Archive for January, 2014

Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall named Costa Book of the Year 2013

Alongside our great value collections, brilliant selection of children’s titles and our commitment to catering for all your book-buying needs, the Book People has made it our mission to introduce you to incredible new authors for more than 25 years. A major part of this has been our Debut Fiction Choices, the books we truly believe showcase the most exciting new author talent. We’re passionate about reading and believe that incredible new novels deserve to be introduced to a wider audience. Over the years, our choices have included Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child (Specsavers National Book Awards International Author of the Year) and Christie Watson’s Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Costa First Novel award).

Now we’re delighted to discover that our Debut Fiction Choice from last year, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, has been named Costa Book of the Year 2013. Having already won the Costa First Novel Award, the book beat off competition from Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer & Preacher of War, Michael Symmons Roberts’ Drysalter and Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse to land the prestigious overall prize. A startling book that covers one man’s descent into mental illness and discusses topics dealing with grief and loss, the book is poignant, shocking and powerful. Filer is a registered mental health nurse, his real-life experiences adding a real emotional depth to the story, and a performance poet, meaning the wonderful prose is also beautifully written.

Costa Book of the Year 2013

For his victory, Filer has been rewarded with £30,000 and follows in the footsteps of Hilary Mantel, Mark Haddon and Ted Hughes as overall winners of the Costa Book of the Year.

To read more about Nathan Filer’s win, visit

Keep an eye out for more Book People Debut Fiction Choices throughout the year.

Grab a bargain in the Book People’s £2 Bonanza

If you’re on the lookout for some top-quality reading material at bargain prices, then look no further than the Book People‘s £2 Bonanza. We’ve got a whole host of amazing books all priced at just £2 each – so you’re sure to find plenty to keep you amused, entertained and informed. Whether you’re looking for great children’s books, cutting-edge current affairs or gripping thrillers, we’ve got something for you in our £2 Bonanza.

Among the books currently on offer for only £2 is Richard Brooks’ The Great Tax Robbery, which offers a fascinating insight into some of the tax-dodging tricks and ruses devised by some of the world’s biggest multinational corporations. Brooks – a former tax inspector and Private Eye reporter – looks at how leading retailers manage to operate almost entirely tax-free in the UK and suggests ways in which our tax system could be reformed.

On the other hand, you might already be planning your next holiday now that the Christmas and New Year festivities are out of the way and everyone’s back at work – and in that case, A Traveller’s History of France by Robert Cole could be ideal for you. Far more than just a travel guide, this book contains in-depth but easily accessible historical background about France, making it a great choice for anyone curious about delving into the country’s remarkable history the next time they take a trip across the Channel.

Among the other titles included in the £2 Bonanza are Helen Fielding’s bestselling Bridget Jones’s Diary, Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson, Chris Ryan’s Land of Fire and The Man Who Disappeared by Clare Morrall. There really are some excellent deals on offer in the £2 Bonanza, even if we do say so ourselves, but don’t just take our word for it – take a look for yourself!

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LEGO books from the Book People!

Everyone loves LEGO. Founded in 1932, the company’s famous building blocks were introduced in 1958 and changed the world’s toys forever. Since then, LEGO has gone from strength to strength with its building blocks creating a world of their own, a number of enthusiastic fans, theme parks dotted around the world and a number of different themed toys and computer games. There is even a LEGO Movie coming out this year, complete with the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks. Those LEGO fans looking forward to the film will love to get their hands on The Essential Guide, a book which offers exciting character profiles and a behind-the-scenes look, while younger readers will find plenty to enjoy in Awesome Adventures and Calling All Master Builders!

LEGO has branched out into books, and the Book People’s LEGO Shop has plenty of exciting titles that will thrill a LEGO fan of any age!

The Minifigures have been a massive part of LEGO’s illustrious history and now you can read about them all in LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle (£9.99, RRP £25). From the original town folk to the tie-ins with brands like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and much more besides, this is an essential addition to any LEGO fan’s bookshelf. With three Minifigures included in the cover of the hardback too, this is a chronological compendium of some of the 2000+ characters who have helped shaped LEGO’s phenomenal success. If you’re still after more Minifigures, you can get our Sticker Book Collection too. With eight books and 450 fully reusable stickers to be used across them all, the stickers feature everything from monsters and aliens to pop stars and astronauts. Available for just £7.99, saving £23.93 on the RRP of the books, for a limited time, you can get both the Minifigure Year by Year Chronicle and LEGO Sticker Book Collection for just £15.

The LEGO Ideas Book and The LEGO Play Book will help feed the imagination of any LEGO fan. The Ideas book is packed with hints and tips from expert builders and shows finished LEGO constructions that will inspire aspiring builders to think creatively as they master their next piece. It’s now available for just £2.99, saving a massive £14 on the RRP of £16.99. The Play Book is the follow-up and again provides advice and guidance that will help you develop skills when it comes to building a LEGO masterpiece. This is currently available for £4.99 (RRP £16.99).

