Bestselling Books of 2017

2017 has been a fantastic year for us at Book People, and we hope you've had a wonderful year too. We've sold many amazing books and collections this year and now you can take a look at our bestsellers. We've split them into bestselling children's and bestselling adult's books so you can have a browse of which books and collections you or your kids missed out on this year and what you need to add to your reading lists for next year.

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Children's Books

1. Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books

Roald Dahl

Experience all of Roald Dahl's classic children's stories in one collection. With 15 books for your kids to enjoy and a fun slipcase designed by Quentin Blake, this collection needs to take pride of place on your bookshelf.

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2. Julia Donaldson Collection -10 books

Julia Donaldson

This collection of 10 Julia Donaldson picture books features her most famous stories, including The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, as well as some of her lesser well-known titles. Julia is known for her incredibly popular children's books so it's not at all surprising her collection has been one of our bestsellers this year.

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3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection - 10 books

Jeff Kinney

Get the first 10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in one slipcase collection for your young bookworms. Greg's embarrassing life makes for hilarious reading and is perfect for children aged 9 years +. Filled with funny situations and amusing doodles, this collection is not to be missed.

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4. Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Levels 1-3 - 33 books

This huge 33 book collection for readers aged 3 years + covers reading levels 1-3 and is guaranteed to get your kids loving reading. With 32 fun stories to get through with Biff, Chip and Kipper and a parents' handbook with advice on how to make reading fun, this collection is a must for every family.

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5. Shakespeare Story Collection - 16 Books

Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross

Get your bookworms into the Bard with this collection of 16 of his most famous plays retold and illustrated for children. Included are the tragedies, such as Hamlet and King Lear, the comedies such as Twelfth Night and As You Like It and the history plays such as Henry V and Richard III. Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross have really made Shakespeare accessible for all.

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Adult Books

1. 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food

Jamie Oliver

This book of 130 recipes from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is focused on helping you make quick and easy meals that won't take longer than half an hour to prepare. With a great variety of dishes covered and all only requiring 5 ingredients (so not likely to break the bank either) it's no wonder this cookbook has been so popular this year.

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2. Blue Planet II

James Honeyborne

Blue Planet II has been one of the most popular TV shows of 2017 so it's hardly a surprise that this tie-in has been one of our bestsellers. Filled with stunning photography and insights into the equipment used to make the show, this book is an ideal gift for fans of David Attenborough's TV phenomenon.

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3. Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018

Alison Maloney

This beautiful annual is the perfect partner to the BBC hit show. Inside its pages you'll find behind-the-scenes gossip and interviews and information about all of 2017's Strictly stars, including this year's winner, Joe McFadden.

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4. The Last Tudor

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory has a reputation for writing brilliant historical fiction and 2017's The Last Tudor is no exception. Taking on the sorrowful story of Lady Jane Grey and her ties with her sisters, Katherine and Mary, this book sheds a light on the often overlooked tale of the Nine Day Queen and her family.

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5. Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 books

This year's biggest selling collection of adult books was our Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist set. Featuring all 6 of these terrific books, including this year's winner, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, this set brings together the best literary fiction this year has to offer on various important topics and themes.

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If you are missing any of these from your collection don't forget to grab yourself a copy, and if any you like the look of are out of stock, just click 'Notify Me' to be alerted when we have them back in. Let's see what exciting new books and collections will be heading our way in 2018. Happy New Year!

  • The Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781408313053 - Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross
    NSHK 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.00
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    It's now over 400 years since the Bard died and his work still remains just as relevant and compelling today. Boasting 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, this collection contains rewritten versions of all his most well-known tales.

    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers.

    The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life, allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.

