Archive for July, 2011

Two cracking competitions for gardening fanatics!

The cracking competitions just keep on coming from the Book People, and with the warmer summer weather starting to peep through the clouds, we thought we’d treat you to some gardening treats!

Enjoy your garden in the summer sun with these two excellent gardening guides – Tales From Titchmarsh and Gardeners’ World: Flowers – which you could get your hands on by answering our simple competition questions. Just click on the links below to enter for your chance to win!

Enter the Tales from Titchmarsh competition

Win a signed copy of Gardeners' World: Flowers

Catteshall Stroll raises more than £50,000 for Chase

The Peter Bowron Catteshall StrollThe Peter Bowron Catteshall Stroll proved to be a phenomenal success for the second successive year, raising a fantastic £57,902 for charity, with the total still rising.

Launched in 2010, the annual event is organised by the Book People as a way of remembering publisher Peter Bowron, who died tragically early at the age of just 40 in 2009.

All funds raised from the event go to the children’s hospice Chase, a fantastic charity that was close to Peter’s heart and currently helps to care for his oldest child Anna.Catteshall Stroll hot air balloon

Despite a few rain showers, this year’s event was a fantastic occasion, with 244 volunteers taking part in either the 4 mile family walk, 11 mile stroll or 30 mile cycle ride (The Catteshall Extreme) – while five hardy souls will soon take on an even more extreme bike ride that spans five days and 350 miles! Hopefully the efforts of these cycling enthusiasts will help to push the final total raised for the Chase Children’s Hospice beyond the £60,000 mark.Cyclists take on the Catteshall bike ride

The event culminated in a party at Catteshall Manor, with storytelling from children’s authors Andy Stanton and Mark Walden and a pizza supper hosted by celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo. As the Nearly Noiseless Auction came to a head later in the evening, some incredible generosity from those who donated and bid on the prizes went a long way towards achieving the fantastic figure that is set to be donated to Chase in the coming months.

Walkers take on the Catteshall StrollPopular auction lots included a Bentley-inspired limited edition of Jeffrey Deaver’s Carte Blanche, some Hummingbird Bakery treats and the opportunity to own a LEGO replica of your home. The spirit of the evening was encapsulated by special guest Gino D’Acampo when he surprisingly outbid the competition to win a limited edition copy of Gordon Ramsay’s book 3* Chef! A great evening was had by all, with a steel band, hot air balloon and stories for children all contributing towards a fun-packed event that was a fitting tribute to the much-missed Peter Bowron.

It’s not too late to make a donation to this worthy cause by visiting the Catteshall Stroll JustGiving page. Every penny raised goes towards helping children with life-limiting illnessesGino D'Acampo helps out with the catering and enables the Shooting Star charity to continue to offer children and their families the crucial support that they need.

The Book People’s top 10 book review sites

The Book People's Top 10 Book review SitesHere at the Book People, we can’t resist rummaging around on the web to see just what people have to say about books – children’s books, fiction, biography books, history books…the truth is, we just can’t get enough of talking about books and hearing what others love to read!

So, here is our pick of the best book review blog sites, each of which will help you to find great books for every age group – what did we do before the internet?

The lucky winners are, in alphabetical order:

Awfully Big Blog Adventure –
We love ‘the ramblings of a few scattered authors’, as featured on this fuss-free book review blog. As well as informative and witty reviews on a selection of the latest and greatest books, the people here love to elaborate by offering competitions, video clips and details of upcoming literary festivals too.

Becky’s Book Reviews –
Becky is a long-standing member of the online book review community and she is therefore trusted implicitly by her readers. Her professional and balanced book reviews are great for those who want to know exactly what an avid reader thinks of the classics, as well as teen and adult fiction.

Book Rabbit –
An eclectic mix of book reviews, features, author interviews and much more, this site is the perfect place to visit to find hidden gems, up-and-coming authors and debut novels that are worth their weight in gold. Get involved in discussions with fellow readers and enjoy the book club feel of the Book Rabbit today.Book Rabbit's book review blog

Book Reviews For Mums –
This blog not only provides a darn good read, but also acts as a support network for those mums and dads who are taking their first tentative steps in the world of parenting. Mums and dads share their informed thoughts on children’s books, parenting books and books that stress the importance of wellbeing for the whole family.

Fantasy Book Review –
An absolute must-read for all lovers of fantasy fiction, this blog has a seemingly endless collection of fascinating book reviews covering works that are suitable for children and adults of all ages. A book review site such as this one could well become a staple read for lovers of the fantasy genre, if it hasn’t already.Fantasy Book Review's blog site

Katy Moran’s Book Review Blog –
For bookworms and budding authors alike, Katy Moran provides a good read in terms of her take on a wide range of books, as well as tips and hints on getting a novel published and the process of creating a novel, ‘from paper to printed book’.

Lovereading UK –
If you love reading then, unsurprisingly, Lovereading UK is the book review site for you! This is nothing short of comprehensive – with reviews categorised by genre it is very easy to find what you’re looking for, and just as easy to browse the abundance of information if you don’t. This site is all about ‘helping you find your next read’, and if that’s what you’re looking to do, it won’t disappoint.Lovereading UK's book review site

Red Ted’s Art Blog –
Look no further for a hub of reviews on children’s books old and new. The theory behind this book review site is that children are never too young to be read to – which is the very same theory that we like to adopt at the Book People. With literacy levels in the UK at a frightening low, get inspired by children’s books by reading informative and interesting reviews from Red Ted.

Reform Magazine –
Taking a serious look at the literary world, Reform Magazine is a book review site for the discerning reader. Divided up by month, finding the most recent reviews, or ones from a specific year or month couldn’t be easier and when you have found it, the chances are you’ll be tempted to turn off the television and curl up with a seriously good book.Reform Magazine's book review blog

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Reviews –
Littered with pictures of the latest and greatest science fiction and fantasy book covers, this review site is as easy on the eye as it is on the brain, hence why it finds itself nestling happily in our cosy list of top 10 book review sites. This site has been around for many years, ensuring the world is fully briefed on the best there is in the realm of fantasy fiction and science fiction – go forth and be inspired.

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