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  • Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000037865
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    Book People is very excited to bring you all six novels on this year's Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist in hardback - including the winner, Milkman by Anna Burns. This is a story of how gossip, hearsay and silence can bring about life-changing consequences...

    The rest of this year's shortlist is as eclectic and thought-provoking as ever. Daisy Johnson's Everything Under is a daring story of family, identity, fate, language and love; Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room is a powerful account of life in an American women's prison; and Richard Powers' The Overstory is a fable about humanity's treatment of the natural world.

    Esi Edugyan's Washington Black is an extraordinary adventure about a runaway slave; and Robin Robertson's The Long Take follows a soldier who tries to find himself through a series of poems as he travels through post-war America.

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    One Enchanted Evening, Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke's debut novel, will take you back to the glitz and glamour of 1930s ballrooms.

    The exclusive Buckingham Hotel is a place where the rich, famous and elite all gather to socialise and dance their cares away. But unseen hotel staff are hiding behind the plush curtains and discreet doors.

    Meanwhile, the storm clouds of war are gathering and scandal and secrets are starting to be spilled...
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    Ann Cleeves brings her bestselling Shetland Series to a close with Wild Fire. These thrillers have gripped so many crime fiction fans over the years and also inspired a popular BBC One adaptation starring Douglas Hensall as DI Jimmy Perez.

    An English family move to Shetland for a new start but shortly after arriving their young nanny is found hanging in their barn and rumours of her affair with the husband and father of the family begin to spread...

    Perez is called to investigate but this means he's set for a reunion with Willow Reeves. This could be the most disturbing investigation Perez has faced. Will he be in the right head space?
  • Moscow, Midnight - John Simpson - Hardback - 9781473674493 - John Simpson
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    John Simpson, a hugely acclaimed and successful journalist, turns his attention to fiction in this powerful, poignant and witty contemporary thriller.

    A sex game has gone wrong and government minister Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner has ruled it an accident but old-school journalist Jon Swift is certain something doesn't seem right. Days later, Macready's flat is 'burgled' and Swift discover his old friend had been researching a slew of Russian government figures who have wound up dead in similar 'accidental' circumstances...

    With no help on offer from the police, Swift tracks down a contact in Moscow and finds himself drawn into a violent underworld full of conspiracies, assassinations and double-agents crossing each other at every turn...
  • A Keeper - Graham Norton - Hardback - 9781473664975 - Graham Norton
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    Popular presenter and comedian Graham Norton follows up his bestselling debut novel Holding with A Keeper - a twisted tale of family secrets set on the coast of Ireland.

    Elizabeth Keane has returned to Ireland after her mother's death and is determined to wrap up that part of her life. There's nothing for her in this area, and she's beginning to wonder if there ever was...

    While clearing out her mother's house, she finds a small stash of letters that unveil previously unheard truths. Forty years earlier, a young woman had stumbled from a remote stone house to escape the darkness. She has no sense of where she's going but knows she must carry on...
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    An epic tale of courage, betrayal and undying love, Courtney's War is the latest entry in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Courtney series.

    Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, struggling for their lives. Although opposed to the Nazi regime, Gerhard is fighting for the Fatherland hoping to one day rid Germany of Hitler, while Special Operations Executive Saffron is being hunted by Germany's most ruthless spymaster.

    As they encounter evil at every turn, the two lovers must make a hard decision: do they sacrifice themselves? Or do whatever they can to survive in the hope that they will one day be reunited?
  • The Temptation of Gracie - Hardback - 9781471169588 - Santa Montefiore
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    Set against the beautiful landscape of Italy, Santa Montefiore's The Temptation of Gracie is an enchanting and heart-warming novel about following your dreams and rediscovering love in the most unlikely of places.

    Gracie Burton cannot resist when she sees an advertisement for a week-long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Despite her family's reservations, she ploughs her life savings into the trip...
  • The China Thrillers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781787477353 - Peter May
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    Peter May's China Thriller series follows Chicago forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell as she is invited by the Chinese government to teach at the Beijing police university. Suffering from a broken heart, she accepts the assignment but it gets off to a bad start when her car knocks over senior detective Li Yan...

    Despite this audacious meeting, the pair are thrown together and forced to work through their personal and cultural differences when they're tasked with identifying a horribly burned corpse. And then they make a discovery that soon leads to a major conspiracy...

    Full of style and suspense, these captivating detective novels evoke a fascinating picture of modern China.

    For fans of authors like: Elly Griffiths, Val McDermid, Tess Gerritsen

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Peter May's China thriller series.
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    Peter and Jane creator Gill Sims returns with another colourful insight into motherhood with Why Mummy Swears.

    The summer holidays have started but Mummy is not going to get any rest - she has two bored moppets to attend to... Just booking sports camps, childcare and time off work has left her exhausted!

    Mummy's also found herself stuck organising the Christmas Fayre - and she's not receiving much help. Meeting her father's new glamorous and younger wife and spending time with her narcissistic mother is also winding her up the wall... No wonder she's cursing with the best of them!
  • Crisis - Felix Francis - Hardback - 9781471173110 - Felix Francis
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    Trainee lawyer and crisis manager Harrison Foster is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six valuable horses, including the favourite for the Derby.

    Although Harry knows next to nothing about horses, he soon finds himself thrust into the world of Thoroughbred racing and comes across the notoriously nasty Chadwick family.

    While investigating, Harry soon discovers there is far more to the fire than meets the eye. For a start, the remains of a human have been found in the wreckage, even though everyone has been accounted for....

    This Felix Francis thriller, written by Dick Francis, is full of shocks and surprises that will have you on tenterhooks.
  • Leigh Russell Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780857302779 - Leigh Russell
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    DI Geraldine Steel finds herself on the trail of some vicious killers in this five-book collection from Leigh Russell. These gripping page-turners are pacy reads packed with twists and surprises.

