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Paddington Bear film in cinemas this Friday – buy Paddington books to see how it all began!

One of the most famous bears in literature has his first big-screen adventure this weekend when the long-awaited Paddington movie is released. Based on Michael Bond’s famous Paddington stories, the film features an all-star human cast including Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins and award-winning Nicole Kidman as villainess Millicent. Skyfall, Nathan Barley and Cloud Atlas actor Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington (replacing Colin Firth who dropped out during pre-production). At the Book People, we have some amazing Paddington books for any fans of the marmalade-loving bear – from picture books to fiction novels and tie-ins of what’s set to be a huge film!

Brought to you by Red House, Jeanne Willis’ Story of the Movie finds the popular children’s author bringing the story kids of all ages will love seeing on the big screen to the page. Bringing Michael Bond’s traditional tales to the latest, modern audience it is laugh-out-loud funny and will make a great gift for anyone who falls for Paddington. We also have a Paddington Movie Sticker Book in our Red House shop. Full of puzzles, activities and stickers, it’s packed full of fun and features stills of many entertaining scenes from the film.

The Book People has two huge-value collections of Michael Bond’s original stories – both Paddington picture books and older fiction books. The Paddington Bag Collection comes in a clear carry bag that has its own Paddington gift tag – a perfect Christmas present for any little one, especially as it contains the delightfully festive story Paddington and the Christmas Surprise! With R. W. Alley’s illustrations featured through every story, you’ll be laughing just as much as the child you’re sharing the books with as you read through the Peruvian bear’s hilarious antics in and around London!

For children aged 7 and over who have grown up with Paddington, we have a 13-book collection available for just £14.99 (saving over £62 off the RRP). Also suitable for keen readers who are a little younger, the books feature Peggy Fortnum’s original illustrations and provide a more in-depth look at the antics of the trouble-attracting but loveable little Peruvian bear who arrived at Paddington station with just an old hat, duffel coat, suitcase and note that said: ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you’ attached.

Stocking filler books for Christmas 2014

It’s so close to Christmas now that we can almost taste the turkey and all its delightful trimmings. But, we’re guessing, some people may not have had the opportunity to finish their Christmas shopping yet and are on the hunt for some fabulous stocking filler ideas to get it all ‘wrapped up’. Books make ideal stocking fillers and at the Book People we have some brilliant stocking filler books for this Christmas – whether you’re looking for something special, sentimental, awe-inspiring, hilarious or just plain ridiculous. Here are our top 10 stocking filler books for Christmas 2014…

Pocket Dolly Wisdom
Share in the wisdom of the world’s best-loved country queen! Dolly Parton has been a hit-churning machine since her first solo single in 1968, but apart from her hits 9-5, I Will Always Love You and Jolene, Dolly is best-known for her hilarious persona and wittily crafted quotes. With Pocket Dolly Wisdom, readers can revel in the best bits of Dolly’s playful and inspiring attitude to life.

Pocket Dolly WisdomThe Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas
The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas is a charming bedtime Christmas story that children aged 3 and over are sure to fall in love with. The best thing about this stocking filler book, however, is the addition of a beautiful plush toy – so the little ones can enjoy two presents and you’ll only pay for one. Affordable stocking fillers are seldom this cute!

The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas | The Book PeopleMrs. Brown’s A-Y of Everything
Everyone is in love with Mrs. Brown’s Boys, and probably had a viewing or two of D’Movie. For all fans of Agnes and her witty mammy-knows-best knowledge, Mrs. Brown’s A-Y of Everything is the perfect stocking filler. Whether it’s biscuits, The Big Bang, happiness, hairdryers, pandas or piles, you can be sure that Agnes Brown has something hilarious to say on the subject!

Mrs. brown's A-Y of Everything | The Book PeopleChristmas Cracker Jokes
Love them or loathe them, there is nothing more ‘Christmas’ than adorning your paper crown and reading the cheesy Christmas joke that comes out of your cracker. So what better stocking filler than a side-splitting book that is packed full of them? Perfect for the kids to share at the table while you tuck in to Christmas dinner, Christmas Cracker Jokes will make this Christmas all the more hilarious!

Christmas Cracker Jokes | The Book PeopleI Told You I Was Ill
Okay, we admit that this doesn’t sound like the most festive treat to receive in your stocking come Christmas morning, but I Told You I Was Ill is both poignant and funny in equal measure. Providing poetic (yet side-splitting) examples of how we as people can retain their sense of humour and personality until our last breath, the book is a collection of the most fitting famous last words of all time…

I Told You I Was Ill | The Book PeopleOola, the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot!
If a polar bear isn’t the animal your little ones are yearning for this Christmas, all likelihood is that Oola the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot will prove a hit – after all, this Christmas seem to be all about our winged friends after the success of the lovely John Lewis advert starring the ever-so cute Monty the penguin. A charming story with a very distinctive style, the story is perfect bedtime reading for those aged 3+.

Oola, the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot! | The Book PeopleBurgers
Again, this may not sound like the most Christmassy book, but stay with us – Burgers is a doozy! Filled with some jaw-droppingly scrumdidiliumptious recipes for home-made burgers, the book is shaped like a burger too! Guaranteed to get some laughs from the meat-loving relatives this Christmas, Burgers is a hilarious stocking filler book that has a burger for every occasion: from a low-key barbecue to a posh dinner party.

