out and cut into small squares – trying your best not to eat the whole lot in one go!

Seventh Son in cinemas now – buy The Spook’s Apprentice for £3.49!

Following the success of recent young adult adaptations including The Hunger Games and Divergent/Insurgent, many teenagers are eagerly awaiting the release of Seventh Son – a film based on Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice.

With a more supernatural, magical and scary edge, the film boasts and all-star cast including Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, the film is sure to appeal to fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings and even perhaps Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

The story follows Thomas Ward as he’s given the chance to keep the County safe from evil – but is he up to the job? He’ll have to show his credential when he comes across the villainous Mother Malkin – who is widely regarded as the most dangerous witch in the County…

Dark and spooky, this is a great book for young readers to check out before or after seeing the Hollywood film.

Buy The Spook’s Apprentice from Red House for just £3.49.

The BFG, Matilda, The Twits… our 15-book Roald Dahl collection is back in stock!

Roald Dahl books

Roald Dahl is one of the world’s great storytellers. His books have inspired generations of readers and his children’s novels are all-time classics. At the Book People, our 15-book Roald Dahl Collection has long been a favourite with customers of all ages and now you have the chance to own them all for the splendiferous price of just £21.99 – giving you a saving of £76 off the RRP!

Among the stories you’ll find in this collection are:


The BFG – the tale of a friendly giant and a girl named Sophie that is being adapted into a Hollywood film starring Mark Rylance by Steven Spielberg (following the 1980s animated version featuring David Jason in the title role).


Esio Trot

Esio Trot – You may have seen the BBC adaptation starring Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench over Christmas and this unlikely love story between two pensioners is just as charming on the page.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Whether you preferred Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp’s take on Willy Wonka (or have enjoyed Douglas Hodge’s performance in the hit West End show), this is an unforgettable story about one of fiction’s most eccentric characters and a very special tour around his workplace. With this collection, it will almost be like winning the Golden Ticket!


Matilda book Danny Devito

Matilda – Simply magical whether on page, screen or at the theatre, the tale of a talented little bookworm and her awful parents and even worse school is a resounding favourite here at the Book People. From Miss Trunchbull to Miss Honey and the terrible Mr and Mrs Wormwood (so memorably played by Danny DeVito and his wife Rhea Perlman in the 1996 film), it’s full of despicable characters but Matilda’s telekinetic gifts will teach them a lesson. The West End and now Broadway musical by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin has brought it to a whole new audience, too!


Roald Dahl Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox – Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson brought the tale of Mr. Fox and his mission to stave off Boggis, Bean and Bunce to the big screen in tremendously twee and exciting stop-motion fashion. The book is even better! Full of high jinks, it also has a powerful message about how we should treat our furry friends.

Among the other books in the slipcased collection are James and the Giant Peach, The Twits and The Witches – the book responsible for perhaps the scariest characters of all time…

The Witches book Dahl

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