Tag: Fiction

The Railways Series: 10 Facts about Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine books collection

Everyone’s favourite Really Useful Engine – Thomas – turned 70 years old last year and he’s more popular than ever. He even has his very own theme park in Japan (as well as Thomas Land in Drayton Manor)! At Book People, we have an incredible 26-book collection of Rev W Awdry’s original Railway Series for only £20. Displayed in an incredible engine shed box, it features all the classic stories that inspired the worldwide phenomenon and works out at a bargain 77p a book!

Before you buy this amazing collection that will keep your children’s early reading skills ‘on track’, why not read the following facts about all that goes on around the Isle of Sodor. How many do you know?

Rev W Awdry Thomas the Tank Engine author Railway Series booksRev W Awdry was inspired to write the stories after his son (and later, author) Christopher caught measles and was cheered up by a train-themed rhyme.

The Three Railway Engines book collection Rev W Awdry Thomas

The original story in The Railway Series – The Three Railway Engines – was published in 1945. It didn’t feature Thomas and was based around Edward, Gordon and Henry.

The Railway Series books Rev W Awdry Thomas the Tank Engine collection

There were 26 books in The Railway Series published between 1945 and 1972 – and they’re all featured in our collection!

Thomas the Tank Engine original book Rev W Awdry

For their time, the books were unusually published in full colour and in an unusual landscape format.

Ringo Starr Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Railway Series TV show narrator

The first TV series premiered in October 1984 and featured Beatles drummer Ringo Starr as the storyteller.

George Carlin Rufus Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends The Railway Series books

Celebrated stand-up comedian (and Rufus in the Bill and Ted films) George Carlin replaced Ringo as storyteller and as the voice of Mr. Controller in the United States.

Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Railway Series books facts

Alec Baldwin has also played the role of Mr. Controller.

Billington E2-Class 0-6-0T locomotive Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends The Railway Series books collection Rev W Awdry

Thomas is based on a Billington E2-Class 0-6-0T locomotive.

The Railway Series books Rev W Awdry book collection Thomas the Tank Engine Watercress Line Alresford

You can meet Thomas in ‘real life’ on the Watercress Line in Alresford, Hampshire.

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After his appearance in Ant-Man, Thomas could officially be considered part of the all-conquering Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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


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.

Top 10 famous detectives from books

With Tennison being our October Book Club pick (save an extra 10% by using code Jane10), we thought now was the perfect time to take a look at ten of our favourite detectives from the world of fiction.


Cracking cases and constantly in peril, being a crime detective is a job laced with danger. This list finds some of those that we’ve fallen in love with over the years while reading about the crimes they try so hard to solve.


Jane Tennison

Prime Suspect Books DCI Jane Tennison Helen Mirren

Lynda La Plante’s books have long been favourites with readers all over the world. Inspiring the TV series adaptation of Prime Suspect, one of the great British crime dramas, her books focused on DCI Jane Tennison – one of the most tenacious and inspiring detectives to have been put to page.


Agatha Raisin

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You may have seen the recent TV adaptation of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, but Book People customers have long been fans of the detective’s charms. M. C. Beaton’s books are big favourites and Agatha may be unlucky in love but she has enough wits to solve all the murders that build up in her quaint town.


Dr. Brennan

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Dr. Temperance Brennan is the lead character in Kathy Reichs’ books that inspired the hit US crime drama Bones. Played by Emily Deschanel in the show, Dr. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who values the importance of setting up crime scenes correctly.


Kurt Wallander

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Solving mysteries in and around the town of Ystad near Malmo in Sweden, Kurt Wallander is a troubled and socially awkward policeman who eats junk food, drinks too much alcohol and has anger issues – but has an incredible intellect. Written quite brilliantly by the late Henning Mankell, you follow Wallander as he becomes disillusioned with his career throughout these gripping books.


Detective Lindsay Boxer

James Patterson Maxine Paetro Detective Lindsay Boxer Women's Murder Club books

The lead character in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, Lindsay Boxer is quite brilliant at her job. Based in San Francisco, she succeeds even when circumstances conspire against her.


