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A favourite Christmas present with all kinds of readers, every year the festive season brings a new selection of autobiographies and biographies that find famous stars (and those close to them) revealing all about their remarkable lives. 2015 is no different. Here at Book People, we love hearing the secrets of the stars and have hand-picked some of the best real-life reads available this year – and are passing savings of up to 75% off RRP onto you.

Here are some of our picks for 2015:

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith biography

From Jean Brodie to Downton Abbey via Harry Potter, this book gives incredible insight into the life of one of our most beloved actresses, who can currently be seen on the big screen in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.


Alex FergusonLeading

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The most successful manager in the history of football reveals how he managed to achieve such incredible feats and become such a respected figure in this revealing book. A must for Man Utd fans.


Sue PerkinsSpectacles

Sue Perkins Spectacles memoir book autobiography

One of the nation’s favourite TV presenters and an expert at providing hilarious innuendoes during the Great British Bake Off, this book finds her talking about her life with some wit and charm.


Steve JobsThe Man Who Thought Different

Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different Books Apple

The new film from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle finds Michael Fassbender taking on the role of Apple’s controversial and compelling genius. This book looks at how he changed the world and pushed the boundaries of technology during his lifetime.


A.P. McCoyWinner: A Racing Life

Having won over 4,300 races in his career at the top of horse racing, jump-jockey A.P. McCoy reveals how he managed to achieve such phenomenal triumphs throughout the course of his career – and reveals his plans for what he’ll do next.

Santa is Coming to Your Town with our hand-picked collection of festive books

Santa is coming to your town book

‘He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice, Santa Claus is coming to YOUR town…’

With a Christmas tree going up in our office and our festive hand-picked favourites flying out of our warehouse, all of us at Book People are very excited about the most wonderful time of the year.

The adverts are now on your TV, the lights are going up in your local shopping centre and you’ll soon be thinking about your own decorations. As we head towards the big day, we have found the perfect book for your children to read over and over again in the build-up – Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Localised books which find the big man setting the Santanav (who knew?) for 26 towns and cities throughout the UK, your children will love joining him on his magical sleigh ride and seeing the delightful sites of everywhere from Basingstoke to Blackpool and Southampton to Sheffield.

Illustrated throughout, Santa and the reindeer fly over the city as the distinctive features of each location or area are replicated in the gorgeous artwork. A brilliant gift either for Christmas or to get people excited about the big day, these books are sure to raise a smile and inspire suitable levels of festive excitement.

There are even colouring books based around some specific locations, too!

The cities, towns and counties where Santa is coming to town in 2015:



Bournemouth and Poole



Cardiff (Colouring)




Edinburgh (Colouring)



Newcastle (Colouring)

Dundee (Colouring)







Sheffield (Colouring)






Great gifts for fans of the Star Wars films

It’s now less than six weeks before we can all take our seats in the cinema to enjoy the new Star Wars film. Although plot details remain scarce about Episode VII: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams’ film has already broken presale records and the three brief trailers have gone down a storm(trooper)… But just where is Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker?

As has been stated many times before, Star Wars is a phenomenon – and it’s only set to get bigger with the latest trilogy of films and its various spin-offs. Harking back to practical effects and with original cast members returning to their iconic roles, we imagine this will be the biggest film ever made. But in the run-up to the film’s release and in its aftermath, you and any fan of the galaxy far, far away are going to want to surround yourself with Star Wars books and gifts.

And that’s where Book People comes in…

Any Jedi or Sith will find plenty to love in our hand-picked selection of Star Wars goodies. With the new film conveniently being released in the week leading up to Christmas, why not buy your presents and make some unbelievable savings at the same time.

Gifts and Stationery

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Ultimate Star Wars book Stormtrooper Anthony Daniels facts books gifts characters Jedi Dark SideStar Wars Doodles Book Stormtrooper Darth Vader C-3PO R2-D2 Millennium Falcon Luke SkywalkerStar Wars DK sticker books Yoda lightsaber ultimate gifts


LEGO Star Wars in 100 Scenes Darth Vader DK Luke Skywalker Han Solo LEGO bricks Star Wars sagaLEGO Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles Special Forces Commander Minifigure DKStar Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, DK, Jedi, Sith, Dark Side, Yoda, Jedi Master, Star Wars facts


LEGO Star Wars The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, The Force, Boba Fett, Tattooine, Luke Skywalker MinifigureStar Wars Rebels, Rebel Adventures, DK Ultimate Sticker Book, LEGO Star Wars Collection, Dark Star, Darth Maul, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, DK Books, Star Wars gifts


Star Wars: R2-D2's Droid Workshop, Make your own R2-D2, Droids, C-3PO, Tattooine, books, gifts, The Force

Book People’s Christmas gifts for men

Is the man in your life a real pain to buy for when it comes to Christmas shopping? Let us help… Clearly, every one of these books could appeal to both men and women but we thought we’d give an indicator of some of the books that delighted the men in Book People’s office.

Match of the Day 365

Commentator Steve Wilson takes a day-by-day look at the most stunning football stories during the Premier League era.


Ken Follett – Pillars of the Earth Audiobook collection

Read by Richard E. Grant, this is a stunning audio version of both classic novels.


The Times: Great Lives

From Nelson Mandela to Steve Jobs, this big gift book has extensive obituaries for the people who have shaped our world.



Full of advice and tasting notes for every gentleman’s (or lady’s) favourite tipple.


Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2015

Every year, the Wisden Almanack delights fans of cricket. With England’s resurgence, we expect it to be even more popular this year!


The Superman Files

Clark Kent, Kal-El, the Man of Steel… Learn all there is to know about everyone’s favourite blue-suited and red-panted superhero.


Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art

We all love the Marvel films and all the characters have been inspired by their comic counterparts. This book features the most iconic cover art.



From the origins of mankind to the invention of the internet and rise of social media, this beautiful book is a visual celebration of our achievements and endeavours.


Top Birding Sites of the World

If you know someone who loves spotting our feathered friends, this beautiful book will show them all the best places to see birds of all shapes and sizes – wherever they are in the world.


Mark Webber – Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey

One of the most controversial and compelling drivers in Formula 1, this book will have any fan of the sport racing through the pages.


Ultimate Star Wars

We’re all excited about The Force Awakens and what better treat for a Star Wars fan than a massive book that covers every character to have appeared in the franchise so far – and it includes a sneak peek of Episode VII!



Learn all about the Star Wars characters in brilliant books

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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.

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