Archive for June, 2012

Book People Debut Fiction Choice: The Age of Miracles

Another fine Debut Fiction Choice from the Book People, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a stunning novel that has already been hailed as a ‘publishing phenomenon’ and been praised by a number of influential figures within the industry. A former book editor now residing in New York, San Diego-born Karen wrote the book in the mornings before going to work – sometimes even on the subway.

The Age of Miracles tells how the rotation of the Earth has begun to slow and days and nights are growing increasingly longer and longer with no way of preventing it. As the events unfold, they are described through the eyes of 11-year-old Julia, a girl who is also struggling to deal with adolescence and problems in her personal life with both her friends and family. As the world adapts to this new age, Julia describes the changes in her life and the world as a whole in a detailed, sometimes heart-wrenching, way. Julia’s observations are well drawn and bring to life the loneliness and despair that everyone on earth seems to be feeling. Throwing the life of an ordinary girl into an extraordinary situation, this is a book that will make you think.

Sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the summer, The Age of Miracles raises questions about the world in which we live and how we’d all react if something changed that we had no control over, while also being a uniquely charming and insightful look into the mind of a girl just about to turn 12. You can buy it for just £4.99 over on the main site.

Summer Special Books from just £1!

With books for as little as £1, the Book People are bound to have a bargain that is just right for you in our Summer Special! A wide range of books for all ages are available, so head over to the main site now to see what we have on offer – you won’t regret it!

Among the children’s titles featured are books starring a variety of popular characters – from Where’s Wally to Winnie the Pooh and the Muppets, these books are all available for just £1 each and are sure to provide your little ones with hours of fun. Another great value set at £3 is the ten-book Chuggington collection, which will provide a huge amount of reading for any train-mad children. We also have an Elmer collection available for just £2, four books that provide a range of fun activities!

For children who are a little older, the exciting Ben 10 Ultimate Alien collection is available for £4, giving you a fantastic saving of over £35, while you can also get your hands on six Railway Rabbits books for £3! The Morganville set (£3) will appeal to fans of paranormal romance, while some of the Doctor’s classic adventures feature in the Doctor Who collection, available for just £4.

We have a range of books for use around the home, including The Fat Duck Cookbook from Heston Blumenthal for £10 and the delightful Cake Days from the Hummingbird Bakery (£5). Books to help you stay healthy include Arlene Phillips’ Dance to the Musicals at £3 and DK’s 15-Minute Home Workout (also £3), while at just £1 each, Making A Garden and Restoration Home could also come in very useful.

Celebrities are never struggling to think of things to say and we have autobiographies from Jonny Wilkinson, James Corden and Jason Manford, amongst others, available for just £3 each. We also have fiction from award-winning authors Hilary Mantel (three books for £4) and Yann Martel (three for £3), as well as classy thrillers from Ian Rankin (ten books for £7) and fourteen classic Inspector Morse mysteries from Colin Dexter for a fiver. We also have numerous other fantastic titles available on our Summer Special page.

10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World

There are thousands of literature awards held throughout the world every year, with millions of hopefuls entering themselves into them all the time. However, the following ten literary prizes are some of the best:

1. Galaxy National Book Awards

The Galaxy National Book Awards includes many categories, such as the Book of the Year, Outstanding Achievement, UK Author of the Year, Children’s Book of the Year and Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year.

2. Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature is only awarded to the best authors from all around the world. The current laureate is Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer and past laureates have included playwright Harold Pinter, novelist Gao Xingjian, poet Seamus Heaney and novelist Gabriel García Márquez.

3. Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded to writers of full-length novels from the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Last year’s winner was Julian Barnes for ‘The Sense of an Ending’ and past winners have included Margaret Atwood for ‘The Blind Assassin’, Kazuo Ishiguro for ‘The Remains of the Day’ and William Golding for ‘Rites of Passage’.

4. Pulitzer Prize

This US award is given to those in newspaper or online journalism, literature, or music. There are 21 categories including the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, the Pulitzer Prize for Music and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

5. Costa Book Awards

This award is given to authors in Great Britain and Ireland and there are five winners annually in the following categories – best novel, best first novel, children’s book, poetry and biography. One of the winners is awarded the Costa Book of the Year title.

6. Neustadt International Prize for Literature

This American award occurs every two years and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in literature. It’s awarded to an author for their entire body of work and the current winner is novelist Rohinton Mistry. Previous winners have been novelist Nuruddin Farah, poet João Cabral de Melo Neto and playwright Max Rudolf Frisch.

7. Hugo Award

These awards are given to writers of science fiction or fantasy and categories include Best Novel, Best Graphic Story and Best Fan Writer. Some past winners have been Philip K. Dick, Clifford D. Simak and Neil Gaiman.

8. Guardian First Book Award

The Guardian First Book Award is given to new writers of fiction and non-fiction. The 2011 winner was Siddhartha Mukherjee, and past winners have included Alexandra Harris and Armand Marie Leroi.

9. National Book Award

The National Book Awards is one of the most prestigious US literature prizes, with four categories available – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, as well as two lifetime awards.

10. Orange Prize for Fiction

The Orange Prize for Fiction is specifically for female authors of full-length novels. The current winner is Madeline Miller for ‘The Song of Achilles’ and past winners have included Zadie Smith, Ann Patchett and Carol Shields.

Have you read any award-winning books recently and, if so, what did you think of them?

A Whole New World of Books

The Book People have unlocked a whole new world of books, giving you even more choice than ever before! The fantastic books all have discounts of up to 40% off the published price.

The increased range of hand-picked books has something for everyone – from cookery to romance and travel writing to crime thrillers. To see what’s on offer head over to our Unlocking Books page straight away!

A Monster Calls wins the Carnegie Medal

Patrick Ness has won the Carnegie Medal for the second successive year, this time for his stunning novel, A Monster Calls. The book was based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd (also a Carnegie Medal winner for Bog Child) and was unanimously chosen as the winner by a team of librarian judges. A deeply emotional book about coming to terms with loss, it tells the story of Conor, a young boy who has been having nightmares ever since his mum began her treatments. Just after midnight, he is visited by a monster – but the creature is not what he’s expecting. The gripping narrative is complemented by Jim Kay’s haunting illustrations, also a winner last night. Kay received the Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustrations, making A Monster Calls the first ever novel to receive both associated awards.

Started in 1936, The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children and the winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice. Previous winners include C S Lewis, Richard Adams, Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett. Established in 1955, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for a book with outstanding illustrations for young people and the winner also receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice. Previous winners of this award include Emily Gravett and Lauren Child.

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