Archive for June, 2014

The Savages and American Savage – a brilliant two-course meal of reading

The Savages Matt WhymanAmerican Savage Matt Whyman

Published in the summer of last year, bestselling author Matt Whyman’s The Savages was a favourite here at the Book People. To celebrate the release of the much-anticipated sequel American Savage, we have a very special offer – you can get the new book for half the price of its RRP when you buy the original for just £3.49, meaning you’ll get both books for under £7. Now, that’s a tasty offer if ever we’ve seen one…

Dark, slightly disturbing and bitingly satirical, the first Savages book told the story of Sasha Savage as she fell in love with Jack Greenway – a boy who was everything a girl could ever want. Although he is a vegetarian – and Sasha and her family like to have a bit more meat on their plates… They’re not sure he’ll fit in to their outlook on life and food. Darkly delicious humour, a dysfunctional family and thought-provoking issues made it a book well worth taking a bite out of…

Now after that starter, the Savage family have returned for another serving, relocating to the land of Super Size meals… American Savage finds them hiding in plain sight as they run a surprisingly successful vegan cafe in the Sunshine State of Florida. Will they be able to hold onto their cannibalistic secret in a new country or will the knives (and forks) be out for them?

Books to be savoured, you’ll love tucking into the stories of The Savages.

Buy The Savages for £3.49 and get its sequel American Savage for just £3.49 too.


They’re big, they’re beautiful… it’s the Book People’s picture books!

You now know how much we love books for all ages at the Book People – with our unbeatable selection of fiction, our amazing craft and cookbooks and our various shops that focus on travel guides, LEGO books and murder mysteries. We’re especially proud of our hand-picked selection of children’s books – we have a number of reads for all ages and our Picture books are simply beautiful.

Big in size and sure to be enjoyed by both parent and child as they are shared together as bedtime reading treats, among our favourite collections of picture books are Max Velthuijs’ Frog Stories, the Julia Donaldson Story Collection and the huge Ladybird Tales Collection. Frog is a character that you might not know, but will soon fall in love with. Unsung modern classics for children aged 3 and over, throughout the books Frog saves the day, meets a stranger and falls in love. All together now, aww…

Julia Donaldson has long been a favourite with children and the 10 books featured in our collection from the former Children’s Laureate show why. The Gruffalo’s Child is a charming story that was adapted into a hugely successful short film for the BBC’s Christmas schedule a few years ago, while the spellbindingly hilarious Room on the Broom also received the same treatment. The Snail and the Whale will quickly become a favourite too, while the other books are full of rhyming text and brilliant illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler. A hefty box full of books, the Ladybird Tales Collection contains 24 books that feature famous fairy tales alongside charming stories you might not know so well.

We also have plenty of stand-alone picture books from the most talented children’s authors and illustrators in the world today. Head over to the children’s Picture books category on our site to buy your favourites now!


The Book People on YouTube – Ultimate Top 5 Book Heroes

Who’s your favourite hero from literature? Books are full of wonderfully inspiring characters, from the flawed anti-heroes of Holden Caulfield, Raoul Duke and Artemis Fowl to more everyman types like Atticus Finch and Alex Cross  and then the reluctant heroes like Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior who appear in dystopian young adult fiction. You also have fantastical characters from the minds of Roald Dahl, George R. R. Martin and Terry Pratchett, or those who appeared in text written by everyone from William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to Stephen King and David Walliams. No matter what genre, adult or children’s books – a strong character can live with you for a lifetime…

One of our latest videos on YouTube finds our resident BookTuber Sophie describing her favourite five characters of all time, covering characters from the likes of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Fredrick Backman’s A Man Called Ove, Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series – but maybe not the boy wizard you were expecting. Watch the video, like and subscribe and let us know if you agree with Sophie’s choice(s)?


Best in sport – the Book People go to the World Cup

We are assuming by now that England fans around the globe are a picture of desperate negativity. Last night, the Three Lions were singlehandedly defeated by one Luis Suarez of Liverpool – who we were lead to believe was not fully fit – leaving Roy Hodgson‘s England squad all-but-out of the World Cup in Brazil. What went wrong? Why, with such positivity on show against Italy in the opening game of Brazil 2014, have England continued to stumble as they have at tournaments of yesteryear? Andrea Pirlo‘s Italy side, while comfortable, did not seem to cause the England side too many defensive problems, and in an attacking sense England looked spirited, confident and brave; only a long-distance strike and a great Mario Balotelli goal separated the two sides in England’s opening game of the World Cup. Against Uruguay, the same team did not turn up – a huge disappointment for all fans of English football. And now, with England’s hopes of making it to the knockout stages dwindling, fans of the national side are forced to cheer on Italy for the remaining two Group D(eath) matches. Even with Wayne Rooney finally scoring his first World Cup goal against Uruguay, maybe the Italians can give us a little more to cheer about and provide England with an increasingly unlikely qualification route… Viva l’Italia!

At the Book People we are not sure it is as difficult as it looks to progress in Brazil ’14, so have decided to show off our own ball skills… with World Cup books! Specially chosen for the World Cup in Brazil this year, our collection of back-of-the-net football books contains everything from books for footie fledglings to titles for armchair coaches in the twilight of their careers.

Watch our YouTube video, subscribe, and see if you think we could do better than the England side, captained by Steven Gerrard, at this year’s tournament in Brazil.

The Book People – Best in Sport!


Whip up a storm in the kitchen with Barry Lewis

If you’re a bit of a foodie and you’re on the lookout for brilliant new culinary ideas, you needn’t look any further than the new book from YouTube sensation Barry Lewis. With a whopping 100 recipes to suit even the fussiest eater, there really is something for everyone in Dinner’s On – priced at just £6.99 here at the Book People, a saving of £13.01 on the recommended retail price.

There’s a huge range of great ideas to suit people of all ages in Dinner’s On. From fresh twists on perennial family favourites – such as bangers and mash mustard casserole – to delicious desserts like vanilla and honeycomb semifreddo, Dinner’s On offers a veritable smorgasbord of mouth-watering recipes. What’s more, the recipes contained in the book are presented in an accessible manner, with lots of handy tips to help you get the best results.

For the uninitiated, Barry Lewis has become one of Britain’s most highly-rated up-and-coming chefs from practically being a novice just a few years ago. In 2010, he set up his own YouTube channel – MyVirginKitchen – and filmed himself as he learned to cook. Since being plucked from obscurity by his own culinary inspiration, Jamie Oliver, Lewis has established himself as a talent who’s definitely worth keeping an eye on over the coming years.

As always, we’ve got a huge selection of cookery books and much more besides – so take a look at our food and drink section to see what’s in store at the Book People.


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