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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 wonder.land 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


Alice in Wonderland 150th anniversary – the best characters

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It’s been 150 years since Alice fell down the rabbit-hole and embarked on the most wonderfully bizarre of journeys. From the Mad Hatter to the rabbit who is perennially late and the Queen of Hearts who plays croquet with flamingos, Lewis Carroll’s classic books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There have become icons of popular culture and the influence still runs through today.

To celebrate this huge anniversary, the Book People has an absolutely gorgeous set for you to buy. Available for just £9.99, the two Alice books are available in a keepsake hardback format and feature Sir John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations from the original edition from 1865.

We thought we’d take a look at some of the book’s most enduringly iconic and popular characters.

Alice

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‘I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then’

Loving, gentle and courteous, Alice is an imaginative and innocent 7-year-old girl who may just be one of the most famous characters in literature.

 

The White Rabbit

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‘Oh, oh dear, I shall be too late’

Alice follows this character down the rabbit-hole and finds herself in the strange but beautiful Wonderland. Later on, she finds out he serves the Queen of Hearts.

 

The Cheshire Cat

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‘We’re all mad here’

Mischievous and a wind-up merchant, even still Alice has a fondness for this creature – especially when he turns invisible apart from that cheeky grin.

 

The Hatter

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‘It’s always tea-time’

Sentenced to death by the Queen of Hearts for ‘murdering the time, the (Mad) Hatter is perennially stick at 6 o’clock. He talks in nonsense but puts on a great tea party, even if you may have to swap seats at any time…

 

The Queen of Hearts

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‘Off with their heads!’

Short-tempered and referred to as a playing card by Alice, the Queen of Heart rules over Wonderland and has a unique way of dealing with all kinds of conflicts and difficulties, no matter how large or small – beheading.

 

Buy the 150th anniversary edition of Alice in Wonderland for £9.99 from the Book People.


Why we love the Moomins…. Moomins on the Riviera – and on your bookshelf!

As the Moomins appear on the big screen with the gorgeously hand-drawn Moomins on the Riviera, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at what made these gentle and polite – but always quirky – characters such a favourite with young readers. Created by Finnish author Tove Jansson, the Moomins got into all sorts of incredible adventures throughout their nine books (and the comic strip the film is based on) and have become much-loved and enchanting characters.

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Here are some of the reasons we love the Moomins… Why not tell us why you loved the stars of these popular children’s books?

  • They look like hippos – but are most definitely not related to them…
  • Their home Moominvalley is an incredible place full of warmth and love: ‘There’s no need to imagine that you’re a wondrous beauty, because that’s what you are.’
  • They fill their bellies full with pine needles before going to sleep.
  • They’re always looking out for one another: ‘All nice things are good for you’
  • The Moomins have a positive outlook on life, finding joy in the simple things: ‘I only want to live in peace and plant potatoes and dream’.

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Buy our 6-book Moomins Collection for £6.99, saving £34 off the RRP.


Get green fingers with the Book People this summer

We’ve waited long enough for the summer to arrive, and now it’s very nearly upon us. So that means it’s time to get the garden suitably spruced up – and even the most green-fingered bookworm is sure to find plenty of excellent new ideas in the Book People’s home and garden collection. From handy design tips to top advice on growing your own vegetables, you needn’t look any further for top gardening tips.

With the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show having just been and gone, there’s a host of RHS-approved books currently available in the Book People’s extensive home and garden range. RHS Plants and Pips, by Holly Farrell, is priced at only £3.99 from the Book People – a saving of £6.01 on the recommended retail price. The book’s packed with advice on how to grow a wide range of fruit and veg – including tomatoes, apples and avocados – from pips that might otherwise simply be thrown away.

There’s also RHS Grow for Flavour by James Wong, priced at £6.99. Not only does this book contain smart scientific tips for growing delicious fruit and vegetables, but it also includes 36 useful recipes for getting the most out of them. The comprehensive RHS Vegetable & Fruit Gardening guide, meanwhile, is available for £4.99 – £15.01 cheaper than the RRP! – and is packed with expert advice on how to grow more than 150 herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Naturally, this is just a small taster of what’s currently on offer in our home and garden collection. So take a look and see how we can help you get more out of your garden this summer!


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