Archive for November, 2012

Activity books and annuals

Annuals and activity books make fantastic stocking fillers for children of all ages, and at the Book People we have plenty for you to choose from. Perfect books for encouraging children to keep on reading over the Christmas holidays, they contain some of the most popular characters from the world of TV, film and comics. The below titles are all available at our low prices!

Sure to excite young girls is the glorious activity book, Sticker Dolly Dressing: Parties. This book allows children to get the dollies ready for a wide range of parties and might even get them even more excited about all the parties and gatherings they’re sure to be attending over the next few weeks. The Horrid Henry Annual 2013 stars Francesca Simon and Tony Ross’s iconic character and is packed with his trademark playful humour. For little ones, we have Justin Fletcher’s special 2013 Annual, a giggle-tastic book that also stars the popular CBeebies presenter’s friends Jollywobbles the car and Engelbert the dog. The Bin Weevils are a wildly popular phenomenon among children right now and the Bin Weevils activity collection is sure to keep fans occupied for a long time, as they are packed with hilarious jokes and challenging puzzles. We also have an exclusive hardback edition of the Bin Weevils Official Guide, which features hidden codes for children to unlock bonus Mulch online.

The Kids’ Winter Fun Book has ideas for how the whole family can make use of the cold days and nights ahead, while Ripley’s Believe It or Not 2013 focuses on some of the most bizarre and unusual facts, figures and features from around the world. For young football fans, you cannot go wrong with Match magazine’s 2013 annual, which is packed with some of the most famous footballers on the planet, as well as trivia, quizzes and games featuring all the top teams.

An annual that is sure to be read by the grown-ups as well is the Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2013, a book that asks this year’s contestants and judges a range of interesting questions, and also has a focus on backstage gossip, music and make-up.

Deadly 60 is one of the most popular children’s television shows at the moment and has made a star out of its likeable presenter, Steve Backshall. In the Deadly Diaries, Steve offers an incredible insight into what life is really like with the Deadly team as they set about filming some of the world’s most dangerous animals. Fans can also join the Deadly team with the 2013 Annual, which contains all manner of quizzes, puzzles and fun activities.

Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2013Horrid Henry Annual 2013

Fantastic fiction

The Book People has a wide range of fantastic fiction available for all tastes right now, and all are available at our low prices. Why not delve into your favourite author’s work, or maybe even take a chance on a new read? There’s fiction from every genre and we have stories that are suitable for all ages.

One of the world’s bestselling fiction writers is James Patterson and we have a three-book collection starring his famous detective, Alex Cross. These are crime thrillers packed with action and suspense. We also have Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, an intriguing festive thriller starring the popular character! Meanwhile, The Fab Fiction Collection contains three bestselling slices of contemporary fiction, that are all very different but no less addictive. Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones is a heartbreaking read, while Room is a book full of tension. Bridget Jones’s Diary meanwhile, is packed with humour and romantic fiction.

Recently at the cinemas starring Emma Watson, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an iconic book in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye. It tells the story of shy and awkward teenager Charlie’s high-school years through a series of letters. Hilary Mantel recently became the first ever woman and first ever Briton to win the Man Booker Prize twice and you can get Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall in The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2012, a collection that brings together all six shortlisted titles. Why not see if you agree with the judges’ final decision? If Mantel’s books have ignited your thirst for historical fiction, we also have collections from Karen Harper and Susanna Gregory that bring different eras to life in striking detail.

For lighter reading, the Jack Sheffield Collection contains six heart-warming and semi-autobiographical novels that will appeal to fans of James Herriot. The books tell of the life of a headmaster in a Yorkshire village primary school during the late 70s and beyond.

The Lovely Bones, Room, Bridget Jones's Diary

Costa Book Awards 2012 Shortlist announced

The Costa Book Awards Shortlist for 2012 has been announced and the Book People is delighted to see some of our favourite reads from the past 12 months being recognised. Among the authors we’ve been proud to support over the last year that have been nominated are Hilary Mantel for Bring Up the Bodies, her stunning sequel to Wolf Hall, and Benjamin Wood for The Bellwether Revivals, a Book People Debut Fiction Choice.

Originally established in 1971, the Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books in five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. All the books have to be published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland*. Judges on this year’s panels (three per category) include comedian Mark Watson, authors Marcus Sedgwick and Matt Whyman and actress and broadcaster Janet Ellis. The winners of the five categories each receive £5,000 and will be announced on Wednesday 2 January 2013.

The overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012 will receive £30,000 and be selected and announced at the glittering Costa Book Awards Ceremony in London on 29 January. You can see the full shortlists below:

2012 Costa Novel Award shortlist

Hilary Mantel for Bring up the Bodies
Stephen May for Life! Death! Prizes!
James Meek for The Heart Broke In
Joff Winterhart for Days of the Bagnold Summer

2012 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
JW Ironmonger for The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder
Jess Richards for Snake Ropes
Francesca Segal for The Innocents
Benjamin Wood for The Bellwether Revivals

2012 Costa Biography Award shortlist
Artemis Cooper for Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure
Selina Guinness for The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family
Kate Hubbard for Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household
Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

2012 Costa Poetry Award shortlist
Sean Borodale for Bee Journal
Julia Copus for The World’s Two Smallest Humans
Selima Hill for People Who Like Meatballs
Kathleen Jamie for The Overhaul

2012 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist
Sally Gardner for Maggot Moon
Diana Hendry for The Seeing
Hayley Long for What’s Up with Jody Barton?
Dave Shelton for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

For more information on the award, please visit

*To be eligible for the 2012 Costa Book Awards, books must have been first published in the UK or Ireland between 1 November 2011 and 31 October 2012.

Man Booker Prize Collection
Benjamin Wood

Even more children’s book collections

At the Book People, we often have amazing collections of children’s books at incredible prices. At the moment, we have some stunning titles available whether your child is interested in adventure, horror or princesses. We also have some amazing titles for little ones, in addition to our constant bestsellers starring the Mr. Men and Little Miss (don’t forget the sparkly Mr. Men collection with a free cuddly Mr. Tickle too!).

R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series has been a constant bestseller for almost twenty years and with the Goosebumps Horrorland collection, the stories have been updated for the modern audience. A collection of books that all form part of one story based around a theme park that could be the most evil place on Earth, some of the classic stories like Say Cheese and Die and the Living Dummy are referenced. The Adventure Island collection evokes the spirit of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five but is set in modern times and the exciting adventures are full of action. Unputdownable fiction for children aged 9 and over.

Little girls are sure to enjoy the sweet stories starring Princess Poppy. Already a star of picture books, this collection introduces her as a star of read-it-yourself chapter books and Poppy’s endearing adventures are sure to keep girls hooked as they read through them. For little ones, what could be better than a collection of 14 imaginative stories featuring a lovable little boy and some dinosaurs? The Harry and the Dinosaurs collection is just perfect for children aged 3 and over. The dinosaurs visit the museum, head off on holiday and even partake in a game of football!

LEGO titles are always popular at the Book People and the three books featured in The Ultimate LEGO Ideas Collection are no exception. Throughout these three books, children can find out about the history of the brand, be inspired to make their own model masterpieces and celebrate 30 years of the legendary LEGO minifigures.

LEGO books
R.L. Stine

Get into military history this November

Remembrance Sunday may have been and gone, but that’s no reason why you can’t still remember the brave men and women that have fought for our country throughout the years. If you have an interest in military history, we have some fascinating books you can get stuck into this November to find out what your ancestors were fighting for.

Here are just some of our excellent military history books, which recreate the experiences of those fighting in the First and Second World Wars, along with many other notable military events. At the moment, we’re also running a special deal in which customers that purchase two books from our military history range can get a copy of The Military History Book for just £10, saving £4.

1) Double Cross by Ben Macintyre

This exceptional novel comes from the author of ‘Agent Zigzag’ and ‘Operation Mincemeat’, and tells a true story of World War II bravery and intelligence. As many will know, D-Day was the real turning point for the war, but there was also another triumph for the allied forces on 6th June 1944. This was the day that the ‘Double Cross System’ triumphed – this was an intricate and delicate operation to convince German forces that Calais and Norway were the targets for the gigantic invasion, rather than Normandy. It involved a number of double agents infiltrating the Nazi forces, and their sacrifice was more than we could ever imagine. Get it now for £5.99 (RRP £16.99) from the Book People.

2) Seizing the Enigma by David Kahn

The cracking of the German U-boat codes was one of the biggest missions of the Second World War, and in David Kahn’s gripping book he explains just how it was possible. With numerous real-world characters introduced throughout the text, including scientists, linguists, chess champions and more, you can find out exactly how the British forces were able to come out victorious against the U-boats. Yours for just £4.99 (RRP £19.99) at the Book People.

3) The Animals’ VC for Gallantry and Devotion by David Long

Many people forget that countless animals give their lives to fighting in our wars, but David Long’s book documents the mere 63 animals that have been awarded with the Animals’ Victoria Cross award for their ‘conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict’. The book includes animals such as Rip the terrier, who sniffed out over 100 survivors that had been buried by rubble during the WWII raids, Judy the pointer, who saved lives in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp, and Simon, a ship’s cat, who stuck with his crew despite being under enemy fire. Buy it for £4.99 (RRP £16.99) at the Book People.

4) D-Day to Victory by Trevor Greenwood

In June 1944 Tank Commander Sgt Trevor Greenwood sailed to Normandy as part of the Allied invasion and, following D-Day, started a journal. This book serves as his memoir and documents his entries, while recreating the terrible conditions which he and thousands of other men were forced to endure. Get a copy from the Book People for £4.99 (RRP £14.99).

Will you be investing in any military history books this November?

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