Feb/March 2018 Competitions

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We have three copies of the pb of Amanda Craig’s latest novel, The Lie of the Land – a sturdy tale of credit crunch, casual racism and downsizing in Devon – if you want a copy (and why wouldn’t you?), simply tell us which fairytale apparently underpins the novel that Craig is writing now… (clue: she mentions it on her website…)

Erik Kriek’s graphic interpretation of five murder ballads, In the Pines, will tickle the fancy of anyone who likes the odd grim tale of derring do on the high seas or at the end of a noose. You want a copy of your very own, tell us who sang the song the book takes its title from…

James Lasdun’s The Fall Guy hits the paperback stands in March (and we’ll be reviewing it to coincide with that) – but all indications point to this being the kind of sexy European mystery lapped up by fans of either Rupert Thompson or French cinema. You want one? Tell us the title of Lasdun’s stalker memoir…

The Music Shop, which also emerges in paperback, is bestselling author Rachel Joyce’s ‘go’ at a High Fidelity type novel (we’re lapping it up as we type these very words). To be in with a chance of winning, tell us the title of Joyce’s short story collection…

Mighty Jim Crace as he is known in our house is back with a new novel, The Melody, which seems to marry the jazzy feel of All That Follows to the creepy anything-can-happen vibe of The Pesthouse. We’ll be reviewing in time for publication but you can win a copy if you tell us which of Crace’s books won the 1986 Whitbread First Novel award…

Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad has taken a bit of a while to make it to these shores but we’re really glad it has (as our imminent review will make very clear!). If you want to celebrate the 200th anniversary of a certain book by dabbling with Saadawi’s very up to the minute reworking, tell us what other modern monster was fashioned at the Villa Diodati at the same time as Mary Shelley’s modern Prometheus…

Ah, a George Saunders novel. How happy we were. How happy we are. Having just re-read Lincoln in the Bardo, we can confirm that it is as good second time through (or third time through if you count listening to the audiobook, which we highly recommend). If you’ve been waiting for the paperback to dabble, now is your chance. All you need to do is tell us: where is Saunders a professor at?

Our Val loved Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine on its first release so we thought we would dispense some largesse and share a handful of copies around now that it’s out in pb. To win a copy, tell us which publication O’Connell is a columnist for…

Those very nice people at 4th Estate have given us five copies of Gregory Norminton’s The Devil’s Highway – and as Norminton is part of Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine’s Dark Mountain project… well, that alone makes The Devil’s Highway of interest. We’ll be reviewing very soon but you can win a copy if you tell us which Bruce Chatwin novel Norminton adapted for the radio…

Last but by no means least, we have a new novel by Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin, Don’t Skip Out on Me, which is a slightly harder tale than even Willy has told before, and graces these shores a few months before the cinema adaptation of – what? You tell us which of Willy’s books has just been made into a film and you might win one!

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

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

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