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The top 10 best book sequels

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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…

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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

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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 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.


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