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Black Friday 2014 – The Book People’s Bigger, Better Book Sale

Book People Sale | Black Friday

We told you it was coming yesterday… And now you can enjoy the Book People’s Black Friday sale – the Bigger, Better Book Sale – until Monday 1 December. With thousands of books to choose from and savings of up to 80% off the RRP, you’ll be thrilled with the choice that we are offering – there are thousands of books to choose from!

From children’s book collections featuring classic characters like the Mr. Men and Little Misses, our bestselling Thomas the Tank Engine collection and a set of Julia Donaldson classics to beautiful hardback BBC TV tie-ins for hit shows like Human Universe and Sherlock and even a Frozen story book, you’ll find something for all the family this Christmas time. We also have some of the best cookbooks of 2014 – you’ll find recipes from Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge, Mary Berry and the Great British Bake Off team.

So, avoid the Black Friday rush and shop online from the comfort of your own home to grab yourself some bargain books. This is our biggest ever sale and stock is limited, so place your order at today!

Black Friday 2014 – The best Black Friday deals from the Book People are coming…

To many, Black Friday sales are a relatively new phenomenon. It all started in the United States – coinciding with their national Thanksgiving holiday, acting as the last major shopping day for bargain hunters before Christmas – and now it has transcended the oceanic gulf and has made its home here in the UK. So to celebrate this new-found love of brilliant savings in the build-up to Christmas, we at the Book People are hosting our very own 2014 Black Friday sale, our biggest sale ever: the Bigger, Better Book Sale.

Offering over 1,000 books at our ever-so-exceptional Book People prices (even if we do say so ourselves), our customers will be treated to the very best blockbusting bestsellers, must-read books, hidden gems from the world of literature and the most exciting children’s books we have to offer – all at prices you’ll love!

Starting tomorrow, Thursday 27 November, visit to find the very best of the Black Friday deals 2014 in our Bigger, Better Book Sale.

Pssssst… you may even find a Book People discount code or two by signing up to our emails, meaning you could save EVEN MORE in our Black Friday sale!

Book People Sale | Black Friday

Paddington Bear film in cinemas this Friday – buy Paddington books to see how it all began!

One of the most famous bears in literature has his first big-screen adventure this weekend when the long-awaited Paddington movie is released. Based on Michael Bond’s famous Paddington stories, the film features an all-star human cast including Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins and award-winning Nicole Kidman as villainess Millicent. Skyfall, Nathan Barley and Cloud Atlas actor Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington (replacing Colin Firth who dropped out during pre-production). At the Book People, we have some amazing Paddington books for any fans of the marmalade-loving bear – from picture books to fiction novels and tie-ins of what’s set to be a huge film!

Brought to you by Red House, Jeanne Willis’ Story of the Movie finds the popular children’s author bringing the story kids of all ages will love seeing on the big screen to the page. Bringing Michael Bond’s traditional tales to the latest, modern audience it is laugh-out-loud funny and will make a great gift for anyone who falls for Paddington. We also have a Paddington Movie Sticker Book in our Red House shop. Full of puzzles, activities and stickers, it’s packed full of fun and features stills of many entertaining scenes from the film.

The Book People has two huge-value collections of Michael Bond’s original stories – both Paddington picture books and older fiction books. The Paddington Bag Collection comes in a clear carry bag that has its own Paddington gift tag – a perfect Christmas present for any little one, especially as it contains the delightfully festive story Paddington and the Christmas Surprise! With R. W. Alley’s illustrations featured through every story, you’ll be laughing just as much as the child you’re sharing the books with as you read through the Peruvian bear’s hilarious antics in and around London!

For children aged 7 and over who have grown up with Paddington, we have a 13-book collection available for just £14.99 (saving over £62 off the RRP). Also suitable for keen readers who are a little younger, the books feature Peggy Fortnum’s original illustrations and provide a more in-depth look at the antics of the trouble-attracting but loveable little Peruvian bear who arrived at Paddington station with just an old hat, duffel coat, suitcase and note that said: ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you’ attached.

Christmas books for young adults

Young adults (children aged 11+) can be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for at Christmas; they’re newly independent, but it is still important to make sure that when you buy a gift for them that it is not only interesting, but appropriate for them as well. Young adult fiction (what the kids call YA fiction) has seen a number of film adaptations over the past few years, most notably The Hunger Games films, so we would recommend some of these books as a good place to start when looking for a Christmas book for young adults. We’ve also added another few books which young adults might be interested in, too…


The Hunger Games Collection – Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy transports readers to a dystopian future, run by the evil President Snow, where children are forced to take part in a deadly game to win favour for themselves and their village. Young adults have been loving the books and the films for the past few years, so if you know a young adult who is yet to read the books, this collection is an ideal gift for them this Christmas. Plus, it’s three gifts in one!

The Hunger Games Collection | The Book People

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
With a fresh and contemporary voice, John Green, author of Looking for Alaska, tells the story of a cynical teenage cancer sufferer who unexpectedly falls in love. The no-holds barred wit, sensitivity and sharp observations of lead character Hazel mean that The Fault in Our Stars will move young readers to laugh and cry in equal measures. One of the biggest books of the year, this is the perfect Christmas book for young adults.

