Bucket List Books
LWD2 7 years +7 years +
Thanks to C. S. Lewis and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, we suspect countless children have stepped into random wardrobes and held their breath, hoping to be transported to a fantasy world - some of us at Book People certainly have!
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Best known of all the books in the Narnia Chronicles, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe follows on from The Magician's Nephew and is all about the adventures of four brothers and sisters as they discover a magical country and get caught up in a battle against the evil White Witch. An exciting and thrilling adventure ensues as they fight to save the land of Narnia from perpetual winter.
Presented with stylish new cover art from original illustrator Pauline Baynes that will delight fans of all ages, this is a must-read children's classic; inspiring and imaginative with enduring appeal for readers aged 9 and over.
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.
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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.
Jodi Picoult, the author of My Sister's Keeper, examines themes of birth, death and responsibility in her latest page-turner, Small Great Things.
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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.
HRYP 9 years +9 years +
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 in 2018, 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.
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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!
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.
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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)
A bumper seven-book collection from acclaimed crime writer Ngaio Marsh, these classic whodunnits will introduce readers to Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.
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Full of excellent characterisation and inventive murders, Alleyn wonders if his wife-to-be is a potential murderer; finds himself embroiled in a case of sinister infatuation; and has to solve the mystery of a body found in the back of a taxi.
First-class crime fiction for fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.
ADKXL 14 years +14 years +
"What do you think that is?' she asked me, again pointing with her stick; 'that, where those cobwebs are?" "I can't guess what it is, ma'am". "It's a great cake. A bride-cake. Mine"! Pip, a young orphan, has his life altered irrevocably by a strange chain of events - a terrifying graveside encounter with an escaped prisoner; a visit to a black-hearted old woman and a beautiful girl; an unexpected fortune from a secret donor. Escaping his poor background for London, however, he finds that he cannot run away from who he really is. Dickens' extraordinary late work, published in 1861, is a frightening, funny and tender portrayal of self-discovery and redemption. Its misguided hero, Pip, is one of the most moving and memorable characters in fiction.
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KMK2 14 years +14 years +
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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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...
George Baxter is perfectly comfortable and content in his life and has no problem with the predictable way things were going. But then Win, his wife of 26 years, dies.
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With his loyal dog Monty by his side, George throws himself into his work as an antiques dealer. His business resides right in the heart of his village and he gets to meet all sorts of characters. But then local widow Sylvia Newsome steps into his life and he begins to imagine a new future...
However, there are more revelations to come and over the course of an English summer, George uncovers some startling mysteries from his past that may well affect his future.
Abi Oliver's debut novel, A New Map of Love is a startling read that will lift your spirits and break your heart. Presented here in hardback, it's funny and tender and will appeal to those who enjoyed A Man Called Ove and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
RYE2 13 years +13 years +
The Catcher in the Rye has an enduring attraction that puts it at the top of a must-read list for young adults. The cynical observations of J. D. Salinger's central character, Holden Caulfield, condemn the phony posturing and hypocrisy of those around him.
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Holden is driven by vague, unspecified angst and unhappiness and manages to get caught up in a series of uncomfortable encounters with a prostitute, her pimp, an old girlfriend and a former teacher.
The Catcher in the Rye is as thought-provoking and compulsive as the conflicts of its central character. Recommended for readers 14+.
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Back with the fourth book in his funny and warm Little Village School series, bestselling author Gervase Phinn's A Lesson in Love brings readers back to Barton-in-the-Dale to rejoin some truly memorable characters.
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Everyone can see that Ashley and Emmet are made for each other, they just need to admit it to themselves. But while romance blossoms one side of the village, things are different for an angry young boy who struggles to believe in love following a tragedy. Meanwhile, an eccentric teacher joins the staff and a new vicar stirs up some trouble...
Full of the gossip, love, laughter and friendship that makes the Little Village School series so enjoyable, A Lesson in Love is an endearing, warm-hearted and hilarious follow-up to The School Inspector Calls.
Featuring the first three books in Rhys Bowen's wonderful Molly Murphy series, this collection is an ideal introduction to a New York Times bestselling author.
