Jan/Feb Competitions

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Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins has just snagged its author the Costa Prize and is as we write this the kind of book prominently displayed in pretty much any bookshop you’d care to poke your head around the door of. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a copy, please tell us the title of the novel this book is a companion to…

Elizabeth Strout, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kittredge which was made into rather a good little HBO miniseries last year, is back with My Name is Lucy Barton and it’s already earning bucket loads of praise from the likes of Hilary Mantel and Claire Messud. To win a copy, tell us which of her books won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize…

Danielle McLaughlin’s Dinosaurs on Other Planets is a debut short story collection that we have been looking forward to since – ooh, way back in 2015. You can get a copy of your very own if you tell us who said, “There is no need to ask what Danielle McLaughlin will do next, she has done it already…”


Julian Barnes’ latest since the Booker winning The Sense of an Ending is The Noise of Time and it’s a darker and denser affair than we have maybe in the past expected from Julian Barnes concerning composer Shostakovich as he stands outside his apartment in the night waiting for Stalin’s henchmen to come and pick him up and do with him what they will. You can snag a copy for yourself if you tell us how many chapters it took Barnes to fashion the history of the world…

Paulina and Fran by Rachel B Glaser is one of the first books of 2016 to really hook our attention in a big way. As well as earning comparisons with the likes of Lena Dunham’s Girls, our reviewer compared it to Emma Unsworth’s Animals and – what book by Bret Easton Ellis?

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller is 0ut in paperback in January and we have three copies to give away to our eager readers. It’s the tale of a father and a daughter, and an extended and rather desperate sojourn in the woods. You can throw your hat into the ring and put yourself in with a chance of winning if you tell us which band’s second album was called Our Endless Numbered Days


One of our absolute faves in 2015 and a book that deserves to do really well now that it’s out in paperback, Preparations for the Next Life by Atticus Lish is the kind of sturdy novel that lets you know writing is alive and well and working its socks off to keep you entertained. You can win a copy if you tell us the name of the short story writer Atticus’ dad worked with (and arguably made legendary…)…

Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest The Buried Giant is now out in paperback and the masses can start to make up their minds whether or not they are ok with literary titan Ish writing a book that has, you know, dragons and nights and ogres and what have you in (we are more than alright with it and we recommend it to you if you haven’t dabbled yet). To win a copy, tell us who directed The Saddest Music in the World (a film Ishiguro co-wrote back in 2003)?

And last but by no means least, Life of Pi author, Yann Martel, is back with The High Mountains of Portugal and if our reviewer has it right it’s something of a return to form! You can win a copy if you tell us who Martel famously sent a book to every two weeks between 2007-2011…


Deadline for comps is end of February with winners contacted shortly thereafter. Send your answers (and contact details so we can send a prize) to bookmunch.comps@gmail.com






Coming soon on Bookmunch

Superabundance by Heinz Helle

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Westmorland Alone by Ian Sansom

Bacchae by Euripides

Hubert by Ben Gijsemans

Human Acts by Han Kang



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