Christmas

Christmas: Fiction Lovers

  • Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000033195
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    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?

    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?'
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    Samantha Silva
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    Samantha Silva's debut novel Mr Dickens and his Carol follows Charles Dickens as he is forced by his publisher to write a festive tale...

    Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas but when Martin Chuzzlewit flops, his publisher issues an ultimatum - write a Christmas book or lose everything!

    Given just a month to complete a story, Dickens finds himself propelled by self-doubt but then meets Eleanor Lovejoy and her son, Timothy. This inspires a Scrooge-like journey through Christmases past and present.
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    Penny Vincenzi
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    Penny Vicenzi's A Question of Trust is an intelligent, moving and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to fans of Santa Montefiore and Harriet Evans.

    Tom Knelston is a charismatic individual who has a passion for politics and reform. His wife shares his ideals and together they seem to be the perfect match. But then Tom meets an old childhood acquaintance. She's everything he stands against but he finds her irresistible...

    As Tom embarks on an affair with this married fashion model - despite them both knowing it will only end with people they care about getting hurt - he receives some shocking news. A child is ill and Tom must make a decision about his principles, his career and decide who he cares about most.
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    Inspired by a selection of vintage photographs, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith presents a selection of short stories about all kinds of love in Chance Developments.

    With a die-cut jacket and all five black-and-white photographs lovingly reproduced throughout the book, this is a gorgeous gift for any fan of the popular author. He looks at each photo and comes up with stories about the people captured in them.

    From an estate in the Highlands of Scotland to a Canadian travelling circus, the stories are captivating from start to finish. They'll make you smile, laugh and cry and hope these characters find the love they're after - whether that be romantic, platonic, passionate or familial.
  • Anne Donovan Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780857864338 - Anne Donovan
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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.

    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.
  • Ben Aaronovitch Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250946 - Ben Aaronovitch
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    Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series is a compelling combination of crime thriller and fantasy fiction. They follow a Probationary Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service who just so happens to be a trainee wizard.

    Written with a wry sense of humour and with little-known facts about London scattered throughout, Peter has to deal with a wide range of perplexing crimes throughout these page-turning novels. Broken Homes has Peter looking into the case of a mutilated body in Crawley. Could it be another killer on the loose or the work of a twisted magician known as the Faceless Man?

    Foxglove Summer finds Peter heading to a small village in Herefordshire where the police are reluctant to admit there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of local children; and The Hanging Tree follows Peter as he is plunged into the alien world of the super-rich...
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    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.

    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.
  • Christmas on Primrose Hill - Hardback - 9781509815067 - Karen Swan
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    A Book People favourite after the success of previous Christmas books The Perfect Present and Christmas at Tiffany's, international bestseller Karen Swan presents here a spellbindingly beautiful story in Christmas on Primrose Hill.

    Nettie wants nothing more than to spend Christmas nestled in her flat in the famous are of London. But one crazy event, and a new celebrity follower, is about to change everything as she's forced to take on a host of hilarious challenges in the lead-up to Christmas.

    A story to bring some sparkle to your festive reading.
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    Philippa Gregory
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    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.

    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.
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    Karen Swan
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    Karen Swan's frothy festive tales are always a huge hit with romantic fiction fans and this year's The Christmas Secret is no exception.

    The new novel from the author of Christmas Under the Stars is set on the island of Islay and follows Alex Hyde, an executive coach who believes she can change the way companies operate. Her waiting list is months long but she can't turn down a unorthodox and highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way just before Christmas...

    She finds herself heading off to help a whisky company in Scotland and ends up fascinated by their darkly charismatic CEO, Lochlan Farquhar. However, her usual methods are not working and she soon learns that nothing and no-one is as it first seemed...
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    Carole Matthews
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    A perfectly sweet and warming read for a cold night, Sunday Times bestselling author Carole Matthews' The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas finds the women of the club with far more to worry about than just shopping for presents.

    Lucy hasn't spent any time with her boyfriend in the last few weeks as she's been so busy running Chocolate Heaven. She loves her job, but something has to give... And when her ex-fiance shows up, things get even more complicated.