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Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defence, she flees Ireland - and her identity - for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes the prime suspect... using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Determined to find the killer on her own, Molly escapes Ellis Island to pound the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side - and a private investigator is born.
Tightly plotted whodunnits, cleverly and expertly entwined with comedy, Murphy's Law, Death of Riley and For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen are sure to delight fans of Carola Dunn and introduce a new legion of fans to a wonderful character.
This collection contains books 1-3 in Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series.
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.
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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.
A 75th anniversary box set of Tolkien's four books, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, and the quest to destroy the One Ring. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, these works of sweeping fantasy have touched the hearts of young and old alike. Between them, more than 150 million copies have been sold around the world.
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This new box set, published to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien's remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' part in the epic quest for the Ring - beginning with Bilbo's fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom and Bilbo's departure to the Grey Havens.
Book People favourite Adele Parks returns with If You Go Away, a story set around the outbreak of World War I that combines glamorous debutantes with themes of heartbreak and discovering just what it is that is really worth fighting for...
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Young debutante Vivian has been hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover up a scandal, but when her husband enlists on their wedding day she is left with no choice but to take up the management and running of his estate - despite her lack of experience in this field...
Meanwhile, young playwright Howard has rushed to the front to see the horrors of war for himself - and to observe both the best and worst of humanity. When conscription becomes law in 1916, he steadfastly refuses to join the ranks and becomes one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of all time...
Handsome, famous and seen as a threat to the government, he narrowly escapes a death sentence and agrees to work on Vivian's farm - when the two meet, they quickly form a bond...
This is a lovely slice of historical romance!
Shorlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2016. When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -- rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever? Scottish Children's Book Award winner Ross MacKenzie unleashes a riot of imagination, colour and fantasy in this astonishing adventure, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Cornelia Funke and Neil Gaiman. Winner of the 2015 NEBA (North East Book Award)
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Winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2016
The sadly missed author Jackie Collins' final book is full of the spark, sensation and sauciness that made her so beloved around the world. Focusing on the legendary Santangelo family, it's not long until scandal hits again...
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There's a vicious hit, a vengeful enemy, a drug-addled Colombian club owner and an Italian family obsessed with sex. And Lucky Santangelo has her hands full having to deal with it all.
There are also plenty of problems in Lucky's own family: her teenage daughter Max is making a name for herself as a model in Europe, while son Bobby is being set up for a murder he didn't commit. Luckily, Lucky and husband Lennie have the nous to make sure the Santangelos always come out on top, no matter what the consequences.
A mob story full of love, passion, revenge and plenty of shocks, this is gloriously addictive.
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.
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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
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
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The eagerly awaited BBC TV adaptation of Tolstoy's enthralling epic. War and Peace is due to appear on our screens. This is the official tie-in edition with an exclusive introduction written by Andrew Davies. Tolstoy's beguiling masterpiece entwines love, death and determinism with Russia's war with Napoleon and its effects on those swept up by the terror it brings. The lives of Pierre, Prince Andrei and Natasha are changed forever as conflict rages throughout the early nineteenth century. Following the rise and fall of some of society's most influential families, this truthful and poignant epic is as relevant today as ever. This six part adaptation has been written by Bafta-winning author Andrew Davies and will be directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, The Scouting Book for Boys, Woman in Black: Angel of Death). Accompanied by a stellar cast including Paul Dano (12 years a Slave, Prisoners, There Will be Blood) as the idealistic Pierre, James Norton (Happy Valley, Belle, Grantchester) as the ambitious Prince Andrei and Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) as the impulsive beauty Natasha. It also features the legendary Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, Longford), Gillian Anderson (The Fall, The X-Files), Greta Scacchi (White Mischief, Presumed Innocent) and many more.
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When Albie's mum dies, it's natural he should wonder where she's gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about Albie's mum being alive and with them in a parallel universe. So Albie finds a box, his mum's computer and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space to find her...Quality commercial fiction, well written with real heart and adventure.
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Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach...Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby - young, handsome, fabulously rich - always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
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