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The Great British Bake Off books

The nation’s favourite TV show, the Great British Bake Off, returns on a new channel and with a new timeslot next week and all of us at the Book People couldn’t be more excited. In fact, we even have some home-made brownies in the office today. Now due to be shown on BBC One in an unfamiliar Wednesday evening slot, we can’t wait to see the creations from the new contestants as they attempt to impress queen of baking Mary Berry and housewife’s favourite Paul Hollywood. As ever, Mel and Sue will be on hand to deliver their dulcet commentary throughout the series too.

If you’re in the mood to create your own showstoppers over the next few weeks, then the Book People has plenty of baking books in our Food & Drink category to help you on your way. Who knows, next year you might be cosying up with Mary and Paul? From the finest Baking & Desserts books to how-to guides and books from stars and contestants from the show, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to baked goods.

There is nothing better than the taste (and smell!) of freshly baked bread and who better to teach a novice how to make their own than Paul Hollywood? Bread is a book that does exactly what it says on the tin. It shows you how to make bread – and then transform it into an even greater meal. From using a bloomer as a base for a picnic to Eggs Benedict crumpets, this is a superb baking book for those who love bread. Another person who is handy when it comes to kneading dough is the ‘People’s Champion’ from 2012’s Great British Bake Off – James Morton. In Brilliant Bread, he showcases his love for bread making – and how easy it is to make your own using just supermarket flour and yeast. James will show you how to bake everything from basic loaves to sweet doughs, flatbreads and pretzels!

John Whaite was the winner of 2012’s Bake Off and we have two books from the very talented baker that will offer you ideas for every meal of the day. John Whaite Bakes – Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood has creations that will lift your mood, no matter how you’re feeling. With comfort food like Apple and Thyme Sausage Rolls alongside Passionfruit Tart, this is a book full of food to put a smile on your face. John Whaite Bakes at Home offers a glimpse of what he bakes for his nearest and dearest – whether they want lunch, brunch, something sweet or a savoury pizza treat.

2010’s winner Edd Kimber also offers up some surprising twists on old favourites alongside traditional treats in his The Boy Who Bakes cookbook. New in, and a book that will resonate with many of our customers is Recipes from a Normal Mum, a book full of recipes compiled by 2011 Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell. Covering far more than just baked goods, this is a cookbook packed to the brim with quick and mouth-watering recipes for the entire family!

 


Super books starring Comic Book Superheroes!

For many comic book fans, excitement is gathering around the next release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be in cinemas from 31 July. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close in her first ever superhero movie and the voices of Vin Diesel as a sapling alien tree that can only speak three words – ‘I am Groot’ – and Bradley Cooper as the pyrotechnic loving Rocket Raccoon, it’s sure to be different and has already been touted as the true heir to Star Wars’ crown as the ultimate space opera – but with plenty of humour as well.

Ever since the Golden Age of Comics in the 1940s, when the ever-youthful Stan Lee first brought superheroes like Captain America, The Destroyer and Jack Frost to the pages of Marvel Comics, superheroes have been popular with all ages. At the Book People, we’re huge fans too and have books featuring all your favourite Marvel and DC characters – from the Avengers like Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk to the world-renowned Superman and Batman. From the screenplays of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) to sticker and activity books, there really is something for every age.

Our eight-book Marvel Sticker Book Collection contains over 490 stickers to stick throughout the pages, with four of the books focusing on Thor, Hawkeye and friends, while four of them cover your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Fans of Superman and Batman need not worry either, the eight-book DC Comics Sticker Collection has lots of familiar faces and foes from Metropolis and Gotham City. We also have a two-book set dedicated solely to the Man of Steel, a character so memorably brought to life by Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill in big-screen outings.

Superheroes are the ideal characters to present awesome activities and keep your children happily busy and occupied over the summer holidays. The Marvel Activity Collection has scenes to colour in and plenty of stickers starring Spider-Man and various Avengers, while the Superfriends Bumper Action Activities book is aimed at a slightly younger audience who still love Batman, Superman, the Flash and the Green Lantern. Child-friendly illustrations accompany the fun mazes, puzzles, colouring-in activities and more, while the bold text is also appealing.

For those who want a more in-depth look at their heroes, Batman: The World of the Dark Knight is an informative hardback which follows the origins of Bruce Wayne as he developed his vigilante alter-ego. It even covers his enemies including the Joker, Two-Face and Bane. From the first time Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider to his development into Spider-Man and the friends, loves and foes he has met along the way, Spider-Man: Inside the World of your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero tells you everything you need to know about New York City’s most famous red-and-blue costumed superhero!


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

“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 VII 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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Claire, the Book People’s Online Acquisition Manager, has chosen the Book People’s Jo Nesbo Collection as her #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Claire’s reasons for choosing the Jo Nesbo Collection as one of her book recommendations for summer:

“Clever, thrilling and just the right side of terrifying, the Jo Nesbo Collection brings together some of his most fantastic titles. 
I read both Nemesis and The Snowman whilst on a holiday to Dubai earlier this year, and although I couldn’t have been further from the chilly Nordic backdrops of these crime novels I was completely engrossed from page one.

If you’re bored of the average crime-thriller protagonist, then Detective Harry Hole (pronounced Hoola) is a wonderfully maverick anti-hero whose personal life is just as captivating as the dark crimes he sets out to investigate. I cannot recommend this book collection enough!

There is nothing quite like an affirming book recommendation from someone who has read and fallen in love with a fantastic story, craft or recipe book. So, if you have any recommended recipe 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 (part VI)

At the Book People we are passionate about books and we want to help you find your perfect book for summer, so here we are with part VI of our summer book recommendations for you. 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 summer months that lie ahead so that you can create your own summer book list.

Summer Reads | The Book People

Oliver, the Book People’s Online Marketing Videographer, has chosen A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L. Ozeki as his #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Oliver’s reasons for choosing A Tale for the Time Being as one of his book recommendations for summer:

“The book opens with a novelist discovering a collection of old letters from a teenage girl’s diary washed up on the beach. We learn about her cruel bullying at the hands of her classmates at a school in Tokyo. However, her great-grandmother (a Buddhist nun) offers her a great deal of help, advise and support. The novelist desperately attempts to solve the mystery of where the letters came from and whether she has the power to change the girl’s tragic fate. This book is so well written and completely original. The use of letters and diary entries gives you a highly personal insight into the life of this teenage girl. Definitely one for your suitcase!”

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. “What books should I read?” we hear you cry – well, not any more!!!

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 (part V)

“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 V 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 fantasy 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.

Summer Reads | The Book People

Emma, the Book People’s Online Merchandising Executive, has chosen Half Bad by Sally Green as her #SummerReads book recommendation. Read on to find out more about Emma’s reasons for choosing Half Bad as one of her book recommendations for summer:

“This summer I finally got around to reading Half Bad by Sally Green, which I’ve had my eye on for ages. My favourite genre is fantasy and, with favourites like the Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and Thursday Next series’, I started reading with high expectations; hoping for a similarly rich, realised world. The premise, a world divided into good and bad witches, promised depth and originality and it did not fail on those counts. The mythology behind the witches’ society has been carefully planned and expertly executed and the characters have convincing and likeable voices. I’m very glad that I decided to ignore the hype and read this one for myself, but now I have to admit that I am something of a convert!

P.S. There is a high level of self-mutilation related violence in this novel, so I would recommend that it is more suitable for older teenagers and young adults!”

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.


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