Great British Summer Campaign Launched to Celebrate Jubilee and Olympic Games 2012

With the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics already noted down on everyone’s calendars, the UK is set to have one of the best summers yet and the Book People has launched its Best of British event to celebrate all things British.

The Book People’s Best of British will include all manner of competitions, prize draws and British-themed events that will remind us all of just why this country is so incredible. The event started on the 17 May with a competition to win a Fortnum and Mason’s hamper, stuffed full of goodies including signed books and Jubilee memorabilia. The bookseller kicked things off with a new section on its site that is dedicated to the best British titles around.

Customers will be able to browse through a range of books written by British authors, both past and present; and can benefit from the same low prices for cheap fiction that keep people coming back to the Book People time and again for. Along with this British book category, a range of British-themed competitions are set to be announced over the coming weeks.

One of the many competitions that customers will be able to enter into includes the Book People’s Fortnum & Mason hamper prize draw, which will run to mid-June. Applicants will have a chance to win one of Fortnum & Mason’s decidedly British hampers and further details of the competition will be revealed on the Book People’s main website, as well as on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheBookPeopleLtd), Twitter (@TheBookPeople) and via a newsletter.

Other competitions from the Book People will run alongside the Olympics and the August bank holiday and those interested should head for the bookseller’s website and social networking pages now to find out more.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “This summer is going to be one of the biggest and best in the UK in recent years thanks to the many events we all have to look forward to, such as the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics, Wimbledon and Euro 2012.

“Our Best of British has been designed to bring all of this to the forefront of everyone’s minds and we hope everyone thoroughly enjoys the competitions, discussions, and prize draws we have lined up!”

To find out more about the Book People’s Best of British, follow the event on #BookPeopleBOB now.

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Queen of Teen 2012 Shortlist Announced!

Queen of Teen is royally delighted to announce the shortlist for the fiction world’s most glamorous award. Thousands of heartfelt nominations have been received from teenagers across the country and voting is now open to find this year’s Queen of Teen.

The ten fabulous authors who have made the shortlist are as follows:

Cathy Cassidy, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Webb, Joanna Nadin, Cathy Hopkins, Samantha Mackintosh, Chris Higgins, Hayley Long, S.C. Ransom and the first ever male shortlisted author, James Dawson.

The award will be presented at a glittering award ceremony in July 2012, when the writers of the best nominations will be invited to mingle with their favourite authors, invited journalists and other special guests. The ceremony is to be held at Queen of Teen HQ in leafy Surrey and will be superbly pink and sparkly – a truly majestic celebration of this thriving and important genre!

Teens and tweens can now vote for their favourite author from the shortlist by visiting www.queenofteen.co.uk. Queen of Teen has attracted tens of thousands of votes from young readers across the globe and last year resulted in the fabulous author of the Chocolate Box Girls books, Cathy Cassidy, being crowned Queen of Teen.

On being crowned, Cathy said: “I’ve had lots of fun since being voted Queen of Teen… it’s an amazing award because it’s all about YOU, the super-cool reader gals out there. Your votes and views really DO count!”

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The Book People list top books for Mother’s Day 2012

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the Book People is encouraging people to buy books for the big day this year. The online bookshop sells everything from fiction written by big name authors, to popular celebrity cook books, and also has quirky reference books and celebrity autobiographies, meaning there will be something for everyone.

The Book People is one of the most popular online booksellers and stocks a wide range of genres, so choosing the ideal Mother’s Day gift from them is easy. Books can be bought from the online shop, or from through the catalogue, making it very easy to buy books for your mum this Mother’s Day.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “We’ve got thousands of books to choose from at the Book People, but we highly recommend our ‘Sophie Kinsella Writing as Madeleine Wickham Collection’, which contains three books for just £4.99.

“Wickham is an incredibly talented author and her books are full of wit and charm, while also being completely impossible to put down!”

The Book People has also recommended the ‘Katie Fforde Collection’ as a superb Mother’s Day gift. Containing 10 of the author’s best romance novels, such as ‘Stately Pursuits’, ‘Paradise Fields’ and ‘Highland Fling’, the collection is perfect for a spot of escapism and is ideal for romance fans.

