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Best book-to-film adaptations arriving in cinemas in 2016

2016 The BFG film by Steven Spielberg, Roald Dahl and Walt Disney











Combining the mighty talents of Roald Dahl, Disney and Steven Spielberg, the new poster for this summer’s adaptation of The BFG was recently revealed. With these master storytellers working together, we cannot wait for the release of the film in July. However, it got us thinking about just how many more film adaptations we’ll be able to see of our beloved books this year. It turns out there are loads!

Below, we’ll list our favourites – but are there any that you’re particularly looking forward to?



 The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave film 2016 book Rick Yancey

Chloe Grace Moretz heads a stellar cast in this adaptation of Rick Yancey’s alien invasion/dystopian YA bestseller.







The Big Short

The Big Short film Oscars 2016 film book  Michael Lewis

Already surrounded by Oscar buzz, this star-studded film looks back over the recent bankers’ crisis and is based on a non-fiction novel that covered the disaster in its ghastly detail.





Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies 2016 film based on cult book

If you’ve ever read Jane Austen’s classic and thought ‘What this could do with is more of the undead…’ then February is your lucky month. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 parody novel, it promises equal amounts of romance and gore.








Deadpool film 2016 Marvel Comic Book

A foul-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking Marvel comic book character who seems only too aware of how ridiculous some superhero storylines can get, this R-rated film has been eagerly awaited by fans of X-Men and comic books in general. Ryan Reynolds takes the lead role.









Veronica Roth Allegiant Divergent book film 2016

The third in the series based on Veronica Roth’s bestsellers, this film will find Shailene Woodley’s Tris leaving the ‘safety’ of her hometown Chicago – the only place she’s ever known – in search of a peaceful solution for all its inhabitants.







Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman book 2016 film Henry Cavill Ben Affleck

Do we really need to introduce these two caped heroes? A follow-up to Man of Steel that follows the fall-out of Metropolis, this film will take inspiration from some of the crossover comics and promises to be spectacular. Henry Cavill once again wears the red-and-blue of Superman while Ben Affleck promises to bring something different to the Dark Knight. Jesse Eisenberg also appears as Lex Luthor.



The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book Jon Favreau Disney film 2016 new film live action CGI book

Rudyard Kipling’s animal fable is fondly remembered in the classic animated Disney form – who hasn’t found themselves humming along to Bear Necessities or chuckling back at the antics of the scouse vultures? This year, Disney have given it the live-action/CGI treatment and brought some of Hollywood’s top players in to add their voices. Among the inspired pieces of casting are Scarlett Johannson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan (is it too much to ask that he does his Luther voice?) and Bill Murray as Baloo.





Captain America: Civil War

Captain America Civil War comic book new film 2016

The Marvel juggernaut continues to gain full steam but this is the film that promises to change everything. Based on a very popular series of comic books, hopes are very high and who doesn’t want to see beloved heroes going face-to-face amidst a backdrop of very shady politics?




Alice Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll James Bobin Disney Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 film book

An ever-so-slightly belated follow-up to the Tim Burton film of 2010, this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) travelling back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).






Me Before You

Me Before You book film adaptation 2016

If you’re not excited about the feast of football that will make up Euro 2016, this version of Jojo Moyes romantic novel may offer the perfect alternative. Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin star in the story of a wealthy London man whose life changes forever when he’s paralyzed and falls under the care of a small town girl…






Steven Spielberg Disney Roald Dahl 2016 The BFG film book adaptation

We’ve said about the team behind this eagerly awaited adaptation, but how about the fact Wolf Hall and Bridge of Spies actor Mark Rylance is taking the title role? We’re expecting this to make use feel like children again and just be simply, phizz-whizzingly magical.






The Girl On the Train

The Girl On the Train Emily Blunt 2016 film

Debut author Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller was one of the most talked-about books of last year and we expect the film to invoke similar heated discussions this year. With The Help and Get On Up director in charge of a talented cast including Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson, things are looking good.






A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls film 2016 Patrick Ness Siobhan Dowd book adaptation

Have you read Patrick Ness’ novel based on one of Siobhan Dowd’s final ideas before her death from cancer? If not, you really must. It’s touching, poignant and heartbreaking. A monster comes to visit a young boy in the nights when his mum is gravely ill – but he’s not the monster that was expected… Liam Neeson will voice the monster and Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver also star.






Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Newt Scamander Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 book adaptation JK Rowling David Yates Harry Potter Wizarding World

A return to the Wizarding World with original book author J.K. Rowling on scriptwriting duty and David Yates back behind the camera as director, this book takes place 70 years before Harry Potter’s battle with Voldemort and follows Magizoologist Newt Scamander as he heads to New York in the ‘Roaring ‘20s’ and gets much more than he bargained for.

Book People’s bestselling book collections for 2016

Many of you would have made New Year’s Resolutions to read more books (or to encourage your children to…), but we know that January is tight for money. However, as part of our commitment to providing you with products you love at prices you won’t believe, Book People has some incredible value collections that will save you money and keep you reading throughout the first few months of 2016.

In our hand-picked selection, you’ll find children’s classics and contemporary reads for adults we’re sure you’ll love. Below, we offer a quick look at some of our favourites, but you can find even more in our Collections category.


Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Edition

Twenty-six books for £20! You will not find a better bargain than this… Featuring all of the Rev W. Awdry’s original stories in one beautiful box, each little hardback book has a traditional tale about Thomas and all his engine friends.


Roald Dahl Collection – 15 Books

Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG… The list of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels is bursting full of phizz-whizzing classics – and you can own them all in our brilliant slipcase for just £21.99.


Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection – 10 Books

With her flowing, rhyming text accompanied by bright and bold artwork from the country’s top illustrators, Julia Donaldson’s stories are a sheer delight for toddlers. This collection contains ten of her best!


Beasts of Olympus Collection – 3 Books

These three books provide children with an entertaining insight into the world of Ancient Greek mythology. As well as the quirky stories about a boy named Demon and his new role as Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, the books are full of illustrations.


Valentine’s Day Collection – 3 Books

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is coming around quickly – what better way to mark the occasion than with some novels that will make your heart swoon? These three hand-picked books are full of relationships, romance and escapism.


The Little Village School Collection – 3 Books

Gervase Phinn is a big favourite with Book People customers and this collection brings together three of the perennially popular Little Village School books. Charming and funny, they’re warming reads for the cold nights ahead.


School of Life: How to… Collection – 3 Books

These three self-help books are packed with advice that could prove itself very useful over the course of 2016. There’s a handbook full of hints on how to increase your creativity; a book about whether the digital age is a good thing; and an examination of just how much meaning we attach to money.


Man Booker Prize 2015 Collection – 6 Books


Including Marlon James’ winning entry A Brief History of Seven Killings, this collection brings together the six books that made up last year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist – and they’re all in beautiful, keepsake hardback format!

How to read more in 2016


We all want more time to devour a really good book this year, but making time is the difficult part. We have put together a prize list of ways that you can make more time for your favourite book.

  1. Turn off your devices – so much time these days is spent staring at a screen. So unplug yourself and enjoy a book instead. Getting lost in a story or beginning a new hobby is much better than scrolling through social media anyway.
  2. Never find yourself without a book – take advantage of those quick moments or make the most of your time on your commute by making sure you always have a book to hand. Whether you manage to read one page or one chapter, you are that bit closer to completing the story, and it’s a small escape for you in that short moment.
  3. Start your ‘to be read’ collection – a pile of books looking at you from the corner of the room is sure to tantalise you into reading more. Look for four or five great new books, or classics you’ve been meaning to read for years, and work your way through the pile (just don’t forget to keep topping up as you complete each book, you wouldn’t want to run out).
  4. Go to bed earlier – reading before bed is the perfect way to drift off to dream land. Try going to bed half an hour earlier and get in some quality reading time, which will help you get a good night’s sleep in the process.
  5. Ask for recommendations – there is no better way of finding a book you’ll love than to ask those around you. If people have read the book before you, it is already tried and tested, so you know you’re committing your time to a good one. If your friends can’t help, why not ask Book People to help – just get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll help you find a your new favourite.

Health, fitness and diet books for 2016 from Book People

New year diet books


If, like us, you over-indulged a little too much over Christmas, then you’ll know what the New Year means… It’s a time to eat healthier food, lose weight and live in a much better way. If you don’t know where to start your health-kick, then you should look at Book People’s selection of diet and healthy eating books. We have something for everyone!

The Gut Makeover Diet uses the scientific knowledge that the gut is central to our well-being and provides you with a four-week plan to help reap the benefits of a healthy one; while Spiralize Now has recipes to help you make use of that Spiralizer you were given for Christmas! Among the nutrient-packed spirals of fruit and vegetable-filled recipes are Prawn Pad Thai and Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry.

Another favourite meal at this time of year – and one that can be made into a tantalisingly healthy treat – is soup and Skinny Soups has 80 flavour-packed recipes that all contain under 300 calories. Weight Watchers are excellent at providing meals full of flavour and Losing Weight the Smart Way is bursting with recipes for salads, smoothies, juices, soups and seasonal food.

You may have heard of Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, and over Christmas he certainly seemed to become a more and more familiar face. His new book, Lean in 15, not only has recipes but also workouts you can try out at home to make yourself more lean. Other famous faces that can help you live healthier are Davina McCall, whose Smart Carbs book provides a five-week programme to help you enjoy carbs without the guilt; and Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar fame has brought out Simplicious ­– a book full of guilt-free sweet treats, one-pot wonders and nutrient-filled delights.

Book People’s Black Friday Deals 2015

Last year, Book People’s Black Friday deals allowed thousands of our customers to enjoy even bigger savings on our already unbelievable prices – this year will be no different!

From Black Friday (27 November) to Cyber Monday (30 November), we have a fantastic line-up of new Black Friday deals and offers on everything from the latest bestsellers to children’s classics, gripping fiction, tasty cookbooks and much, much more – but we can’t tell you what they are just yet, they’re a closely guarded secret.

So pop the dates in your diary and join Book People between Black Friday and Cyber Monday for an exciting host of offers, deals and even bigger savings on all our hand-picked favourites and more.

Black Friday deals

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