Tag: contemporary fiction

New book trailer for Life of Pi author Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal, the eagerly awaited new novel from Yann Martel – the author of Life of Pi – is on its way and here at Book People, we’re all very excited. In fact, we’re so thrilled that our videographer Ollie has put together a very special exclusive book trailer for the novel:

Part-quest, part-ghost story and part contemporary fable, the book offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. It’s filled with tenderness, humour and endless surprise as it takes readers on a road trip through Portugal in the last century – and right through the human soul.

As always, we will be selling this novel at a truly unbelievable price. One of our hand-picked favourites, the book will be available to order from 2 February and will have a saving of at least 75% off RRP.

We’re also offering review copies to any book bloggers interested in reading the novel in exchange for posting a link to the video and website. If you’re interested, please contact Oliver Trimble: oliver.trimble@thebookpeople.co.uk


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.

Those must-read classics you’ve never got around to reading…

Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited sequel to Harper Lee’s Kill a Mockingbird, was published this week and it got all of us at the Book People thinking about some of the classics of literature, especially those ones that have long been on your reading list but you’ve never quite got around to reading…

Luckily, we have a list of classics that you need to read over in our category ‘Must-read books’. From the gothic haunting of the Woman in Black to the period romance of Pride and Prejudice and contemporary American fiction from the likes of John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men) and Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence), you’ll find all the classic books you ever wanted to read. Many of the books, like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, have engrained themselves in the public consciousness and it’s fascinating to read the book for the first time and realise just why they have become so culturally important.

Among our other favourite classic books that many know all about from their hit film adaptations or from studying at school (therefore well worth reading back as an adult for pure enjoyment!) are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

It is a wonderful feeling to finish a classic book and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about, and where better to buy these novels than the Book People? We provide amazing savings on all the books featured in the category and are certain you’ll love them just as much as their reputation suggests.

Seventh Son in cinemas now – buy The Spook’s Apprentice for £3.49!

Following the success of recent young adult adaptations including The Hunger Games and Divergent/Insurgent, many teenagers are eagerly awaiting the release of Seventh Son – a film based on Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice.

With a more supernatural, magical and scary edge, the film boasts and all-star cast including Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, the film is sure to appeal to fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings and even perhaps Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

The story follows Thomas Ward as he’s given the chance to keep the County safe from evil – but is he up to the job? He’ll have to show his credential when he comes across the villainous Mother Malkin – who is widely regarded as the most dangerous witch in the County…

Dark and spooky, this is a great book for young readers to check out before or after seeing the Hollywood film.

Buy The Spook’s Apprentice from Red House for just £3.49.

The Man Booker longlist for 2014 has been announced

The longlist for 2014’s Man Booker Prize has been announced and contains some bestselling authors in the shape of David Mitchell, Ali Smith and David Nicholls. With American authors also eligible for the first time in the prestigious award’s history, four writers from the States are also in with a chance of winning this literary prize – Joshua Ferris, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers and Karen Joy Fowler. Now a truly global award, the 13 names will be whittled down to six during September as we head towards the announcement on 14 October.

A varied list that celebrates the most exciting authors and stories in contemporary fiction, the winner will receive £50,000 prize money and also see their profile raised considerably. The Book People wishes all the Man Booker longlisted authors the best of luck as they aim to succeed Eleanor Cotton’s The Luminaries.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt

J – Howard Jacobson

The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

Us – David Nicholls

The Dog – Joseph O’Neill

Orfeo – Richard Powers

How to be Both – Ali Smith

History of the Rain–  Niall Williams

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