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Books for Star Wars Day – May the 4th Be With You!

Alongside the success of The Force Awakens and the eager anticipation for the upcoming spin-off Rogue One, there are rumours abounding that the next Star Wars film’s full title will be announced on what has now become known as Star Wars Day – May the 4th. It’s fair to say there’s never been a better time to be a fan of the saga from a galaxy far, far away.

Of course, with all this coming up, many young Jedi need to learn about their new favourites and where better to do this than in an out-of-this-world book? Here at Book People, we have so many intergalactic books for Star Wars fans and they’re so good, they’d even keep a Wookiee happily engrossed (we could say we have ‘brilliant bookies for Wookiees’; we could also claim ‘Chew need these’…). Among these books, which are all available at unbelievable prices are the below:

The Force Awakens: Visual Dictionary

Learn about Kylo Ren, Rey and Finn with this fact-filled encyclopedia all about the new heroes from the Resistance and the villains they’re battling against in the First Order.

LEGO Star Wars: Visual Dictionary

Including an exclusive Minifigure of Luke Skywalker, this book tells fans of LEGO and Star Wars everything they want to know about the characters and vehicles that feature in the range, brick by brick.

The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections

Poe Dameron may be the best pilot in the galaxy, but surely you want to know more about the spaceship he flies? This brilliant mix of design and engineering will show you all the inner workings.

Star Wars: Everything You Need to Know

From quirky facts to movie-making trivia and all kinds of photographs, this book provides a visual and entertaining overview of all the events that lead up to events in The Force Awakens.

Ultimate Star Wars

A huge book that looks at the characters, creatures, locations, technology and vehicles that have appeared in the Star Wars films before Episode VII and its spin-off series the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.

Find many more of the best books in the galaxy in our hand-picked selection of Star Wars books.

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.

Thomas the Tank Engine The Railway Series Rev W Awdry books Marvel Ant-Man Marvel Cinematic Universe Paul Rudd

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

Book People’s bestselling book collections for 2016

Many of you would have made New Year’s Resolutions to read more books (or to encourage your children to…), but we know that January is tight for money. However, as part of our commitment to providing you with products you love at prices you won’t believe, Book People has some incredible value collections that will save you money and keep you reading throughout the first few months of 2016.

In our hand-picked selection, you’ll find children’s classics and contemporary reads for adults we’re sure you’ll love. Below, we offer a quick look at some of our favourites, but you can find even more in our Collections category.


Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Edition

Twenty-six books for £20! You will not find a better bargain than this… Featuring all of the Rev W. Awdry’s original stories in one beautiful box, each little hardback book has a traditional tale about Thomas and all his engine friends.


Roald Dahl Collection – 15 Books

Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG… The list of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels is bursting full of phizz-whizzing classics – and you can own them all in our brilliant slipcase for just £21.99.


Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection – 10 Books

With her flowing, rhyming text accompanied by bright and bold artwork from the country’s top illustrators, Julia Donaldson’s stories are a sheer delight for toddlers. This collection contains ten of her best!


Beasts of Olympus Collection – 3 Books

These three books provide children with an entertaining insight into the world of Ancient Greek mythology. As well as the quirky stories about a boy named Demon and his new role as Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, the books are full of illustrations.


Valentine’s Day Collection – 3 Books

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is coming around quickly – what better way to mark the occasion than with some novels that will make your heart swoon? These three hand-picked books are full of relationships, romance and escapism.


The Little Village School Collection – 3 Books

Gervase Phinn is a big favourite with Book People customers and this collection brings together three of the perennially popular Little Village School books. Charming and funny, they’re warming reads for the cold nights ahead.


School of Life: How to… Collection – 3 Books

These three self-help books are packed with advice that could prove itself very useful over the course of 2016. There’s a handbook full of hints on how to increase your creativity; a book about whether the digital age is a good thing; and an examination of just how much meaning we attach to money.


Man Booker Prize 2015 Collection – 6 Books


Including Marlon James’ winning entry A Brief History of Seven Killings, this collection brings together the six books that made up last year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist – and they’re all in beautiful, keepsake hardback format!

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)






Book People’s Christmas gifts for men

Is the man in your life a real pain to buy for when it comes to Christmas shopping? Let us help… Clearly, every one of these books could appeal to both men and women but we thought we’d give an indicator of some of the books that delighted the men in Book People’s office.

Match of the Day 365

Commentator Steve Wilson takes a day-by-day look at the most stunning football stories during the Premier League era.


Ken Follett – Pillars of the Earth Audiobook collection

Read by Richard E. Grant, this is a stunning audio version of both classic novels.


The Times: Great Lives

From Nelson Mandela to Steve Jobs, this big gift book has extensive obituaries for the people who have shaped our world.



Full of advice and tasting notes for every gentleman’s (or lady’s) favourite tipple.


Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2015

Every year, the Wisden Almanack delights fans of cricket. With England’s resurgence, we expect it to be even more popular this year!


The Superman Files

Clark Kent, Kal-El, the Man of Steel… Learn all there is to know about everyone’s favourite blue-suited and red-panted superhero.


Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art

We all love the Marvel films and all the characters have been inspired by their comic counterparts. This book features the most iconic cover art.



From the origins of mankind to the invention of the internet and rise of social media, this beautiful book is a visual celebration of our achievements and endeavours.


Top Birding Sites of the World

If you know someone who loves spotting our feathered friends, this beautiful book will show them all the best places to see birds of all shapes and sizes – wherever they are in the world.


Mark Webber – Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey

One of the most controversial and compelling drivers in Formula 1, this book will have any fan of the sport racing through the pages.


Ultimate Star Wars

We’re all excited about The Force Awakens and what better treat for a Star Wars fan than a massive book that covers every character to have appeared in the franchise so far – and it includes a sneak peek of Episode VII!



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