Archive for August, 2013

Fantastic fiction from the Book People this autumn

The Book People will keep you reading throughout the autumn months with a selection of gripping novels, all at our usual great value prices. No matter what genre you’re interested in and whatever age you are, there’s bound to be something for you. From our traditional collections through to some of the latest hardback bestsellers, you can see all the titles available on our Fiction category page.

Jason Bourne must be one of the world’s most famous amnesiacs after the success of the films starring Matt Damon, and with our 10-book Bourne Collection, you will be able to read where his story began. Even more gripping and provocative than the hit films, this collection not only contains Robert Ludlum’s original Bourne trilogy but also seven books from acclaimed US author Eric Van Lustbader that further expand this absorbing world of danger, spies and international terrorism. The novel that everyone has been talking about this year, we still have Gone Girl available in a three-book Gillian Flynn collection. Thought-provoking and gripping stories with dark undertones, these really are must-reads. Another set of crime novels with elements of shocking horror are those included in Stieg Larsson’ Millennium Trilogy, and with the three enormous books available for just £4.99, this represents an absolute bargain for any fans of Scandinavian fiction.

The Cousins’ War Quartet from Philippa Gregory has been near the top of our bestseller list ever since the start of the stunning BBC adaptation of the White Queen, and these fantastic slices of historical fiction will appeal to many different kinds of reader. We also have the latest in the series, The White Princess, available as a hardback for the phenomenally low price of £4.99.

For the Young Adult audience, our three-book set from the popular author Louis Sachar is perfect. Featuring Holes, a book that was made into a hit Disney film, and its companion novel Small Steps, the collection also includes the poignant coming-of-age story The Cardturner. Another set of stimulating novels come from the world-famous poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Sure to encourage fierce debate, these three books are shocking but extremely well written.

We’re also delighted to now have the Roald Dahl Collection back in stock. Redesigned with new jackets and artwork, this is an essential addition to any book lover’s collection! Featuring the famous tales of The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox, there are iconic characters in every book and deviously wicked humour throughout! For just £35, you can also get your hands on the 68-book (yes, that’s 68!) Thomas Library. Coming in a handy and beautifully designed box, the collection features Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends from the Isle of Sodor, including Gordon, Percy and Annie and Clarabel, and each story is easy-to-follow and will be returned to again and again.

Jason Bourne collection
Cousins' War collection
Roald Dahl collection
Thomas collection

Back to school books your child shouldn’t do without

The chances are your children don’t like to be reminded of this, but it won’t be long now before they have to go back to school. The summer holidays always seem to go by in the blink of an eye, but at least stressed-out parents can look forward to a little respite after the long break. That means it’s time to start getting your children ready to go back to school – and what better way to do that than to pick up some top-quality educational children’s books?

There are lots of useful titles aimed at children of a variety of ages in the Book People‘s Collins Back to School Shop, so it’s well worth paying a visit. Here are a few titles you might wish to consider.

1) Collins Easy Learning ABC (ages 3-5): Packed with lots of fun activities, this book is great for helping children of ages three to five years to develop their early literacy skills and learn the alphabet.

2) Collins Easy Learning Grammar and Punctuation (ages 5-7): Getting to grips with grammar and punctuation is a crucial for young children. This book helps them do just that, with its combination of engaging, colourful activities and useful hints and tips.

3) Collins Easy Learning Spelling Practice (ages 9-11): Easy to use for both parent and child, Collins Easy Learning Spelling Practice is ideal when it comes to helping children of ages nine to 11 hone their spelling abilities. Its activities are organised in clear, memorable chunks so young readers can retain information easily.

4) Horrible Histories Set (four books): The Horrible Histories series has long been a firm favourite among children – as well as those adults who like to consider themselves young at heart. In this set, you’ll find four essential Horrible Histories books – Awful Egyptians, Rotten Romans, Terrifying Tudors, Measly Middle Ages – which are sure to keep your children both entertained and educated.

Collins Easy Learning Grammar and Punctuation Ages 5-7

Horrible Histories 4-book set

August’s highlights from Red House Children’s Books

As children have been enjoying the summer holidays, we’ve been adding a tremendous selection of book to Red House Children’s Books at the Book People. With books for every age from babies through to Young Adults, all with significant savings on the RRP, head over to Red House now to pick up some of our favourites this month.

For babies, we absolutely adore It’s Time to Sleep, a board book that is full of bold and vivid images to help encourage object and scene recognition. Perfect for stimulating baby’s development, this even has a handle for little hands to hold. Mr Croc is a popular character with toddlers everywhere and now his author Jo Lodge has turned her attention towards dinosaurs, always a popular topic with this age group. Stomp! Little Dinosaur tells the highly interactive story of a little T-rex with a big appetite, will he ever be able to catch that dragonfly for his lunch?

For those children who are just starting to read chapter books, there are a couple of great characters for them to get stuck into. Reformed cat burglar Atticus Claw needs to get to the bottom of a knitting crime spree, while Barry Loser makes his third appearance in I am So Over Being a Loser. Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars finds Kes Gray’s heroine turning detective…

Children aged 11 and over also have plenty of gripping fiction to delve into, with The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby giving a unique and heart-touching insight into a thirteen-year-old’s grief for their much-missed twin sister. With families, relationships and friendship also covered, this is a poignant story that will teach young readers important life lessons and make them think. All Our Yesterdays is set to be the latest must-read book for fans of The Hunger Games and Mortal Instruments. A debut novel from Cristin Terrill, the book follows the story of Em, a girl locked in a cell with no home comforts… When she finds a note in her cell from her future self containing instructions on how to save her past, she realises she will have to pursue and kill a boy she once loved… An enticing mixture of sci-fi, adventure, mystery, romance and dystopia.

