Fiction

Contemporary

  • OMIL
    Monica Wood
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    Favourably compared to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Shock of the Fall, Monica Wood's The One-in-a-Milion Boy is a poignant, compelling and joyful read.

    It follows Miss Ona Vitkus, a lady with secrets who has lived unobtrusively for most of her life - apart from three months in the summer of 1914. When she reaches the grand age of 104, she meets an 11-year-old-boy with a passion for world records and forms a special bond...

    When he doesn't visit for two weeks, Ona begins to think he may be the same as everyone else, but then the boy's father comes to visit - and he's determined to finish off his son's good deed.
  • A Song for Issy Bradley - Hardback - 9780091954376 - Carys Bray
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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
  • HMOP
    Yann Martel
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    In his eagerly awaited new novel, Yann Martel - the author of bestselling Booker Prize winner Life of Pi - takes readers on a quest for a lost relic. It's a journey that begins in Africa in the 1600s and culminates in contemporary North America, via a trip to Portugal at the turn of the last century.

    Funny, tragic and sublime, this novel takes in the topics of faith, responsibility and finding the courage to face death. It is a book full of layers, surprises and exploration. Everything from love to suffering and faith to evolution is touched upon.

    A remarkable novel from a bestselling author that examines the spiritual and philosophical concerns that make people human. A must-read for any fans of contemporary fiction.
  • RMFM
    Emma Donoghue
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    An Orange Prize- and Man Booker-shortlisted novel from Emma Donoghue, the film adaptation of Room has won so many awards and its star Brie Larson deservedly won an Oscar. Now, for a fabulous Book People price, you can discover or re-read this incredible novel.

    Described as 'A triumph' by the Daily Telegraph, the book tells the story from the point of view of 5-year-old Jack. He lives with his Ma in a single, locked room and neither of them have the key... they're prisoners but when they escape, Jack gets to see the real world for the first time - and it's a scary, overwhelming and mainly positive experience.

    Beautifully written and guaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lovely Bones, this paperback edition comes with a film-themed jacket.
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings - Hardback - 9781780745879 - Marlon James
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    Marlon James
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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015, Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings is a novel set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess.

    It's 1976 in Jamaica and seven men storm Bob Marley's house with machine guns blazing. Marley survives, but doesn't return to his home country for another two years. Inspired by this event, James creates an imagined oral biography that traverses between strange landscapes and shady characters.

    Compared to Quentin Tarantino and David Foster Wallace, the book examines motivations and asks questions through a series of ghosts, witnesses, killers, drugdealer, conmen, beauty queens and more.
  • GNOW 13 years +
    Oli White
    13 years +
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    Jack makes some new friends and in next to no time they've created GenNext, the hottest new trend in social media.

    As soon as it's unveiled to the public, Jack's life completely changes. His Instagram followers are going up by hundreds of thousands and big companies are scrambling for him to take part in huge photoshoots. However, exciting journeys of fame can also be dangerous and there's someone willing Jack to trip up at every step. It's not long before everyone he cares about - friends, family and a girl he's falling for - is at risk.

    Written by the YouTube sensation Oli White and with plenty of real-life experiences included, this is an exciting book for any fan of the vlogger and those interested in the trappings of celebrity.

    Head over to Book People's YouTube channel to watch our book trailer for this incredible new novel.
  • HOBG
    Rachel Hore
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    When Rosa arrives in London from Poland in a search for her missing brother, she finds herself alone; a shy young man, Rick, is living in limbo as he seeks a place to nourish his creativity; while Stef is running away from her boyfriend, Oliver, and the claustrophobic life she's been living in his opulent flat...

    These three strangers all find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens - the shabbiest house of a smart Georgian terrace in North London. Its owner, Leonie, found sanctuary in this house back in the '60s after a brief career as a model and a destructive marriage. Now, she opens the house to others in need.

    However, this house is now under threat itself. Will Leonie be able to rescue the place that saved her?
  • Elizabeth Noble Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781405928076 - Elizabeth Noble
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    Elizabeth Noble
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    Wonderfully romantic, these five books from bestselling author Elizabeth Noble will make you laugh and cry. Full of emotion, the books are available for a simply unbelievable Book People price.

