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Samuel Beckett’s Echo’s Bones – £4.99 at the Book People

Eighty years after it was requested, written and rejected by his editor Charles Prentice, we finally get the chance to read Echo’s Bones, the intended closer to Waiting for Godot author Samuel Beckett’s highly acclaimed debut More Pricks than Kicks, a collection of short stories.

Published by Faber & Faber and available from the Book People for just £4.99, saving over £15 on the RRP, the short story is a must-have addition to the bookshelf of anyone who has enjoyed Samuel Beckett’s writing and wants to find out more about his evolution as a writer!

Originally described by Prentice as a ‘nightmare’, Echo’s Bones continues the story of Belacqua Shuah, the protagonist of ‘Yellow’, the ninth story in More Pricks than Kicks, as he enters the afterlife. Described by Dr Mark Nixon, director of the Beckett International Foundation, as ‘rather wild and undisciplined’ but ‘also quite brilliantly so’, the short story covers themes of science, philosophy, religion and literature, while also offering a darkly humorous observation on human nature.

After such a long wait, Echo’s Bones is a startling discovery that will show fans of the Irish author just how he developed his writing skills and where his unique line in absurdity, black humour and angst began.

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Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who

It’s the date Whovians have been waiting for – 23 November 2013. Marking 50 years since the BBC’s iconic Doctor Who programme first aired, the latest incarnation of the Doctor, expertly played by Matt Smith, will be teaming up with ever-popular David Tennant in a very special feature-length episode that will be aired in homes and cinemas around the world. With guest appearances from Billie Piper and none other than John Hurt, this is a show not to be missed. The Book People can help you celebrate this momentous occasion too. We have a selection of brilliant books, all at our great prices, which Doctor Who fans will want to return to again and again.

Over the years, the Doctor has battled many iconic villains, including Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and The Master and the fun-packed Official Sticker Book is sure to delight children as they recall some of these terrifying creatures. With over 1,000 stickers included, this is sure to keep young fans happily entertained for a long time. An activity book that may be aimed at children, but is sure to entertain grown-ups too, is the Where’s Wally-style Find the Doctor. An entertaining bind-up of Where’s the Doctor and When’s the Doctor, this would surely make a great Christmas present and keep everyone entertained as they eagerly await the annual festive special, which will see The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi taking on the famous role as Matt Smith hands over (or regenerates, if you prefer).

We also have a brilliant book in our FaberShop for those who have grown up as fans of Doctor Who, but whose friends, partners and family are maybe not as enticed… Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who is uberfan Steve Perryman’s account of his rewatching of every Doctor Who episode from the start – alongside his long-suffering wife Sue. Steve has been a Who obsessive since childhood, but Sue does not share Steve’s passion. Having enjoyed the modern-day reincarnation, Sue agreed to watch the series from the start. The book is a recollection of some of her takes on the Doctors, their adventures and a nostalgic look back at Steve’s life as a Whovian.

Eleanor Catton wins Man Booker Prize

It’s that time of year again – when the winner of the Man Booker Prize is announced. And this time the prize has gone to New Zealand author Eleanor Catton for her novel, The Luminaries. Eleanor is the youngest person ever to win the prize, while her book is also the longest at 832 pages.

It should go without saying that the Booker Prize is one of the most celebrated awards in the literary field and, to mark the occasion, we’ve got a great offer you might be interested in.

Here at the Book People, we’ve got the whole six-book Booker Prize shortlist in hardback for just £30, plus until October 18th, it’s on special offer at just £25. So, needless to say, this is something you really don’t want to miss out on.

In case you were wondering, the full shortlist is as follows: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, Jim Crace’s Harvest, The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and, of course, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

If you’re looking to pick up some amazing new books, then we’ve got all sorts of great, critically-acclaimed titles to choose from in our FaberShop. Among the hundreds of books now available is Back from the Dead by Peter Leonard – son of the late, great Elmore Leonard, probably best known for works such as Get Shorty and Rum Punch – priced at just £6.39. There’s also Edna O’Brien’s The Love Object, which brings together some of the author’s finest short stories and which you can buy from the FaberShop for £16.

Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries

FaberShop: October’s new titles

This month at the Book People, FaberShop focuses on poetry. National Poetry Day took place on 3 October and to celebrate the occasion, a number of Faber authors have revealed their favourite poem. We also have an Author Spotlight on the acclaimed poet Daljit Nagra, who has recently tackled one of the great Hindu epics with his take on The Ramayana. You can also enter our FaberShop competition to win an afternoon of poetry with Daljit too!

Seamus Heaney sadly passed away in September and this anthology, New Selected Poems 1966 – 1987, will introduce or reacquaint you with some of his best work, as well as rarities. Other poetry titles available at FaberShop are Train Songs, which shows how the train takes a hold on our collective unconscious, Poetry Please, the accompaniment to the popular BBC Radio 4 programme that showcases the nation’s best-loved poems and The Forward Book of Poetry, an anthology of the greatest contemporary poetry published in the UK in the past twelve months. As an added bonus, you can also get the 5-book 101 Poems Collection for just £2.99 when you buy any FaberShop title.

As always, there is plenty of outstanding contemporary fiction to be found on FaberShop too. Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller is an extraordinary debut novel about an unlikely couple, while Frost Hollow Hall confirms Emma Carroll as an exciting new voice in historical fiction.

Meanwhile, those who are still unsure what to do with themselves after the final season of Breaking Bad will find plenty to devour in Brett Martin’s Difficult Men, an analysis of the wave of great television shows from the past 15 years. Covering shows like Mad Men, The Wire, The Sopranos and Mad Men, Martin looks at the influence of the writer-showrunner and discovers how, behind the scenes of a creative revolution, this group are nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic and layered as their creations.

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