Cristin Terrill
It's Time to Sleep
Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars

Food and drink for the final days of summer

The Book People will help you draw the summer to a close with a selection of hand-picked cookbooks. Whether you want hearty and warming food for the cold nights ahead or are looking forward to some last-minute barbecue celebrations, here at the Book People we have it covered.

After the runaway success of The Hairy Dieters cookbook last year, we’re delighted to be able to offer you Si King and Dave Myers’ new book, The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life for the penny-saving price of just £5.99. In the book, the Hairy Bikers reveal how they’ve managed to keep the weight off without compromising on flavour. With over 80 easy-to-make recipes for the whole family, this will be a fine addition to your kitchen shelf. We will also be donating a percentage of the sale from each copy of Eat for Life to a UK-based literacy charity, so not only will you be losing weight but you will also be helping a good cause!

For those late summer evenings, MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo’s Sunshine on a Plate is perfect with its tantalising selection of Mauritian food, all of which have an emphasis on freshness and subtle spicing, while Nigella Lawson’s Forever Summer includes irresistible recipe ideas for the likes of Italian Antipasti, Greek Mezze and Californian Cuisine. The book comes with an exclusive Book People jacket too!

If you’re looking for the perfect curry, let Rick Stein guide you on your way. His latest cookbook, India reveals just what it is that makes up the country’s favourite dish – is it the thick, creamy sauces or the sensual aromas? Throughout the book, Rick unlocks the secrets of the diverse and complex flavours and offers tips and advice that will allow you to experiment with the flavours of India in the comfort of your home.

If you know someone who is heading to the big, wide world of university, then chances are they are going to need their very own cookbook to remind them that there is more to home cooking than beans on toast. The Really Hungry Student Cookbook is perfect for getting them to experiment more in the kitchen. With extra healthy salads, soups and juices alongside the traditional hangover cures of hearty breakfasts and group meals for the inevitable parties, as well as quick pasta dishes and on-the-go lunches, it really will help them get to grips with fending for themselves!

Eat For Life

Really Hungry Student Cookbook

Sunshine on a Plate

The Book People’s Summer Sale is now on!

You know that you can find the best hand-picked books at the Book People for amazing prices, but have you seen that we currently have our biggest ever Summer Sale on? With books available for as little as £1.99, head over to our Summer Sale page to see the entire selection available! With books for all ages and from every genre included, there is bound to be something you’ll love, and with books at these prices, why not try something new? Stock is limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone so make your order today!

Book People Summer Sale

The Book People is famous for our superb collections and you can now pick up some of these superb-value sets for even lower prices. Intelligent fiction for the contemporary woman, our Adele Parks Collection brings together three of the acclaimed author’s very different stories and is now available for just £3.49. The 10-book Hidden Classics Collection is £5.99 and features books from authors we feel deserve to be better known, alongside some famous authors’ lesser-acknowledged work, including Charles Dickens and Fyodor Dostoevsky. The Great Loves Collection meanwhile is a whopping 20 books for the price of just £7.49. All united by the theme or romance, the collection includes work from the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud and Thomas Hardy and every book comes in a stylish jacket.

There are many collections for children too, young readers will love the Disney Princesses Collection (£5.99) which contains eight books focusing on the famous characters including Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Ariel, The Little Mermaid. The Nature Year Collection contains a book for every month of the year and focuses on animals from every continent, showing how the different seasons attract different habitats. The books contain extremely detailed descriptions and for just £4.99, this is a must for any young nature lover! For children just starting to read chapter books, Gareth P. Jones’ Ninja Meerkats Collection (£3.49) is perfect. Small, furry and deadly, the four books featured here focus on Jet Flashfeet, Chuck Cobracrusher, Donnie Dragonjab and Bruce Willowhammer, who together make up the Clan of the Scorpion!

Thoughts may be heading towards going back to school and the best way to help children look forward to this is by giving them an exciting activity book. At £1.99, Sticker Dolly Dressing: Back to School is part of a popular series and has over 250 stickers to decorate the dollies with as they prepare for all their lessons, ride on the school bus and go shopping for stationery. Fans of Harry Potter are sure to be wowed by the fantastic encyclopedia LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World (£3.49). Including an exclusive Harry Potter minifigure, the book features a full-page profile on all the toys in the LEGO Harry Potter range. Where My Wellies Take Me is a lavish, keepsake book from Michael and Clare Morpurgo that is now available for only £3.99. Reminiscent of a child’s scrapbook and also part poetry anthology, the book tells the story of Pippa, a young girl who just loves going for walks. One of the most famous stories of all time, the Noisy Peter Pan book (£4.49) brings a whole new element to J.M. Barrie’s classic and is sure to be a hit at bedtime! Currently entertaining audiences in cinemas across the country, we also have an amazing search-and-find book starring The Smurfs for £1.99. Will you be able to find Brainy on the beach?

Fans of historical fiction will adore Philippa Gregory’s The Kingmaker’s Daughter, which is now available for £3.49. A previous Book People Debut Fiction Choice, you can get your hands on Nathan Filer’s beautifully written and highly emotional The Shock of the Fall for £3.49.

Those interested in gardening are sure to love The RHS Grow Your Own Flowers book (£3.49) which finds Helen Yemm guiding the reader through the process of buying, planting and growing beautiful flowers. Now available for £7.49, the 12-book Self-Sufficiency Collection will help you learn important new life skills, including weaving textiles, making cheese and creating your own natural remedies. The River Cottage Handbook Collection (£14.99) also has ten practical guides, but this time they are all based around the food you love, including fruit, cakes and herbs.

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