The Fault in Our Stars | The Book People

The Mortal Instruments Collection – Cassandra Clare
Fans of the Beautiful Creatures, Twilight and The Hunger Games series will be gripped by Cassandra Clare‘s incredible Mortal Instruments novels this Christmas. Sixteen-year-old Clary is a normal teenager who witnesses something horrific and finds her life changed forever as she is dragged deep into a New York underworld she never knew existed… This fantastical series is full of mystery, intrigue and betrayal – flawless young adult fiction!

Who We Are: Our Autobiography – One Direction
Not strictly fiction, but if you know a One Direction fan, Who We Are: The One Direction Autobiography is the book they need this Christmas. From their humble beginnings at a nervous X-Factor audition in 2010 to selling out arenas, releasing their bestselling third album and making their own movie, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis bare all in this 1D autobiography. And now their 4th album, FOUR, is on it’s way, this book will make any young adult’s Christmas.

Who We Are: Our Autobiography – One Direction | The Book People

Scott Westerfeld Collection
Bitingly satirical, Scott Westerfeld‘s sinister yet thrilling quartet of young adult books – Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras – are full of shocks, surprises and frightening questions about modern world we live in today. The world has been divided into those who are Pretty and those who are Ugly. Tally can’t wait to turn 16 so she can become Pretty – but her new friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. They soon discover the Pretty world is not so pretty after all… Ideal for young adults to curl up with during the festive holidays.

Scott Westerfeld Collection | The Book People

Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
Set to be the next big young adult novel, Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar will appeal to fans of The Bell Jar, The Secret History and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Full of emotion, observations and humour, the surprises will shock and keep young readers intrigued through to the very end. This is a Christmas book for young adults that they may not have heard of before, so you’ll be introducing them to a new favourite read with this one!

Belzhar | The Book People

Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness

Approaching themes of gender politics, redemption, the meaning of war, and good and evil’s unclear distinction, the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness has been heralded as one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years and we can see why! This series has won just about every award in children’s literature, so with it you can’t go wrong in finding a Christmas book for young adults!

Chaos Walking Trilogy | The Book People


Christmas books for toddlers

Christmas is the perfect time of year to snuggle up with your little ones and share a charming festive picture book. Here, we are listing our favourite Christmas books for toddlers for 2014. You’ll find beautiful books to share, Christmas Stocking fillers, books for all of the family and more at the Book People’s Christmas Shop

The First Christmas – Rod Campbell

A heart-warming retelling of one of the most famous stories ever told, The First Christmas by Rod Campbell, the author-illustrator of the best-loved Dear Zoo, is a beautiful board book that has easy-to-follow text and Rod Campbell’s trademark bright and appealing artwork throughout – as well as a shiny star on the cover! This is one of our favourite Christmas books for toddlers this year!

The First Christmas | The Book People

Christmas Story Collection

With three festive tales to share and enjoy, this three-book paperback collection of toddler Christmas stories is sure to get the whole family in the mood for Christmas – from the Nativity story to the 12 Days of Christmas and a retelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, these toddler books provide a great way of marking the special occasion.Christmas Story Collection | The Book People

Toddler Christmas – Katie Saunders

A great children’s book for anyone with a toddler who may need entertaining as they get a little bit too excited in the build-up to the big day, Toddler Christmas provides a wide range of festive activities, games, puzzles and stories for them to enjoy. Guaranteed to add some sparkle and magic to a toddler’s Christmas, the book features beautiful illustrations from the wonderful Katie Sanders.

Toddler Christmas | The Book People

The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson

The award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created an enchanting sequel to The Gruffalo with a bold and naughty character who goes in search of a big, bad mouse. Toddlers will love the cleverness of the cunning mouse and the cute and impulsive mini Gruffalo. And with it’s winter setting, there is no better book to share with your toddler this Christmas.

The Gruffalo's Child | The Book People

Whizzy Santa – Marion Billet

Santa’s reindeer have the flu – what will he do? Who will pull his sleigh to deliver presents to all of the children? Santa has an idea… With a little bit of elf magic and a broken toy, Santa creates a scooter-sleigh. With lovely bright, bold illustrations – and not to mention its own wheels so that the book can be rolled around just like a real scooter – this Christmas book for toddlers will not fail to impress on the big day!

Whizzy Santa | The Book People

Mr. Men: The Christmas Party – Adam Hargreaves

The Mr. Men and Little Misses are very excited about Christmas – Mr. Happy is hosting a Christmas party and everyone’s been invited, but Little Miss Shy fears she might be too shy to attend; just the thought of going makes her blush… Will she be brave enough to join all her friends? Written by Adam Hargreaves, this is a fantastic festive picture book for toddlers starring his father Roger Hargreaves‘ much-loved Mr. Men and Little Miss characters.

Mr. Men: The Christmas Party | The Book People

Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Ice Skating

Peppa and George have never been ice skating before and Peppa keeps falling down, unable to balance. But that’s OK, Mummy Pig is there to give Peppa a helping hand… A beautiful board back book that fans of Peppa will love, Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Ice Skating is a glorious winter celebration of 10 years of Peppa Pig. Toddlers will not be able to get enough of Peppa this Christmas.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Ice Skating | The Book People

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