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Top 10 Books from the 1990s

Who remembers the 1990s? From MC Hammer’s baggy pants and Macaulay Culkin’s star-making turn in Home Alone to the spectacle of Jurassic Park and the dominance of the Spice Girls, it was an incredible decade full of unforgettable moments – but what about the books? Well, thankfully these were just as amazing.

A Roald Dahl classic was brought back to the masses thanks to a magical feature film; children all over the world developed an abiding fear of ventriloquist’s dummies; and a certain bespectacled wizard hopped on a train at Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross for the very first time… watch our video below to see how many of our Top 10 Books from the ‘90s you can remember.

Roald DahlMatilda
Although published in 1988, the 1996 movie directed by and starring Danny DeVito made this essential for ‘90s kids. Mara Wilson is perfect in the title role and it also managed the unlikely feat of putting children off chocolate cake… almost!

K. A. ApplegateAnimorphs
Four humans stumble across a crashed spaceship and inherit the amazing power of being able to transform into any animal they touch. Published between 1996 and 2001, this series was adapted into a Nickelodeon show in 1998.

Ann M. MartinThe Babysitters Club
A group of friends set up a local babysitting service and deal with a host of serious themes ranging from illness and divorce to peer conflicts. This popular series spawned two spin-off book series, a graphic novel, a TV show adaptation and even a feature film.

Jacqueline WilsonThe Story of Tracy Beaker
This story became a big favourite with readers upon its publication in 1991. The star of the book, Tracy, has a wild imagination and makes up a series of stories about why she’s living in a children’s foster home, many of which revolve around her actress mother working in Hollywood.

Dav PilkeyCaptain Underpants
Running from 1997 until 2015, Captain Underpants follows the adventures of two children as they hypnotise their teacher and end up creating a superhero who has to battle the evil Dr. Diaper.

Lois LowryThe Giver
A dystopian novel that has sold over 10 million copies, this book was not afraid to tackle difficult and grown-up subjects. A controversial book that inspired many debates, it was adapted into a film in 2014.

Marcus PfisterThe Rainbow Fish
With shiny scales and a simple message of sharing, this book is still popular today and continues to add to its total of 15 million copies sold.

R.L. StineGoosebumps
Those embossed, colourful covers… the scary stories and those deliciously dark twists at the end! The Goosebumps books were a staple of schoolchildren’s bookshelves during the ‘90s and retain their popularity today!

Philip PullmanNorthern Lights
Also known as The Golden Compass, this book – the first in a trilogy – was published in 1995 and follows Lyra Belacqua as she heads to the Arctic in search of a missing friend and comes around all sorts of magical things.

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The bestselling children’s books in history, J.K. Rowling’s books have become iconic. The characters are unforgettable and the plot is full of surprises. A true phenomenon, wizards and witches all over the world are excited for the expansion of the wizarding world in new spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Exciting new books to help your bookshelves grow

New books from Book People

Spring is in the air at Book People Manor, so we’re celebrating with new books as we welcome the most beautiful season of all. From children’s favourites to gripping fiction, fascinating non-fiction and the tastiest new cookbooks, you’ll find something for everyone!

What's New in Children's BooksSophie’s Big First Word Book
Covering popular preschool topics including animals, vehicles, colours and much more, toddlers’ favourite, Sophie la girafe, encourages them to use their observational skills and will help enhance their knowledge of the world around them.

 

 

What's New in Children's BooksMargaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe Collection – 3 Books
Focusing on awesome engines including rockets, trains and diggers, the noisy words and rhyming text are sure to satisfy any young reader, making them perfect for machine-mad little ones.

 

What's New in Children's Books Lily’s Driftwood Bay: The Sunshine Picnic
A hugely popular and beautifully animated show on Nick Jr, Lily’s Driftwood Bay is a place that children would love to visit. This gorgeous book will delight little ones as they help Lily find sea treasure on the sunniest day of the year. Where will the treasure take her and your young reader-in-training?

