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Book giveaway: win Richard Flanagan’s backlist

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Many of you will know that Richard Flanagan is one of my favourite authors. Indeed, he’s listed on my favourite authors page, where he’s been quietly sitting (not literally, of course) ever since I read The Sound of One Hand Clapping (the second novel of his that I had read, after Gould’s Book of Fish) way back in 2008. That particular novel left a lasting impression (indeed, some times I still think about it), and I’ve followed his career ever since.

I haven’t reviewed all his books on this blog (I was so stunned by his Booker Prize-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North that I simply couldn’t find the words to do it justice here), but I have read them all and done my fair share of championing his work on social media and elsewhere. So I was delighted (and honoured) to be commissioned to write a guide to his backlist for the Penguin website. That guide went online this morning — you can read it here — to coincide with the news that all of Flanagan’s backlist has been acquired and repackaged in the UK by Vintage Publishing.

Complete set of Richard Flanagan's novels

The exciting news is that I have a complete set of those books to give away on this blog to one lucky reader. That’s five rather glorious, if very different, novels: Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting.

To enter the prize draw, simply leave a comment below naming one of your favourite authors. The draw closes at 7pm GMT on Friday 3 June. I’ll then select the winner at random using a random number generator or some such.

Please note that because I’ll be paying the postage (and this is a hefty pile of books), the competition is only open to entrants with a UK address. Please note you can only enter once. Multiple entrants will be disqualified.

Good luck!

Please note, if you’ve not commented here before your comment will be held in moderation. Don’t worry: I’ll approve it next time I log on!

UPDATE — TUESDAY 7 JUNE
Apologies for the delay in drawing a winner of this prize: I’ve been rather busy and this has been my first chance to sit down and do it. There were 18 eligible entries [Rosie Amber, Evening Scribbles, KirkMC, David Riley, Kaggysbookishramblings, Paul Cheney, Chris A, Snoakes 7001, Victoria, Alison P, Tracey, Booker Talk, Sophie, Dawn, Simon H, Orangepekoereviews, Ben & Rhodri] I used an online random number generator to select the lucky winner. The number chosen was 12. That means the winner is — drum roll please — Booker Talk! Many congratulations! I’ll be in touch soon to find out your mailing address. Thanks to everyone who entered — and commiserations if you missed out.

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Book giveaway: ‘This House of Grief’ by Helen Garner

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Last year I read and reviewed Helen Garner’s This House of Grief, an extraordinary true crime book about an extraordinary true crime in rural Australia.

It was one of those reads that has stayed with me, not the least because it’s about a truly tragic event — the death of three young boys in a car, which was driven into a dam by their father, the sole survivor of the “accident” — but also because Garner is such a wonderful, forthright and honest guide as she takes us through  events leading up to Robert Farquharson’s arrest and the ensuing court case in the Supreme Court of Victoria to answer three counts of murder.

The book has just been published in paperback, here in the UK, and thanks to the generosity of FMcM Associates, the PR firm that promotes Garner’s publisher, Text, in the UK, I’m lucky enough to have three copies to give away to three readers of this blog.

Book-giveawayTo enter the prize draw, simply leave a comment below naming a narrative non-fiction title that you would recommend. The draw closes at 7pm GMT on Monday 14 March. I’ll then select the winners at random using a random number generator or some such.

The competition is open to entrants worldwide, but please note you can only enter once. Multiple entrants will be disqualified.

Good luck!

Please note, if you’ve not commented here before your comment will be held in moderation. Don’t worry: I’ll approve it next time I log on!

UPDATE — MONDAY 14 MARCH
I used an online random number generator to select three winners. The numbers chosen were 17, 21 and 5. That means the winners are CATHY746BOOKS and ANNA and SARAHC — congratulations to you all! I’ll be in touch soon to find out your mailing addresses. Thanks to everyone who entered — and commiserations if you missed out.

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Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award book giveaway: win the four shortlisted titles

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It’s that time of year when the calendar is awash with  long lists, short lists and literary prize announcements.

