June/July comps

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Brian Catling releases the final instalment of his Vorrh trilogy in July, The Cloven, and we have a full set – The Vorrh, The Erstwhile and The Cloven – to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning, tell us which celebrated graphic novelist authored the intro to the first book and has been a vocal champion of Catling’s work…

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Rick Gekoski’s A Long Island Story is one of Canongate’s lead fiction titles for the summer – and if you like substantial American novels that deal with failing marriages and paranoid politics, you’ll want to chase this one down. We have three copies to give away and to win one, you just have to tell us how old Gekoski was when he published his debut novel, Darke.

Chris Krauss needs no introduction to Bookmunch readers having graced us with I Love Dick just last year. Her latest ricochets between seeming autobiography and pivotal moments in the life of Simone Weill. If you’d like to bag a copy for yourself, tell us where Krauss teaches…

She blew the bloody doors off with The Flamethrowers and now Rachel Kushner is back with The Mars Room, which “presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an excoriating attack on the prison-industrial complex…” To win a copy, tell us who is the mastermind behind Orange is the New Black & Glow.

We’re with all those people who think Rupert Thomson should be hoisted aloft and carried through the streets of any UK street you’d care to mention and talked of as one of our best writers, rather than one of our best kept secrets. His latest novel, Never Anyone But You, dramatises a real life story of fluid sexuality and wartime escapades. As you’d no doubt expect. You’d like a chance of winning a copy? Tell us which of Thomson’s novels indirectly concerned Myra Hindley…

Dark Pines is one of those compulsive Nordic noirs that people get such a kick out of – only author Will Dean grew up in the Midlands (before admittedly settling in rural Sweden). We think it deserves a bigger audience! You can win one if you tell us the title of Dark Pine’s forthcoming sequel…

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There are already thousands of people who have bought this book in pre-sale so we know that you can’t wait to get your hands on Room to Dream, a rather peculiar auto/biography in which Kristine McKenna recounts “the facts, figures and dates” whilst David Lynch himself “plays a prominent role in the narrative”. To win one, tell us which young actor caught Lynch’s eye as the result of a YouTube video entitled, The English Language in 24 Accents

Documentary film-maker and novelist Laleh Khadiva’s A Good Country is the stirring story of a young boy’s gradual radicalisation, against a backdrop of an increasingly racist society. If you’d like a copy, tell us the title of Khadiva’s first film…

Gabriel Tallent’s debut My Absolute Darling has already drawn praise from such luminaries as Stephen King, who regards the book as a masterpiece. You can find out what all the fuss is about for yourself if you tell us which state the novel is set in…

Mighty AM Homes is back with a brand new collection of short stories entitled Days of Awe. It promises “tales of a family obsessed with the surfaces of their lives, …the story of a shopper who suddenly finds himself nominated to run for President, [and] characters who aren’t quite who they hoped to become, though there is no one else they can be.” Colour us excited to get our hands on a copy. You can win one, if you tell us the titles of her two previous short story collections…

And last but by no means least, we have three copies of the brand new Tim Winton novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, which is a “fierce and lyrical… story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship”. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, tell us which two novels have earned Winton a Booker Prize nomination…

Email your answers to bookmunch.comps2017@gmail.com.

Deadline: last day of July. Copies will be flying to winners the first week of August. Good luck!

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