Archive for May, 2011

Brand new the Book People Travel Shop launches!

With the summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your holidays – so what better time for the Book People to launch their brand new Travel Shop? Thanks to exciting new partnerships with DK Eyewitness, Rough Guides and Alastair Sawday’s, we will be offering the best and most trusted travel guides around with 33% off the RRP.Check in to the Book People Travel Shop

Check in regularly over the coming months to find some inspiration for your next trip and read about our recommendations for destination of the month. For June we’re suggesting a trip to Croatia – a beautiful up-and-coming tourist destination that offers great value as well as Blue Flag beaches and plenty of cultural and historic attractions. There will be many more extended features appearing soon so don’t just fly by!

To get you in the travelling spirit, we’ve got £200 worth of hotel vouchers to give away courtesy of so make the Book People Travel Shop your next online destination.Win £200 worth of hotel vouchers

TBP book group discusses When God Was a Rabbit

Here at TBP towers there are two hobbies that unite many of the members of staff – reading and talking. It seemed only natural then that we should do something to celebrate this, so we started our very own book group.

Our book group, consisting of 13 members, meets every four weeks to discuss our latest read and to decide what to read next. We read a variety of books from all genres, from full on chick-lit to scare-your-pants-off thrillers, there is nothing we won’t try.

We are also very fortunate to have some members who are very good at incorporating their other hobby in to our meetings: baking. Nearly every book is discussed over cookies, muffins, cupcakes or brownies.Sarah Winman's When God Was a Rabbit

The book we discussed this week was When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman. It’s her debut novel and we were all very excited about reading it.

Overall the book was a hit and one of the most universally liked books we’ve read as a group.

Personally, the first thing that struck me about the book was the jacket, it was beautiful! Always a good start I feel. Then I started to read and was completely enchanted; I loved the characters, I loved the relationships and I loved the way it was written.

I laughed at points, cried at points, and remained emotionally involved the whole way through. The writing style was so vivid I could picture every chapter in my mind, and the story stayed with me long after I finished reading.

I would definitely recommend this to a friend – in fact, I already have!

Get your votes in for the RHCBA!

At the Book People we are always keen to support any initiatives that seek to promote reading amongst children, so we are very much behind the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Voting for this year’s prize closes on Saturday 21st May, so encourage any children you know to have their say by clicking here. There are three separate categories to suit young readers of varying ages – so see if you can help the children in your life give recognition to one of their favourite authors!Vote for the RHCBA now!

Great children’s writers such as Sophie McKenzie, Michael Morpurgo and Anthony Horowitz have won the award in the past and this year, wonderful authors such as Steve Smallman, Katie Davies and Rick Riordan are all nominated.

The category and overall winners will be announced on Saturday 11th June 2011 at a glamorous awards ceremony in Birmingham and we will keep you posted with the results.

An evening with Rachel Allen

On 10th May 2011 I found myself at Les Deux Salons in Covent Garden to meet Rachel Allen – the ‘Irish Cooking Queen’ – and what a fantastic evening it was! Les Deux Salons, a restaurant given five stars by Time Out, was like walking into a brasserie in Paris and the food was exceptional and incredibly well presented. What a treat for a Tuesday evening!

The Book People's Susie Chalmers with Rachel Allen

TBP's Susie Chalmers with Rachel

I wasn’t sure what to expect on meeting Rachel. Colleagues told me she had rather enjoyed riding the bucking bronco at our Wild West themed conference three and a half years ago and that she was one of the last to leave the party, but we were now in an elegant restaurant in central London with no cowboys in sight!

My immediate impression of Rachel was that she is just sooooo lovely! She’s the kind of person that you’d love to have as a friend – she was concerned for her agent who hadn’t been well, she was interested in everyone that she met around the table, she was a great storyteller, very honest about her work and her new book, really easy to talk to and just so much fun to be around.

Rachel has a diverse career, having been on television, written cookery books and taught at the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School but she said it’s the cooking and writing that she loves the most. She was so down-to-earth and laughed at the idea that she would call herself a celebrity chef – when asked her profession she answers “cook”. A very understated title for someone so fabulous!

Rachel talked about her new book and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. It sounds exactly what I need – a cookbook for busy people who want to use simple ingredients to make delicious meals in a limited amount of time. I’ve a feeling this is going to be a realistic timescale given that Rachel is a busy Mum of three children so she will know exactly what other busy Mums need. Roll on September when it’s published!

The Book People nominated for Bookseller Industry Award

The Book People nominated for Bookseller AwardI’m very excited to announce that the Book People have been nominated for a gong at the prestigious Bookseller Industry Awards 2011. We’re up for Direct Bookselling Company of the Year at the book world’s leading awards, which are announced at a sparkling ceremony on Monday 16th May.

The judges who selected this year’s shortlist recognised the Book People’s increasingly visible online presence, our buyers’ skill in choosing the books our customers love and the hard work of the company’s network of distributors who bring books to offices, schools and other workplaces across the country. Our sister company Book Events are also mentioned, for running successful author signings at events such as The Good Food Show and Gardeners’ World Live.

We’re up against some famous industry names like Amazon and Scholastic Book Clubs, so please keep your fingers crossed for us and watch this space for news of how we fare on the night!

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