 

What's New in Children's Books LEGO Nexo Knights Ultimate Sticker Book
The newest Minifigure heroes from LEGO, the Nexo Knights are already huge favourites with Master Builders of all ages. With over 1,000 easy-peel stickers that can be used over and over again, this book provides a perfect introduction to the realm of Knighton. It’s a brick-load of fun!

 

 Weave Art
Weaving patterned paper is an easy way to make stunning art. This book has double-sided pages for the patterns so that you can either use them as they are or add your own colours. Patterned pages, pre-cut loom pages and a multi-coloured pen to add your personal finishing touches all combine to help you weave your way to wonderful art.

 

What's New in Children's Books National Trust 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4
Eat an apple from a tree… Make a daisy chain… Go on a walk barefoot… 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4 is an illustrated adventure handbook full of activities that provide fun throughout the year. Inspired by the National Trust’s #50Things  campaign, it will help children get closer to nature through facts and fun projects. There are also checklists to tick off and plenty of space for notes, photos, leaves, doodles and more.

 

What's New in Children's Books My First Science Book
From kitchen chemistry to backyard biology, your children will find out all sorts of scientific secrets and discover a range of experiments to try at home in this fantastic book. While some of the experiments do require adult supervision, many can be done by children themselves without any specialist equipment. A great aid to help them develop their interest in science.

 

What's New in Children's Books Pitticus Lore Collection – 3 Books
John Smith is not your average teenager. He moves from small town to small town, unable to change his identity. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is – and if he stops moving, he will be hunted down… Featuring the first three books in the bestselling Lorien Legacies series, this collection is a must for young adult readers.

 

What's New in Non-Fiction The Times: Quick Crossword Collection – 4 Books
Perfect for long journeys, commutes or rainy, stay-at-home days, there are 320 definition-only puzzles from the Times T2 section for you to work your way through. From history and geography to culture and literature, this collection is sure to keep your brain ticking and memory pumping – wherever you are.

 

 It’s On the Meter
This hilarious and eye-opening book tells the astonishing story of three mates, the taxi they drunkenly purchased and a 43,000 mile-round trip of global misadventure. With its crazy premise and some colourful language, this highly entertaining and quirky memoir will delight fans of Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace.

 

What's New in Non-Fiction Half Yard Gifts
Sewing guru Debbie Shore provides you with a selection of easy sewing projects that can be made using leftover pieces of fabric. Including gift ideas for everyone, you’ll find out how to sew everything from aprons to kneeling pads and even tool belts!

 

 

What's New in non-Fiction A Spotless Home
Change your life for the better with the time-saving tidying tips and cleaning cheats featured in A Spotless Home. This little book will become your cleaning bible – it will show you how to do everything from regular home maintenance to emergency fixes and how you can enjoy living in a decluttered home – saving money in the process.

 

What's New in Non-Fiction Green Guides Collection – 4 Books
Covering wild flowers, trees, butterflies and garden wildlife, these little guides provide concise descriptions of their subjects which include information on their appearances, habitats and much more. There are also beautiful illustrations of over 150 species in each book.

 

What's New in Non-FictionBake Off: Creme de la Creme
This book breaks down patisserie skills to their simplest elements so that you will soon become familiar with the ingredients, equipment and chemistry behind the creations you both see on the show and in the best restaurants. From croissants to slices and petit gateaux, the recipes are accompanied by mouth-watering photographs and expert advice on how to achieve a truly professional finish.

 

What's New in FictionThe Steel Kiss
When an escalator gives way mid-chase, Amelia is forced to let a killer escape as she helps a trapped man –  and she teams up with Lincoln Rhyme to investigate if it was an accident. Could they be on the trail of a murderer who is a technical whizz who knows how to contribute to a fatal ‘accident’? Another gripping read from Jeffery Deaver, the master of suspense.

 

What's New in Fiction Death of a Nurse

The latest mystery from Book People favourite M.C. Beaton follows Lochdubh’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman as he attempts to solve another quirky crime. A beautiful hardback at an unbelievable price, this novel will delight M.C. Beaton’s loyal fans and is full of shocks, surprises and charm.