    In Death Bed, the bodies of two black girls are discovered in North London and the pressure is on to find the killer before the local community is divided; Stop Dead finds a successful businessman and his partner both brutally killed and the only clue leads to two women - one in prison while the other's dead; and Fatal Act has Geraldine going further than ever to try and track down a killer.

    Killer Plan finds a widowed mother resorting to desperate measures when one of her sons is kidnapped; and Murder Ring has Geraldine's investigation into seemingly unrelated crimes unearthing a chilling fact about her birth mother...

    For fans of authors like Mark Billingham, Lee Child, Peter James
    This collection includes books 4-9 in Leigh Russell's DI Geraldine Steel series

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    Written by Hilary Mantel, one of Britain's finest writers, Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and was adapted into a hugely popular BBC drama starring Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis.

    Set during the Tudor period of 1500 to 1535, this expertly written novel follows Thomas Cromwell's rise to power and looks at how his influence spreads throughout politics.

    It features many famous characters from this time in history and shows how Tudor England was a tumultuous place full of passion and pain.
  • Mark Billingham Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780751574258 - Mark Billingham
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    Mark Billingham writes intelligent contemporary thrillers and this collection contains three of his bestsellers following the cases of DI Tom Thorne.

    Good as Dead is a fast-paced read that finds Thorne and Helen Weeks looking into a year-old case that could save a young mother's life; The Dying Hours finds Thorne investigating a series of suicides among the elderly; and The Bones Beneath has Thorne escorting a dangerous psychopath to the site of a body he'd buried a quarter of a century before.

    Time of Death will keep you guessing as Thorne looks into the abduction of two missing schoolgirls; and Love Like Blood is an intense read that finds Thorne taking the biggest risk of his career...

    For fans of: Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Val McDermid

    This collection contains books 10-14 in Mark Billingham's DI Tom Thorne series
  • 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
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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.
  • Elizabethan Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749015343 - Edward Marston
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    These three Elizabethan mysteries from Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series, follow the life of Nicholas Bracewell as he attempts to solve a number of 'whodunit?' mysteries.

    Full of murder, mystery and mayhem, the wild romps are steeped in authentic Elizabethan detail and are near-impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell series.
  • Kathleen Tessaro Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945405 - Kathleen Tessaro
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    Focusing on the world of fashion and the fashionable, this three-book collection from Kathleen Tessaro is just perfect for fans of contemporary romantic fiction.

    In Elegance, a woman chances upon a book written by a French fashion expert in a second-hand bookshop and starts to follow its advice - soon her life is transformed and she discovers a courage in her that she never thought was possible; while The Perfume Collector sees an inheritance turning a newly married woman's life upside down...

    The final book in the set, The Debutante, is about an old shoebox full of clues that will unravel the tale of the most famous debutante of her generation.

    Three stand-alone stories that are just full of elegance, class and sophistication.
  • Pat Barker Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780241976234 - Pat Barker
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    Focusing on the treatment of casualties during World War I, our Pat Barker Collection is a powerful, harrowing examination of the insanity of conflict. Here, we are delighted to bring you her complete Regeneration series for less than the RRP of just one book - we're sure once you pick them up, you won't be able to put them down.

    In Regeneration, the first book in the series, a decorated English officer is sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Combining real-life and fictional characters, and issues of class and politics, the book effortlessly weaves heart-rending prose and expert plotting.

    Completing this trio of poignant wartime novels are The Eye in the Door and the Man Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road.

    An ideal set of books for anyone who is interested in powerful writing, historical fiction and military history, our three-book Pat Barker Collection is shocking, eye-opening and completely immersive.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Pat Barker's Regeneration series.
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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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 later this year, 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.

    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!
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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)
  • Small Great Things - Hardback - 9781444788006 - Jodi Picoult
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    Jodi Picoult, the author of My Sister's Keeper, examines themes of birth, death and responsibility in her latest page-turner, Small Great Things.

    A routine hospital procedure ends in tragedy when a newborn baby dies and there is no doubt as to who will be held responsible. It's the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his father. However, the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child will never have imagined just how much this death will change their lives.

    Looking at the issues that both unite and divide us, this is a compelling novel all about prejudice and power.
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    Inspector Chopra returns for his second case in The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown.

    For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has caused nothing but bloodshed. It's now part of the British Crown Jewels and when they go on display in Mumbai, security is of the utmost importance. Yet when Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose in a seemingly impossible act of thievery. Will he - and his elephant - be able to find the criminal?

    Vaseem Khan's debut, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a huge favourite with Book People customers and we're pleased to say this new book is just as quirky, charming and enthralling. It will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith.
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    Written by Dominic Smith, this captivating read tells of a 17th century painting that links three lives across three continents over three centuries. In 1600s Amsterdam, Sara de Vos loses her daughter suddenly and turns to painting in her grief. She creates the artwork of a dark landscape of a girl watching an ice skater from the edge of a wood.

    In 1957 in New York, Martijn de Groot has this painting - At the Edge of a Wood - hanging above his bed. When it's stolen, he is bereft. Meanwhile, struggling art student Ellie Shipley agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer. Finally, we arrive at Sydney in 2000 and Ellie is now a celebrated art historian and curator. She's curating an exhibition about the female painters of the Dutch Golden Age but then it becomes apparent the original version of this painting and her forgery are en route to the museum.

    Exhilarating from start to finish, this book is one you won't want to put down. Full of period detail and with its intriguing premise that threatens to see Ellie's life and reputation spiral out of control, it's a rewarding and elegantly written read.
  • 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.