Archive for September, 2012

New cookbooks – full of flavour!

At the Book People, we have a selection of new mouth-watering cookbooks available to buy and there’s something for everyone – whether you’re a vegetarian, looking for good food that is quick and easy to prepare, thinking of improving your diet or even if you just have a sweet tooth!

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has returned with Three Good Things, a cookbook that does exactly as it states in the title. In here, Hugh will teach you how to make more than 175 delicious meals using just three tasty ingredients that complement each other perfectly. Anjum’s Vegetarian Feast provides veggies with a wide range of recipes to choose from – and they’re so tasty, they’ll even appeal to the most hardened carnivore! With 90 light, bright and modern recipes on offer, you’ll struggle to know where to start, but we’d recommend the Tandoori Vegetable Feast!

For those who struggle to find the time to cook but want to provide good, fresh food for the whole family, the Busy Mum’s Cookbook could be the book for you, it features simple recipes and advice on what to buy as an alternative to ready meals and fast food. Among the recipes on offer are classic pasta dishes, a no-fuss fish pie and an easy-to-prepare pizza. One of Scotland’s hottest chefs, the Michelin-starred and aptly-named Tom Kitchin also offers uncomplicated recipes for gourmet food in Kitchin Suppers, a book that will help you achieve culinary success in everything from one-pan wonders to flavoured braises.

Darina Allen provides 300 delightful recipes in her cooking bible, Irish Traditional Cooking. With tips, tales, historical insights and overviews of Irish customs included too, this really is a keepsake book. From Sea Spinach Soup to Potted Ballycotton Shrimps, this is a cookbook that both celebrates the best in Irish food and culture. Meanwhile, Rachel Allen’s Cake will provide you with every cake you’ll ever need – whether you’re looking for a classic cake, a birthday cake, a wedding cake or just a recipe to make something new at home. With fail-safe recipes, easy-to-follow methods and some thoughtful advice, there’s sure to be something in here to take your fancy. There’s even some festive treats to help you prepare for Christmas!

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Guildford Book Festival

Just down the road from the Book People’s head office, the Guildford Book Festival takes place from 18 – 27 October. Established in 1989, the literary festival is a key cultural event which captures the imagination of people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. There will be special guest appearances from numerous authors and also a number of events to celebrate the occasion. With core funding from the University of Surrey and Guildford Borough Council, the festival is also supported by local businesses and has a distinguished set of patrons, including Adele Parks, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Buerk.

Events will take place across a range of venues in picturesque Guildford over the ten days. On 18 October, Rachel Allen will be discussing her latest gorgeous baking book, Cake, while the extremely popular Frances Osborne will be discussing her latest bestseller Park Lane on 19 October. On Sunday 21 October, Mary Berry will be hosting An Audience with… to show you how you can create your very own Showstoppers, and Tania Carver will also be making an appearance alongside Nicci French. Other highlights include Sandi Toksvig, Judy Finnigan, Jenny Eclair and Tom Holland.

The two Puffin Post days are sure to delight the whole family. On 20 October, the children’s magazine celebrates its 45th birthday with an exciting afternoon at the new Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel – balloons, prizes and cake are promised, as well as a special appearance from Puffin himself. From 2.30pm to 4pm, illustrator Emma Dodd will bring her charming stories to life for younger children, while at the same time the hilarious Andy Stanton will be entertaining children aged 8 and over with his funny Mr Gum stories. 27 October sees Puffin Post host what promises to be a fantastic day-long extravaganza of events, with guest authors Chris Bradford, Emma Fisher, Roger Stevens and Andrew Cope all making appearances. There will also be a Puffin draw-off between Adam Stower and Emma Dodd, a How to Draw a Puffin Workshop and the opportunity for children to decorate some special Puffin-shaped cookies!

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Tantalising television tie-in titles for your favourite series’

If, like much of the UK, you’ve been enjoying the fantastic TV we’ve been blessed with as of late and you want to really make the most of all the superb entertainment, why not take a look at our latest television tie-in titles? We love our TV just as much as we enjoy reading at the Book People, and we genuinely couldn’t think of anything better than something that brings the two together!

Here are some of our top picks for the season so far:

1) Wartime Farm

This excellent new series from the creators of Tales from the Green Valley, Edwardian Farm and Victorian Farm is perfect for history lovers, and if you enjoy watching the series you’ll love the book that goes along with it. Wartime Farm documents the experiences of Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman and Alex Langlands as they explore Britain’s World War II era, while also giving you some practical advice that can be implemented today.

2) True Blood Collection

The popular True Blood television series has just come back onto our screens and those that are in love with this HBO series will be thrilled to know that it started out in print! The talented Charlaine Harris penned The Southern Vampire Mysteries (as they were originally known) back in 2001 and there are now a total of thirteen supernatural-filled novels. Our True Blood Collection contains the first 10 novels, which follow the mindreading Sookie Stackhouse, vampires Bill Compton and Eric Northman, the shape shifting Sam Merlotte, and many other characters, through their drama-filled lives in Bon Temps, Louisiana, after vampires have ‘come out of the coffin’.

3) The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is finally back on our screens and now we have this new Downton Abbey book to get stuck into as well, we couldn’t be happier! It’s packed with exclusive photos and behind-the-scenes info from all three series’ that’s never been released before, so you can learn even more about your favourite TV characters.

Will you be picking up one of our TV tie-in titles?

TV tie-in
Southern Vampire Mysteries
Chronicles of Downton Abbey

Read through the Man Booker Shortlist!

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist has been announced – and you can get all 6 titles for just £29.99 from the Book People! Giving you a saving of £59, the collection brings together a wide range of contemporary fiction and gives you the chance to choose your favourite read for the acclaimed award.

Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse is the heartbreaking story of one mother’s abandonment of her son which is sure to stir the emotions of the reader, while in Will Self’s radical and extensive Umbrella, a woman has awoken from a 50-year coma and is shocked by the changes in society as the novel skims through generations. Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists is based in Japanese wartime and focuses on a camp survivor.

A sweeping portrayal of Bombay, Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis is a must read, while Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home is a fascinating look at the way in which depression can affect apparently stable people. Bring up the Bodies is Hilary Mantel’s sequel to Wolf Hall and is just as addictive. Read through all 6 titles before the winner is announced on 16 October and let us know your favourite!

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Contemporary fiction

Celebrate 25 years of Wally!

As they search for the elusive man in the striped red and white jumper and bobble hat, Martin Handford’s Where’s Wally books have been entertaining children since 1987. On Friday 21 September, Wally turns 25 years old and there is a range of exciting activities planned to celebrate this momentous occasion. A worldwide star, Wally will be present throughout the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. Crafts workshops will take place on the Where’s Wally Wednesdays leading up to the event and there will also be a special Wally parade around the city on 28 September to celebrate both the opening of the festival and the time traveller’s birthday!

To celebrate this fantastic occasion, not only does the Book People have a fantastic competition where you can win one of 6 amazing Where’s Wally goody bags, we also have a range of Wally books available, including Where’s Wally? in Hollywood and Where’s Wally? The Search for Lost Things.

Fun fact: The Where’s Wally books have been published in 38 different countries, but Wally is often known under a local name – famously in the United States he is Waldo, while in France he is referred to as Charlie and in Germany he is called Walter!

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