Archive for April, 2014

A beginner’s guide to Minecraft

Minecraft books

For the uninitiated, the world of Minecraft can seem somewhat impenetrable. Here, then, are a few basic things you should probably know about this phenomenally popular computer game. The object of the game is to construct various structures, using resources efficiently and fending off the attentions of rivals. The game was first created in 2009 by Swedish programmer Markus Persson, and since then around 40 million gamers have purchased copies – with around 15,000 people picking up a copy every hour.

Here at the Book People, we’ve got a range of Minecraft-related books for you to choose from – so whether you’re into the game yourself or you have children who are, you’re sure to find something that suits.

The Minecraft Official Construction Handbook is priced at only £3.99 – a saving of £4 on the recommended retail price – at the Book People and offers both beginners and more experienced Minecraft players useful tips on how to build bridges, boats, floating islands and much more besides. There’s also the Official Redstone Handbook, also priced at £3.99 and packed with advice on how to make the most of Redstone in Minecraft.

We’ve also got the Official Combat Handbook for £3.99, a comprehensive guide to using weapons and armour in Minecraft – including tips on how to defend yourself from rival players and get the better of your adversaries in one-on-one combat.

Take a look at our selection of Minecraft books to see just what’s on offer here at the Book People.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 1927 – 2014

Over the long Easter weekend, the Book People were saddened to hear of the death of acclaimed Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at the age of 87. The author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez was also an accomplished journalist, a short story writer and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Applauded for his imaginative storytelling, Marquez had a gift for creating unforgettable and compelling stories that lived with you long after closing the final page. One of the finest purveyors of ‘magical realism’, where the most remarkable things would happen during some of life’s most unremarkable moments, much of Marquez’ work was set in his beloved home region of Colombia and focused on its quirks, idiosyncrasies and people. Partly responsible for the rise in popularity of Latin literature, Marquez left his indelible mark on the world of writing, and is sure to be missed.

Below are some of our favourite quotes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

‘There is always something left to love’ – One Hundred Years of Solitude

‘What matters in life is not what happens to you, but what you remember and how you remember it’ – One Hundred Years of Solitude

‘No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had’ – Memories of My Melancholy W*****

‘No medicine cures what happiness cannot’ – Of Love and Other Demons

‘It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams’


Love in the time of Cholera

Record Store Day

Today is Record Store Day, a day with its story beginning in the United States as late as 2007 (officially). Today, Record Store Day is a worldwide celebration of music, records and independent record shops – the places that continue to act as hubs for music lovers to engage and immerse themselves in sound – even in these days of the iPod, audio streaming subscription services and online media. For such a day, at the Book People we thought we would go through some of our products which could help you better appreciate the music you listen to… and could even give you a new-found appreciation for music you’re not so keen on!


1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Take your music listening to the next level, or find yourself your next record store purchases with 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Packed full of pictures, production insight and opinions from the world’s leading music journalists, the book offers readers the opportunity to dig a little deeper into their favourite music, and offers suggestions for classic albums that must be listened to for various sonic, visual and cultural reasons. From Billie Holiday to the Beatles to Bowie and beyond, this book will enlighten your ears and open your eyes to new music.

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die | The Book People

Desert Island Discs

We’ve all been asked this question a million times: if you were stuck on a deserted island, what album would you take with you? When it comes to music I think we all have an album that we struggle to imagine life without. Fully loaded with facts, figures and interesting trivia you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, Desert Island Discs: Flotsam & Jetsam takes readers through decades of the extensive archives of the hugely popular BBC Radio 4 programme, including information on everything from Beethoven to the Beatles.

Desert Island Discs | The Book People

Super reads and sets of activities starring superheroes…

All children (and even a large number of adults) love the world of Marvel and DC comics, and with the recent flurry of superhero movies sparking the imagination of a new generation of superhero fans, the world of comic books can only get bigger.

Superheroes have been a part of popular culture since the early 1930s, where they adorned the pages of millions of juxtaposed panels the world over. Moving into the 1960s, superheroes began to make their way onto out television screens, namely in the form of Adam West’s take on the popular Batman character. Recently, superheroes have been huge on the silver screen. Beginning with the Christopher Reeve Superman series in the late 1970s, and followed by Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight himself, superhero movies became box office gold. 1992’s Batman Returns followed with Keaton reprising his role as Batman, and the ensemble cast adding the talents of Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken to the bill – again, a huge box office success. A few less-popular Batman films followed and all was quiet on the superhero front for a few years.

Enter Spiderman. Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirtsen Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco, was a huge box office success. The success of Spiderman was followed up by a number of other superhero motion pictures, including the re-imagination of Batman by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy featuring Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portray of the Joker in The Dark Knight; the arrival of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in The Avengers (and their own independent movies); and a new introduction to an alternative Spiderman universe in The Amazing Spiderman, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone – with its sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, due for cinema release later today.

We at the Book People love superheroes, and we love the twisting plots that mirror those of our favourite fables and stories. Why not take at our super-b selection of superhero titles and treat someone (or yourself – don’t worry we won’t tell anyone) to an out-of-this-world adventure.

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero

Marvel Activity Set – 5 Books

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Superman Sticker Set - 2 Books | The Book People

Superman Sticker Set – 2 Books

Superhero Sticker Set - 8 Books

Superhero Sticker Set – 8 Books

The Book People reviews – 5-star reads!

At the Book People, we love hearing from you about our books and nothing pleases us more than when one of our titles has a number of 5-star reviews. Using our review function, you’re able to let us know exactly what you thought of your latest purchase, as well as having the opportunity to potentially influence thousands of would-be book buyers’ decisions.

It’s so easy to leave a review, just go to the product page and leave your thoughts in the ‘Add a review’ section. Below, we’ll take a look at some of our current 5-star reads along with quotes from their reviews, but do feel free to offer your thoughts on any of our other titles!


Winnie the Witch Collection and Satchel – 14 books

‘Wave your wand three times and Abracadabra..! Your child will be sitting contently listening. Great value with satchel to keep books tidy.’


Meringue Girls Cookbook

‘Lots of original ideas. I would highly recommend!’


Cute and Simple Woodworking

‘We’ll save a fortune AND everything will be totally handmade by us!’


The Night Guest

‘The book is full of emotion and it will certainly leave a lasting impression on you.’


Julia Donaldson Audio Collection – 10 CDs

‘I bought this collection for my four-year-old son and he loves listening to the CDs at bedtime. If he wakes up during the night then putting one of the CDs on helps him to settle back down.’


Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2013 – 6 books

‘Very good price, hardbacks and high-quality reads.’


LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle

‘Kids and adults will love this book. Plotting the history of the LEGO Minifigure from birth to present day, it includes loads of interesting facts to read about Minifigures and great illustrations.’


The Slightly Annoying Elephant

‘This book reminded me of the Tiger Who Came to Tea. It is very funny and has some great pictures.’


Alex Hoffler and Stacey O'Gorman Fiona McFarlane Slightly Annoying Elephant

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