    Each separate story is equally compelling and sure to tug at your heartstrings. Elizabeth's debut, Things I Want My Daughters to Know finds Barbara having to say a final farewell to all four of her daughters. But how can she find the words? And how can she leave them when they all have so much growing up to do? She decides on writing each vastly different daughter a letter - giving her the chance to express the hopes, dears, dreams and secrets she couldn't always voice...

    The Girl Next Door looks at the dreams, heartbreak and desires hidden behind the closed doors of one apartment building in New York's Upper East Side; The Reading Group focuses on two best friends who can't quite admit that they're in loveless marriages; The Friendship Test finds a group of college friends trying to fix their bond 20 years after their studies when tragedy strikes; and Alphabet Weekends is a rom-com that finds Tom finally letting his lifelong crush how he feels through a series of activities - in alphabetical order.
  • TWTD
    Sir Terry Wogan, OBE
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    For the first time in his successful career, broadcasting legend and national treasure Terry Wogan turned his attention to writing fiction in Those Were the Days.

    Containing several short stories full of laughter, love and loss, this heart-warming book will make a perfect gift for any fan of the much-missed Terry.
  • Rosie Thomas Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007937202 - Rosie Thomas
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    Rosie Thomas
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    With unforgettable characters, beautifully plotted stories and wonderful settings, Sunday Times bestselling author Rosie Thomas' stories are perfect for fans of Anita Shreve and Douglas Kennedy.

    This three-book collection contains some of her best work. Iris and Ruby is a stirring story of mothers, daughters and the distance between three generations of one family; while Sun at Midnight is an epic and adventurous love story set against the beautiful backdrop of Antarctica.

    Constance, meanwhile, follows the life of Connie Thorne, a child left by her mother for strangers to find, and how 40 years later, she has to get over a long-running feud with her sister when tragedy strikes...
  • The Museum of Things Left Behind - Hardback - 9780008118952 - Seni Glaister
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    Seni Glaister
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    `Sunny, charming, and as playful as Stella Gibbons or E.F. Benson, The Museum of Things Left Behind took me on holiday to the tiny imaginary country of Vallerosa, and returned me with the wonderful feeling of having spent time with an uplifting friend.' - Laline Paull, 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction-shortlisted author of The Bees.

    Our love of books is unsurpassed at the Book People so it's no surprise that our staff are passionate about writing, too. And now we're delighted to bring you the stunning hardback debut novel from our very own Seni Glaister - The Museum of Things Left Behind.

    With its lush valleys and beautiful mountains, the European country of Vallerosa appears to be a dream destination. A place lost in time, the community does not bother with money but does have strong values that mean more than any politician's ideals. But underneath this positive exterior, the locals are beginning to grow cranky and disaffected... Meanwhile, some hostile Americans have cottoned on to the country's financial potential and are making plans of their own. Will an unlikely visitor prove to be the agent of change the country's been waiting for?

    A book about the world we live in today and the issues that affect us all - from politics to religion and economics to a good cup of tea - the light, witty and heart-warming tone will keep you hooked from the very first page, and have you pining for a trip to Vallerosa!
  • The Loney - Hardback - 9781473619821 - Andrew Michael Hurley
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    Andrew Michael Hurley
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    The Loney was named winner in the Costa Book Awards First Novel Category for 2015.

    A haunting debut novel from Andrew Michael Hurley, the Costa First Novel Award 2015-winning The Loney has a gothic quality as it follows one family's annual Easter pilgrimage to a place between the Wyre and the Lune.

    As the family come across a number of strange occurences and even stranger people, they begin to realise no one else goes near the water - especially when they realise the tides would change every time to reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents.

    However, things can not stay hidden forever and secrets begin to sell out... a beautiful, thrilling and unsettling tale that will keep you up at night.
  • CAFNA
    Sara Baume
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    An awards favourite (winner of the 2015 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015), debut author Sara Baume's Spill Simmer Falter Wither is an incredibly touching tale all about loneliness, loss and friendship.

    Following the life of 57-year-old misfit Ray as he forms a bond with a vicious little dog called One Eye, it tells how they begin to rely on each other as they find a strange companionship within each other. When a savage act forces them to abandon the life they'd established together, they have no choice but to take to the road...

