Nov/Dec Competitions


The fifth outing of Bryan Talbot’s Grandville series, entitled Grandville: Force Majeure, finds our hero embroiled in gang wars that run like a cross between the Krays and Devil Dinosaur (it’ll make sense when you read it). You can put yourself in with a chance of winning if you tell us who invented the Bash Street Kids…

Another graphic outing arrives in the shape of Hamid Sulaiman’s Freedom Hospital, which is set in Syria during Arab Spring and is, according to Stephen Collins, “a powerful and moving introduction to the realities of war in Syria.” To win a copy, tell us who wrote Chicken with Plums.

New York Times bestseller, A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles is (according to Louise Erdrich) “an old fashioned sort of romance, filled with delicious detail. Save this precious book for times you really, really want to escape reality”. If that sounds up your street, tell us which city Towles calls home.

Bookmunch favourite Joe Hill is back with Strange Weather, a collection of four novellas (would it be too crass to say it qualifies as Hill’s Different Seasons? probably). We have three to give away and you can bag one if you tell us the title of Hill’s favourite novel (clue: he mentions it in the afterword to this very book…)

James Patterson’s 25th Alex Cross novel, if you can believe it, is called The People Vs Alex Cross and finds our eponymous hero on the wrong side of the law, goddamn it! You can win a copy if you tell us which New York Times related world record Patterson holds…


Jarett Kobek – he of I Hate the Internet – is back with The Future Won’t Be Long, is “a sprawling, ecstatic elegy to New York, and to the friendships that have the power to change – and save – our lives”. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, tell us which decade the new novel is set in…

Richard Flanagan’s first novel since his Booker winning The Narrow Road to the Deep South, is called First Person and concerns a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject (which sounds a bit like Stephen King’s Dark Half but we’re sure probably isn’t!). To win a copy, tell us where Flanagan was born…

As baffling as a wardrobe of fish, the 18 hour special event that was Twin Peaks The Return was our televisual highlight of 2017 by some way (you can all keep your Stranger Things 2) and so we are THRILLED to get our hands on Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks Final Dossier. If you fancy getting your hands on one too, share with us an excerpt of the Woodsman’s broadcast…

The Loney‘s Andrew Michael Hurley is back with Devil’s Day, another slightly spooky oddity set in a rural location. We’ve got a review cooking as we speak (like a witches’ brew bubbling in the cauldron). You want one, tell us who wrote “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad” (clue: it’s an author Hurley has been known to read to his children).

Tom Lee’s The Alarming Palsy of James Orr is one of those books the description of which has us all going, “That is a book I want to read!” (here’s he description in question: “James Orr – husband, father, reliable employee and all round model citizen – wakes one morning to find himself quite transformed. There’s no way he can go into the office, and the doctors aren’t able to help. Waiting for the affliction to pass, he wanders the idyllic estate where he lives, with its pretty woodland, uniform streets and perfectly manicured lawns. But there are cracks in the veneer. And as his orderly existence begins to unravel, it appears that James himself may not be the man he thought he was.”) If you’re interest is as piqued as ours was, and you’d like to win a copy, tell us where Tom currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing.


If you’ve yet to sample the delights of Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series, you’re missing out (if you like the idea of fantastical police procedural). The Furthest Station is the latest outing and features “something going bump on the Metropolitan line”.  To win a copy, tell us the name of the ghost hunting dog,

Another guaranteed stocking filler for the end of 2017 is the new book from John Grisham, The Rooster Bar. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a copy, tell us which kind of law Grisham once specialised in.

Arriving on these shores with high praise from Margaret Atwood (who says, “This wrenching new novel by Jesmyn Ward digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare”), Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied Sing “brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America”. You want one? Tell us which grant Ward was awarded in 2017…

Another prize winner comes in the form of Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li, which just picked up the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize and she “won for her vivid account of the aftermath of a sexual assault”. You can be in with a chance of winning if you tell us what the Clear Lines Festival is.

Last but by no means least, we have Heather, the Totality, the debut novel from Mad Men scribe, Matthew Weiner. It’s a slim noirish slice of drama in the vein of Richard Yates. To win a copy of your very own, tell us who said: “I cringed and shuddered my way through this short, daring novel to its terrible inevitable end. Each neat, measured paragraph carpaccios its characters to get to the book’s heart – one of Boschian self-cannibalising isolation. A stunning novel. Heather, The Totality blew me away.”

Send your answers to Closing date is 21 December. Winners will be contacted shortly thereafter.