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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.

The top 10 best book sequels


The record-breaking success of Go Set a Watchman got all of us here at the Book People thinking about other book sequels we have enjoyed. Although the likes of the Hunger Games and Harry Potter are great, we decided these are best read in their entirety as a series, therefore we’ve gone ahead with sequels that either stand on their own or those that were a long time in the making even if they fit into a wider overarching story…

Go Set a Watchman

Published 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman’s pre-orders even beat the final Harry Potter book’s record. Set 20 years after Atticus Finch defended a black man accused of a crime he didn’t commit, the book checks in on how Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch and her family’s lives have turned out…

Alice Through the Looking Glass

You thought that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were remarkable? They’re even more wonderful when she returns to this most magical of places for a second time…

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Fans of romantic fiction’s favourite singleton didn’t have to wait as long as To Kill a Mockingbird fans to find out what happened to her – and it’s fair to say it wasn’t a case of finding love and living happily ever after… But Bridget’s further romantic adventures were just as hilariously heart-warming!

The Lost World

It turns out InGen wasn’t just rearing genetically modified dinosaurs on Isla Nublar… Sister island Isla Sorna was home to Site B, a jungle setting where dinosaurs were free to roam before potentially being moved to Jurassic Park. Now, with the theme park closed, the dinosaurs have been breeding and are flourishing. But chaos mathematician Ian Malcolm has concerns and finds himself battling them once again…

Little Men

What happened when the Little Women from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel grew up? Jo Bhaer inherits the state of Plumfield school from her Aunt March and this book recounts six months in the life of the students who are studying there…


Ten years after the events of Trainspotting and Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson has made his return to Edinburgh after some time in London and he has a dream – he wants to film an adult movie! He teams up with fellow exile Mark Renton to make this come true, but along the way they meet some familiar faces – the unhinged Frank Begbie and druggie Spud.

The Lord of the Rings

Many, many years (111 to be precise) after the events that unfolded in The Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, cousin and dependant of the One Ring-finding Bilbo, inherits the ring and embarks on a dangerous, life-changing journey, taking him across Middle-earth to destroy it in the flames of Mount Doom before the Dark Lord Sauron can reclaim it and regain his destructive powers.

Finding Jennifer Jones

A powerful and emotional story, fans of Looking for JJ had to wait a long ten years for their sequel from the brilliant author Anne Cassidy. To the outside world, Kate seems like a normal girl but she’s actually Jennifer Jones – and her ‘Kate’ facade is beginning to crumble…

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie is excited to be in charge of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate-making factory and he’s all set to take control of it – in a great glass elevator, of course… But soon Charlie and his family hear a ‘whoosh’ sound and find themselves in a thrilling orbit around Earth – lead by the one and only Mr. Wonka!

Farm Boy

It’s over 50 years since young farm horse Joey found himself on the frontline and now Albert is an old man, ready to tell the incredible story of his life and the secret that he has been carrying the entire time… Michael Morpurgo’s sequel to War Horse is poignant, compelling and lives long in the memory.

Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton facts

The Famous Five, the Secret Seven, Malory Towers, Noddy… Enid Blyton’s books have long been favourites in the world of children’s fiction. A sometimes controversial figure, you cannot doubt her enduring and ever-lasting popularity – or the knack she had for writing a real page-turner. As part of Children’s Book Week, here are 10 facts you might not know about the legendary author:

  • Enid Blyton was born in East Dulwich in 1897
  • Blyton was a head girl at her school
  • She used to write her books using a typewriter sat on her lap. She claimed to never plan anything and that she just let her imagination run wild…
  • Blyton was able to write 10,000 words a day
  • She used to use the penname Mary Pollock
  • She wrote over 600 children’s books during her lifetime
  • Her books have sold over 600 million copies
  • Her first poem ‘Have You?’ was published in Nash’s Magazine in 1918
  • Blyton’s stories tended to fall in one of three categories – Adventure (Famous Five); Boarding School (The Naughtiest Girl…); and Magical Fantasy (The Magic Faraway Tree)
  • Enid Blyton was played by Helena Bonham Carter in a 2009 film about her life

Alice in Wonderland 150th anniversary – Collector’s Edition

As we’ve discussed on the Book People blog a few times this year, we couldn’t be more excited about the fact that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is turning 150 years old this year. 4 July marks the date widely thought to be the day that Lewis Carroll unveiled his classic children’s story and brought the likes of the Rabbit Hole, a time-keeping rabbit and a grinning/slightly invisible Cheshire cat into popular culture…

2015 will see plenty of celebrations to mark this momentous occasion – not least with Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s musical adaptation appearing at the Manchester Festival and then moving to the National Theatre. As exciting as this new take on the story will be, we still feel the classic book – and its equally enigmatic and compelling sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass – just can’t be beaten, which is why we’re delighted to offer you a brilliant slipcased set of the two books for just £9.99.

With its saving of £30 off the RRP, these big books feature all the original text and Sir John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations which helped bring the unbelievable adventures of a young girl named Alice to life. The books also contain a foreword from Philip Pullman that shows the influence they still have on today’s biggest contemporary authors. Sure to make a great gift for any age, these books will become cherished mainstays of any bookshelf…

Quite simply, it’s a ‘Wonder’-ful set you’d be mad to miss out on…

Best holiday reads 2015: our top 10 summer reads


Summer holiday season has finally arrived and what better way to spend your well-deserved downtime than kicking back with one of this year’s best holiday reads! Our pick of the 10 best summer reads has all your holiday books covered. From the gripping Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – recently adapted into a major motion picture – to the romantic Nora Roberts collection, including titles like Under Summer Skies and Love by Design, our list of top summer reads of the moment has something for every reader, whether you plan to read on a tropical beach or at home in the garden.

Summer Reads 2015

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