Tag: Philippa Gregory

Book People’s Christmas gifts for her 2015

We all know how hard it can be buying for some people when it comes round to Christmas but one present sure to delight even the most difficult person is a good book. Here, we’ve brought together some of the books that delighted the girls in our office. Obviously, they can appeal to any gender but we thought we’d give you an insight into the girls who work here’s favourites:


The show about the TV shows that everyone’s talking about, this is a great gift for Goggleboxers.


The Taming of the Queen

The latest novel from the queen of historical fiction.


The Great British Bake Off: Celebrations

Help them add some Bake Off-inspired treats to their Christmas gatherings.


Agatha Raisin Collection

Twenty books for an unbelievable price, this can be one big present or shared out amongst friends.


I Used to Know That

Know someone who’s always thinking back to ‘the good old days’? This will help them remember all the key school skills.


Penelope Lively Collection

Three contemporary novels, all intelligently written by the Man Booker-winning author.



A cookbook bursting with 100 contemporary recipes hailing from eastern Europe.


The Santangelos

Jackie Collins is much missed and this – her final novel – is full of the sex, scandal and secrets that made her so popular.


 The Clandestine Cake Club: A Year of Cake

There’s nothing better than a delicious cake to mark a special occasion – and this book has a recipe for one for all the major events in the next twelve months.


Maggie Smith

Who doesn’t love Maggie Smith? A worldwide star since her Oscar-winning turn in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, she’s since been the highlight of Downton Abbey and starred in Harry Potter, Hook and most recently The Lady in the Van.


Colouring for Mindfulness: Gorgeous Patterns

It’s been the year for people to rediscover the childhood joy and meditative benefits of colouring in and this book is one of the best around.


Book People Book Club September Pick: The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

We hope you enjoyed Paper Towns last month and know that many of you are looking forward to our next Book Club pick. We’re delighted to now announce that Philippa Gregory’s latest bestseller The Taming of the Queen is the book we’ll be discussing with you all throughout September.

Philippa Gregory author The Taming of the Queen Book People Book Club Cousins War

Firstly, our edition of this book is simply beautiful. Hardback and with gorgeous designs and maps included, it tells the story of King Henry VIII’s final wife Kateryn Parr and asks just who she really was. Was she a loyal royal wife and stately queen or a disloyal citizen who just longed for passion and power?

She knows marrying Henry is laced with danger but just can’t resist the temptation… As their relationship grows and Henry shows compassion for her, Kateryn (and it is spelt this way) finds herself drawn to the tyrant king. But can she keep safe?

Full of the historical accuracy that we have come to expect from Philippa after her Cousins War series, this is a book you’ll be keen to devour over the next month. Available for only £4.99, you can save a further 10% with code KING10.

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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.

The Book People’s picks of 2013

Talking about books is what we do best and as the end of the year draws closer we thought now would be the perfect time to share with you some of our highlights from 2013.

We’ve picked the books that have been stand-out reads for us here at the Book People HQ over the past 12 months alongside bestsellers that you, our lovely customers, have bought on mass too – so much so that we couldn’t keep them on the shelves of our warehouse long enough to ensure everyone could take home a copy.

Our very own in-house Spielberg has directed this short video with the Book People team to share with you what pages we’ve loved turning this year. Enjoy!

Still need convincing? Here’s why we loved them so much…

Recipe for Life by Mary Berry
“Is there anyone anywhere who doesn’t love Mary Berry? Totally readable and what an insight into an incredible woman… Inspiring from start to finish, and great for passing on to my mum and sisters after!”

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
“Gripping, tense and with an incredible twist – what more could you want from a thriller? If you love this as much as me, read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn too (but not alone… or in the dark…!)”

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
“I loved the BBC series so decided to read the book after a friend highly recommended it – it’s even better! Amazing detail, believable characters and really pacy. “

A Short Book About Drawing by Andrew Marr
“This may seem like a bizarre book but it’s incredibly interesting and really entertaining, I pinched a copy floating round the office and couldn’t put it down.”

Demon Dentist by David Walliams
“David Walliams has done it again – another laugh-out-loud story with some real heart.”

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
“With a more humorous style than any of O’Farrell’s previous work, this Costa Novel Award-shortlisted book is full of memorable moments.”

Proper Pub Food by Tom Kerridge
“The dishes in this cookbook were not only delicious, but also ever-so-simple to prepare – perfect for the likes of myself!”

Fantastic fiction from the Book People this autumn

The Book People will keep you reading throughout the autumn months with a selection of gripping novels, all at our usual great value prices. No matter what genre you’re interested in and whatever age you are, there’s bound to be something for you. From our traditional collections through to some of the latest hardback bestsellers, you can see all the titles available on our Fiction category page.

Jason Bourne must be one of the world’s most famous amnesiacs after the success of the films starring Matt Damon, and with our 10-book Bourne Collection, you will be able to read where his story began. Even more gripping and provocative than the hit films, this collection not only contains Robert Ludlum’s original Bourne trilogy but also seven books from acclaimed US author Eric Van Lustbader that further expand this absorbing world of danger, spies and international terrorism. The novel that everyone has been talking about this year, we still have Gone Girl available in a three-book Gillian Flynn collection. Thought-provoking and gripping stories with dark undertones, these really are must-reads. Another set of crime novels with elements of shocking horror are those included in Stieg Larsson’ Millennium Trilogy, and with the three enormous books available for just £4.99, this represents an absolute bargain for any fans of Scandinavian fiction.

The Cousins’ War Quartet from Philippa Gregory has been near the top of our bestseller list ever since the start of the stunning BBC adaptation of the White Queen, and these fantastic slices of historical fiction will appeal to many different kinds of reader. We also have the latest in the series, The White Princess, available as a hardback for the phenomenally low price of £4.99.

For the Young Adult audience, our three-book set from the popular author Louis Sachar is perfect. Featuring Holes, a book that was made into a hit Disney film, and its companion novel Small Steps, the collection also includes the poignant coming-of-age story The Cardturner. Another set of stimulating novels come from the world-famous poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Sure to encourage fierce debate, these three books are shocking but extremely well written.

We’re also delighted to now have the Roald Dahl Collection back in stock. Redesigned with new jackets and artwork, this is an essential addition to any book lover’s collection! Featuring the famous tales of The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox, there are iconic characters in every book and deviously wicked humour throughout! For just £35, you can also get your hands on the 68-book (yes, that’s 68!) Thomas Library. Coming in a handy and beautifully designed box, the collection features Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends from the Isle of Sodor, including Gordon, Percy and Annie and Clarabel, and each story is easy-to-follow and will be returned to again and again.

Jason Bourne collection
Cousins' War collection
Roald Dahl collection
Thomas collection

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