Christmas: Adult Book Collections

  • 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?'
  • Andrea Camilleri Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858217 - Andrea Camilleri
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    This huge collection follows the first 10 investigations of the one and only Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Adapted into a popular television series, if you imagine Inspector Morse in Italy you will be halfway there! These books are fantastic for fans of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin.

    The Shape of the Water is the first ever book starring the wry detective and it follows him as he looks into the death of an engineer of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company. The coroner's verdict is the death was from natural causes - but Montalbano has other ideas...

    Honest and streetwise, Montalbano makes it his mission to uncover the truth, despite obstacles from the police, the judge and the bishop.

    This collection includes books 1-10 in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. Format: paperback
  • Michael Connelly Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781407250731 - Michael Connelly
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    Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer, is one of the world's bestselling crime writers. This collection contains five of our favourite novels following his much-loved character Harry Bosch - the main character in the adaptation that has become the most-watched original series adaptation on Amazon Prime.

    The Crossing finds Bosch defending a man accused of murder, but will he betray everything he believes in to stand up for him?; The Narrows has the private investigator confronting a villain known only as The Poet who has just come out of hiding; The Reversal has Bosch and his colleague Mickey Haller taking on a seemingly unwinnable case; City of Bones brings up dark memories from Bosch's past; and The Burning Room involves a cold case unlike any he's ever seen before...

    These compelling reads will appeal to fans of John Grisham, David Baldacci and Lee Child.

    Please note this collection contains five hand-picked novels from the long-running Bosch series.
  • WWII Military Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781407251004
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    From the Dambusters bombing raid to the story that inspired the classic film, The Great Escape, this collection is full of fascinating reads for anyone interested in military history.

    With five books to read through, it will provide hours of reading. The Battle for the Code is the story of how the German Enigma codes were broken (as seen in the Benedict Cumberbatch film The Imitation Game); Ill Met by Moonlight is an adventure story about how the Special Forces kidnapped the General of Crete; and The Great Escape is the story of a mass escape from a WWII German PoW camp.

    This collection also includes Wings on My Sleeve, test pilot Eric Brown's autobiography; and The Dambusters Raid, a definitive account of the most audacious bombing raid of the Second World War.
  • Hamish Macbeth Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472126238 - M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton is one of Book People's most popular authors and her cosy crime novels are just perfect for delving into every evening. One of her most famous characters, the Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth, features in these five marvellous mysteries.

    In Death of a Nag, things are not going well for the village bobby. He's been unfairly demoted and has suffered yet another romantic disappointment. To get away from it all, he decides to take a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag. But this being Hamish, things don't go to plan and, of course, there's a murder nearby...

    This collection also includes Death of a Macho Man, a book that finds Hamish himself at the centre of a murder investigation; Death of a Dentist, which sees a queue of angry husbands in the frame for murder; Death of a Scriptwriter which has an author accused of killing someone who has adapted - and changed - her beloved work; and Death of an Addict with its recovering addict turning up dead, 'apparently' from a drug overdose...

    This collection contains books 11-15 in M.C. Beatons' Hamish Macbeth Mysteries series.
  • Liza Picard History Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250991
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    Covering the Victorian and Elizabethan eras alongside Dr. Johnson's time, these three books from Liza Picard provide a vivid social history of London through the ages.

    Victorian London covers everything from rag-gatherers to royalty and fish knives to freemasons as it explains how ordinary people lived in this important time; Elizabeth's London starts by focusing on the River Thames and its role in the city's history. It then moves on to describe the streets, houses and gardens that were popular during this time.

    Dr. Johnson's London focuses on the years between 1740 and 1770, when the gin craze was just starting to gain ground. She also looks back at the clothes, hobbies, houses and etiquette of the era.

    Format: Paperback
  • Gill Paul Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007966219 - Gill Paul
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    Gill Paul's novels are sweeping and evocative reads that span through the ages. This collection contains three stand-alone tales that will take your breath away.

    No Place for a Lady is a wartime drama that takes place in 1854. Dorothea Gray hasn't seen her little sister, Lucy, since she eloped and set sail for the Crimea. As the war worsens, Dorothea has to risk everything to find her sister - but what if she doesn't want to be found?

