Once again, we've brought together all six books (in keepsake hardback) that make up the Man Booker Prize Shortlist - including George Saunders' winner, Lincoln in the Bardo. Do you agree with the judges' decision of awarding this prestigious award to a supernatural thriller that features Abraham Lincoln's son?
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Celebrating the best contemporary fiction of the past 12 months, this year's shortlist has something for everyone and with our brilliant value collection, you're bound to find something to love. This year's list has everything from thought-provoking novels from acclaimed authors including Paul Auster and Ali Smith to a simply stunning debut from Fiona Mozlet.
Among these brilliant books are an atmospheric debut about violence in contemporary society; an intelligent read about relationships, time and ageing; a love story about two people bonding in a world that is falling apart; Paul Auster's account of four parallel lives; and a novel that asks 'how far would you go to belong?'
Narrated by big-name actors including Dan Stevens, Bill Nighy, Rory Kinnear and Damien Lewis, this audio collection contains the first four books in Ian Fleming's classic James Bond series.
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Featuring Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker and Diamonds are Forever, these CDs (complete with original, unabridged text) follow the spy on his various missions and are sure to keep anyone who loves all things 007 happily entertained.
Casino Royale follows Bond as he aims to neutralise the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table; Moonraker has him trying to stop a millionaire-backed project that could threaten Britain's defence system; Live and Let Die is a tale of terror, treachery and torture; and Diamonds are Forever finds diamonds being smuggled from Africa to America via Britain.
Approximate running time: 26 hours
Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole is a character we've all laughed at and with over the years and this audio collection includes the first three books in the hugely entertaining and influential series.
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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will introduce you to a hapless teenager who provides an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life through his diary; The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole finds the teen struggling with the prospect of entering adulthood and trying to survive his family's attempts to scar him for life; and The Wilderness Years finds Adrian aged 23 and 3/4, living as a lodger in Pandora's Oxford flat, where he's barely tolerated by his childhood sweetheart.
Narrated by Nicholas Barnes, these are brilliantly funny CDs to listen to again and again.
Approximate running time: 16.5 hours
Hilary Green's novels will tug at your heartstrings as they follow the experiences of various individuals throughout the Second World War. This collection brings together three books that you will be reading long into the night.
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Never Say Goodbye follows Diana 'Steve' Escott-Stevens as she applies to become an agent for the Special Operations Executive. She is readily accepted and sent off for training. It's demanding and extensive but when she is quickly sent to France, she will need all the sabotage, coding, combat and parachuting skills she has recently learned...
Now is the Hour finds four firm friends forced to part when Neville Chamberlain declares war on Germany. All very different people, they have to decide what is important to them and try to find each other in terrible wartime circumstances. We'll Meet Again has 17-year-old Frankie Franconi falling in love with the charismatic British officer, Nick Harper. He falls for her as well and soon Frankie has signed up for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. But when she signs the Official Secrets Act, she ends up on an adventure laced with danger and terrible choices...
From Spider-Man to Iron Man and his fellow Avengers, Marvel has brought us some of the world's mightiest superheroes - and this super hardback features them all in the best comic book covers you'll ever see...
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Looking back over 75 years of Marvel Comics, it's packed with bold cover illustrations of the famous heroes and their foes as they battle for good against evil. The book also takes a behind-the-scenes look to look at the process involved in creating such iconic artwork.
Providing a comprehensive insight into the visual history of Marvel Comics, there are also little-known facts about Marvel's history and the talented artists and comic creators throughout including Jack Kirby and Mr. Marvel himself, Stan Lee.
Celebrate 10 years of Dr. Ruth Galloway with the tenth book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series. This series is highly acclaimed by Val McDermid and has become a real favourite with Book People customers over the years.
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The Italian archaeologist Dr. Angelo Morelli has asked Ruth for help and she's flattered. He's found some bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. Ruth hasn't had a break for years, so even a working holiday to Italy is welcome...
Accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona, Ruth heads to solve this baffling Roman mystery. What she discovers is a dark secret that dates back to the war years and the Resistance... She also is surprised to come across Harry Nelson. And the duo must put their differences aside when these bones inspire a modern murder.
This beautiful book will delight any James Bond fan. It contains six classic 007 stories in comic-strip format, all restored and presented in the highest quality imaginable.
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Created by Ian Fleming and the star of so many films over the past 50 years or so, the MI5 spy's adventures are full of action and surprises and these illustrated tales offer a refreshing new take on the character.
As well as Bond's encounter with Auric Goldfinger (the man with the Midas touch), this book features Risico, A View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, The Man With the Golden Gun and The Living Daylights alongside a foreword from Tania Mallet, who starred as a 'Bond Girl' in the film adaptation of Goldfinger.
