Archive for November, 2015

Black Friday 2016 – Black Friday deals at Book People


Book People Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is here and at Book People we have a mouth-watering collection of Black Friday deals to please bookworms of all ages. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we have a fantastic line-up of new Black Friday deals and offers on everything from the latest bestsellers to children’s classics, gripping fiction, tasty cookbooks and much, much more.

Visit us this Black Friday and save up to 88% in our biggest ever Black Friday Sale!

Costa Book Awards 2015: Costa First Novel Award Shortlist announced – buy all 4 books for £20!

The Costa Book Awards are one of the biggest events in the literary calendar for authors based in the UK and Ireland. Celebrating the best books in five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – each one has a shortlist announced before a winner is declared. The winning books then battle it out for the title of Costa Book of the Year – which is announced at a glittering award ceremony in London in January next year.

As you’ll know by now, Book People passionately supports new authors so we’re delighted to give you the chance to buy all four debut books in this year’s Costa First Novel Award Shortlist for just £20. They’re also available separately but we’d be surprised if you didn’t claim this amazing offer! Buy all four books for this bargain price and you can read through the books in time for the winning announcement – and see if you agree with the judges’ decision.


Costa Book Awards

First Novel Award Shortlist 2015


Sara BaumeSpill Simmer Falter Wither

A touching tale about loneliness, loss and friendship.


Kate HamerThe Girl in the Red Coat

A tale of abduction that will appeal to those who enjoyed both The Snow Child and Room.


Tasha KavanaghThings We Have in Common

Praised by Nathan Filer and Sophie Hannah, this is a story of a 15-year-old girl with an obsessive nature…


Andrew Michael HurleyThe Loney

A dark and unsettling gothic novel about a family’s Easter pilgrimage to a place known as the Loney.

Best Christmas books

We love Christmas time and know you do, too. As you no doubt know by now, we also love books. And what better combination could there be than the two of them together? From children’s classics to contemporary bestsellers and one of the most famous tales ever told, here are some of our favourite Christmas-themed books.


Charles DickensA Christmas Carol

Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come, this book has some of the most memorable characters to have ever featured in books – and we haven’t even mentioned everyone’s favourite miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, yet…

John GrishamSkipping Christmas

Adapted into the Tim Allen-starring hit film Christmas with the Kranks, this novel found John Grisham moving away from the intense legal spotlight into something a lot lighter , funnierand sparkling. Luther and Nora Krank decide to get away from the hullaballoo of Christmas and spend it on the cruise, but this doesn’t come without consequences.


Raymond BriggsFather Christmas/The Snowman

No-one has summed up the joy of the season better than Raymond Briggs in these two classic picture books, both of which have been adapted into staples of the Christmas TV schedule. Father Christmas shows you what the big man gets up to the rest of the year when he’s not delivering blooming presents; and The Snowman is a simply magical and poignant journey.


Shirley HughesAlfie’s Christmas

Shirley Hughes’ style is perfect for Christmas. Sure to get the nostalgic juices flowing, this perfect picture book finds the popular Alfie looking forward to Christmas and sharing in the joys of decorating the tree and giving presents.


Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas

He’s green, he’s mean, he’s the Grinch! An outcast on Whoville, the Grinch hates Christmas and can’t stand the celebratory nature of the Whos. Told in Dr. Seuss’ trademark rhyming style, this is a crazy Christmas classic – and watching the cartoon version (or Ron Howard’s Jim Carrey-starring spectacular) is also a time-honoured TV tradition in America.


J.R.R. TolkienLetters from Father Christmas

The Lord of the Rings author also wrote a simply wonderful children’s book that celebrates Christmas in style. A must-read for fans of both the author and the holidays.


 Dylan ThomasA Child’s Christmas in Wales

This seasonal favourite finds the famous poet providing a lyrical account of his childhood Christmases spent in a small Welsh town. Featuring everything from wolves, bears and hippos to Mrs Prothero’s cat, it’s a timeless read.


The Elf on the Shelf

Every day, an elf watches children by day to report back to Father Christmas on if they’ve been good or if they’ll end up on the naughty list. By the time the children wake up, the elf has moved place as he plays hide-and-seek!


Janet and Allan AhlbergThe Jolly Christmas Postman

A first-class read for children everywhere, this irresistible book follows the Jolly Christmas Postman as he does his festive rounds – and he finds letters from famous characters including Humpty Dumpty.


The Nativity Story

The most famous story ever told, this book will introduce children to the Nativity and the birth of baby Jesus.

Buy the best biographies and autobiographies of 2015 from Book People

Book People biographies autobiographies 2015 true stories

A favourite Christmas present with all kinds of readers, every year the festive season brings a new selection of autobiographies and biographies that find famous stars (and those close to them) revealing all about their remarkable lives. 2015 is no different. Here at Book People, we love hearing the secrets of the stars and have hand-picked some of the best real-life reads available this year – and are passing savings of up to 75% off RRP onto you.

Here are some of our picks for 2015:

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith biography

From Jean Brodie to Downton Abbey via Harry Potter, this book gives incredible insight into the life of one of our most beloved actresses, who can currently be seen on the big screen in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.


Alex FergusonLeading

Alex Ferguson Leading Biography Michael Moritz Book People

The most successful manager in the history of football reveals how he managed to achieve such incredible feats and become such a respected figure in this revealing book. A must for Man Utd fans.


Sue PerkinsSpectacles

Sue Perkins Spectacles memoir book autobiography

One of the nation’s favourite TV presenters and an expert at providing hilarious innuendoes during the Great British Bake Off, this book finds her talking about her life with some wit and charm.


Steve JobsThe Man Who Thought Different

Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different Books Apple

The new film from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle finds Michael Fassbender taking on the role of Apple’s controversial and compelling genius. This book looks at how he changed the world and pushed the boundaries of technology during his lifetime.


A.P. McCoyWinner: A Racing Life

Having won over 4,300 races in his career at the top of horse racing, jump-jockey A.P. McCoy reveals how he managed to achieve such phenomenal triumphs throughout the course of his career – and reveals his plans for what he’ll do next.

Santa is Coming to Your Town with our hand-picked collection of festive books

Santa is coming to your town book

‘He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice, Santa Claus is coming to YOUR town…’

With a Christmas tree going up in our office and our festive hand-picked favourites flying out of our warehouse, all of us at Book People are very excited about the most wonderful time of the year.

The adverts are now on your TV, the lights are going up in your local shopping centre and you’ll soon be thinking about your own decorations. As we head towards the big day, we have found the perfect book for your children to read over and over again in the build-up – Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Localised books which find the big man setting the Santanav (who knew?) for 26 towns and cities throughout the UK, your children will love joining him on his magical sleigh ride and seeing the delightful sites of everywhere from Basingstoke to Blackpool and Southampton to Sheffield.

Illustrated throughout, Santa and the reindeer fly over the city as the distinctive features of each location or area are replicated in the gorgeous artwork. A brilliant gift either for Christmas or to get people excited about the big day, these books are sure to raise a smile and inspire suitable levels of festive excitement.

There are even colouring books based around some specific locations, too!

The cities, towns and counties where Santa is coming to town in 2015:



Bournemouth and Poole



Cardiff (Colouring)




Edinburgh (Colouring)



Newcastle (Colouring)

Dundee (Colouring)







Sheffield (Colouring)






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