    The Affair will take you to Rome in 1961 as the cameras roll on Cleopatra and world finds itself transfixed by the love affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. However, tensions are running high on the set and the crew are faced with all sorts of obstacles. The final book in the collection is Women and Children First, which hauntingly looks at how the tragedy of the Titanic affected its survivors in so many ways.

    These are enthralling stories of love and passion, set against important moments from history.
  • Jason Bourne Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250571 - Eric Van Lustbader
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    Jason Bourne will be back on the big screen this summer and if you want to read about more of his adventures, this collection will have you on tenterhooks.

    Featuring three of Eric Van Lustbader's novels that continue the story of Robert Ludlum's series, each book is full of twists and turns as the amnesiac spy finds himself in perilous situations. The Bourne Imperative finds Bourne pulling a drowning man from a lake who wakes up as amnesiac - a chilling reminder of Bourne's own past. It turns out this is the man that the Mossad agent Rebekah is willing to go off the grid to track down...

    The Bourne Retribution is an exhilarating story about a major Mexican drug lord that is trafficking something far more deadly. Mossad have no choice but to turn to Bourne, but are they aware he's got his own personal vendetta?; The Bourne Ascendancy has Bourne working as a 'blacksmith' - someone hired by high-level government ministers to impersonate them at meetings as they are afraid of assassination attempts. In one meeting, it turns out the gunmen are after Bourne himself - and now he's going to have to bow to a terrorist's demands that could have dire consequences for the whole world...

    This collection contains books 10, 11 and 12 in the Bourne series
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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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    Approximate running time: 26 hours
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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.
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    Approximate running time: 16.5 hours
  • Maggie Hope Mystery Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472118073 - Susan Elia MacNeal
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    Fans of M.C. Beaton, The Imitation Game and cosy crime stories will find the Maggie Hope mysteries wonderfully compelling... Written by Susan Elia MacNeal, the books are set during the Second World War and you won't want to put them down!

    In Mr Churchill's Secretary, we are introduced to Maggie Hope, a young American living in London during this tumultuous era. Despite the fact she's a woman, meaning she only qualifies to be a typist at 10 Downing Street, it's not long before she finds herself drawn into a secretive world of spies, code-breaking and betrayal...

    Full of murder and intrigue, the books not only offer plenty of shocks and surprises but also a central character to root for and a fascinating psychological insight into Winston Churchill and other key players from the wartime era...
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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.

    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.
    Format: CD (abridged)
  • DC Comics: A Visual History Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780241309810
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    Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are instantly recognisable superheroes all over the world and this eight-book collection covers over seven decades of DC Comics on a year-by-year and month-by-month basis.

    Packed with original comic book art by famed illustrators including Jim Lee, Alex Ross and Adam Hughes, these hardback books cover all the way from 1935 to the present day: The Bronze Age, The Silver Age, The Golden Age and The Modern Age. All presented in chronological order, each volume features key character profiles and guides to the iconic cities.

    With the success of the DC films, this is a must-have compendium for DC fans. In fact, when they receive the set they'll have a smile as big as The Joker's... These hardback books come presented in a keepsake slipcase.

    Format: Hardback
  • Love to Sew Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781782215424
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    This is a lovely two-book set for those who enjoy sewing and creating beautiful projects. It contains two Love to Sew books covering little bags and purses and quilted covers and cosies.

    Little Bags & Purses by Saskia Abel is full of charming and colourfully designed bags for you to makes and also contains essential items such as key rings, phone covers and glasses cases. All have step-by-step instructions, full-size templates and there's even a handy techniques section (ranging from easy to more technically advanced) at the front of the book to help you on your way to making something stunning.

    Quilted Covers & Cosies by Book People favourite Debbie Shore has 18 projects that sewers of all abilities will want to make. This book starts with Debbie introducing basic quilting, binding and applique techniques and explaining which materials you will need. After this you will be able to make projects that range from egg cosies and mug hugs to sewing machine and toaster covers. All of them are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs.
  • Imperial War Museum's History Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471162497
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    Published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, this three-book collection brings together a fascinating and authoritative social history of the Second World War.

    A Prayer for Gallipoli covers the Great War from the point of view of a chaplain. Kenneth Best had no military training, so to fulfil his pastoral role, he had to get close to the front line and work with troops as they were under fire. As his empathy for the troops grew larger, he became more and more disgusted with their leaders. These diaries provide an insight into the horrific realities of trench warfare.

    The Secret History of the Blitz by Joshua Levine looks at the people that are not normally mentioned during accounts of the War - those spivs, outcasts and unsung heroes who were in the shadows; and D-Day to Victory features the diaries of a British tank commander as the war finally came to an end.

    All written using archive and primary sources, these are candid and compelling reads about the triumphs and tragedies of war.
  • M.C. Beaton: The Six Sisters Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781472126641 - M.C. Beaton
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    This collection brings together six stories about six sisters, all written by Book People favourite M.C. Beaton.

    Regency romance from a bygone era, these stories are very funny and are sure to appeal to the Agatha Raisin author's fans - although they are much lighter and very different to her crime writing.

    When Charles Armitage announces that his eldest daughter Minerva is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family; Mrs Armitage has one of her turns and Minerva's sisters all start to cry.

    As well as Minerva, this collection gives all the sisters a chance to shine - Annabelle passionately falls for Minerva's intended, Lord Sylvester; Deidre wants to marry for love and nothing else; Diana loves to hunt while dressed as a man; and Frederica runs away from home when she has to follow her sisters in marrying magnificently.
  • Man vs Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781781317501 - Stewart Cowley
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    This is an endlessly interesting collection for anyone who has a passion for science and data. All illustrated and full of fascinating information, the Freakonomics-style books cover the topics of big data, maths and money and will delight anyone who enjoys numbers and economics.

    Man vs Big Data explains everyday data in an accessible style, revealing how data is used for medical advancements, developing everyday tools and recording our movements and actions; Man vs Maths explains how we use everyday mathematics to do everything from building a skyscraper to finding love; and Man vs Money reveals how money plays a role in everything the world revolves around, covering issues including modern banking, crowd funding and virtual currencies.
  • Doctor Who Fiction Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781785940705 - Various
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    With six original and exciting adventures starring Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor and his ever-loyal assistant Clara (played in the show by Jenna-Louise Coleman), this collection will make the perfect gift for any fan of the BBC's long-running sci-fi show.

    The Doctor comes face to face with a murderer known only as the Governor; he has to unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War when a giant mosquito attacks a boy on his way to school; and looks into why the Phaeron race from outer space disappeared over a million years ago.

    Full of the quirks and intelligence of the hit TV show, this is a set of paperback books to keep any Whovian happily entertained as they wait patiently for the next rip-roaring series.
  • Moodles Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9785000310540
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    You may be asking 'What is a moodle?' Well, the answer is a moodle is a doodle with the power to change your mind.

    Whether you're grumpy, stressed or happy, the books are sure to help you keep your troubles away. The Grumpy book has a doodle that lets you draw yourself a ladder to get out of a hole; the Stressed one asks you to draw yourself on a tightrope and then add a safety net to stop your fall; and the Happy one is full of positivity and optimism.

    Great for those who love activities like colouring and doodling, each book is packed full of ideas and illustrations that will keep you entertained, whatever your mood.
  • Kate Morton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858248 - Kate Morton
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    Kate Morton writes intelligent and thought-provoking fiction and this collection contains three of her best novels.

    The House at Riverton is both a thrilling mystery and a tender love story. Influenced by the likes of Atonement and Gosford Park, it finds events in the summer of 1924 and the winter of 1999 intertwining in almost unbelievable ways. In the middle of 1920s, a young port takes his life on the eve of a glittering society party. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again after this night. At the end of the 20th century, 98-year-old Grace Bradley, once a housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide and this opens all sorts of old wounds - including a terrible and shocking secret.

    The Secret Keeper is a heartbreaking story of mysteries and secrets that moves between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present day; and The Lake House is an enchanting book about a missing child, an abandoned house and an unsolved mystery...
  • Jacqueline Winspear Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749021085 - Jacqueline Winspear
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    Featuring books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's historical crime series featuring PI extraordinaire Maisie Dobbs, this collection will take you back to the early 1930s when all sorts of post-war mysteries occur.

    The Mapping of Love & Death follows the strange case of Michael Clifton, a young American who fought for the British Army (his father's native country) and was declared missing in action in August, 1914. In April, 1932, Michael's remains are unearthed in a French field and his parents ask Maisie Dobbs to try and find out who the unnamed nurse he was writing love letters to is. It finds Maisie looking back on her own bittersweet wartime love - and the revelation that Michael Clifton may not have died in combat after all...

    A Lesson in Secrets finds Maisie being given an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. She's sent to a college in Cambridge to monitor any activities deemed to be 'not in the interests of the Crown' and soon the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal is murdered...

    Elegy for Eddie finds a horse-loving gentle soul being killed in a violent 'accident'. The costermongers of Covent Garden are deeply sceptical about the cause of his death and call in Maisie for help. Her investigations bring her to a 'has-been' politician (named Winston Churchill), a callous press baron and the husband of one of her closest friends. Soon she's discovering lies and manipulation on a national scale.

    This collection includes books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series.
  • Laurie R. King Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749018610 - Laurie R. King
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    Have you ever wondered what happened after Sherlock Holmes retired? Let the wonderful Laurie R. King show you in our three-book set. When brilliant young orphan Mary Russell quite literally bumps into Sherlock, her intellect impresses him - and it's not long before the duo pair up and set out to solve some very compelling crime cases.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice explains how the duo met in 1915 and follows their first case as a truly cunning adversary aims to stop their partnership in its infancy. Follow-up A Monstrous Regiment of Women takes place in 1921 and sees Mary on the verge of acquiring a sizeable inheritance and examining the New Temple of God after four of its members wound up dead...

    A Letter of Mary finds the duo enjoying summer on their Sussex estate when they come into possession of an ancient manuscript - but the person who gave it to them is found dead after a tragic accident...

    The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books are brilliant crime fiction offering a new take on one of literature's most beloved detectives - and a new hero to root for in his companion.
  • Harry Houdini Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783298723 - Daniel Stashower
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    Bringing the world's most famous magician and escape artist to life, author Daniel Stashower's intriguing and original mysteries make for fantastic reading. If you like clever, atmospheric fiction, we highly recommend our three-book Harry Houdini Mysteries Collection.

    The great Harry Houdini wasn't always so great; in turn-of-the-century New York City, he was struggling to make a name for himself, working as an assistant to master magician Keller. One night, Kellar's illusion the Floating Lady goes horribly wrong, ending with another of his assistants plunging to her death. But if she plunged to her death, how could her cause of death be drowning? That's what Harry Houdini must find out...

    Complete with two more thrilling mysteries of unlikely and surprising deaths, this set of three Harry Houdini whodunnits is sure to delight fans of Michael Kurland's Moriarty series.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Daniel Stashower's Harry Houdini Mysteries series.
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    Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab provides exhilarating thrills in this three-book collection about former SAS trooper, Nick Stone.

    In the first book Remote Control, the SAS no longer wants Stone's services after a botched mission, but British Intelligence does - and it's going to be a dirty job. When he's transferred to Washington DC, he finds himself on the run from terrorists with a seven-year-old survivor of their previous attack...

    Crisis Four finds Stone again working in the dangerous world of deniable operations. This time, he's been tasked with hunting down the beautiful Sarah Greenwood, the only woman he's ever opened up to. Will he be able to solve the conspiracy theory to which she holds the key?

    Stone is in desperate need of cash in Firewall, so takes a freelance job of kidnapping a Russian warlord. Soon he finds himself in the dark underbelly of Estonia, while Russia launches a cyber attack with the intention of discovering all the West's military secrets. It's up to Stone to stop them...

    High-octane thrillers that had to be vetted by the Ministry of Defence as they are so close to the truth, fans of Lee Child, Vince Flynn and other action-packed books will devour these.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Andy McNab's Nick Stone series.