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The Book People Recommends…

At the Book People, we know there is so much choice when it comes to book buying… Although we believe you can never read too many books, we know time (and space) constraints mean that many people have to make a choice when it comes to buying books. In this blog post, we’ve put on our thinking caps and will highlight books from our hand-picked range that will be suitable for your friends, family and loved ones – whatever their taste!

Books for cooks

From the healthy recipes featured in Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage to the more indulgent food that Jamie Oliver cooks up in Comfort Food, there’s something for every kind of foodie in our Cookery range. We also have tantalisingly tasty cookbooks from Lorraine Pascale and Tom Kerridge.

Books for bakers

Can you remember a time before the Great British Bake Off took over everyone’s autumn viewing (and baking!)? We can’t – and wouldn’t have it any other way. As well as her trademark bakes, Queen of Baking Mary Berry shows off her impeccable cookery skills in Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect, while her fellow GBBO judge Paul Hollywood focuses on the best bakes our nation has to offer in Paul Hollywood’s British Baking. Of course, we also have the official Great British Bake Off book which allows you to make up some of this year’s most memorable bakes from the GBBO tent while popular chef Rachel Allen also looks to delicious desserts in All Things Sweet.

Books for crafters

Whether you want to make your own Christmas decorations this year or dress your dog up for a trip down the catwalk, we have books for every type of hobby. From knitting to sewing head-turning projects using left-over pieces of fabric, our books can help you achieve brilliant craft projects.

Books for young adult readers

Young adult fiction is amongst the most popular book genres right now and the success of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and The Fault In Our Stars in cinemas shows there is no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. We have amazing young adult books from in the shape of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy, Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle and Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar.

Book collections for kids

The Book People’s collections are simply amazing. Amazing stories, amazing artwork – amazing value! We love to bring our little readers the best new books and introduce them to classic children’s books and what better way than bundling them all together for one low price? Whether you have a fiction fan who loves War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and wants to discover his other novels, a little one who adores Thomas the Tank Engine or just want to treat a child to a whole-load of Mr. Men or Little Miss stories, you’ll find a perfect present here!

Film and TV favourites

Have you been watching Professor Brian Cox’s latest BBC show Human Universe? We have been glued to our screens – and the book is just as fascinating… If you’ve always dreamed of being on QI and want to astound your friends with the kind of facts Stephen Fry loves to present, then 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways will keep you highly entertained – and be the perfect stocking filler for fellow QI fans! Marvel is taking over the world and the updated Marvel Encyclopedia will delight any Marvel fan with its facts about all the famous superheroes, while little fans of Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man will love finding out about their favourites in the 15-book Marvel Readers Collection.

Winter warmers

We’re now at the time of year when it’s just perfect to cosy up by the fireplace and snuggle up with a good book… You can trust the Book People when it comes to buying fiction books of the highest standard. The Miniaturist  is a compelling story about the joys of love and horrors of obsession, while Philippa Gregory’s The King’s Curse  is her latest bestseller. People who like historical fiction will also enjoy our six-book collection from Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel. And if you still want more contemporary fiction, you can enjoy working your way through the Man Booker 2014 Shortlist. For some contemporary stories you may have seen in the cinema, you can’t go wrong with our Blockbuster Collection – for £4.99 you can read the books that inspired Philomena, The Lovely Bones and The Silver Linings Playbook.

We also have some great novels in our 10-book Winter Warmer Collection, which includes Elizabeth Jane Howard’s The Light Years, Emma Donoghue’s Room and Catherine Dunne’s Set in Stone.

Things to give out on Halloween… Books instead of sweets for 2014!

Trick or Treaters all over the world are getting excited about Halloween on 31 October… A night to celebrate the more scary creatures, animals and witches that live amongst us, children just love dressing up in scary costumes and knocking on doors to give friends, family and neighbours the choice: ‘Trick or treat?’

While traditionally sweets are given as treats, we can’t help thinking how bad a bowl full of sugar is for young people and their health… This year, why not give your Trick or Treaters (and their parents!) a break from sugar rushes, countless trips to the dentist and the inevitable sickness from eating too much sweet stuff by doing something different? And what could be a healthier Halloween treat than a book from the Book People’s hand-picked Halloween range of books!

The Book People is famous for our collections which allow customers the chance to buy huge numbers of books for one low price and we’ve been told by many of our customers how good these sets are for sharing out among guests in party bags – why not follow the same pattern and give them out to young Trick or Treaters? Many Trick or Treaters will be familiar with the laugh-out-loud Horrible Histories TV series, so they’re sure to devour one of the 20 books featured in our Blood-Curdling Box of Books. Focusing on the grisly moments from real-life history, we can think of nothing better to read up come Halloween Eve… We also have non-fiction sets that focus on the gross and ghastly in Mitch Symons’ That’s So Gross Collection and the You Wouldn’t Want to Be Collection.

With three books to share out in each set, little witches will be able to read stories starring Pandora and her witch grandma in Hubble Bubble and complete a number of spellbinding activities with the ever-popular Winnie the Witch. Those children who do it all wrong and dress as their favourite superheroes for Halloween will be grateful to receive sticker books starring the Marvel heroes the Avengers and Spider-Man and DC Comics favourites Batman and Superman.

If you want to buy classic spooky books for children that can stand alone, why not introduce them to the likes of Meg and Mog, Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom and the big skeleton, the little skeleton and the dog skeleton who star in Allen Ahlberg’s Funnybones.

Other books that are great to share on the scariest night of the year include everyone’s favourite children’s character Peppa Pig in a not-so-spooky sticker activity book ideal for children aged 3 and over, the lovable Boxtrolls (breakout stars of the cinema in 2014!) in Alan Snow’s original novel Here Be Monsters and the ever-popular LEGO Minifigures. LEGO Spooky! Ultimate Sticker Collection has more than 1,000 scary stickers including those of ghosts, Frankenstein’s Monster and Dracula Minifigures, while the book provides facts about these villainous characters – another great treat, not trick, for any child excited about Halloween!

The Great British Bake Off grand finale

Series five of the Great British Bake Off ends tonight (Wednesday 8 October 2014) with the BBC One show’s grand finale, but if any would-be bakers would like to see themselves in the famous tent next year, at the Book People we have all of the Great British Bake Off books you will need to build on your baking knowledge to create sensational, show-stopping bakes – whether you’re a cooking connoisseur or beginner baker.

Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking

Whether you’re a ‘savoury person’ or have an unsatisfiable sweet tooth, the step-by-step recipes – complete with mouth-watering photographs – in this Great British Bake Off cookbook (that ties in with the latest series) will help you to make sure every single one of your future bakes is a success. With 120 original recipes to choose from, from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry as well as the bakers, this book is the must-have recipe book for all GBBO fans!

Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking | The Book People

Paul Hollywood’s British Baking

Paul Hollywood cookbooks are always Book People bestsellers and we expect Paul Hollywood’s British Baking recipe book to be no different. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions guiding bakers every step of the way, the much-loved artisan baker shows readers the secrets behind each of his trademark Paul Hollywood recipes – including Bakewells, Bannocks, Welsh Pies and much more! – so that you can try them for yourself and treat friends and family.

Paul Hollywood's British Baking | The Book People

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect

The nation’s best-loved baker, Mary Berry has adorned the screens (and kitchens) of the British public since the 1970s. With Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect, classic Mary Berry recipes of the past are in no short supply – but here, readers can enjoy 100 brand-new step-by-step recipes from the Great British Bake Off judge. And by following Mary Berry’s Keys to Perfection and Top Tips for each dish, you’re as good as guaranteed perfect results (and no soggy bottoms!).

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect | The Book People

Paul Hollywood’s Bread

One Paul Hollywood book isn’t enough for you, eh? OK, here’s one more…  Paul Hollywood’s bread recipes are second to none and with Paul Hollywood’s Bread, readers are treated to recipes that transform the basics – for example, a basic white bloomer – into picnic delights using unlikely ingredients such as white chocolate and raspberry. Or if you’re looking for something a little more savoury, how about creating stilton and bacon rolls with a delicious celery soup or baking fluffy crumpets?

Paul Hollywood's Bread | The Book People


So, regardless of whoever the winners or losers may be tonight on the Great British Bake Off final, you can create your own winning bakes at home with the help of these brilliant Great British Bake Off books. Or if your baking needs stretch further than the expertise of master bakers Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, visit our Great British Baking category to find more tasty baking books.

On your marks, set, BAKE!

Mr. Men books are back! And Little Miss books are too…

Roger Hargreaves’ best-loved, tickly, clumsy, happy favourites, the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters, are back with a bang this Christmas at the Book People.


Mr. Men & Little Miss | The Book People


First published in 1974, Mr. Tickle was the first (and, in our opinion, the best!) Mr. Men character to make his way to the page, transporting young readers to the wonderful world of Misterland – and now the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters are here to entertain a whole new generation of little ones, and they’re going to love them!


Whether you’re looking for stocking filler ideas for children, or even if you are looking to buy a Christmas present that is a little grander, our Mr. Men and Little Miss book collections will make the ideal Christmas gift for any little boy or girl (and parents will love reading them too).


For just £32.00 (that’s a tickle-tastic 64p per book!) from, the complete collection of Mr. Men books will keep young readers entertained night after night as they share it with Mum or Dad. And with an RRP of £149.50, with the Book People you’ll be saving a whopping £117.50 on this Mr. Men story collection.


But if your children are more fans of the Little Miss characters, have no fear – we also have the complete Little Miss Collection of 37 books for just £25 and a stunning Mr. Men and Little Miss Glitter Box Collection: a Mr. Men box set featuring new and exciting Mr. Men and Little Miss stories for a (Little Miss) splendid £19.99, saving you over £40 on the price of this collection on the high street.

Buy 20 Michael Morpurgo novels for £25

One of the nation’s great storytellers, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has long been a favourite with Book People customers. Our previous collections of Morpurgo novels have been bestsellers and now we’re delighted to present you with our biggest and best one yet – 20 heart-warming children’s books from this favourite author for just £25.

A former Children’s Laureate who specialises in writing heartfelt stories about courage and bravery, often with an animal theme, keen readers aged 9 and over are sure to love every single book in this collection. Bringing together some of his most famous novels like War Horse, Why the Whales Came and A Medal for Leroy and his lesser-known but no less exciting and captivating stories like The War of Jenkins’ Ear, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and The Wreck of the Zanzibar.

Thoroughly deserving of his many literary awards, Morpurgo’s masterful stories are captivating from start to finish and ideal for any child who is starting to love books. It’s no wonder the likes of Steven Spielberg and Pat O’Connor have adapted novels like War Horse and Private Peaceful into blockbuster Hollywood films.

Buy 20 Michael Morpurgo books for just £25 here.

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