One of the most exciting prizes is the newly relaunched Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2015, which recognises the best literary work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish writer aged 35 and under.  The winner receives £5,000, while the three runners-up get £500 each.

Previous winners have included Zadie Smith (for White Teeth in 2001) and William Fiennes (for the The Snow Geese in 2003).

This year’s shortlist comprises four very different books:

  • Ben FergussonThe Spring of Kasper Meier, a critically acclaimed historical fiction debut
  • Sarah HoweLoop of Jade, a poetic exploration of heritage and identity
  • Sunjeev SahotaThe Year of the Runaways, his Man Booker shortlisted second novel
  • Sara TaylorThe Shore, a Baileys-nominated collection of interlinked short stories

Thanks to FMcM Associates, the PR firm looking after publicity for the prize, I’m lucky enough to have a signed set of the shortlisted titles to offer as a special competition prize for one lucky reader of this blog.

To enter the prize draw, simply leave a comment below by 6pm on Friday 27 November. I’ll then select a winner at random using a random number generator.

Please note: you can only enter if you live in the UK or Ireland.

In the meantime, if you live in London, you might like to attend a special free Foyles event on Monday 23 November with three of the shortlisted authors and three previous winners, who will be in conversation with Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate. You can find out more here.

UPDATE — FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER
I used an online random number generator to select a winner. The number chosen was 2. That means the winner is ORANGEPEKOEREVIEWS — congratulations!  I’ll be in touch soon to find out your mailing address.. Thanks to everyone who entered — and commiserations if you missed out.

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The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Giveaway: win a copy of Anne Tyler’s ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’

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When I rejigged this blog last September I vowed I wouldn’t do any more giveaways: they were difficult to administer, the same people kept entering (and winning) and sometimes no one bothered to enter at all.

But then the people at Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction contacted me a couple of weeks ago and made an offer I couldn’t refuse: I could have five copies of one of the titles on the shortlist to give away on the blog. The catch was this: I wouldn’t know which book I’d be offered, because the shortlist hadn’t yet been announced. (The shortlist was announced last week.)

So, I was rather chuffed and excited when a package arrived at my door this morning. I won’t lie: part of the excitement was due to discovering a bottle of Baileys in the gift presentation box, but mostly it was due to the book that came with it — Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread.

I’m a huge Anne Tyler fan. I’ve reviewed a couple of her novels on this blog — Digging to America and  The Amateur Marriage — but I’ve read pretty much everything she’s ever written and would regard her as one of my all-time favourite authors. So I’m delighted I get to put her last novel into the hands of five of you lucky people!

You can read a bit of blurb about the book on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction website or check out the reviews on Naomi Frisby’s blog The Writes of Woman and Claire McAlpine’s blog Word by Word.

But here’s the catch for you guys: you can only enter if you live in the UK (huge apologies to my iIMG_2800nternational readers) and hopefully you’ll be able to read it before the prize is announced on 3 June so that you can join in a discussion I plan on hosting here a couple of days before — think of it as a bit like an online book group. If you’ve already read the book or live overseas and want to buy your own copy (or borrow one), you are more than welcome to take part — in fact, the more the merrier!

Alternatively, you can simply tweet a #3wordreview, share your thoughts on GoodReads, Facebook, Instagram et al.

To enter the prize draw, simply leave a comment below by 6pm on Friday 24 April. I’ll then select five winners at random and will pass on your details to the Baileys people so that your book can be sent out. That should give you all enough time to read the book before I post my own review at the start of June…

UPDATE — SUNDAY 26 APRIL
I used an online random number generator to select five winners (1, 8, 11, 12 & 19). Congratulations to POPPYPEACOCKPENS, LOUISE E, SARAH NOAKES, CAROLINE and ANNP. I’ll be in touch soon to find out where to send your book. Thanks to everyone who entered — and commiserations if you missed out. Don’t forget you can buy or borrow the book if you’d like to take part in an online discussion, which I plan to host here at the beginning of June.