Archive for December, 2011

Galaxy Book of the Year Winner announced

In a public vote, journalist and TV critic Caitlin Moran has won the prestigious Galaxy Book of the Year 2011 award for her irreverent take on modern feminism, How to be a Woman. After previously winning Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the awards, the title beat off competition from the winners of the ten other categories, including Emma Donoghue’s Room, Sarah Winman’s When God Was a Rabbit and Claire Tomalin’s Charles Dickens.

On winning the award, Caitlin said: “Obviously Rear Of The Year is the one I’ve always been gunning for, but since I found out it’s judged on ‘form’ rather than ‘sheer volume’, then Book of the Year is not only a total honour and thrill, but also enables me to chow down on a hogroast over Christmas without worrying about fitting into my jeggings.”

Win yourself a treat for 2012!

Christmas is just a few days away, and while you might be preoccupied with present-buying, meal planning and how you’ll juggle all those family commitments, here at the Book People we thought it might be nice to give you the chance to win yourself a treat for 2012.

So, we’re giving away two signed copies of Ranulph Fiennes’ extraordinary book My Heroes, and we’d love you to win one!

To be in with a chance of winning this breathtaking book, worth £20*, simply email your name, address and telephone number to:

The closing date for entries is midnight on 31 December 2011 and the winner will be drawn at random and notified by 16 January 2011.

My Heroes by Ranulph Fiennes is a collection of true events that reads like fiction thanks to the extraordinary people the author has met on his many adventures and explorations. Written by a man who is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living explorers, this book is a must-read for those interested in anything and everything that lies outside of their comfort zone. My Heroes: Extraordinary Courage, Exceptional People profiles those people who, because of their courage in unthinkable circumstances, have earned Fiennes’ everlasting respect.

This is a truly remarkable book – enter now to win your copy!

Good luck & Happy Christmas!

*Quoted is RRP, this book is available to buy for £6.99 from the Book People, while stocks last.

Christmas TV

We’re all bound to be gathered around the television at some point over the Christmas holidays, and this year there’s so much to watch across the channels! Many of these programmes have wonderful book tie-ins that would make the perfect present. Below, we look at some of the best TV shows – and books – 2011’s festive season has to offer.

The Gruffalo’s Child
Christmas Day, 6.30pm, BBC One

After the success of 2009’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, families across the country will be glued to the screen at 6.30pm on Christmas Day to catch the must-see sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child. With Robbie Coltrane, James Corden and Rob Brydon all lending their voices once again, and Shirley Henderson voicing the Child, it is sure to be a charming 30 minutes. We have a set of both Gruffalo books available at a great price, that will delight children and parents alike.

Doctor Who
Christmas Day, 7pm, BBC1

In what has now become traditional Christmas Day viewing, the Doctor returns for another festive caper – this time finding himself bravely leading a family of second World War evacuees into a new world. The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 is packed with unseen photographs and original artwork and illustrations, as well as interviews with both cast and crew. It would be the perfect read on Christmas afternoon before settling down to watch his latest adventure.

Frozen Planet
Wednesday 28 December, 7pm, BBC1

A visual feast that has managed to gain the attention of the nation, and even those who don’t normally watch nature programmes, Frozen Planet has transported us into the Arctic and Antarctic like few programmes before. Focusing on a year in the life of some truly incredible animals – such as penguins, polar bears and killer whales – the book is just as informative and stunning to look through.

Top Gear
Wednesday 28 December, 8pm, BBC2

This year’s festive special finds Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond heading to India, but we’re sure they’ll have plenty to say over the festive season at home too. They certainly do in the Top Gear Guide to Christmas – described as “a compendium of Christmas carnage”. Letting the lads bring their no-nonsense approach to yuletide, this gives fans the perfect chance to find out more about their pet hates at this time of year.

Brian Cox’s Night With the Stars
Sunday 18 December, 9pm, BBC2

With his deft, compromising style, Brian Cox can make even the world’s most complex scientific equations understandable. On Night With the Stars, he will deliver a lecture on why the universe exists, alongside many other subjects, to an audience full of celebrities at the Royal Institute of Great Britain. Wonders of the Universe is an insightful and appealing hardback that takes a look at the vastness and enormity of it all.

Celebrity Autobiographies

Autobiographies are the perfect present for those of your friends and family who don’t tend to read many books. The informative and entertaining hardbacks often give a personal and honest insight into the lives of the rich and famous, showing how they made it to the top of their respective fields. With tales of tragedy, sporting successes and comedy capers, the Book People is sure to provide you with the ideal gift.

Lee Evans – The Life of Lee
Having sold out countless arena tours and sweated over audiences around the world, The Life of Lee by Lee Evans takes a look back at the life and times of the energetic funnyman, from being derided as a “failure” by a teacher while growing up in Bristol to headlining to thousands at the 02. Always seeing himself as a loner, this compelling and charming book shows how he managed to find a home for himself on the stage.

Jonny Wilkinson – My Autobiography
One of England’s biggest sporting successes, Jonny Wilkinson will always be remembered for the drop goal in Australia that won England the Rugby World Cup in 2003. He looks back on his youth as a fly-half in pursuit for perfection, all the iconic moments – and the injuries that culminated in a battle with depression. Reliving the highs and lows of his career in sincerely honest fashion, Jonny describes just how he managed to reach the top of the rugby world.

James Corden – May I Have Your Attention, Please?
In his trademark warm-hearted and funny style, James Corden, the writer and star of Gavin and Stacey, describes his life so far in May I Have Your Attention, Please? Covering a youth spent making friends and family giggle, he explains how it was never always that easy. He received constant knockbacks from countless auditions before finally making his way into the television industry and finding national fame as Smithy.

Paul Gascoigne – Glorious: My World, Football and Me
One of the nation’s most endearing personalities, Paul Gascoigne was possibly the most naturally-gifted footballer of his generation. In this illustrated autobiography, Gazza takes a look back at all the classic moments of his career – from the tears in Turin through to the glee of that goal against Scotland during Euro 96. With a flamboyant lifestyle that made as many headlines on the front pages as it did the back, this is a football fan’s dream.

Peter Kay
One of Britain’s best-loved comedians, Peter Kay’s humour appeals to all ages and his latest book offers a unique blend of glossy visual humour and perceptive observations of awkward everyday situations. Featuring brand new material, photographs and illustrations, this hardback brings to life Peter’s unique world – one that is packed full of familiar and unexpected characters, including his family and their friends.

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