Archive for October, 2012

Military history books

The Book People has some fascinating and insightful military history books available right now. The books span across time and will give you an insight into what military life is really like. From reference guides to wartime fiction, there is sure to be something to appeal to anyone with an interest in military history.

Bestselling author Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross is an astonishing true story from World War II. It tells how the five D-Day spies deceived the Nazis into believing Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the target for invasion. It also says how they must have been one of the oddest military units ever assembled… Seizing the Enigma is David Kahn’s account of the race to break the German U-Boat codes and is an extensive, informative and thrilling description of the Royal Navy’s important mission.

Heartbreaking, profound and poignant, Sian Price’s If You’re Reading This, Last Letters from the Front Line is a collection of farewell letters written by servicemen and women to their loved ones. It offers a remarkable insight into hearts and minds of those who have served their country over the past 300 years. Lyn Smith’s Heroes of the Holocaust tells how 27 ordinary Britons risked their lives to make a difference during one of the darkest periods in world history. It is a deeply moving testament to their bravery.

The Animals’ VC for Gallantry and Devotion is packed with inspiring stories of animal bravery and courage. The book provides a lasting memorial to the remarkable and heroic animals that have played their part in military history. The Military History Book is a definitive visual guide to the technology and weaponry of war from 5,000 years ago right through to the present day. It showcases significant armaments and weaponry and highlights the features that made them so effective.

Military History

Bake your own Showstopper with The Great British Bake Off

After the tense finish to this year’s series of The Great British Bake Off, which saw John Whaite reign victorious, it’s possible you’re missing your weekly dose of baking excitement. A smash-hit BBC programme that continues to go from strength to strength, GBBO has now become essential viewing for the whole family. Although the series may be off your screens for the next year or so, you can become a star baker yourself with the fabulous tie-in book The Great British Bake Off: How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers.

A glorious celebration of Britain’s favourite pastime, the hardback baking book is inspired by the wonderful creations that have been featured during the programme’s ‘Showstopper Challenge’ and the recipes include large and small cakes, biscuits and cookies, sweet and savoury pastry, puddings, breads and patisserie. With these stunning bakes sure to turn heads at every occasion, the book also shows you how to add exciting finishes using chocolate curls, ribbons and spun sugar, as well as offering simple ideas for icing, shaping and decorating. It even features the best bakes from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’s Technical Challenges and the finest recipes from this year’s set of amateur bakers, all complemented by sumptuous photography.

With applications open for 2013’s series already, why not see if you have what it takes to be a star baker? As well as this terrific baking book from the Book People, you can also host your own Bake Off challenge at home with your very own GBBO party. You can download an amazing party pack, complete with invites, bunting, door signs, party instructions, recipe cards, name labels, voting cards and certificates from the Great British Bake Off’s website here.

Great British Bake Off Showstoppers

Gifts for him and Gifts for her

The Book People has a range of books that are suitable for both men and women right now and all are available at fantastically low prices. Head over to the main site to see some of the titles we have right now.

For him:
Thanks to his successes in both the Tour de France and the Olympics, Bradley Wiggins became one of the nation’s heroes in 2012, and is surely in the running for the Sports Personality of the Year award. You can relive the popular mod’s incredible summer with Allez Wiggo!, a photographic celebration of all his races and victories over the last year. Another fascinating read for sports fans is popular golf legend Sam Torrance’s autobiography Out of Bounds: Tales From the 19th Hole, this is a read full of enthusiasm, informative insights and entertaining anecdotes.

The star of Peep Show and a regular on the likes of QI, David Mitchell’s autobiography, Back Story is a fascinating and funny read that tells all about his life and how he is most definitely not David Mitchell the novelist! Jeremy Clarkson also has a new book out and this time he looks back over The Top Gear Years, and describes how a show filmed in an ex-RAF aerodrome in Surrey has become a worldwide sensation. Another hit BBC show is Andrew Marr’s A History of the World and in the tie-in book, he reveals some of the traditional epic stories that show how our understanding of the world’s history changes as new discoveries are made.

