Archive for September, 2011

Let’s find your favourite!

As you would expect, we at the Book People are true book worms and we love to hear what favourite books we have in common with our customers! So, with that in mind, in honour of World Book Night, we would like you to tell us what your favourite book is and why.

World Book Night is celebrated in both the UK and the USA and is designed to spread the love of reading to everybody! It involves giving away tens of thousands of books to communities across both countries so that absolutely anyone can enjoy the thrill of reading a good piece of fiction.

Send us your favourites!

When we have a varied and interesting selection of your favourites we will compile a list of your Top Books right here and if your selection is included we’ll be sure to give your blog or personal website a little mention (please include the details of it in your email to us) – don’t forget to check back to see if yours made it!

So, all you need to do is email your choice of book and reason why, to:

If you’re stuck for ideas or simply can’t choose between a few literary gems, here is a selection of titles from the Top 100 shortlisted books for World Book Night.

Visit the World Book Night official website

The full Top 100 World Book Night books can be found here.

We look forward to hearing back from you before 11th October 2011.

Our Favourite Picks for Autumn

Autumn is just around the corner and our warehouse is rapidly filling up in anticipation of the big event… Christmas! It may seem early but if you want to beat the rush and spread the cost, now’s the time to start planning! We’ve picked our favourite highlights from the next catalogue so you don’t miss out on buying (or receiving!) the perfect present.


Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig (8 Book Collection)
Peppa Pig (8 Book Collection)

Popular with every pre-schooler around, it’s lovable Peppa Pig. Whether you’ve been lucky enough to visit Peppa Pig World or not, this is one set not to miss if you want to see that gleeful face on Christmas morning. Packed full of sticker books, puzzles and activities, this will keep the little ones entertained for hours!






Mock the Week

Mock the Week Funniest Book of All Time

Mock the Week Funniest Book of All Time

This bestselling stocking-filler staple will have you in stitches with a brand new collection of hilarious gags from the team behind the show. A sure-fire coffee table favourite.









Vintage Beeb – Comedy Favourites

Vintage Beeb - Comedy Favourites Audio Collection

Vintage Beeb - Comedy Favourites

This collection of vinyl look CDs, featuring nine BBC Comedy favourites, will be a big hit with Dads this Christmas and would also make a perfect introduction to classics such as Fawlty Towers, for a new generation. Including timeless humour from Morecambe and Wise, Frankie Howerd, The Two Ronnies and many more, this will make a beautiful collectible gift.







David Walliams Three Book Set

David Walliams (Three Book Set)

David Walliams (Three Book Set)

Before he completed swimming the entire length of the Thames for Sport Relief, the multi-talented David Walliams turned his hand to writing children’s books.  This three book set offers fiction that is thought-provoking, original and hilarious. Adored by young readers and brought to life with wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake.







The Birthday Cake Book

The Birthday Cake Book

The Birthday Cake Book

If you’ve ever spent an hour trawling through cookbooks trying to find the perfect birthday cake recipe for a beloved friend, then this book is your dream come true. From Fiona Cairns, creator of William and Kate’s amazing wedding cake, comes this beautifully produced book, with mouth-watering, inspiring ideas. Just what you need to ensure you’re forever remembered as a spectacular baker!






The World of Peter Rabbit Collection

The World of Peter Rabbit Collection (23 books)

The World of Peter Rabbit Collection (23 books)

Perfect for Beatrix Potter fans of all ages, this beautiful collection features all 23 original Peter Rabbit books. A gorgeous gift that will be treasured for a lifetime.

The Book People’s Top 10 Travel Advice Blogs

The Book People's Top Travel Advice BlogsWe have our very own Travel Shop here at the Book People, offering the very best and most useful travel books and travel guides for backpackers and discerning travellers alike. With this in mind, we thought we’d go on a little journey of our own across the web to find the best travel advice blogs out there…

Here’s what we found, in no particular order:


Notes from the Road –

An in-depth and beautifully designed blog that strikes just the right balance of useful information and inspirational content and photographs. We think this blog is particularly good for the discerning traveller who enjoys a bit of luxury in far flung places…but adventurers take note; this is a great place to go for ideas on where in the world to go next.One of the Book People's Top Ten Travel Advice blogs

A Luxury Travel Blog –

Luxury travel by name, luxury travel by nature – this blog does exactly what you would expect from it. Think tons and tons of useful information for travellers and holiday makers looking for luxury destinations and accommodation, all wrapped up in nicely presented, well-written content.A Luxury Travel Blog made the Book people's Top 10


Europe a la Carte –

From how to save money on your next holiday, to travel tips and hotel reviews – what you don’t find out about European destinations here is simply not worth knowing. Great advice on everything from which museums to visit, to places not to miss in good old England – a blog that is packed full of useful stuff.One of the Book People's Top 10 Travel Advice Blogs


