Archive for December, 2012

What’s the hot toy for this Christmas? LEGO, of course!

What’s the ultimate children’s toy, in your opinion? Barbie dolls? Subbuteo? How about LEGO? Those little plastic interlocking bricks have been entertaining kids since 1949 and its popularity doesn’t look as though it will be waning any time soon. As the brand has developed, new products have flooded the market in-keeping with popular culture and youngsters can now build Harry Potter castles, Star Wars battleships and entire worlds for Lord of the Rings characters to journey around.

After a busy morning opening presents and cooking a feast, you’ll want something to keep the kids quiet for a while and one of the fantastic LEGO Brickmaster sets available from the Book People is the perfect choice. As well as a wide selection of Brickmaster hardback books, which help to fuel their imagination, we have mixed-media sets containing figurines and bricks so children can get to work on their masterpiece as soon as an idea strikes them.

LEGO Friends Brickmaster is specially designed to appeal to girls, while boys will love playing with LEGO City Brickmaster or LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster.

For the ultimate treat, buy your little one the three-book Ultimate LEGO Ideas Collection. The titles in this collection are The LEGO Ideas Book, The LEGO Book and LEGO: Standing Small. As well as revealing all about the history of the product and teaching children a few fascinating facts, the collection celebrates the history of the LEGO figurines and provides all sort of ideas to children who are deciding on their next building project.

Here at the Book People, we also have a selection of LEGO encyclopaedias so kids can learn even more about their favourite toy, whether they want a general overview or a more detailed guide to characters in the Batman, Star Wars and Harry Potter collections.

So, check out our LEGO shop and see if you can uncover the perfect Christmas gift.

LEGO books

Christmas cookbooks

What better way to celebrate Christmas than by indulging yourself in some delicious food and drink? With our delightful range of cookbooks, the Book People can help you find the perfect dish for a big party or home-cooked meal. Don’t forget, we also have a wide range of cookbooks that can be used throughout the year too.

A bumper bundle of Yuletide cooking and craft projects, Celebrate Christmas offers plenty of advice on all the preparation you’ll need to provide a truly memorable Christmas time. It is packed with traditional recipes and contemporary interpretations. The Hairy Bikers may have recently been on a diet, but their 12 Days of Christmas will provide you with a range of fun and tasty recipes to keep the whole family satisfied. With cracking hints and tips, including what to do with leftovers, this is a book that will bring warming food into your Christmas kitchen. Packed with both creativity and originality, Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake is written by Annie Rigg and Catherine Woram. This delightfully festive book will show you how to make delicious Meringue Snowflakes and a Frosty the Snowman Cake, as well as giving you a helping hand when it comes to creating personal gift ideas and decorations.

You can celebrate Christmas with a lovely glass of wine and Larousse Wine is a comprehensive reference guide to the best wine on offer. A great gift for both wine connoisseurs and relative novices! A fantastic book for those on the go and also ‘the easiest Christmas cookbook you will ever own’, Kim McCosker’s 4 Ingredients Christmas is a clever book that will help you keep Christmas-cooking stress to a minimum. Featuring over 80 recipes that all only include four ingredients or less, the book covers classic and contemporary meals, including starters, sides, sauces, mains, desserts and drinks.

Kim McCoskerAnnie Rigg and Catherine Woram

Specsavers National Book Awards winners revealed

Miranda Hart, Eowyn Ivey and Hilary Mantel were among the winners at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012. All the winners were revealed at a glittering and star-studded awards ceremony in London and now the general public have the chance to vote for the best book overall from the various categories to award the prestigious Specsavers Book of the Year award. The Specsavers National Book Awards aim to celebrate the best books released over the past twelve months and the Book People is delighted to have supported many of the winners.

Previously a Book People Debut Fiction Choice, Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child is a beautiful book that weaves both myth and fairy tale together to provide a stunning and unforgettable read. It is well deserving of the International Author of the Year award. Ian Rankin was also honoured with a special Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to literature.

After her incredible Man Booker success, Hilary Mantel took home the UK Author of the Year award for Bring Up the Bodies while Miranda Hart won the Non-fiction Book of the Year for the hilarious Is it Just Me?. The Hairy Bikers also had a good night with their cookbook The Hairy Dieters winning the Food and Drink Book of the Year award. A book that shows you don’t have to compromise on taste when on a diet, it’s sure to be a popular title in the new year too!

The full list of Specsavers National Book Awards winners is as follows:

Autobiography/Biography of the Year: My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding
Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Crime Book of the Year: A Wanted Man by Lee Child
Outstanding Achievement Award: Ian Rankin
Food & Drink Book of the Year: The Hairy Dieters by Si King & Dave Myers
International Author of the Year: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Non-fiction Book of the Year: Is It Just Me by Miranda Hart
UK Author of the Year: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Children’s Book of the Year: Ratburger by David Walliams
Audiobook of the Year: The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend, read by Caroline Quentin
New Writer of the Year: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

To find out more about the Specsavers National Book Awards and vote for the Specsavers Book of the Year, please visit

National Book AwardsHairy BikersIan Rankin collection

Celebrity autobiographies

Beautiful hardback celebrity autobiographies make the perfect gift for Christmas. At the Book People we have a wide range of books from famous faces that are sure to appeal to everyone in the family! From acclaimed comedians to famous singers and inspirational athletes, the books are informative, revealing and enlightening.

The star of Peep Show and many panel shows, actor and comedian David Mitchell tells his life story in Back Story. He looks at why he’s rarely done much about being in love, how he almost ruined comedy partner Robert Webb’s wedding and reminisces over painful childhood memories such as being denied a birthday party at McDonald’s. David Walliams is another fascinating personality and Camp David finds him revealing all about his incredible career. An enigma, Walliams is a complex man with a sharp intellect and refreshing honesty and in this book he talks about all his troubles and successes. He also covers the phenomenal popularity of Little Britain and discusses his incredible endurance feats for charity.

Nice to Meet You finds international pop sensation Jessie J at her most outspoken yet. She offers her legion of fans an incredible insight into her music, style and passion. A real-life read that will both shock and enthral, in this book not only does Jessie talk about her incredible successes, she also talks openly about her health issues and heart condition. Another woman who has battled against incredible adversity to forge herself an incredible career is Hilary Devey, and Bold as Brass is an incredibly powerful autobiography. The star of Dragons’ Den reveals how she never gave up on her dreams, despite turbulent and difficult times and now has reaped the rewards. The book is candid and laced with warmth and humour.

Touching Distance is a book from Olympic Gold medallist James Cracknell, and his wife Beverley Turner, that covers the issues a family faces when a tragic accident occurs. One of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, Cracknell suffered a seizure in October 2012, a year after a cycling accident. This book finds the couple confronting the lasting effect this tragic accident has had on both their lives, as Cracknell struggled to remaster even the simplest challenges.

Jessie JJames Cracknell and Beverley Turner

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