For those who know that their mothers enjoy mystery fiction, the third collection in the Book People’s choice of Mother’s Day books might be of interest; the ‘Mary Stewart Collection’ comes with 10 books and is available for just £9.99 from the Book People. Stewart was first published in 1955 and is a bestselling author in the genre, and this collection includes some of her greatest works, such as ‘Madam, Will You Talk?’, ‘This Rough Magic’ and ‘The Moonspinners’.

There are also a number of fantasy fiction books on the list – the first in the True Blood series, ‘Dead Until Dark’ by Charlaine Harris, is recommended, as is ‘Twilight’ by Stephenie Meyer. The list also has a few cookbooks to choose from, such as the popular ‘Jamie’s Great Britain’ by Jamie Oliver, ‘Perfect Pies’ by Si King of the Hairy Bikers duo and‘Home Cooking Made Easy’ by Lorraine Pascale.

All of the Mother’s Day books listed on the Book People Blog, and many more, can be bought from www.thebookpeople.co.uk.

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The Book People builds up to the Imagine Festival 2012

The Imagine Festival, sponsored by online book retailer the Book People, is currently having the final touches put to it before the doors open at the Southbank Centre in London on February 11th. The festival aims to encourage children of all ages to think creatively and is packed with activities and events.

The Imagine Festival, sponsored by online book retailer the Book People, is currently having the final touches put to it before the doors open at the Southbank Centre in London on February 11th. The festival aims to encourage children of all ages to think creatively and is packed with activities and events.

Running from 11th – 26th February, the Imagine Festival is said to be one of the best children’s events of the year. The festival is now in its 11th year, having been run since 2001, and is set to be at its biggest and best in 2012. The list of events contains something for everyone, from musical and dance performances, through to poetry and fiction readings from some the best children’s authors in the world.

The festival is designed to encourage children to be creative, so there will be chances for children to make their own works of art, write their own fiction, and take part in dance and music events and workshops. With workshops covering all of these topics and more and opportunities to watch funny and entertaining acts, this festival is great for children and young people of all ages.

Children and parents can look forward to story-telling from books by Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy, MacKenzie Crook and Francesca Simon, as well as a premiere of The Trial of Dennis the Menace musical. There will even be opera for babies, orchestral reproductions of The Jungle Book and Carnival of the Animals, and Robert Winston will be demonstrating some thrilling activities, included in his book Science Experiments.

“The Imagine Festival is meant to inspire children to become more creative in every aspect of their lives, and it also aims to introduce them to things they would not normally be interested in,” said Donna Stevenson of the Book People.

“For example, a lot of children that attend the Imagine Festival go home with a new interest in poetry or dance, and this can help to lead them to new hobbies and even, in some cases, to their future careers,” she added.

Babies and children’s story books can be bought online from the Book People.

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Best Keep Fit Books, according to the Book People

Online bookseller the Book People is encouraging the UK public to change their dieting and exercising ways following the festive period by turning to keep fit books for help. The Book People have a wide selection of books to choose from, with everything from books on Pilates to Para fitness.

The Book People is one of the UK’s favourite book retailers and has won numerous awards throughout the years. Originally established in 1988 and specialising in children’s story books and fiction books, the Book People now has a wide and varied stock from cookery to keep fit books.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “The benefits of exercise have been well documented – it can cut the risk of serious illnesses such as diabetes and cancer, as well as reducing the risk of early death.

“At the Book People, we want to encourage everyone to get back into exercise in 2012 and you can use our superb collection of keep fit books to help.” The Book People has a number of ‘keep fit books, such as ‘Yoga Made Easy’ by Zest Magazine and Samantha Magee, who has years of experience as a teacher in many forms of yoga, including Bikram, Hatha and children’s yoga, as well as being a Reiki master. Whether readers are just starting out with yoga or have been practicing the discipline for years, this book can give you the guidance you need to learn all of the positions, breathing and meditation techniques required, all without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Those that prefer a more light-hearted approach to exercise should look to another of the Book People’s favourite keep fit books, ‘Dance to the Musicals’ by Arlene Phillips. As the title suggests, this book teaches the reader dance routines to some of the West End’s most memorable numbers. By using the accompanying DVD and detailed photographs in the book, readers can get dancing to songs like ‘The Time of My Life’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Night Fever’. To learn more about the Book People’s favourite keep fit books, visit the official book store online.

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