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!

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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.


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.

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.