Richard Castle

Richard Castle books fiction crime detective

Starting as a TV character expertly played by cult favourite Nathan Fillion, Richard Castle is not only an expert at cracking complex crime cases but also a bestselling author in his own right! His books are based around Derrick Storm and Nikki Heat – and their adventures might just be inspired by some of his own experiences…


Hercule Poirot

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One of the most beloved characters in fiction, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot was the star of 33 Agatha Christie Books, one play and over 50 short stories. Brought to the screen by the likes of Albert Finney, Alfred Molina and, perhaps most famously, David Suchet, Poirot was famed for his twirly moustache and eccentricities.


Sherlock Holmes

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Where do we start with Sherlock Holmes? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation is surely one of the most famous detectives and has long been regarded as a classic character. With a recent resurgence inspired by the films starring Robert Downey Jr. and the worldwide phenomenon with Benedict Cumberbatch, the consulting detective continues to wow. The way he uses logical reasoning and the laws of science makes him stand out from the crowd.


Detective Inspector Jack Frost

Detective Inspector Jack Frost books David Jason fiction

He may be arrogant, unorganised and terrible when it comes to paperwork, but Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a master at solving mysteries. Created by R. D. Wingfield, Frost was memorably brought to life by David Jason in the ITV series, A Touch of Frost.


Harry Hole

Jo Nesbo Harry Hole The Snowman Norway Oslo Police detective inspector

One of the stars of Nordic crime fiction, Harry Hole is an unorthodox yet brilliant detective in the Oslo Crime Squad of the Norwegian police force. A loose cannon, he is brilliantly brought to life by the bestselling author Jo Nesbo – especially in the unforgettable The Snowman.

Top ten: historical fiction

To celebrate the publication of the queen of historical fiction and Cousins’ War author Philippa Gregory’s latest bestseller, The Taming of the Queen, we thought what better time to look at the other great stories about our past that you can buy from the Book People. From navy warfare to royal disputes and poignant wartime novels, these are all books that capture the spirit of a bygone era and take you right into our history.

Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen is available from the Book People for just £4.99, giving you a massive saving of £15 off the RRP.


Winston Graham – Poldark Two-book Set

Winston Graham’s period classics found a whole new audience with its hit BBC adaptation earlier this year; and now you can read about Ross Poldark’s first two adventures for one great price.


Simon Scarrow – Hearts of Stone


Famed for his Roman-era Gladiator series, Simon Scarrow turns his attention to the Greek Resistance during World War II – and the results are spectacular!


Georgette Heyer Collection

Full of quarelling families and issues of class, Georgette Heyer is a brilliant author if you want to travel back to Regency Endland.


Iain Gale Collection 

Set in the era of Louis XIV and sure to appeal to readers who love Sharpe, this collection contains the first three books in a series that focuses on Queen Anne’s army.


Sheila Hancock – Miss Carter’s War 

Actress Sheila Hancock shows she’s equally adept at writing compelling fiction with this tale of a woman who fought social injustice in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Jean Plaidy Collection

 The Tudor times must rank as one of the most fascinating historical eras and who better than Jean Plaidy to capture the spirit of the time?


J. D. Davies’ Quinton Collection

Full of swashbuckling excitement, this series is set in the 17th century while England recovers from Cromwell’s reign – and it’s written by a real historian to give extra credibility to the excitement.


David Donachie Collection

From revolutionary Paris to the Mediterranean and North Africa, David Donachie’s action-packed seafaring adventures are full of historical drama.


Jacqueline Winspear – The Care and Management of Lies

Set during the beginning of the First World War, this evocative novel from Maisie Dobbs author Jacqueline Winspear will take you on a journey from the trenches of England through to the fields of England.


Len Deighton Collection


Spies, secrets and betrayal… It’s all here in this six-book collection from ‘master of fictional espionage’ Len Deighton.

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