Margaret Pemberton's The Londoners trilogy is a saga set in the nation's capital that touches on many of the social issues that engulfed the country during the 1940s and 50s.
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The first book introduces Carl Voigt, a First World War prisoner of war who had married a Cockney girl and never moved back to his native Germany. Now a widower, Carl and Kate were always popular but during the Second World War, they start to be treated as outcasts. Finding friends is hard and Kate finds herself alone and pregnant. However, during the blitz Kate forms a bond with a wounded sailor called Leon Emmerson who is also being shunned by society...
The following books find Kate facing a battle just after the war to keep her young son with her; and her new family celebrating the Coronation in 1953.
Philippa Gregory, author of the Cousins' War series, is often regarded as the queen of historical fiction and this meticulously researched novel focuses on the legacy left by Lady Jane Grey, a woman who was Queen of England for nine days.
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Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block... It's here where Jane turned her father's greedy grab for power into a tale of brave and tragic martyrdom.
Jane leaves all kinds of letters to her younger sister, Katherine, and they're all intended to help her enjoy her beauty, youth and to find love. Katherine's lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and when news of a secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she is also sent to the tower. She, too, leaves the youngest Grey sister, Mary, a letter with advice.
Mary is a beautiful dwarf who has been disregarded by the court and she finds it easy to keep secrets. After watching her sisters defy the Queen, Mary knows she is a possible heir to the throne, but she's determined to stay in charge of her own destiny.
From Hardy to Heaney and Pope to Plath, this treasury of poems will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
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All great for reciting and reading out aloud, you'll find familiar and unknown poems and works covering the themes of love and war. There are poems that recreate the world we know and poems written about the dark side of the moon.
Every poem has been chosen for its suitability for learning and reciting and they're all sure to appeal to language lovers of any age.
An anthology of horror stories in urban settings-whether back alleys, crumbling brownstones, gleaming high-rise towers, or city hall. Terrifying urban myths, malicious ghosts, cursed architecture, malignant city deities, personal demons (in business or relationships) twisted into something worse...virtually anything that inspires the contributors to imagine some bit of urban darkness.
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Ulysses, one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, has had a profound influence on modern fiction. In a series of episodes covering the course of a single day, 16 June 1904, the novel traces the movements of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus through the streets of Dublin. Each episode has its own literary style, and the epic journey of Odysseus is only one of many correspondencies that add layers of meaning to the text. Ulysses has been the subject of controversy since copies of the first English edition were burned by the New York Post Office Authorities. Today critical interest centres on the authority of the text, and this edition, complete with an invaluable Introduction, notes, and appendices, republishes for the first time, without interference, the original 1922 text.
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It begins in the office of The Hat Creek Cattle Company of the Rio Grande. It ends as a journey into the heart of every adventurer who ever lived ...From the author of The Last Picture Show and Texasville here is Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece. A powerful, triumphant portrayal of the American West as it really was. More than a love story, more than an adventure, Lonesome Dove is an epic: a monumental novel which embraces the spirit of the last defiant wilderness of America. Legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers Lonesome Dove is the central, enduring American experience dramatically recreated in a magnificent story of heroism and love; of honour, loyalty and betrayal.
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With 20 CDs adding up to over 25 hours' running time, this abridged audiobook collection contains Ken Follett's epic masterpiece Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End.
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Pillars of the Earth is a thrilling drama set in 12th century England that revolves around a family conflict surrounding the building of a cathedral. World Without End is set two centuries later in medieval Kingsbridge and it once again finds men, women and children having to grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.
Both are read by beloved actor Richard E. Grant and provide captivating listening whether you're at home, in the car or on a longer journey.
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A set of three accomplished, heart-warming and endearing stories from the fantastic storyteller, Anne Donovan. A skilful novelist, these are humorous yet unsentimental reads that women all over the country will find both relevant and poignant.
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Set in her native Glasgow and written in Scots dialect to add extra authenticity, the two full-length novels Buddha Da and Being Emily are joined by Hieroglyphics, a brilliant and beautiful collection of short stories. We highly recommend these books.
Three novels full of adventure and intrigue in wartime Europe, these books by Alan Furst will appeal to fans of John Le Carre, Henry Porter and John Lawton.
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Kingdom of Shadows follows former Hungarian cavalry officer Nicholas Morath as he returns home to his mistress in 1938. While away in Vienna, he has done a quiet favour for his diplomat uncle. Desperate for Hungary to stop drifting into alliance with Nazi Germany, his uncle has been trading in conspiracies - meaning Morath is edging closer to danger...
Mission to Paris and The Foreign Correspondent are equally poignant and compelling, providing a remarkable insight into the frailties and fears of humanity when under pressure.
Three stand-alone novels from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author whose work interweaves various important themes. They will appeal to readers who enjoy the likes of Jodi Picoult, Dorothy Koomson and Adele Parks.