Best book-to-film adaptations arriving in cinemas in 2016

2016 The BFG film by Steven Spielberg, Roald Dahl and Walt Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combining the mighty talents of Roald Dahl, Disney and Steven Spielberg, the new poster for this summer’s adaptation of The BFG was recently revealed. With these master storytellers working together, we cannot wait for the release of the film in July. However, it got us thinking about just how many more film adaptations we’ll be able to see of our beloved books this year. It turns out there are loads!

Below, we’ll list our favourites – but are there any that you’re particularly looking forward to?

 Winter

 January

 The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave film 2016 book Rick Yancey

Chloe Grace Moretz heads a stellar cast in this adaptation of Rick Yancey’s alien invasion/dystopian YA bestseller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Short

The Big Short film Oscars 2016 film book  Michael Lewis

Already surrounded by Oscar buzz, this star-studded film looks back over the recent bankers’ crisis and is based on a non-fiction novel that covered the disaster in its ghastly detail.

 

 

 

February

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies 2016 film based on cult book

If you’ve ever read Jane Austen’s classic and thought ‘What this could do with is more of the undead…’ then February is your lucky month. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 parody novel, it promises equal amounts of romance and gore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadpool

Deadpool film 2016 Marvel Comic Book

A foul-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking Marvel comic book character who seems only too aware of how ridiculous some superhero storylines can get, this R-rated film has been eagerly awaited by fans of X-Men and comic books in general. Ryan Reynolds takes the lead role.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring

March

Allegiant

Veronica Roth Allegiant Divergent book film 2016

The third in the series based on Veronica Roth’s bestsellers, this film will find Shailene Woodley’s Tris leaving the ‘safety’ of her hometown Chicago – the only place she’s ever known – in search of a peaceful solution for all its inhabitants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman book 2016 film Henry Cavill Ben Affleck

Do we really need to introduce these two caped heroes? A follow-up to Man of Steel that follows the fall-out of Metropolis, this film will take inspiration from some of the crossover comics and promises to be spectacular. Henry Cavill once again wears the red-and-blue of Superman while Ben Affleck promises to bring something different to the Dark Knight. Jesse Eisenberg also appears as Lex Luthor.

 

April

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book Jon Favreau Disney film 2016 new film live action CGI book

Rudyard Kipling’s animal fable is fondly remembered in the classic animated Disney form – who hasn’t found themselves humming along to Bear Necessities or chuckling back at the antics of the scouse vultures? This year, Disney have given it the live-action/CGI treatment and brought some of Hollywood’s top players in to add their voices. Among the inspired pieces of casting are Scarlett Johannson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan (is it too much to ask that he does his Luther voice?) and Bill Murray as Baloo.

 

 

Summer

May

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America Civil War comic book new film 2016

The Marvel juggernaut continues to gain full steam but this is the film that promises to change everything. Based on a very popular series of comic books, hopes are very high and who doesn’t want to see beloved heroes going face-to-face amidst a backdrop of very shady politics?

 

 

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll James Bobin Disney Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 film book

An ever-so-slightly belated follow-up to the Tim Burton film of 2010, this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) travelling back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).

 

 

 

 

June

Me Before You

Me Before You book film adaptation 2016

If you’re not excited about the feast of football that will make up Euro 2016, this version of Jojo Moyes romantic novel may offer the perfect alternative. Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin star in the story of a wealthy London man whose life changes forever when he’s paralyzed and falls under the care of a small town girl…

 

 

 

July

The BFG

Steven Spielberg Disney Roald Dahl 2016 The BFG film book adaptation

We’ve said about the team behind this eagerly awaited adaptation, but how about the fact Wolf Hall and Bridge of Spies actor Mark Rylance is taking the title role? We’re expecting this to make use feel like children again and just be simply, phizz-whizzingly magical.

 

 

 

Autumn

October

The Girl On the Train

The Girl On the Train Emily Blunt 2016 film

Debut author Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller was one of the most talked-about books of last year and we expect the film to invoke similar heated discussions this year. With The Help and Get On Up director in charge of a talented cast including Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson, things are looking good.

