Nov/Dec Competitions


Our Val reviewed A Kind of Compass a wee while ago and it sounds like quite an anthology of short stories – to the extent that we had to bother the publisher to try and get some to give away to our Bookmunch regulars. “From Kevin Barry to Yoko Ogawa, and from Éilis Ní Dhuibhne to Sam Lipsyte, the roll call of contributors is as stylistically as it is geographically diverse.” If you want one, tell us the name of the publishers!

Another short story collection you might want to pop on your shopping list (if you don’t win a copy through us, that is) is Audrey Niffenegger’s Ghostly, an anthology of ghostly goings on with tales drawn from the last couple of hundred years. To win a copy tell us the title of Niffenegger’s own contribution to the book.

Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire has got some powerful word of mouth and some fair old reviews (you can read what our Dan had to say here). If you’d like to make your way through the book over the Christmas hols, tell us which year the novel is set in.


Like Gordon Burns’ Happy Like Murderers, Dan Davies has done the world a service with his excellent biography of Jimmy Saville. It’s only by understanding monsters that we can try and stop them harming people in the future. If you would like to try and win a copy of In Plain Sight, tell us which city Jimmy Saville called home.

John Grisham is one of those authors who needs neither praise or criticism and is bound to sell cartloads of copies of his new un, Rogue Lawyer, but we are keen for Bookmunch readers to be able to get their hands on the odd bestseller now and then. If you would like a copy in your Christmas stocking, tell us where Grisham was born.

Jonathan Coe’s latest, Number 11, promises to be Coe ‘doing what he does best – showing us how we live now’. We’re excited and you should be too. To bag a copy tell us which of his own novels Coe quotes from as the epigraph to the book..

Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers is that rare beast, a collection of poetry that crosses over and is read by the kinds of people who don’t normally read poetry. It’s also highly likely to be the kind of book that appears on a great many end of year lists. You want one? Tell us which Paul Auster book deal with the death of his father…

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Wolf Winter was one of those books that impressed us when it came out in hardback. Now it’s out in paperback, we’ve realised this story of the struggle for survival of a family of Finnish settlers in Swedish Lapland in the early 18th Century stuck with us through all those months and we recommend it more now than we perhaps did then. You can win a copy if you tell us where Cecilia Ekback lives with her husband and children.

We’re quite excited by this one! “From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves . . . no matter where we live. The Telegraph calls Night Vale a ‘cultural phenomenon’ and Time Out says it’s ‘as hilarious as it is macabre’. For fans of Stephen King, Serial, Twin Peaks and of course the number one iTunes podcast itself. You could be in with a chance of winning a copy if you tell us which person connects Welcome to Night Vale to the Big Bang Theory

Already called a masterpiece by Philip Roth, The Little Red Chairs is Edna O’Brien’s first novel for a decade is drawing plaudits like no-one’s business. If you’d like to bag another book likely to find itself on a great many end of year lists, please tell us which charismatic war criminal influenced the central character in the book…

Our last competition of 2015 centres on David Eagleman’s compact introduction to The Brain. If you’ve watched the TV show or been to see David read live on his recent tour, you’ll no doubt want to get your hands on this. And to win, all you have to do is tell us what happens to the hippocampuses of London cabbies after they have learned the Knowledge…

Please send answers to, with the name of the book in the subject header and your address in the mail so we can send you a prize! Deadline is 18 December 2015. Thanks

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  2. Fantastic site for an avid book reader, like myself


Coming soon on Bookmunch

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

We Don't Know What We're Doing by Thomas Morris

Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines

Business for Punks by James Watt



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