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The Roald Dahl audio collection!

We love Roald Dahl at the Book People.

Our 15-book collection featuring his most famous children’s novels is always among our bestsellers and he’s managed to keep generations of children entertained with his wickedly funny tales. The likes of James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Witches are so engrained in popular culture that they are sure to remain favourites with kids of all ages.

We are now delighted to bring you a 29-CD audiobook collection of ten of his best-loved stories, available for just £20 – a saving of over £103 on the RRP!

Roald Dahl Audio Collection

The respect Dahl commands is evident in the list of those who have contributed their vocal talents to this brilliant collection. The cast list reads like a ‘Who’s who?’ of British celebrities…

Hollywood star Kate Winslet reads Matilda, while national treasure Stephen Fry gets his teeth into The Enormous Crocodile. Fresh from playing the one and only Willy Wonka on stage in the West End, Douglas Hodge will invite listeners into a world of pure imagination in both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, while David Walliams, who has never shied away from his adoration for all things Dahl, lives out a childhood fantasy as he reads The BFG.

Although primarily aimed at the kids, the rest of the family will find lots to love in these laugh-out-loud readings – fans of The IT Crowd will be in stitches as Richard Ayoade reads The Twits, while his co-star Chris O’Dowd has a ball voicing the animal characters of The Fantastic Mr Fox. Peter Serafinowicz also shows up to offer his distinctive voice to Danny Champion of the World.

Other celebrities you’ll hear over the course of the discs are Miranda Richardson and Green Wing star Julian Rhind-Tutt. The CDs come in a handy tin case – meaning they’re easily transportable and just perfect for listening to on any long journeys. Soundtrack your next break to the sound of a Roald Dahl story, it will help beat the traffic blues and keep the entire family entertained!


Make your nomination for the Queen of Teen 2014!

Young adult readers around the world have been busy making their nominations for who they believe should be crowned 2014’s Queen of Teen. The award, which celebrates the best in teen fiction, returns this year and is looking for readers to make their nominations NOW!

Whether a book has made you laugh, cry, feel inspired or look at something from a different angle, it’s time to make your nomination. All readers have to do is state, in 100 words or more, why an author’s book (or books) have meant so much to them. From romance to real life and vampires to villains, geeks to gore and the supernatural to supermodels, make your nomination here.

Queen of Teen nominations

The previous winners of the award, established in 2008, are Louise Rennison, Cathy Cassidy and Maureen Johnson. Who will follow in their footsteps?

It’s up to the general public to decide who makes up the shortlist. Young adult fiction is more popular than ever – and more exciting – so join the Queen of Teen in celebrating the authors who are shaping a whole new generation of readers.

Nominations close 29 April 2014.


Mother’s Day – famous mother figures

We owe so much to our mums and every Mother’s Day we get the chance to thank them for all the help and support they have given us over the years. This year, when buying a Mother’s Day gift, why not pick up a book from the Book People? Books are such a great present – personal, entertaining and easy to wrap! We’re making things even easier by offering a free gift bag with books bought from our Mother’s Day category too.

Here, we list some of the fictional mothers that we’ve fallen in love with over the years. Who’s your favourite?

Miss HoneyMatilda

Although every Roald Dahl book is a must-read, Matilda must stand out as one of the best. Telling the story of a girl with not only a love for books, but also some magical powers, her parents just don’t see the best in her. But one friendly teacher, Miss Honey, encourages the talented youngster to embrace her gifts – and offers her help, support and guidance all the way.

Mummy PigPeppa Pig

Everyone loves Peppa Pig and there’s no-one she loves more in the world than her very own mummy. Always there for Peppa and George, Mummy Pig is equally as comfortable putting out fires as she is sharing cuddles. A real multi-tasker, she shows children how great all mums can be!

MarmeeLittle Women

Mrs March is the mother of the four famous –and very different – sisters. The perfect mother, she is always there for all her daughters as they go through a number of trials and tribulations. Despite these misfortunes, Marmee, as she is affectionately called, never gives up on the daughters and encourages them to learn from their mistakes and live their own lives.

FernCharlotte’s Web

You may be surprised to see Fern included in this list, but she definitely can be considered as a mother figure, especially with how she befriends both Wilbur the pig and Charlotte, the little grey spider. A true celebration of friendship in all its forms, young girl Fern adds some maturity and a caring nature to the story as she looks after her animal friends.

Little Women

Matilda


Pick up the perfect Mother’s Day gift from the Book People

With only a few days left to go until Mother’s Day, if you haven’t already found the perfect gift for your mum then you’re probably starting to fret a bit. Never fear, because the Book People are here with a whole host of amazing savings for you – so you’re sure to find something that fits the bill among our special Mother’s Day offers.

For creative mums, there are plenty of great books currently on offer at the Book People. There’s Tessa Evelegh’s The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe – an accompaniment to the popular BBC TV series – which is priced at just £8.99 and is packed with handy tips on how to sew a range of wardrobe essentials. Alternatively, there’s What to Knit When You’re Expecting by Nikki van de Car, priced at only £3.99 from the Book People. Including patterns for blankets, hats, sweaters and much more besides, this book is ideal for nimble-fingered mums-to-be.

For those looking for fresh ideas around the kitchen, we’ve got a wide selection of cookery books – including Delia’s Cakes by Delia Smith and Nigella Lawson’s Nigellissima, priced at £8.99 and £9.99 respectively. We’ve also got Save with Jamie for £7.99 and A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe for £4.99, both of which include a variety of delicious, simple and money-saving recipes.

We also have cut-price novels for you to choose from – including The Bridget Jones Omnibus by Helen Fielding for £3.99, Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach for £4.99 and The Long Song by Andrea Levy, also priced at only £3.99.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our hand-picked Mother’s Day selection and see what we’ve got to offer!


An interview with Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the bestselling author of The Humans, The Radleys and To Be a Cat. In this interview, he answers questions about his inspirations, the way he works and his future plans.

 

What inspired you to start writing novels? Did you have another job before that?

I had tons of jobs. I was a gardener, a dishwasher, a waiter, I sold advertising space, I sold printer cartridges, I worked in a wine shop, I worked for a nightclub in Ibiza, I had a PR job, ran my own marketing business, and was a freelance journalist.

 

What is your method for planning a new storyline?

I have no method. I am methodless. I wish I had a method. I need a method. I just get an idea and if it is a good one it will take over. It will literally overtake me and then there will be a moment when what I am writing becomes a bit cleverer than me, and I will wonder ‘where did that come from?’ There is a strange force inside us called imagination and it connects us to each other through stories and our dreams and it is more powerful than any of us individually. But yes, I do need a method.

 

Do you have to do a lot of research for your books? How do you go about it?

Life is research. But not just the external life. You don’t have to go out and climb mountains or fight monsters or anything. Just the ones that exist inside you. Just feel life. Have a thin skin. Keep a distance between the world inside you and the world outside you. Fill that distance with words.

 

You say you write novels, screenplays, children’s novels and also a bit of journalism. Which of these, if any, do you enjoy writing the most?

It is all hell sometimes. But also can be heaven. Except journalism. I was bad at journalism because I kept making things up.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing novels?

The amount of words you have to write.

 

What do you use to write? (Pen/typewriter/computer/dictate)

I use a pen. A pen feels like an organic part of you, like a sixth finger. Plus pens aren’t going to take over the world and keep us in prison one day, like computers might.

 

What are you currently working on?

A screenplay for The Humans. A kids book called Forty Days. A grown-up book, which might be called The Man Who Never Died. And something else called The Conversations. Oh, and I’m trying to connect to the universe via yoga. It isn’t working.


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