February / March Competitions


CJ Box is back with the – get this! – 17th Joe Pickett novel and  Vicious Circle (as the title goes some way to suggest) looks to round off the conflict Joe has had with the Cates family since Endangered. We have three copies to give away to eager Box fans. To win all you have to do is tell us the title of his recent short story collection…

Sara Baume made quite the name for herself with the publication of Spill Simmer Falter Wither, and now she’s back with a new un: A Line Made By Walking which has already been called “a celebration of the extraordinary in the everyday” by the Irish Times. If you’d like to win a copy, tell us which Irish press initially published her debut…

Kate Summerscale’s The Wicked Boy is “a fascinating true story of murder and morality [and] a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case” – and we’d expct nothing less from the author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. To win a copy, tell us the name of the actor who fronted the TV adaptation of Mr Whicher

Alison Macleod is back with All the Beloved Ghosts, her first collection of short stories since Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction – and we like the new one even half as Fifteen Modern Tales…, well, that will be a whole lot. You can win a copy of All the Beloved Ghosts if you tell us where Alison is Professor of Contemporary Fiction …

Highly anticipated is not the word for George Saunder’s debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Saunder’s phantasmagoric tale about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War, is currently right at the top of our ‘books we’d like to read, please’ list. To win a copy, tell us which Saunder’s book features a burr-like creature known for irritating goats…

Those lovely people at Pushkin Press have very generously sent three copies of Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami our way – you’ll remember Kawakami was responsible for both Strange Weather in Tokyo and The Nakano Thrift Shop, two books we liked enormously. To win a copy tell us which prize Strange Weather… won in 2014.


We got an almighty kick out of Heinz Helle’s debut Superabundance last year and we’re definitely intrigued by his latest book to be translated into English. You fancy getting your hands on a copy of Euphoria, you tell us who us responsible for the translation…

Another book earning a lot in the way of advance praise from across the pond is Katie Kitamura’s A Separation, with the Millions calling it ‘the (literary) Gone Girl of 2016′. To win a copy tell us which Booker Prize nominated author described the book thus, “Hemingway’s returned to life and this time, he’s a woman.”

Molly Prentiss’ novel Tuesday Nights in 1980 also earned some great reviews on its release in hardback and now it’s out in paperback we expect more of you to get your hands on it. To start the ball rolling we have three to give away to the lucky punters who can tell us where Prentiss grew up…

Exit West is Mohsin Hamid’s latest and describes itself as “An extraordinary story of love and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond…” You can win yourself a copy if you tell us the title of Hamid’s most recent nonfiction work…

We loved Ross Raisin’s first two books, God’s Own Country and Waterline, and we have high hopes indeed for his third book, A Natural (even if it is about football). To be in with a chance of winning tell us which two David Peace novels had the beautiful game as their backdrop…

And last but by no means least, we have The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott. We’ve liked Arnott since The Long Firm and his latest, which strikes us as being something of a mash-up of Moll Flanders and the kind of boy’s own adventures that Alan Moore is so fond of, looks unlikely to disappoint. You can win a copy if you tell us which of his novels dramatised an incident in the life of the writer and occultist Aleister Crowley.

Please send your answers to winbooksatbookmunch@gmail.com. Closing date for entries is the last day of March 2017.

Please include your name and address with your entry. Good luck!




Coming soon on Bookmunch

The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

Vicious Circle by CJ Box

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Everywoman by Jess Phillips

Sticks Angelica by Michael Deforge

Slipping by John Toomey

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

The Evening Road by Laird Hunt


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