Sept/Oct Competitions

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Salman Rushdie’s latest, The Golden House, follows the trials and tribulations of one highly strung family between the years of the Obama presidency and the latest flame-haired incumbent. We think it’s a cracker and we have three to give away. You can win one if you tell us which city Fury was based in.

Garnering some storming reviews, (not least from our Val) as well as a place on the Booker longlist, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie is set to be one of the books that people are talking about come the end of the year. You can win a copy of your very own if youu tell us what classical text is Home Fire loosely based upon…

Tom Gauld is one of our absolute favourites and so Baking with Kafka, a new collection of all of his Guardian/New Scientist bits and pieces, scores high on the list of things that make us happy. To be in with a chance of winning, simply tell us which current American novel doing the rounds posits the theory that Kafka faked his own death and lived out his days in Israel…

Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams is a series of dramas making their way to Channel 4 soon – and a collection of Dick’s stories have been issued alongside. So if you’ve yet to dabble with the delights of PKD, this could be a great gateway drug. You fancy your chances, tell us which of his stories became a fascinating animated film starring Keanu Reeves.

Help is Simon Amstell’s latest and it’s as open and intimate as you’d expect from the stand-up comedian who wears his heart open and bleeding on his sleeve. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, tell us the title of the series he wrote on BBC2 between 2010-2012.


Another book earning some good reviews (not least from Stephen King whose blurb graces the cover), My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent is the kind of book we think will appeal to fans of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone. You want a copy of your very own? Tell us which Samuel Richardson novel he wrote his thesis on…

We’ve been reading Claire Tomalin’s biographies of other people for a long time now (Dickens, Hardy, Austen, Wollstonecroft etc ) so we’re pleased she’s finally got round to telling us something about her own life. A Life of My Own could be yours if you tell us the name of the writer Claire Tomalin is married to.

We’ve been following Ryan Gattis quite avidly since he dropped All Involved – and we think his spooky new one, Safe, sounds like a doozy. If you’re intrigued by it too, simply tell us where Gattis lives to be in with a chance of winning.

Islander is Patrick Barkham’s latest, and finds him exploring the two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones that make up the British Isles. You want one? Tell us which of his previous books was nominated for the Ondaatje Prize.

Dinner at the Centre of the Earth is the latest novel from Nathan Englander, still best known (we think) for his excellent short stories. To be in with a chance of winning, tell us the title of Englander’s debut novel…

Send your answers to Closing date is 31 October. Winners will be contacted shortly thereafter. New comps will follow in November!