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Ever since the prequel trilogy (to quote Simon Pegg on Spaced: ‘it still hurts’) came to a stuttering end with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in 2005, Star Wars fans all over the world have been waiting for the glory days to return to this out-of-this-world franchise.

With the upcoming release of J. J. Abrams’ Episode VII: The Force Awakens on 17 December this year, people are starting to get excited about Star Wars again – and what better way to feed this addiction than with awesome intergalactic books. Despite the muted critical response to the prequels, the brand remains as strong as when the Jedis first arrived on the big screen in 1977.

We know Star Wars merchandise will be at the top of many fans’ Christmas lists this year and we have some amazing books and gifts. Whether you want a very cool R2-D2 rucksack or a Haynes User’s Guide to the Millennium Falcon (or Death Star, if you prefer the Dark Side), you’ll find it at Book People.

Designed especially for younger children aged 7 and over, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know reveals little-known facts about everything from the magic behind the special effects to who cleans the floor of the Death Star, while The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight is full of concept art focusing on the hero of the original trilogy.

With behind-the-scenes shots from The Force Awakens alongside a chronological history of pretty much everything else we’ve seen so far in the six films and the animated series of The Clone Wars, Ultimate Star Wars is a book to help anyone understand the Force of this phenomenon. For something completely different and very fun, Star Wars: Doodles is full of creative fun as it asks children (and adults!) to finish off the scenes from a galaxy far, far away.

We also have sticker books, LEGO Star Wars titles and even a book that shows you how to make your very own R2-D2.

Guinness World Records 2016 annual – £11.99 from Book People!

We’re delighted to bring you the world’s bestselling annual at a fantastic Book People price – Guinness World Records 2016 is just £11.99, giving you a saving of £8 off RRP.

You may have seen the footage of the expert goalkeeping dog that made it everywhere from Paddy Power’s Facebook feed to the BBC news, but the beautiful hardback has so many more facts to enthrall and fascinate. You’ll learn all about the world’s greatest superhuman achievements and most extreme vehicles, as well as categories ranging from archaeology to waterfalls.

The infographics are full of useful facts, stats and much more. This video offers just a little glimpse of what you can find between the pages of the latest Guinness World Records book…

Book People Book Club September Pick: The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

We hope you enjoyed Paper Towns last month and know that many of you are looking forward to our next Book Club pick. We’re delighted to now announce that Philippa Gregory’s latest bestseller The Taming of the Queen is the book we’ll be discussing with you all throughout September.

Philippa Gregory author The Taming of the Queen Book People Book Club Cousins War

Firstly, our edition of this book is simply beautiful. Hardback and with gorgeous designs and maps included, it tells the story of King Henry VIII’s final wife Kateryn Parr and asks just who she really was. Was she a loyal royal wife and stately queen or a disloyal citizen who just longed for passion and power?

She knows marrying Henry is laced with danger but just can’t resist the temptation… As their relationship grows and Henry shows compassion for her, Kateryn (and it is spelt this way) finds herself drawn to the tyrant king. But can she keep safe?

Full of the historical accuracy that we have come to expect from Philippa after her Cousins War series, this is a book you’ll be keen to devour over the next month. Available for only £4.99, you can save a further 10% with code KING10.

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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.

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