    Written with incredible insight and a healthy dose of wry humour, this is an extraordinary, heartbreaking novel that lovers of contemporary fiction will not be able to put down.
  • CAFNB
    Kate Hamer
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    Sure to appeal to fans of Room and The Snow Child, debut author Kate Hamer's The Girl in the Red Coat was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015 the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

    When eight-year-old Carmel Wakeford is separated from her mother at a local children's festival, she is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has an accident and that she is now set to live with him.

    As Carmel spends more time with this man and her new 'family', she realises this man believes she has a special talent. Meanwhile, her mother is desperately trying to find her... This situation quickly becomes an extraordinary journey for Carmel...
  • Chop Chop - Hardback - 9780241000007 - Simon Wroe
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    Simon Wroe
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    Struggling to keep on top of his rent, young graduate Monocle takes the only job he can find - the lowest-ranked chef at a gastropub in Camden Town, London.

    When Monocle starts cooking, he realises it's not quite the job he'd expected. He's working with a group of deranged hoodlums who all seem to be at the mercy of head chef Bob - an ingenious sadist with a kitchen knife!

    Full of perfectly observed black humour, Simon Wroe draws on personal experiences from his own career as a chef to bring the laugh-out-loud antics of a professional kitchen to the page in Chop Chop - while also telling the touching story of a young man trying to find his way in the world.

    Chop Chop by Simon Wroe has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    A Song for Issy Bradley, by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Things We Have in Common - Hardback - 9781782115946 - Tasha Kavanagh
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    Tasha Kavanagh
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    Praised by the likes of Sophie Hannah, Nathan Filer and the Independent, Tasha Kavanagh's Costa First Novel Award 2015-shortlisted debut novel Things We Have in Common is one that you will not want to put down.

    A black comedy thriller that comes across as a combination of Sue Townsend and Zoe Heller, it tells the story of Yasmin - a 15-year-old girl who would do anything not only to have a friend, but also to keep one... and what happens when she casts her eyes on her school's most popular girl, Alice Taylor.

    When a man begins to hang around Alice, Yasmin is adamant that he's going to 'steal' her away from him... but does he have secrets of his own?
  • Academy Street - Hardback - 9781782114185 - Mary Costello
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    Mary Costello
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    Written by one of Ireland's most exciting new voices, Mary Costello, Academy Street tells the life story of shy and introverted Tess in this profoundly moving debut.

    After growing up in rural Ireland in the 1940s, Tess ends up making her home amid the dazzle and tumult of 1960s New York. Over four decades and a life lived with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, her story is both joyous and heartbreaking and charts one women's quest for belonging as she encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss.

    Beautifully written and profoundly moving, this novel comes from an author we're certain to hear much more of in the future.

    Academy Street by Mary Costello has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    A Song for Issy Bradley, by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • ABSS
    Lynne Barrett-Lee
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    Inspired by a true story, Lynne Barrett-Lee's fictional retelling of 'Able Seacat' Simon's adventures are certain to appeal to fans of A Street Cat Named Bob.

    Discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 and smuggled on board the H.M.S Amethyst by a British sailor, the cat soon takes to his new waterborne home - establishing himself as the cat's expert rat-catcher and winning the hearts of the crew.

    When tragedy strikes the ship and many of the crew are shot, Simon also finds himself in danger. Helped by the ship's doctor, Simon makes a full recovery and takes it upon himself to purr away at those who are still in the sick bay in an attempt to lift their spirits. As the ship heads home, news of Simon's heroism makes him a famous feline, but it's still going to be a long journey back home....
  • AFDC
    Rachel Wells
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    There's a new cool cat in town, ready to battle Street Cat Bob for his territory as the nation's favourite book cat. Prepare to meet - and fall in love with - Alfie the Doorstep Cat!

    Written by Rachel Wells, this is a lovely, heart-warming fictional animal story for any cat fan. It describes how the residents of one ordinary street fell in love with one extraordinary feline...

    Alfie has been homeless ever since his elderly owner passed away. When he stumbles onto Edgar Road, he feels at home but at first the street's residents don't agree, shooing him away as they can't face another stray cat. But as they experience some dark times, the residents realise just how much they need Alfie to bring some light into their lives...