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Pretending to Dance focuses on Molly Arnette, a woman who is very good at keeping secrets. She's trying to adopt a baby with her husband but is very worried that her past may come back to haunt her and ruin both her chances of adoption and marriage. While growing up in North Carolina, Molly ran away from home following a horrific event that left her unable to trust anyone...
Fire and Rain takes place in Valle Rosa, a small town in Southern California that is under destruction from deadly wildfires. When a handsome stranger calling himself Jeff Cabrio strolls into town claiming he'll be able to make it rain, he turns more than a few heads. Struggling journalist Carmen Perez thinks he might be the catalyst to revitalising her career, former Major League baseball pitcher Chris Garrett has the chance to come to terms with his career's demise and sculptress Mia Tanner unearths old wounds and new loves. All three of their lives soon become entwined and they all have to face up to the ghosts of their past.
Secret Lives follows the disillusioned actress Eden Riley as she returns to her mother's childhood home in rural Virginia. She is full of questions about her mother, who died when she was very young and on her quest for answers, she forms a bond with Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her uncle. However, Ben has a number of demons and carries a secret that might threaten the new couple's happiness.
A Damned Serious Business is the latest novel from Harry's Game author Gerald Seymour. It's an intelligent topical thriller about a new Cold War brewing...
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Freelance Russian hackers for the FSB (successors to the KGB) are the frontline warriors of this new battle and are stealing personal information, disrupting the economy and disabling whole countries. Edwin 'Boot' Coker works for the MI6 and discovers details of secret meeting from a young hacker.
Boot decides to strike back on the Russians, but not with a computer virus. He wants to plant a bomb that will spread fear and distrust. All he needs is a deniable handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia... he finds Merc, a gun-for-hire ex-soldier who has been fighting in Iraq.
As soon as Merc crosses the River Narva, things don't go to plan, especially when the hacker's sister becomes involved...
Featuring summaries of the Bard's plays and characters, The Shakespeare Companion is the perfect read for anyone interested in his works, or those who are new to one of the most influential writers of all time.
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Complete with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this book will enlighten you about Shakespeare's writing and help you enjoy his plays even more. It provides synopses of plays and even a resume of each performance's history.
There is also a look back at the history of Shakespearean theatre and those plays that he did not write that have been wrongly attributed to him.
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Harper Lee's acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize after its publication in 1960 and is hugely influential in its exposure of racial prejudice.
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Set in the American Deep South, the story is seen through the eyes of six-year-old Scout, whose lawyer father Atticus Finch defends a young black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.
As Scout's family deals with the hostility and prejudice as a result of the case, there's a dawning realisation for Scout of all the inequality and injustice in her world.
Powerful and moving, this 'Great American Novel' is a must-have addition to every reader's bookshelf and with the publication of follow-up Go Set a Watchman already one of the biggest sellers of the year, now is the perfect time to rediscover the hugely important book.
Since 2009, Minecraft has taken the gaming world by storm. Now hugely popular with children, those familiar with the phenomenon will love this new world and the adventures of God's people. Garrett Romines, and Christopher Miko; skilled in using games and toys to create fun learning environments and products for children, have re-created Bible stories with the famous virtual blocks to produce vibrant, and complex 3-D worlds filled with adventure and using astonishing imagination. The images have been captured and combined with text boxes and speech bubbles to explain the stories for 7-11 year olds. The text is light, but explains the events thoroughly for the age group, and the dialogue includes in-game humour.
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If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or are already excited for the next Fantastic Beasts film in 2018, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.
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A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.
Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!
This collection contains three books from Sunday Times bestselling author Carole Matthews that are bound to put a smile on your face. These romantic stories are uplifting, emotional and witty and will appeal to anyone who enjoys the likes of Marian Keyes and Katie Fforde.
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A Whiff of Scandal is a riotously funny romance of misunderstanding and mayhem about a woman who relocates to a cosy village that isn't as quiet as she'd hoped; The Chocolate Lovers' Diet finds the ladies of the club dealing with all kinds of relationship issues; and For Better, For Worse follows Josie Flynn as she heads to New York for a family wedding after just going through a rather messy divorce...
Victor is a hitman without a conscience and the perfect anti-hero. He stars in these three explosive novels that have been optioned for a film adaptation by Pierre Morel, the director of Taken.
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Better Off Dead finds Victor protecting a human rights lawyer who is being hunted through the streets of London by ruthless enemies and every step the duo take leads them to further danger; The Darkest Day has Victor hunting an assassin named Raven through a blacked-out Manhattan; and A Time to Die focuses on a battle between Victor and an entire army in Eastern Europe.
Compared to everything from The Day of the Jackal to Jason Bourne, these books are pacy, packed with action and will appeal to fans of James Patterson and Vince Flynn.
This collection includes books 4-6 in Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin series