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
  • Hilary Green Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473677128 - Hilary Green
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    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.

    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...

    Format: Paperback
  • 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...

    This collection contains books 4-6 in Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series.
  • Harlan Coben Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781407250977 - Harlan Coben
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    This captivating collection contains five stand-alone thrillers from Harlan Coben, one of the world's most popular and influential thriller writers.

    Stay Close is the tale of three ordinary people who quickly discover the American dream can be a nightmare when trying to escape from your past; Six Years finds Jake Fisher's world completely turned upside down as he tracks down the love of his life at her husband's funeral - but she's nowhere to be seen; Missing You focuses on the lies that bind people together when NYPD detective Kat Donovan finds an ex on a dating site.

    No Second Chance follows Marc Seidman as he is given a second chance to save his daughter 18 months after she was kidnapped and his wife was brutally murdered; and Tell No One has a doctor seeing a webcam image of the wife he thought he'd lost...
    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
  • Agatha Raisin Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781472123619 - M.C. Beaton
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    Now the star of her own hit Sky TV series where she's played by Ashley Jensen, this bumper 20-book collection will introduce you to Agatha Raisin, one of Book People's most popular detectives. Written by M.C. Beaton, these are whodunnits that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

    Set in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, Agatha learns her trade; finds herself accused of poisoning a judge in the local quiche-making competition; has to deal with the fallout of the murder of her ex-husband's new wife; attempts to catch a killer when jam at the village fete is laced with poison; attempts to plan the perfect Christmas, while solving the murder of a woman who has written to her from beyond the grave; wakes up next to a curiously cold corpse; and cracks many more curious cases.

    Including her very first mystery The Quiche of Death, the first novel adapted into a television drama, alongside many more curious cases, this is a witty, quirky and endlessly charming collection for crime fans who prefer their murder mysteries with the blood and gore left out.

    This collection contains books 1-20 in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series.
  • Stuff I Forgot From School Activity Collection - 2 Books - Collection - 9781782436621
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    Packed with fun exercises and helpful tips, these entertaining activity books will help you brush up your knowledge of a broad spectrum of subjects.

    My Grammar and I covers all the basics including dangling modifiers, irregular spelling and tricky hyphens. It has multiple choice brain-teasers, crosswords, quizzes and fill-in-the-blank questions for you to answer.

    I Used to Know That is also full of questions that will help you remember everything from names for the clouds to parts of a flower and some of literature's finest heroines.
  • 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.

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  • Barbara Pym Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748136773 - Barbara Pym
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    Featuring Excellent Women, Crampton Hodnet and No Fond Return of Love, this 3-book collection of Barbara Pym novels is full of witty social observations from times gone by.

    One of her most successful books, Excellent Women tells the story of Mildred Lathbury, a self-proclaimed spinster who falls in love. Crampton Hodnet focuses on Miss Doggett and her companion Miss Morrow, who take in a variety of lodgers; and No Fond Return of Love tells the story of Viola Dace and her friend Dulcie Mainwaring, who are both in love with the same man.

    Simply irresistible!
  • 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
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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.
  • Vince Flynn Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471152726 - Vince Flynn
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    A combination of Jack Bauer and Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp is an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent who is willing to bend the rules for the cause of the greater good... Vince Flynn's books are pulsating and action-packed and have now been brought to the big screen in the shape of American Assassin (starring Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton).

    In Kill Shot, Mitch Rapp has dismantled and killed the network of people behind the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing and finds the trail leading to Paris - where he's on the receiving end of a deadly trap... Deemed a liability by his handlers and with no sign of a rescue, Rapp decides to take matters into his own hands.

    Protect and Defend finds Israel bringing down Iran's nuclear program in an attack that resolves in a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster. Iranian president Amatullah blames America and is out for blood - but Rapp has a brilliant plan which will push Iran onto the brink of revolution... After a horrific explosion takes place in Washington, Rapp must hunt for a killer with a personal agenda in Act of Treason...

    Exciting thrillers with a young, hungry and lethal assassin in the lead role, these books from a much-missed author are sure to be raced through as you enjoy all the twists and turns...

    This collection contains books 2, 9 and 10 in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series.

    Please note that these books feature mature themes and content.