    Please note this book was advertised with an incorrect jacket in our recent catalogue.
  • Alice Thomas Ellis Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781780336626 - Alice Thomas Ellis
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    Alice Thomas Ellis
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    This collection brings together three modern-day classics from the late Alice Thomas Ellis - an author recognised as a tremendously talented writer of black comedies.

    The three riveting books in this set - Unexplained Laughter, The Birds of the Air and The Inn at the Edge of the World - are all critically acclaimed and contain complex, farcical plot lines. Every novel is also full of beautifully drawn characters and hilarious situations. Having stood the test of time, the books in this introductory set deserve to be read, recommended and shared. Ellis's books are engaging, laugh-out-loud funny and incredibly intelligent.

  • TIMB
    Sheila Jeffries
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    Who said black cats were unlucky? This heart-warming story will introduce you to Timba, a small kitten who manages to bring a family back together.

    Named after lions, black kittens Timba and Vati have been abandoned in a ditch. After a while, Timba is found by a young boy named Leroy and the two begin to bond. Leroy has had a tough life and Timba does everything he can to be his friend.

    Soon Timba meets Leroy's teacher Angie and they also forge a special bond. Angie will help Timba find Vati, whatever it takes. Will the two kittens meet again? And can they use their cat power to heal the lives of the people they love?

    Fans of A Street Cat Named Bob will find so much to adore in this purr-fect story.
  • Maya Angelou Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349007380 - Maya Angelou
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    Maya Angelou
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    From the publication of her first book in 1969 to her death in 2014, Maya Angelou thrilled the world with her essays, poetry and memoirs. Rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a civil rights activist and one of the most powerful voices of a generation. In the must-have collection you will find the first two books of her magnificent life alongside a volume of her most playful and lyrical poetry.

    Beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou chronicles her early life as she transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. Gather Together in My Name depicts Maya's life as a single mother as she slides down the social ladder into poverty and crime. And Still I Rise is a collection of Maya Angelou's poetry with a central theme of hopeful determination to rise above difficulty and discouragement.

    A phenomenal talent, if you're yet to read any of the works of Maya Angelou, we urge you to read the books we have hand-picked for this collection. We promise you won't be disappointed.
  • Blockbuster Fiction Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781447286646 - Various
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    Now more than ever, Hollywood studios are snapping up the movie rights to our favourite novels - sometimes before the books are even written. Our three-book Blockbuster Fiction Collection is a compelling set of novels that have been brought to life on the big screen.

    Philomena, now an Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated motion picture starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, tells the true story of Philomena Lee and the son she had to give away. Both having to deal with the forces of hypocrisy and secrets, it's a deeply moving tale.

    An international bestseller in its own right, The Lovely Bones was adapted for the big screen by Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson. With the film starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as the parents of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is watching them from heaven following her murder, The Lovely Bones is an astonishingly poignant novel about life and death, forgiveness, vengeance and memory.

    Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker, and featuring an Oscar-winning performance from The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell's (director of The Fighter, Three Kings and American Hustle) adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook< has garnered many a positive review from critics. A delightful debut novel from the author of The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick, the book tells the story of Pat, a man with bipolar disorder who is trying to get his life back on track after a stint in a psychiatric hospital.

    All original, telling and transfixing, this collection of novels is a must-have for fans of the films and those looking to be mesmerised by fantastic writing!
  • Edith Wharton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748137084 - Edith Wharton
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    Edith Wharton
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    Often acclaimed as one of America's finest novelists, delve into or rediscover the works of Edith Wharton with this great value three-book set. Featuring the masterpiece The Age of Innocence, later adapted into a hit film by Martin Scorsese, every novel is compelling and captivating from start to finish.

    The Age of Innocence is set during turn-of-the-century New York and finds Newland Archer torn between his respect for family traditions and his burgeoning attraction to his wife-to-be's cousin... The Children finds bachelor Martin Boyne befriending some precocious kids on a cruise ship between Algiers and Venice Martin Boyne; while The House of Mirth portrays the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman's attitude to marriage in the early 1900s.