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The top 10 best book sequels


The record-breaking success of Go Set a Watchman got all of us here at the Book People thinking about other book sequels we have enjoyed. Although the likes of the Hunger Games and Harry Potter are great, we decided these are best read in their entirety as a series, therefore we’ve gone ahead with sequels that either stand on their own or those that were a long time in the making even if they fit into a wider overarching story…

Go Set a Watchman

Published 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman’s pre-orders even beat the final Harry Potter book’s record. Set 20 years after Atticus Finch defended a black man accused of a crime he didn’t commit, the book checks in on how Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch and her family’s lives have turned out…

Alice Through the Looking Glass

You thought that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were remarkable? They’re even more wonderful when she returns to this most magical of places for a second time…

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Fans of romantic fiction’s favourite singleton didn’t have to wait as long as To Kill a Mockingbird fans to find out what happened to her – and it’s fair to say it wasn’t a case of finding love and living happily ever after… But Bridget’s further romantic adventures were just as hilariously heart-warming!

The Lost World

It turns out InGen wasn’t just rearing genetically modified dinosaurs on Isla Nublar… Sister island Isla Sorna was home to Site B, a jungle setting where dinosaurs were free to roam before potentially being moved to Jurassic Park. Now, with the theme park closed, the dinosaurs have been breeding and are flourishing. But chaos mathematician Ian Malcolm has concerns and finds himself battling them once again…

Little Men

What happened when the Little Women from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel grew up? Jo Bhaer inherits the state of Plumfield school from her Aunt March and this book recounts six months in the life of the students who are studying there…


Ten years after the events of Trainspotting and Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson has made his return to Edinburgh after some time in London and he has a dream – he wants to film an adult movie! He teams up with fellow exile Mark Renton to make this come true, but along the way they meet some familiar faces – the unhinged Frank Begbie and druggie Spud.

The Lord of the Rings

Many, many years (111 to be precise) after the events that unfolded in The Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, cousin and dependant of the One Ring-finding Bilbo, inherits the ring and embarks on a dangerous, life-changing journey, taking him across Middle-earth to destroy it in the flames of Mount Doom before the Dark Lord Sauron can reclaim it and regain his destructive powers.

Finding Jennifer Jones

A powerful and emotional story, fans of Looking for JJ had to wait a long ten years for their sequel from the brilliant author Anne Cassidy. To the outside world, Kate seems like a normal girl but she’s actually Jennifer Jones – and her ‘Kate’ facade is beginning to crumble…

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie is excited to be in charge of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate-making factory and he’s all set to take control of it – in a great glass elevator, of course… But soon Charlie and his family hear a ‘whoosh’ sound and find themselves in a thrilling orbit around Earth – lead by the one and only Mr. Wonka!

Farm Boy

It’s over 50 years since young farm horse Joey found himself on the frontline and now Albert is an old man, ready to tell the incredible story of his life and the secret that he has been carrying the entire time… Michael Morpurgo’s sequel to War Horse is poignant, compelling and lives long in the memory.

Buy 20 Michael Morpurgo novels for £25

One of the nation’s great storytellers, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has long been a favourite with Book People customers. Our previous collections of Morpurgo novels have been bestsellers and now we’re delighted to present you with our biggest and best one yet – 20 heart-warming children’s books from this favourite author for just £25.

A former Children’s Laureate who specialises in writing heartfelt stories about courage and bravery, often with an animal theme, keen readers aged 9 and over are sure to love every single book in this collection. Bringing together some of his most famous novels like War Horse, Why the Whales Came and A Medal for Leroy and his lesser-known but no less exciting and captivating stories like The War of Jenkins’ Ear, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and The Wreck of the Zanzibar.

Thoroughly deserving of his many literary awards, Morpurgo’s masterful stories are captivating from start to finish and ideal for any child who is starting to love books. It’s no wonder the likes of Steven Spielberg and Pat O’Connor have adapted novels like War Horse and Private Peaceful into blockbuster Hollywood films.

