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All children (and even a large number of adults) love the world of Marvel and DC comics, and with the recent flurry of superhero movies sparking the imagination of a new generation of superhero fans, the world of comic books can only get bigger.

Superheroes have been a part of popular culture since the early 1930s, where they adorned the pages of millions of juxtaposed panels the world over. Moving into the 1960s, superheroes began to make their way onto out television screens, namely in the form of Adam West’s take on the popular Batman character. Recently, superheroes have been huge on the silver screen. Beginning with the Christopher Reeve Superman series in the late 1970s, and followed by Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight himself, superhero movies became box office gold. 1992’s Batman Returns followed with Keaton reprising his role as Batman, and the ensemble cast adding the talents of Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken to the bill – again, a huge box office success. A few less-popular Batman films followed and all was quiet on the superhero front for a few years.

Enter Spiderman. Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirtsen Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco, was a huge box office success. The success of Spiderman was followed up by a number of other superhero motion pictures, including the re-imagination of Batman by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy featuring Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portray of the Joker in The Dark Knight; the arrival of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in The Avengers (and their own independent movies); and a new introduction to an alternative Spiderman universe in The Amazing Spiderman, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone – with its sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, due for cinema release later today.

We at the Book People love superheroes, and we love the twisting plots that mirror those of our favourite fables and stories. Why not take at our super-b selection of superhero titles and treat someone (or yourself – don’t worry we won’t tell anyone) to an out-of-this-world adventure.

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero

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Marvel Activity Set – 5 Books

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Superman Sticker Set - 2 Books | The Book People

Superman Sticker Set – 2 Books

Superhero Sticker Set - 8 Books

Superhero Sticker Set – 8 Books


Grow Make Eat – buy The Patch: The Big Allotment Challenge for only £6.99

Billed as ‘The Great British Bake Off for gardeners’, the new BBC Two series The Patch: The Big Allotment Challenge is sure to be one of the big hits of the late spring/early summer TV schedule and we have a brilliant tie-in book that is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone with green fingers!

Hosted by Fern Britton, the programme celebrates the nation’s growing interest in wanting to know where our fresh produce comes from and how easy it is for anyone to grow their own! Providing information on how to harvest everything from tantalising tomatoes to scrumptious strawberries and perfect plants for display in the home, the book also offers advice on how to deal with pests and insects.

Suitable for both those who want to learn more gardening skills and people who are completely new to the joys of plants and produce, the book offers information on growing delicious organic goods. With this book, you’ll soon be growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and even more! As well as the expert advice on growing and caring for produce, the book also offers recipes for  preserves including jams, jellies, chutneys and cordials.

Buy The Patch: The Big Allotment Challenge from the Book People for just £6.99 – a saving of £13 off the RRP!

Fern Britton The Patch


Wimpy Kid 9 Announced: Our Favourite Greg Heffley Quotes

With the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9 announced earlier this year, and with quite a stir surrounding the coming announcement of the yet-to-be-seen cover, we wanted to rundown the best (or arguably worst) quotes from our favourite literary misfit, Greg Heffley.

 

“I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.”

“The best person I know is Myself.”

Not fitting in in his hometown or school, Greg has quite a heightened sense of worth, or a very low opinion of those around him. Which of these is the case is yet to be seen…

 

“It’s not easy to writing thank-you notes for the stuff you didn’t want in the first place.”

Always a grateful young man, Greg doesn’t shy away from the truth – demonstrated above by what we must all admit is a quite common feeling toward unwanted or confusing gifts.

 

“The only reason I get out of bed at all on weekends is because eventually I can’t stand the taste of my own breath any more.” 

Not only grateful, but also well groomed and sanitary, Greg speaks his mind and isn’t afraid to let readers know just how disgusting he can be.

 

If you’re a parent looking for a light-hearted read for your children, or you’re a young adult who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of getting stuck into the ins and outs of Greg’s complicated life, we’d certainly recommend taking a look at these titles:

Wimpy Kid Collection - 7 Books | The Book People

Wimpy Kid Collection – 7 Books

Diary of a Wimpy Kid | The Book People

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book | The Book People

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book


We’ve gone Bananas – bunches of books at even lower prices!

Here at the Book People, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new clearance shop – Bananas!

