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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!”

Book collections for Christmas!

Here at the Book People, we’re famous for our book collections that offer great value for money and essential reading for all ages. From fun-packed stories starring famous children’s characters to historical fiction for adults, the books in these bundles will provide endless entertainment. Even better is the fact you can either give one set to a loved one for a big Christmas present or share the books out among friends and lower the cost of your Christmas shopping in style!

Poirot is set to return in 2014 with a brand new mystery written by Sophie Hannah, so what better time to read up on the Belgian detective’s previous cases? Our 12-book Agatha Christie Collection is available for just £15 and will have any fan hooked throughout, while also keeping up the festive cheer with the famous book The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. The White Queen was one of the big television successes this year and Christmas could be the perfect opportunity to read up on Philippa Gregory’s page-turning historical fiction that inspired the hit adaptation.

White Queen book

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will soon be at a cinema screen near you and we have the perfect gift for anyone who’d prefer to be on Middle-earth over the next few weeks. The gorgeous Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit box set will help you rediscover J.R.R. Tolkien’s magical adventure that change literature forever. For those who prefer space to fantasy lands, we also have a special treat that not only explains the meaning of life, but also just why you should always have a towel on you. The 8-book Douglas Adams Collection contains the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy of five and three further books that also provide an insight into a unique and much-missed comic mind. Our hand-picked Winter Warmers Collection will also provide perfect books to delve into while curling up on the sofa in these cold winter months. Including the highly acclaimed Room and The Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold’s The Almost Moon, this is contemporary fiction at its finest.

Lord of the Rings book

We have plenty of collections that will bring a smile to any child’s face this Christmas time too. Although not books, The David Walliams CD Set will surely delight children over the Christmas holidays, especially with the adaptation of Gangsta Granny coming to a television screen too. Read by Walliams himself, with a little help from Matt Lucas, the collection features five of his bestsellers and is perfect for keeping the whole family entertained on any long journeys over the Christmas break. Another author with a gift for heart-warming and zany tales is Dr. Seuss and our Collection in a Bag features 12 classic picture books full of rhyming text and wacky illustrations. And what would Christmas be without the Grinch?

David Walliams audiobook

For little ones, Julia Donaldson is one of the most popular authors around and our collection of her titles features favourite titles like The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom and will provide some bedtime favourites for the whole of 2014. Our Monsters and Aliens Collection will also make a wonderful addition to any child over 3’s bookshelf. Bold, bright and crazy, among the books are the hilarious Monstersaurus, Aliens Love Underpants and the extremely cute No-Bot, the Robot with No Bottom!

Gruffalo's Child book

Philippa Gregory – the Queen of Historical Fiction

Back in 2001 British author Philippa Gregory wrote the stunning novel, The Other Boleyn Girl, which was transformed into a blockbuster movie starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Jim Sturgess in 2008. Now the ever-popular work of the Queen of Historical Fiction is back on our screens, this time in the form of BBC One’s primetime 10-part Sunday evening series, The White Queen.

Known for her gripping storytelling, always incredibly accurate attention to detail, and ability to tell stories from times past in a way quite unlike any other, we are delighted to see the BBC’s dramatic adaption of the Cousins’ War Quartet unfold as the weeks go by, along with thousands of other eager viewers across the country. In true Book People-style however, we have to assure you that nothing compares to Gregory’s writing in it most raw form – on the page.

Her vivid descriptions, high-emotion and brilliant research expertly combine to create historical fiction that’s in a class of its own. The White Queen and the subsequent novels in this absorbing series are no exception. Here we witness the tragedy, triumph, love and despair during the War of the Roses portrayed so vividly by Gregory that her words have the power to throw readers amidst the most turbulent of years before the Tudor reign in England.

Philippa Gregory and her bestselling novels have always been a hit with Book People customers and now is the perfect time to become acquainted with the terrific writer with her Cousins’ War Quartet collection. With fresh new covers to tie-in with the BBC’s series and its stars, this incredible four-book collection is now available from the Book People for the unbeatable price of just £6.99, saving you more than £24 on the RRP value.

Telling the tales of the ambitious and determined women at the heart of ruling families during the mid to late 15th century, Gregory’s female protagonists demonstrate qualities of “some of the greatest plotters, fighters, spies and rebels” (Radio Times) who ever existed and these epic novels should be read by anyone with an interest in English history, or simply those after a totally compelling and wonderfully written saga.

[Quote taken from http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-06-16/philippa-gregory-tells-the-true-story-behind-the-white-queen]

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