Happy Time Blog –

Written by professional backpackers who got bored of the conventional life and decided to hit the road in search of more. This is the ultimate resource for those with itchy feet and should be read from “cover to cover” so to speak before embarking on your next adventure.The HappyTimeblog features in the Top 10


Backpacker Ben –

The name may suggest hostels and a lack of funds, but the reality is very different – this blog is all about presenting breathtaking places to those that care to listen, from the Floating Market in Thailand, to dinosaur footprints in Bolivia and everything in between. Think great photos and a load of information that will have you buying travel guides and booking flights before you know it.Ben's blog made the Book People's Top 10
Alex Asigno –

Lots of top tips for where to go, what to eat and what not to miss in worldwide destinations – this blog is all about hidden gems and making the most of the beaten track and all those things to the left and right of it.The Alex Asigno Travel Blog is in the Book People's Top 10


Travel Pod –

The ultimate resource for all things travel – bringing together the best travel blogs, the places to buy your airline tickets from and much more. As well as presenting some of the best blogs out there, Travel Pod also gives you a chance to start your own and tell the world about what you love. Let us know if you’ve started your own blog through Travel Pod…The Travel Pod gets the Book People's recommendation


Dan’s Adventure –

From diving with seals and exploring the Great Barrier Reef, to travelling around the world and taking photographs of Maori statues, Dan’s adventure is well worth buying into. We recommend you read all about Dan’s latest travels in order to get inspired to start your own travel adventure.One of the Book People's favourite travel blogs - Dan's Adventure

Brilliant Trips –

The great thing about this particular travel blog is that it focuses on the little things, steering clear of trying to sum up whole cities or countries in 100 words, and instead really getting to grips with how to identify the best paella, where to stay in Ibiza if you’re heading there on a family holiday and much more. This makes it a very useful and very well put together blog that is well worth bookmarking.The Book People recommends Brilliant Trips


Travel Like a Brit –

Well laid out and ready to help you plan a few days on your next trip, this blog is essentially on online travel guide with chapters such as UK holiday advice, general travel advice and plenty of articles entitled ‘What to do in…’ (insert your next holiday destination). A must-read for great travel facts and more.Learn to Travel Like a Brit with this great blog

Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Following the release of the 13 longlisted Man Booker Prize 2011 titles, the competition has been whittled down to just six remaining novels by the expert judging panel.

The committee of five industry experts and professionals will announce the overall winner on Tuesday 18th October, but earning a spot on this prestigious list is ample acclaim for each of the excellent authors featured. The titles that have made the cut are:

– The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

– Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

– Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

– Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

– Snowdrops by A. D. Miller

– The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The merits of each of the remaining six novels are clear to see – with the incredibly varied selection on offer meaning it is phenomenally difficult to pick a winner. All will be revealed next month, but in the meantime which is your favourite to scoop the prize?

Five recommended resources for getting kids back to school

Help the kids get back to school with these resourcesHere at the Book People, we know that getting the kids back to school with everything they need for a fun and engaging education can be tough, and that’s why we’ve brought you our pick of the five recommended online resources when it comes to school books, reading tips, reluctant readers and more.

Read on for help with getting the kids back to school


Oxford Owl –

This great website is perfect if you’re not sure how to get your kids interested in reading, or if you need somewhere to find out more about healthy literacy development. Oxford Owl offers fun ideas such as listening games and language play, as well as a section with advice for teaching children how to read no matter how old they are. This really is an invaluable resource for children,
parents, teachers and schools alike.The Oxford Owl helps children with reading


Family Education –

This resource is all about ensuring that getting your children back to school this September is completely seamless, and that they know just what to expect on that first day. Read this website for handy shopping guides, preparing for the first few weeks of school, homework help and even healthy breakfast ideas to keep them going all day long.Visit Family Education for back to chool help


Mumsnet (Education) –

Perfect for parents with younger children, this section of the famous Mumsnet website is all about collating great education advice, from starting school to lunch box dos and don’ts. It’s great for seeing what other parents have tried and tested when it comes to getting the kids out of bed and ready for school each day, to everything you need to know about going back to work after having a baby. As well as this, we love it because parents can interact as much as they like, asking for or offering advice and support on just about any parenting subject.Mumsnet - by parents for parents


Netmums (Older child & school) –

From bedwetting to the difficult first day of school, Netmums have got back to school covered with their ‘Older child & school’ pages. Read up on homework help, fun for teens, discipline techniques and much more on this all-encompassing resource for parents and teachers.

Netmums is the home for parenting advice


Kaboose –

Back to school is the name of the game at Kaboose, an online resource offering parents and teachers great tips on how to make reference books fun, what you need to stock up on before term time and much more. We love this site for its simplicity and ease of use, and we’re sure you will too.Kaboose - a great back to school resource

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