Archive for September, 2015

Early Christmas gift ideas from Book People

Although it’s still September (just about), we believe it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. We know the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t officially start until the Coca Cola advert is aired – or is it John Lewis now? – but Book People has books and gifts that are certain to bring a smile to the face of everyone you love come Christmas morning.

Gifts you can enjoy again and again

In Book People’s Christmas Shop, you can get your shopping wrapped up early and find something for all the family. Everyone knows books make great presents – they’ll transport people to another world; can teach new skills; and, very importantly, are oh-so-easy to wrap.

You’ll find top Christmas gifts at unbelievable prices including box sets featuring Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Mr. Men. You’ll also be able to get your hands on bestsellers from Philippa Gregory, the Great British Bake Off and Ruth Rendell.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an annual and we have great stocking-fillers ranging from The Simpsons and Guinness World Records to the goal-den Match annual 2016.


Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist – buy the collection and choose your winner!

One of the most esteemed literary prizes, the Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist has been announced and once again Book People customers can enjoy owning all six titles in beautiful hardback for the price of just £30. That’s a £71 saving off the RRP.

Previous Booker Prize winners include Yann Martel, Hilary Mantel and Maragaret Atwood, but who will join them this year? 2015’s Booker Prize-shortlisted authors are Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Marlon James, Hanya Yanagihara, Sunjeev Sahota and Anne Tyler. Below, we’ll look at each book in a little more detail.

Man Booker Shortlisted books 2015 collection books

Satin IslandTom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy Satin Island Man Booker Prize shortlist

Previously shortlisted for the Booker Prize back in 2010 for C, Satin Island finds Tom McCarthy introducing readers to U, a talented but uneasy consultant who’s ‘working’ for an elite consultancy in London. While he spends his day procrastinating and getting increasingly obsessed with the images of the world that surround him, he wonders if there’s a secret logic holding everything together…

 

The FishermenChigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma The Fishermen Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist

In this story that captures the spirit of Cain and Abel, four Nigerian brothers take advantage of their father’s long commute to enjoy a day fishing at a forbidden river when they should be at school. When they encounter a madman, he tells them one brother will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event that leaves a tragic and redemptive impact on the entire family.

 

A Brief History of Seven KillingsMarlon James

Marlon James Bob Marley A Brief History Of Seven Killings Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Described by the New York Times as ‘Like a Tarantino remake of ‘The Harder they Come’ but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley’, this book will take you right back to the 1970s when reggae culture was all around. Set in the violent slums of Kingston and taking in everything from disco to excess, it reimagines the attempted assassination of Rasta legend, Bob Marley.

 

A Little LifeHanaya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara A Little Life Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

A tale of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance this powerful novel follows four graduates who move from a small Massachusetts college to New York to make their way in the world. The friends are quick-witted and sometimes cruel JB, aspiring actor Willem, frustrated architect Malcolm and at the core of the friendship is the enigmatic Jude, a withdrawn litigator whose childhood experiences mark him as increasingly broken.

 

The Year of the RunawaysSunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota The Year of the Runaways Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Praised by Kamila Shamsie, this novel tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of the most unlikely family. Thirteen men live in a house in Sheffield and all of them are in desperate search of a new life. Sweeping between India and England, and childhood experiences and the present day, the book celebrates dignity in the face of adversity.

 

A Spool of Blue ThreadAnne Tyler

Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Also shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015, Anne Tyler once again captures the trials and tribulations of family life in this tragic, comic novel. Abby and Red are getting older and decisions have to be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. The whole family has come to have the discussion, and from this moment hopes, fears, rivalries and tensions come to the fore.

Among the top book prizes around, you can also take a look at our favourite Man Booker award-winning books at this blog post.



Guinness World Records 2016 annual – £11.99 from Book People!

We’re delighted to bring you the world’s bestselling annual at a fantastic Book People price – Guinness World Records 2016 is just £11.99, giving you a saving of £8 off RRP.

You may have seen the footage of the expert goalkeeping dog that made it everywhere from Paddy Power’s Facebook feed to the BBC news, but the beautiful hardback has so many more facts to enthrall and fascinate. You’ll learn all about the world’s greatest superhuman achievements and most extreme vehicles, as well as categories ranging from archaeology to waterfalls.

The infographics are full of useful facts, stats and much more. This video offers just a little glimpse of what you can find between the pages of the latest Guinness World Records book…


Roald Dahl Day 2015 – Book People’s Top 10 Roald Dahl Characters

With Roald Dahl Day 2015 now upon us, we at Book People wanted to celebrate the day with our lovely customers. So we thought it would be fun to ask them – as they know Roald Dahl’s books better than anyone – which of Roald Dahl characters are their favourites. Do you agree with Book People’s customers’ picks, or do you think another of Roald Dahl’s characters deserves a place in the top 10? Let us know…

Roald Dahl Day 2015 Roald Dahl Characters


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