The combination of Star Wars and LEGO is a force to be reckoned with and The Yoda Chronicles is a great book for those with an interest in both. Easy to read and wholly accessible, it reveals little-known facts about the famous little green Jedi Master and even comes with an exclusive Stormtrooper Minifigure. For those looking for fiction for younger readers, why not try the LEGO Friends Readers 4-book set? A great way for children to build their reading confidence and specifically designed for those at Reading Levels 2 – 4, the books focus on best friends Emma, Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie and Mia and follows their adventures in Heartlake City. We also have a selection of Brickmaster sets available at our LEGO shop too, so head over there now and make your order today!

LEGO Movie guide

Guest blogger and bestselling author Rachel Bright tells the Book People about coming face to face with the real Walter!

The incredibly talented Rachel Bright, author and illustrator of Red House Children’s Book Award-shortlisted book, Walter and the No-Need-to-Worry Suit, writes us a guest blog about the moment she met the star of her gorgeous picture book!

‘I’ve always thought being a writer and illustrator is the best job in the world – and never have I felt that more than in the run-up to the presentation ceremony for the Red House Children’s Book Award on 22 February. Some days as an author for children just really knock it out of the ballpark! My recent visit to Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary was most certainly one of those.

Rachel Bright at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Slade Farm in Devon is definitely the most unusual and most beautiful place I’ve had the pleasure of reading one of my books and doing some drawing with children. Under crisp blue skies on a frosty morning, we were wrapped up warm in a cosy barn with six super-friendly donkeys for company and hay bales for seats.

Young children listen to and draw with Rachel at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

The children (100 kids from two local schools), teachers and event staff were wonderful, as I read my book Walter & The No-Need-to-Worry Suit (starring my very own made-up donkey, Walter – a very big worrier) which I’m so excited to say has been shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award this year. Whilst I was reading, one of the more talkative donkeys even joined in the storytelling at one point!

Rachel Bright event at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

After the story we learnt to draw Walter together, step by step…

Rachel Bright draws at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

… and the artwork the kids did was absolutely amazing! I am always surprised by just how well they capture Walter on their first attempt. Lots of future illustrators in the making, for sure.

The children impress Rachel with their own drawings their very own 'Walters at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Then there was just enough time to do some cutting, gluing and sticking in the neighbouring barn, watched by a curious and very cute audience of furry friends!

Arts and crafts fun with Rachel Bright at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

We all made our very own Walter ears which we showed off to all the residents…

The children make their own Walter ears, much to the approval of the Donkey Sanctuary residents!

… who seemed to approve!

Before home-time, I signed some copies of Walter for the children…

Rachel Bright signs copies of her book for children at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

THEN we got to meet the REAL Walter, a beautiful, fluffy, white rescue donkey who ambled over for a nose rub when we went to say hello.

Rachel meets the real Walter at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

I’d like to say it made my day, but more than that – it made my story complete. Because when you’re around a donkey like Walter, it’s impossible to worry about anything and all is well with the world.’

Voting for the Red House Children’s Book Award closes at midnight on Friday 24 January – so hurry, you don’t have long left to make your choice! You can see Rachel’s wonderful Walter and the No-Need-to-Worry Suit and the other nine shortlisted titles on the Red House Children’s Book Award website. Place your vote today!

You can be at the Red House Children’s Book Award ceremony where you’ll see Rachel and the other nominees live on stage! For more information and to buy tickets, just click here.

Prepare, practise, pass… with the Book People’s Collins Letts GCSE Revision Shop.

Two weeks into 2014 and while we’re all settling back into the working routine, spare a thought for the children who went back to school only to be faced with one of life’s most terrifying moments – the mock GCSE exam results… Whether they achieved their targets, have work to do or performed better than expected, they’ll know that there is a hard few months ahead. The real GCSE preparation starts now.

To help their studies and calm your worries, the Book People has teamed up with the established educational brands Letts and Collins. The Collins Letts GCSE Revision Shop should be your next port of call if your GCSE student is starting to worry about the upcoming months of solid revision. We all remember the hard nights spent slogging in the study trying to work out the answers to those tricky maths equations or making a start on that complicated Shakespeare. In this shop, you will be able to find workbooks and study guides that should make these prospects slightly less daunting and help children know just what to expect when it comes to sitting down at that creaky desk this summer.

Revision Book People

Currently offering 3 for 2 on everything featured in the Collins Letts GCSE Revision Shop, we stock the books that you and your child will need to pass. From general revision guides to the core subjects of Science, English and Maths through to workbooks focusing on optional subjects like languages, Geography and History, you will find them all here.

We are aware that shopping for revision guides and workbooks can be a bit of a minefield, especially for parents, which is why we have also prepared some helpful guides for you. To find out more about the Collins and Letts books on offer, visit our ‘Help! Where do I start?‘ page, while if you feel ready to buy the guides but want to know the difference between the different types of books, take a look at the ‘Which books do I need?‘ page.

Prepare, practise, pass… with the Book People’s Collins Letts GCSE Revision Shop.

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