 

 

 

 

 

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls film 2016 Patrick Ness Siobhan Dowd book adaptation

Have you read Patrick Ness’ novel based on one of Siobhan Dowd’s final ideas before her death from cancer? If not, you really must. It’s touching, poignant and heartbreaking. A monster comes to visit a young boy in the nights when his mum is gravely ill – but he’s not the monster that was expected… Liam Neeson will voice the monster and Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver also star.

 

 

 

Winter

November

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Newt Scamander Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 book adaptation JK Rowling David Yates Harry Potter Wizarding World

A return to the Wizarding World with original book author J.K. Rowling on scriptwriting duty and David Yates back behind the camera as director, this book takes place 70 years before Harry Potter’s battle with Voldemort and follows Magizoologist Newt Scamander as he heads to New York in the ‘Roaring ‘20s’ and gets much more than he bargained for.


New book trailer for Life of Pi author Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal, the eagerly awaited new novel from Yann Martel – the author of Life of Pi – is on its way and here at Book People, we’re all very excited. In fact, we’re so thrilled that our videographer Ollie has put together a very special exclusive book trailer for the novel:

Part-quest, part-ghost story and part contemporary fable, the book offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. It’s filled with tenderness, humour and endless surprise as it takes readers on a road trip through Portugal in the last century – and right through the human soul.

As always, we will be selling this novel at a truly unbelievable price. One of our hand-picked favourites, the book will be available to order from 2 February and will have a saving of at least 75% off RRP.

We’re also offering review copies to any book bloggers interested in reading the novel in exchange for posting a link to the video and website. If you’re interested, please contact Oliver Trimble: oliver.trimble@thebookpeople.co.uk

 


Book People’s bestselling book collections for 2016

Many of you would have made New Year’s Resolutions to read more books (or to encourage your children to…), but we know that January is tight for money. However, as part of our commitment to providing you with products you love at prices you won’t believe, Book People has some incredible value collections that will save you money and keep you reading throughout the first few months of 2016.

In our hand-picked selection, you’ll find children’s classics and contemporary reads for adults we’re sure you’ll love. Below, we offer a quick look at some of our favourites, but you can find even more in our Collections category.

 

Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Edition

Twenty-six books for £20! You will not find a better bargain than this… Featuring all of the Rev W. Awdry’s original stories in one beautiful box, each little hardback book has a traditional tale about Thomas and all his engine friends.

 

Roald Dahl Collection – 15 Books

Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG… The list of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels is bursting full of phizz-whizzing classics – and you can own them all in our brilliant slipcase for just £21.99.

 

Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection – 10 Books

With her flowing, rhyming text accompanied by bright and bold artwork from the country’s top illustrators, Julia Donaldson’s stories are a sheer delight for toddlers. This collection contains ten of her best!

 

Beasts of Olympus Collection – 3 Books

These three books provide children with an entertaining insight into the world of Ancient Greek mythology. As well as the quirky stories about a boy named Demon and his new role as Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, the books are full of illustrations.

 

Valentine’s Day Collection – 3 Books

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is coming around quickly – what better way to mark the occasion than with some novels that will make your heart swoon? These three hand-picked books are full of relationships, romance and escapism.

 

The Little Village School Collection – 3 Books

Gervase Phinn is a big favourite with Book People customers and this collection brings together three of the perennially popular Little Village School books. Charming and funny, they’re warming reads for the cold nights ahead.

 

School of Life: How to… Collection – 3 Books

These three self-help books are packed with advice that could prove itself very useful over the course of 2016. There’s a handbook full of hints on how to increase your creativity; a book about whether the digital age is a good thing; and an examination of just how much meaning we attach to money.

 

Man Booker Prize 2015 Collection – 6 Books

 

Including Marlon James’ winning entry A Brief History of Seven Killings, this collection brings together the six books that made up last year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist – and they’re all in beautiful, keepsake hardback format!


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