Archive for August, 2012

Afternoon tea with Nanny Pat

Where and when: Mayfair Exchange, 34 Brook Street, London – Tuesday 28 August, 3pm
What: The launch of Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets, the biography from Nanny Pat
Eats and drinks: Smoked salmon sandwiches, scrummy cupcakes, scones with cream and jam, English tea.
We saw: Nanny Pat, Carol and James ‘Arg’ Argent of TOWIE fame.

“Do we call you Pat or Patricia?”
“You call me Nanny Pat, everyone does!”

That was my Tuesday afternoon, I kid you not. When the invitation arrived in my inbox, I honestly wouldn’t be able to describe how excited I was by the prospect of having afternoon tea with Nanny Pat, the surprise star of the ITV2 series The Only Way Is Essex. If you are a devotee of the hit show or even just a fan of the sausage plait, you will know Nanny Pat.

The launch of her first book, Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets, held at the Mayfair Exchange, began with typical Essex glam – a red carpet and barrage of paparazzi. The location couldn’t have been more fitting for a lovely afternoon of tea drinking and scone munching, all to celebrate a wonderful and charming lady – and her new book!

Told with her trademark charm, humour and warmth, in this book Nanny Pat takes us on a journey through the East End world she grew up in – from her childhood during the Second World War through to the sad death of her mother when she was just 11 and then meeting the love of her life Charlie. The book is scattered with the fantastic characters Nanny Pat has met over the years, including her marvellously eccentric deaf Nan and Auntie Alice – a woman who would dress in fur to pop in to the butchers!

I had started the first few chapters of Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets over the weekend but after meeting the delightful Nanny Pat in person, I stayed up all night to finish reading her remarkable and engaging story in one greedy sitting. Meeting Nanny Pat was a wonderful way to come back to work after the Bank Holiday and I truly hope every Tuesday is as fun as this one with its Essex glam and the ultimate Essex Nan!

Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets is available from the Book People for just £3.99.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan.

Cakes at afternoon tea with Nanny Pat

Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets

Afternoon tea with Nanny Pat

Donna and Nanny Pat

Useful reference guides for going back to school

With students going back to school in the next few weeks, now is the time to make sure they are fully organised and have everything they need for the year ahead. Some children may be starting school for the first time and it’s even more important they are prepared for this important moment in their lives. The Book People has a wide range of handy reference guides available for all children that are sure to aid their studies and preparation.

A dictionary is an essential part of any child’s school life and we have the Oxford First Dictionary and the Oxford Primary Dictionary. The First Dictionary is suitable for children aged 5 and over, so could be ideal if you know a child just starting school. The colourful dictionary includes cool 3D artwork and sections on phonics and vocabulary building. Aimed at children aged 7 and over, the Primary Dictionary is an essential reference book that has tips on spelling and grammar. Perfect for children aged 6 and above, See Inside Your Body contains flaps to lift, bright illustrations and diagrams that display all the body’s major organs and also features witty and informative text to give all the facts.

Another book that could become a very valuable resource as children learn about the world around them is the Philip’s Modern Atlas. Having been a favourite in secondary school classrooms for decades, the atlas includes a range of different maps that display the many contours of the world. The At Home With… Collection will let children aged between 5 and 7 practise a range of essential skills at home. The collection will help children associate learning with fun and includes guides to help with English, Maths and handwriting. For extremely gifted children, the Brain Academy Collections are perfect. Available for ages both 7-9 and 9-11, the books will test children in numeracy, literacy and science in a variety of challenging and entertaining ways.

Back to school books

The Book People and Bangor City FC agree sponsorship deal

The Book People are pleased to announce a major three-year sponsorship deal with Bangor City Football Club. Under the terms of the agreement, Bangor City’s new stadium at Nantporth will now be known as The Book People Stadium. Bangor City, affectionately known as the Citizens, will also have the Book People logo featured on their kit and there will be advertising for the Book People displayed throughout the ground.

The deal with the Welsh Premier League side came about as the Book People has had a warehouse and Customer Service centre based in Bangor since 2002. On announcing the deal, the Book People’s Chairman Ted Smart said: ‘This is a brilliant opportunity for the football club, the Book People and the local community in Bangor. The Book People has always been extremely community focused and we felt this was a fantastic opportunity to give something back to a community we are proud to be part of.’

Bangor City Chairman Dilwyn Jones also said about the deal: ‘We welcome this new partnership with the Book People – a business which has played a significant role in the local economy for the past ten years. At tough times for business, we particularly appreciate the valuable investment that the Book People is making in Bangor City FC, and we look forward to repaying the confidence shown in us.”

The deal will be in place for the first match of the 2012/13 Welsh Premier League season on Friday 17 August when Bangor will take on Connah’s Quay Nomads. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

For more information on Bangor City FC, visit
The Book People Stadium can be found at Holyhead Road, Bangor LL57 2HQ.

Below are two of Richard Birch’s photographs of The Book People Stadium.

Mr. Men and Little Miss Collections are back in stock!

At the Book People, we’re delighted to announce that the Mr. Men and Little Miss Collections are now available once more. Priced at £30 for the 50-book Mr. Men Collection and £25 for the 36-book Little Miss Collection, these are sure to sell out so please buy them as soon as possible. It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents!

Starring all of Roger Hargreaves’s bright and popular characters, the books in these collections are sure to provide perfect bedtime reading for a long time, while also giving parents a nostalgic thrill from the stories they are sure to remember from their youth. Characters like Mr. Happy, Mr. Bump and Little Miss Naughty and their fun adventures are timeless and both collections come in handy keepsake boxes. The extensive range of books in these collections are sure to bring children (and adults!) hours of fun!

James Patterson again named top-earning author

Thriller writer James Patterson has once again been named the world’s top-earning author, with an income of $94 million, in the updated annual list unveiled by Also in the top five are the legendary Stephen King, Stephanie Plum author Janet Evanovich, the king of legal thrillers John Grisham and Jeff Kinney, the creator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Female authors have made great strides this year with J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins having very lucrative years. Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, is certain to add to her wealth.

The world’s five top-earning authors in 2012 are:
1. James Patterson: $94 million
2. Stephen King: $39 million
3. Janet Evanovich: $33 million
4. John Grisham: $26 million
5. Jeff Kinney: $25 million

To read the full list, visit

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