For her:
Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco is the definitive book on Moroccan cuisine and features over 200 authentic recipes for delicious food, all with clear instructions and detailed notes. Meanwhile, The Book of Bags features a delightful collection of 30 easy-to-make bags to suit every outfit and occasion. With a variety of techniques and styles on offer, the book is suitable for both newcomers and experienced crafters! The Anti-ageing Beauty Bible is packed with insider info on how to look, feel and be fabulous forever. The book contains chapters that include guidance on skin, hair, make-up, hands, feet, nails, exercise, sleep and so much more!

Call The Midwife was a television success story and this keepsake hardback edition of Jennifer Worth’s memoir is beautifully illustrated and brings to life the true story of the East End of London in the 1950s. Jackie Collins is also back with another novel packed with sex, power and intrigue called The Power Trip. A Russian billionaire invites five couples to stay on board his luxury yacht. Will it end up being the trip of a lifetime?

Bradley Wiggins
Paula Wolfert

Check out the latest cinematic hits… in print!

This season your local cinema is likely to be showing a number of huge hit films, but would it surprise you to know that many of them started out as books? That’s right – some of these films are expected to make millions at the box office, but they were originally enjoyed in book form, and if you want to enjoy these amazing films in print you can do so right here at the Book People.

Right now, three of our favourite book-to-film conversions include …

1) The Avengers

It might have come out at the cinema a little while ago now, but people are still raving about this film, and rightly so! At the Book People we can’t get enough of this superhero ensemble, but we must admit that we prefer the original comics. Either way though, if you want to really get into the Avengers you’ll be needing our Avengers guide book – ‘The Avengers: The Ultimate Guide to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!’

This book details every intricate detail of your new favourite superheroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk and Black Widow. There’s also more than enough intricate original artwork to keep you entertained for hours – a must for superhero fans! Available at the Book People for just £6.99, down from £17.99.

2) The Perks of Being a Wallflower

One of Emma Watson’s first non-Harry Potter films also happens to be one of American author Stephen Chbosky’s best-loved novels. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is a fantastic coming of age novel written in an epistolary format; with the main character Charlie writing to an anonymous friend about his hopes and dreams. Charlie is an introverted and shy adolescent, but his letters show how he slowly begins to change as life takes him in a new direction. If you’re planning on going to see the new film at the cinema, read it first! Buy it from the Book People for £3.99, down from £14.99.

3) Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo’s stunning novel ‘Private Peaceful’ is to be released as a hit new feature film this year, but why not see for yourself whether you prefer the book or the film version? From the author of the hit book and film ‘War Horse’, the story is incredibly moving and follows the life of Private Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful as he’s sent to the front line in the Second World War. Get this heart wrenching tale for £4.99 from the Book People, down from £10.99.

The Avengers
Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Michael Morpurgo - Private Peaceful

Hilary Mantel wins the Man Booker Prize 2012

Hilary Mantel has been named the winner of The Man Booker Prize 2012 for Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning sequel to Wolf Hall, which also won the prize in 2009. Hilary Mantel is the first ever Briton to win the prize twice, and also the first author to win the award for a sequel. Bring Up the Bodies beat off stiff competition from the likes of Will Self’s Umbrella and Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home to claim the prize, which consists of £50,000 and a designer-bound copy of their book.

Judged by chair Sir Peter Stohard, Dinah Birch, Amanda Foreman, Dan Stevens and Bharat Tandon, Bring Up the Bodies is a book that tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, an advisor to Henry VIII, and charts the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Sir Peter Stohard told the BBC: “This double accolade is uniquely deserved” and that Bring Up the Bodies is “a very remarkable piece of English prose that transcends the work already written by a great English prose writer”.

One of the objectives of the Man Booker Prize is to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction and the Book People has all six of 2012’s shortlisted titles available in the Man Booker Prize Collection for just £29.99. To celebrate Hilary Mantel’s achievement, you can also get an extra 10% off until Midnight Friday (19 October) by entering Promotion Code MAN12 at the checkout when ordering this collection!

Man Booker Shortlist

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