    Format: paperback
    Please note that although these books are suitable for children aged 9 and over to enjoy independently, the themes they cover mean they may be considered more suitable for shared reading with children aged 7 plus.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £11.00
    • RRP £69.90
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    • Just £1.10 per book
    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

    Format: Paperback
  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
    NROJ 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £20.00
    • RRP £98.85
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    • Just £1.33 per book
    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection brings together all Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

    Format: paperback
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    Philippa Gregory, author of the Cousins' War series, is often regarded as the queen of historical fiction and this meticulously researched novel focuses on the legacy left by Lady Jane Grey, a woman who was Queen of England for nine days.

    Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block... It's here where Jane turned her father's greedy grab for power into a tale of brave and tragic martyrdom.

    Jane leaves all kinds of letters to her younger sister, Katherine, and they're all intended to help her enjoy her beauty, youth and to find love. Katherine's lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and when news of a secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she is also sent to the tower. She, too, leaves the youngest Grey sister, Mary, a letter with advice.

    Mary is a beautiful dwarf who has been disregarded by the court and she finds it easy to keep secrets. After watching her sisters defy the Queen, Mary knows she is a possible heir to the throne, but she's determined to stay in charge of her own destiny.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780141385839 - Jeff Kinney
    WPYK 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £11.99
    • RRP £69.90
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    • Just £1.20 per book
    Zoo-wee-mama! Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have now sold over 75 million books worldwide - with 10 million of those sales coming in the UK alone.

    Book People's latest slipcased collection brings together the first 10 books following the misadventures of Greg Heffley and his crazy family including, for the first time in paperback, Old School.

    Greg is an average American schoolboy, but he has a habit of getting into embarrassing but hilarious situations. These books follow his diary as he makes observations on his days and doodles away. From classic road trips to tales of hard luck and the terrifying prospect of finding a date for Valentine's Day, these are sure to have children laughing out loud.
    Format: paperback
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    Put on your dancing shoes - The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 annual is here!

    This official companion gives you the lowdown on all of the celebs and dancers competing in this year's competition including Brian Conley, Debbie McGee, Mollie King, Simon Rimmer and Gemma Atkinson.

    It's also full of exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes gossip from the popular show, telling you everything you need to know about the divas, drama and dancers.
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    Head beneath the waves and discover all about life under the sea with this hardback Blue Planet II book, a companion to the BBC's sequel to 2001's incredible nature series.

    The ocean is full of mysteries and this book explains how its life has changed dramatically over the past decade, with new species, behaviours and habitats being discovered all the time. This book is full of breathtaking photographs and stills from the show and brings to life the different parts of the ocean.

    From voyages of migration that show how the oceans are connected to the coral reeds and arctic ice communities that thrive and the shorelines that throw up challenges for their residents, this is a beautiful book for any nature lover. It also has a final chapter dedicated to the science and technology that was used in the making of the show.
  • Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000033195
    • £38.00
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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?'
  • 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food - Hardback - 9780718187729 - Jamie Oliver
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    Jamie Oliver is back with even more mouth-watering recipes in Quick & Easy 5-Ingredient Food - a book that proves cooking does not have to be complicated. In fact, it's his easiest cookbook yet!

    All 130 recipes in the cookbook use just five key ingredients and can be rustled up in next to no time at all (none take over 30 minutes to prepare). They're all also very kind on your weekly budget. There are chapters based around chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, eggs, veg, salads, pasta, ride, noodles and sweet things.

    Each recipe includes a visual ingredient guide, a serving size, timings, easy-to-follow instructions and essential nutritional information.
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection: Levels 1-3 - 33 Books - Collection - 9780192739858
    • £18.00
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    Featuring 33 books covering reading levels 1-3, this collection of Oxford Reading Tree books is perfect for building a foundation in reading for young readers aged 3 and up.

    Specially designed by the reading experts at Oxford University Press, each book has a carefully levelled and beautifully illustrated story that parent and child will have lots of fun with as they read together, practising and perfecting essential skills that they'll be learning at school - from phonics and first stories to common words and everyday language.

    This Biff, Chip and Kipper collection features 32 storybooks and a parents' handbook full of ideas to make reading fun.
    Format: paperback