    Swearing off men for a while, Nadia can't help but get close to Jacob and wonders if he'll be her last chance for a happy ending. Chantal and her husband are besotted with their baby daughter but she worries this isn't enough to base their marriage on, while Autumn has had to deal with a personal tragedy and is receiving no support from her fiance. Will she look elsewhere?

    A festive celebration of friendship, this book will appeal to fans of Katie Fforde, Jenny Colgan and Sheila Roberts.
  • Kate Ellis Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780349417752 - Kate Ellis
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    Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson novels are perfect for fans of Barbara Cleverly, Tania Carver and Elly Griffiths. They are classic crime with an archaeological twist and could be described as 'Midsomer Murders set in Devon'.

    The Flesh Tailor finds DI Peterson investigating the shooting of Dr James Dalcott. He discovers he was popular but had been harbouring strange and dramatic family secrets. Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has discovered a number of skeletons in Tailors Court that could be linked to a 16th century body-snatching physician...

    The Jackal Man finds DI Peterson looking into the murder of a girl that might be related to an ancient ritual linked to Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god of death and mummification; and The Shadow Collector focuses on the strange case of a mother and daughter who were rumoured to be witches.

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    This collection includes books 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19 in Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson crime series
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    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.

    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.
    Format: CD
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    Approximate running time: 16.5 hours
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    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.

    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.

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    Unabridged

    Approximate running time: 26 hours
  • The Grantchester Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781408896167 - James Runcie
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    As seen on ITV, The Grantchester Mysteries are addictive and engaging. This collection brings together the first three books in James Runcie's bestselling series.

    Sidney Chambers is the vicar of Grantchester but he also happens to be a reluctant detective. He teams up with the rogueish Inspector Geordie Keating to solve a number of baffling cases that have engulfed his village. Together the duo have to look into the death of a famous jazz promoter's daughter; a shocking art forgery; and the suspect suicide of a Cambridgeshire solicitor.

    The TV series starring James Norton and Robson Green is hugely popular and these novels are equally compelling. The Times described them as 'An absolute treat... All manner of nostalgic delights' and we're sure you will agree.
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    Carys Bray
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    A Song for Issy Bradley by debut author Carys Bray is an absolutely beautiful book that effortlessly deals with all the big subjects: faith and belief, relationships and suffering, love and loss.

    The story of a Mormon family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart, the book expertly weaves the conflict their religion brings to each member of the household - from the devout father to Jacob, the unforgettable seven-year-old son who plans to mend his broken family with a miracle.

    Thoroughly heartbreaking - so will undoubtedly make you sob - but ultimately uplifting, funny, compelling and enriching, Carys Bray's Song for Issy Bradley leaves readers with an unshakable sense of poignancy - for all the right reasons.

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
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    Felix Francis
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    The latest Dick Francis novel from Felix Francis once again shows that racing can be a deadly business...

    Chris Rankin is a skilled doctor but he also has mental health problems. A smartly dressed man is found unconscious at the local racecourse and dies when he arrives at the hospital. He has no form of identification and no one claims the body. This intrigues Rankin and he starts to ask questions...

    However, someone does not want these questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it. No one believes Chris when he tells them someone tried to kill him. He will now have to do whatever it takes to identify the nameless man. Full of intrigue, this is a page-turner you'll quite literally race through.
  • Julie Wassmer Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127686 - Julie Wassmer
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    Set in the sumptuous coastal surroundings of Whitstable, Julie Wassmer's Pearl Nolan mysteries combine seafood, murder and a multi-tasking heroine.

    The series starts with Julie's debut novel, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery. Pearl always wanted to be a sleuth but life and a teenage pregnancy got in the way, so she decided to build up a successful seafood restaurant. However, with her son at university and the discovery of the drowned body of a local oyster fisherman, she might finally have the chance of achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a detective...

    In Murder-on-Sea, things take a festive turn and Pearl discovers it is not the season of goodwill to all men; May Day Murder takes place in spring and finds an actress being murdered after being invited to Whitstable to open the May Day festivities.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Julie Wassmer's series starring Pearl Nolan.
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858347 - Elizabeth Jane Howard
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    This impeccable collection contains five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and all the novels are funny yet touching.