Buy 20 Michael Morpurgo books for just £25 here.

Book benches!

Launched by the National Literacy Trust in a celebration of reading, classic scenes and iconic characters from books will be seen on benches throughout London in the coming months. The striking benches will then be auctioned at London’s Southbank Centre in October to raise funds to tackle illiteracy in deprived communities across the UK.


Designed to look like open books, the campaign will celebrate everything from Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, alongside the likes of classic authors Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde and Lewis Carroll. Favourites like Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean are also featured as well as Paddington Bear and War Horse.


With the film adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon 2 due in cinemas soon, Cressida Cowell’s bestselling series is also given the bench makeover treatment. Sure to delight fans of Hiccup, Toothless and co, this is a great way to mark what is sure to be one of the hit films of the summer – and encourage children to read the further adventures in this exciting series.

The benches are brilliantly designed in association with the authors and world class illustrators, offer eye-catching photo opportunities and provide a great way for readers of all ages to rejoice in their favourite novels and perhaps pick up one of those books that have been on their ‘to-read’ lists for a while.

See some of the book benches on the Telegraph here.

Read more about the book benches on the BBC here.

January’s bestsellers

Isn’t this year going by so fast? We’re somehow already halfway through January and well into 2012, so we thought we’d have a look at some of the Book People’s bestselling titles so far. With the main focus on younger readers, adults have ensured they haven’t been left behind by purchasing the useful guide iPad2 in Easy Steps, perhaps a way of getting to grips with a Christmas present? The book offers advice on how to make the most of the powerful gadget for both business and leisure.

The ever-popular Roald Dahl collection is back and already flying out of our warehouses, no surprise either as it contains fifteen classic tales including the timeless Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory all for a bargain price that is 81% off the RRP. If you want one of these sets, you’d best act as quick as Fantastic Mr Fox. Michael Morpurgo’s inspiring War Horse has also been a big success, no doubt aided by the heavy promotion for the new Spielberg blockbuster. The film has been critically acclaimed and is being tipped for numerous awards, so there is no better time to bag a copy of the novel.

Other box sets have also been selling well, with the Shakespeare Story Collection bringing the great bard’s work to a new generation with its brilliant black and white illustrations and accessible language. Ideal for helping young children learn how to read, The Songbirds Phonics Collection is a big hit too. Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, the bite-size tales are ideal preparation for junior school. To grab yourself a copy of any of these books and lots more besides, visit the Book People homepage.

A great weekend for award-winning Michael Morpurgo

His talent is undoubted and has consistently been recognised with awards and acclaim over the last two decades, but rarely can Michael Morpurgo have experienced as fruitful a few days as those that passed this weekend.

Michael Morpurgo wins another award

Michael Morpurgo poses with the Red House Children's Book Award

Shadow – the story of a young Afghan boy named Aman and his heartening relationship with a brave dog, set against a harrowing backdrop of contemporary war – scooped two prizes at the Red House Children’s Book Award on 11 June, while the stage adaptation of Morpurgo’s novel War Horse secured five Tony awards the following day.

Nominated in the Younger Readers category against The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and Sophie McKenzie’s Time Train to the Blitz, Shadow won that category and amassed enough votes from the children that took part to seal the overall award.

The Red House Children’s Book Awards took place at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, with Morpurgo becoming the first author to win the prize three times, following the previous success of his novels Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful. He commented that it was ‘particularly lovely’ to come out on top of a competition that saw a total of 158,069 votes from children and young adults across the UK.

In New York the following day, War Horse – a play adapted from Morpurgo’s 1982 novel – scooped a total of five prizes at the Tony Awards, most notably Best Play and Best Direction of a Play. Morpurgo has initially stated that playwright Nick Stafford and his team ‘must be mad’ to try and make a play from his best-selling novel, so he’ll no doubt be thrilled (and a little bit surprised) to the adaptation earn such high acclaim.

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