Archive for February, 2015

Academy Awards 2015: Oscar-winning films based on books

The results are in – did your favourite win?

The most glamorous night on the Hollywood calendar, the Oscars ceremony is where the A-list stars of the silver screen gather to pay homage to the best films of the year. But this year, especially, we have noticed that some of the most prized, acclaimed and loved movies of 2015 are based on books. In this blog post we’re going to look at the winners at the 2015 Academy Awards – but we’re going to focus on the literary-inspired winners because, naturally, those are our favourites. We’d highly recommend you read the books!!!

Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score
Based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

The Theory of Everything Oscar

Best Actress – Julianne Moore as Alice Howland in Still Alice
Based on the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice Oscar

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Imitation Game
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing), Best Actress (Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke), Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Production Design
Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

The Imitation Game Oscar

Best Costume Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Make-Up & Hairstyling, Best Original Score and Best Production Design
Based on the writings of Stefan Zweig

Grand Budapest Hotel Oscar

Best Sound Editing – American Sniper
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

American Sniper Oscar

Those who missed out

Lest we forget honourable mentions for the other great films that were inspired by books at the 2015 Oscars; there were some real doozies!

Best Actress Nominee – Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl
Based on the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Best Actress Nominee – Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild
Also nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern as Bobbi Strayed)
Based on the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Best Director Nominee – Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Also nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz), Best Actor (Steve Carrell as John du Pont), Best Original Screenplay and Best Make-Up & Hairstyling
Based on the book Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

Best Cinematography Nominee – Unbroken
Also nominated for: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Based on the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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The Book People Outlet Store – buy discount books!

The Book People is proud to announce the opening of our Outlet Store – an online shop where you can find brilliant new books at bargain prices. We know our customers love the Book People’s amazing prices and now we’re bringing you even more at clearance prices – meaning you get extra savings on everything from cookbooks to children’s books and biographies, memoirs and first-class fiction. There really is something for everyone.

Buy discount books

With the books at these discount prices, they won’t be around long and stock is limited so place your order today – when it’s gone, it’s gone! Our Outlet Store offers great ideas for you to catch up on a book you have always been meaning to read, perfect party bag ideas and craft books to inspire a new hobby. As well as the Book People’s hand-picked range of books, eBooks and DVDs, our Outlet Store’s cheap books are sure to keep you reading for a long time to come!

Deliciously Ella book – only £16 at the Book People!

Ella Woodward cookbook

Ella Woodward has been the food blogger’s name on everyone’s lips over the past year or so. Her website – – is packed full of plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes that simply taste amazing. And now you can have over 100 of her favourite recipes all together in one Deliciously Ella cookbook – a real must-have for all kitchens!

Perfect for those who have given up some of the more fatty foods for Lent, the book will inspire healthy living and a love of natural foods. You’ll soon be feeling the benefits of eating all this better food as part of your diet. With simple, easy-to-find ingredients and step-by-step instructions, you’ll find healthy highlights that can be the showstopper of a dinner party or perfect for a picnic.

Among the best Deliciously Ella recipes found in the book are Mexian Quinoa Bowl, Marinated Kale Salad and a rather tasty Key Lime Pie. You can buy the Deliciously Ella cookbook for just £16, saving £4 on the RRP, from the Book People.

Guest blog | Ella Woodward’s Sweet Potato Brownies – from Deliciously Ella

Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward, published on 29th January by Yellow Kite © Ella Woodward 2015

To celebrate the United States’ National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, at the Book People we thought this would be the ideal time to share one of our favourite sugar-free recipes from one of our favourite new cookbooks, the Sweet Potato Brownie recipe from Ella Woodward’s Deliciously Ella. So, treat yourself without the guilt this National Sweet Potato Day… boy are you in for a treat!

Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownie | Deliciously Ella | Ella Woodward Recipe

These brownies have consistently been the most popular recipe on my [Ella Woodward’s] blog. They’ve had more than double the amount of hits than the next most popular recipe and I’ve seen thousands of my readers’ photographs of them on Instagram! There’s a good reason for all this love, though – the brownies are divine. I know it sounds strange to put vegetables into sweet dishes, but sweet potatoes taste more like dessert anyway and they create the gooiest consistency!

Makes 10–12 brownies

2 medium-large sweet potatoes (600g)
14 Medjool dates, pitted
⅔ mug ground almonds (80g)
½ mug buckwheat or brown rice flour (100g)
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C).

Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about 20 minutes, until they become really soft.

Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart, remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates. Blend until a smooth, creamy mix forms.

Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato and date combination. Stir well.

Place the mix into a lined baking dish and cook for about 20–30 minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork and bring it out dry.

Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This is really important, as the brownies need this time to stick together!

Top tip
If you don’t have any raw cacao powder, then you can use conventional cocoa powder, but you’ll need to at least double the quantity.


Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward, published on 29th January by Yellow Kite © Ella Woodward 2015

Keep your kids busy with half-term activity books

Now that half-term has descended on us again – and it seems like barely five minutes since the last one! – parents all over Britain are no doubt fretting about how they’re going to keep the little people in their life entertained over the coming week. Have no fear, because the Book People are here – with a huge range of excellent half-term activity books available for the value-for-money prices you’ve come to expect from us. Half-term books

At the Book People, we’ve got plenty to keep even the most demanding youngsters entertained. For the bargain price of only £2.99 – a saving of £6 on the recommended retail price – we’ve got the Two Player Big Fun Book by Lydia Crook. Suitable for children aged six and over, the Two Player Big Fun Book is packed with great puzzles, activities and games designed for two children to enjoy together – making it perfect for siblings.

For eager young bakers, meanwhile, we’ve got the Children’s Book of Baking Cakes by Abigail Wheatley – also priced at only £3 – and My First Baking Book, available for only £3.99. Both books are filled with easy-to-follow, mouth-watering recipes perfect for youngsters aged seven and over.

We’ve got also lots of other books that can help your children unleash their creative capacities this half-term. Chatterbox Art – priced only £3.99 and suitable for children aged eight years and above – features an entirely new spin on the popular children’s game also known as Paper Fortune Teller. With this fun interactive book, players can create their very own chatterbox featuring unique designs, patterns and messages.

There’s also The Usborne Write Your Own Story Book by Louie Stowell, priced at £3.99. Filled with handy and insightful tips to help budding writers devise their very own stories and comic strips, The Usborne Write Your Own Story Book – suitable for children aged eight and above – is ideal for developing youngsters’ reading and writing skills.

That’s just a short selection of the Book People’s hand-picked half-term book selection. Take a look for yourself to find out more about what we’ve got to offer.

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