    After Julius follows a family who have been brought back together, but they're finding it hard not to fall apart. Julius died 20 years ago but his last heroic action is still leaving a huge impact; Mr Wrong is a collection of short stories about dysfunctional families; and Odd Girl Out takes an eagle-eyed look at a destructive marriage.

    Something in Disguise is a witty account of a post-war family who are on the cusp of change and facing a crisis; and Getting It Right is a touching comedy about a sensitive hairdresser who tries to start living life 'right' at the age of 31.
  • Philippa Gregory Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781471155185 - Philippa Gregory
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    Six historical novels for one unbelievable Book People price, this is the entire collection of Philippa Gregory's bestselling Cousins' War series. Certain to transport you back in time to England during the War of the Roses, the books' settings have been richly researched and the plots are completely compelling.

    Although not released in this order, it's widely thought that reading the books in chronological order (The Lady of the Rivers, The Red Queen, The White Queen, The Kingmaker's Daughter, The White Princess, The King's Curse) offers the best experience. Covering Henry VIII's predecessors and Elizabeth Woodville's rise to the throne, the books are full of shocks, scandals, murders and have some healthy romance added for good measure.

    By reading all the books in the series, you'll see why Philippa Gregory is heralded as the queen of historical fiction - and how her Cousins' War books inspired the hit BBC show The White Queen.

    This collection contains books 1-6 in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series.
  • Ali McNamara Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751570236 - Ali McNamara
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    These contemporary novels from Ali McNamara will leave you with a positive buzz - they're perfect summer reads!

    The Summer of Serendipity follows property seeker Serendipity Parker as she finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. She finds the perfect place, known locally as 'The Welcome House' but nobody knows who owns it. Can she find out who? The usually proud workaholic Serendipity also finds herself becoming more and more distracted by the attractive hotel manager, Finn...

    Letters from Lighthouse Cottage will transport you to the perfect English seaside town of Sandybridge. Home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fantastic fish and chip shop, it's also where Grace lives. She's enjoyed a high-flying career travelling the world and starting a family but now she's back in the seaside town and hanging out with her best friend from her teenage years. Why has she made a return?

    The Little Flower Shop follows Poppy Carmichael as she inherits her grandmother's flower shop and has to return to Cornwall - a place that holds far too many memories. As she struggles with running the more shabby-than-chic shop, she meets Jake - a gruff but gorgeous flower grower.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Paperback - 9781784752637 - Harper Lee
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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.

    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.
  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858231 - Ann Cleeves
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    This bumper collection provides the perfect introduction to Ann Cleeves' bestselling stories. It contains five novels in the Vera series (adapted into a hit ITV drama starring Brenda Blethyn) and five books from the Shetland series (adapted by the BBC into a popular show starring Douglas Henshall).

    Available for an unbelievable Book People price, the first five books in the Vera series follow Vera Stanhope as the detective investigates a series of strange occurrences across the North Pennines. She starts by joining three very different women as they arrive at an isolated cottage to complete an environmental survey. But when they get there, they find the body of one of Bella's friends... Vera also makes fresh inquiries into the decade-old case of the murder of a 15-year-old girl; and investigates the disappearance of her hippy neighbour.

    Set in the remote community of the Shetland Islands, the five Shetland books follow Jimmy Perez as he encounters all manner of evil characters. He finds his neighbour left for dead after being strangled; looks into the case of an amnesiac's 'suicide'; and has to deal with the discovery of a woman's body at the supposed sanctuary of the Fair Isles bird observatory.
  • Rumer Godden Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748136315 - Rumer Godden
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    This three-book collection will act as the perfect introduction to the highly acclaimed author Rumer Godden.

    Including Black Narcissus, the novel that inspired an Academy Award-winning film in 1947, the books are all full of high emotion, intensity and drama.

    Black Narcissus is the story of a sisterhood of nuns on a mission in Himalayan India, while Breakfast with the Nikolides is a coming-of-age story set in post-colonial East Bengal and Kingfishers Catch Fire tells the story of a young English woman's dramatic and disturbing experiences in Himalayan Kashmir.

    Stories that will stay with you long after you've finished reading them, this is a collection not to be missed!