With bunches of books available at rock-bottom prices, you’ll need to be quick to pick these up – we’re not monkeying around when we tell you that when they’re gone, they’re gone! Make your order before the books make a split. To open with, we have books from Katie Ward, David Nicholls and A.M. Homes for under £2 each, fantastic collections from James Patterson, Ian Fleming and Jude Deveraux, as well as children’s favourites and fascinating non-fiction.

To keep things ripe, new stock will be added into Bananas regularly, so please do keep an eye out on the shop – it’s going to be full of ap-peel-ling titles!

Bananas clearance shop


An interview with Cathy Woodman

A vet-turned-author, Cathy Woodman specialises in gentle romantic fiction and the Book People has a great-value 6-book collection from this most talented of writers available for just £7.99. In this interview, she discusses her inspirations, how she writes and her future plans.

 

Whilst working as a vet, what inspired you to start writing novels?

I’ve always loved animals and making up stories. When I was on night duty as a small animal vet, I used to read during the quiet times and dream of becoming a published author. After my children were born, I worked part-time in practice and started writing alongside, inspired by my clients and their pets. The saying, ‘you couldn’t make it up’ really does apply to being a vet. The stories I write are fictional – no one would believe some of the incidents that really happen in practice. In Follow Me Home, the latest book in the Talyton St George series, I’ve written about Zara, the local midwife.  As always, there are plenty of animals that feature in the story, including an abandoned puppy and some cute newborn lambs.

 

What is your method for planning a new storyline?

When I’m planning a new storyline, I think of the heroine first. Who is she? What does she do as a career? What are the obstacles she has to overcome to find love? When I have a good idea of her character, I go on to create the perfect man for her. I put them together on the page to get them talking and the story evolves from there.

Having written a few scenes of a book, I make a timeline from index cards so I can check that the story moves on in a logical way, that I don’t have any characters on track for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest pregnancy ever, and that any mention of daffodils in bloom relates to the spring not Christmas or New Year. I can also see if there are any gaps in the plot that I need to fill, or unnecessary scenes that I need to cut out. Sometimes, you have to be quite brutal, but I always save ideas that I don’t use for the next book.

 

Do you have to do a lot of research for your books?

I enjoy doing research for my books, particularly the trips to Devon where I find inspiration walking along the beach and sampling cream teas. I’ve learned so many fascinating facts from the internet and talking to people. For Follow Me Home, I interviewed a friend who’s a midwife, and I used my experiences of delivering lambs from when I was training to be a vet to give me some insight of what it’s like to work as a shepherd.

 

Which of your books took you the longest time to write and why?

It usually takes me six to twelve months to write a book. Trust Me, I’m a Vet, the first book in the Talyton St George series, took me over a year because I was creating the characters and the vet practice in which it is set from scratch. I enjoyed designing the market town of Talyton St George, planning the street plan with the houses and shops, using the real town of Ottery St Mary in Devon as inspiration.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing novels?

For me, the most challenging part of writing a novel is getting the first draft down. Once I have the first 60 to 70 000 words on the laptop, I can relax and enjoy rewriting it. I love editing, putting in the hooks that keep the reader engaged with the story, and the great feeling of those ‘lightbulb’ moments when inspiration strikes, giving me the perfect scene or interaction between characters to make the book better.

 

What do you use to write? (Typewriter/computer/dictate)

When I’m writing, I like to start off with a pen and paper. The pen has to be one of those with the four different colours of ink and the paper has to be lined and preferably narrow feint. I’m not sure why, but it does seem to help with the creative process. When I have an outline of a scene I transfer it onto my laptop, expanding my ideas as I type. If I get stuck, I return to the trusty pen and paper. I’ve tried dictating notes onto my mobile when I’m out walking the dogs, but I hate hearing the sound of my voice when I play them back – and they’re often interrupted by the sound of barking.

 

What are you currently working on?

When I was writing Follow Me Home, I realised that every family Zara comes into contact with is different and each has their own tale to tell, so I’ve been writing a novella about one couple’s story to show what happened after their baby was born, revisiting Tessa and Jack who met in The Village Vet. I’ve already started writing the next book in the Talyton St George series which has a veterinary theme.


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