Burgers | The Book PeopleOff the Leash: A Dog’s Best Friend
Entertaining dog lovers of all ages and inspired by his daily Facebook cartoons, Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs was a bestseller for the Book People last year – and we think Off the Leash: A Dog’s Best Friend is even funnier! One of our favourite stocking filler books of this year, the book features some delightful pencil drawings inspired by the relationship between dogs and their owners… aww!

Off the Leash: A Dog's Best Friend | The Book People

Peanuts Guide to Life Collection
Snoopy shares his philosophy; Charlie Brown gives his outlook on life; Woodstock shows his wisdom; and Lucy offers up her cynical life lessons in the four-book Peanuts: Guide to Life Collection. Sharing sentiments on everything from food to friendship, this is a wonderful gift collection for all ages. And with the Peanuts film due in 2015, it makes for the perfect stocking filler book for Christmas 2014.

Peanuts Guide to Life Collection | The Book PeopleBabybel Cookbook
Everyone loves cheese, and everyone knows that adding cheese to a meal instantly makes said meal 400% better – that’s where this book comes in! Babybel Cookbook is packed with full-flavour recipes that are not only inventive, but very tempting indeed! And it is shaped like the world’s favourite round cheese, too, so it will receive a chuckle or two when it’s unwrapped on Christmas morning! Ba, ba, ba – ba, ba, ba-rilliant!

Babybel Cookbook | The Book PeopleSo, that rounds up our pick of the best stocking filler books for Christmas 2014. We hope you find something your friends, family and loved ones enjoy. If you need any more inspiration for gifts to buy boys, gifts to buy girls, secret Santa gift ideas or anything else book related this Christmas, visit the Book People’s Christmas Shop!

Happy reading, and merry Christmas!

The best books for Secret Santa gift ideas

We all know how it feels – you’re in the middle of working at the busiest time of year when someone taps you on the shoulder and utters the immortal words: ‘It’s Secret Santa time’. A mixture of anticipation and worry builds as you think to yourself ‘What happens if I pick out someone I know nothing about?’; ‘Do I go for a funny present or play it safe?’, ‘What will I receive?’… You reach into the hat/bowl/whichever office receptacle was lying around and pick out your name – and then the countdown to one of the finest office traditions has begun.

At the Book People we have so many great books which will make perfect presents for your workplace’s Secret Santa. Whether you know someone who will appreciate country queen Dolly Parton’s words of wisdom on life, love and being a woman, a grumpy old git or a grammar geek, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our Secret Santa Ideas.


Everyone loves Despicable Me, especially Gru’s Minions, and our sticker book collection will delight fans of all ages, while superhero fans will love a Christmas gift of our huge Batman books, Superman book and Marvel Encyclopedia! What better way to prepare for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 than enjoying a Star Wars annual and for anyone who was crying at The Fault In Our Stars this year, why not gift them John Green’s novel?

Disney’s Frozen still has fans of all ages singing ‘Let It Go’, so why not give a book about the likes of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff in our Essential Guide as a Secret Santa present? Football fans will love our book celebrating 50 years of Match of the Day and the Match annual 2015, while would-be connoisseurs will find plenty to savour in Gin Glorious Gin and Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book.

For this year’s Secret Santa, why not give your work colleague a book to treasure?

The Book People’s Christmas video 2014 – Bringing Magic into Every Home…

The Book People is proud to announce the launch of our Christmas video for 2014. Full of magic and sparkle, the video follows the Book People Fairy (#TBPFairy) as she heads on a festive journey that will spread the joy of reading throughout many households. She’s on a mission to bring magic into every home she comes across – and you can watch it all unfold before your very eyes!

Beginning with the fairy flying through her home in an enchanted forest, it’s not long before she decides to sprinkle some pixie dust and spread some Christmas cheer in a faraway street – Christmas Close (as named by one of the Book People’s competition winners on Facebook). As she flies higher and higher, viewers get to see the street from a bird’s-(fairy’s-)eye-view in all its festive glory – and then it’s time for the fairy to deliver some Book People gifts throughout the homes, which are all adorned with tasteful Christmas decorations.

Dropping off the likes of cookbooks from Mary Berry and Jamie Oliver, a Little Miss Collection and a Frozen book, the video showcases some of the Book People’s best books this year and shows just how magical books can be – especially when they’re ready and waiting come Christmas Day in the morning…

Following on from the successes of the Coca Cola Christmas (‘Holidays are coming’) advert, the iconic Christmas John Lewis adverts (now a festive tradition to rival mince pies and Boxing Day hangovers…) and various other festive promotions you will have enjoyed watching both online and in the comfort of your own home on television, we’re pleased to share the Book People’s latest Christmas video – all created and shot (from concept to completion) by our in-house online videographer Oliver Trimble.
Please share, Like and retweet this video – Christmas has come early and the Book People is the perfect place to buy your Christmas shopping. Books make great gifts – and with our prices, you’ll be saving with a smile on your face, too!

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.

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