Sept/Oct Competitions


You may have already read what we thought about Ian McEwan’s latest, Nutshell (the short version is that we think it is very good and we like it a lot). If you would like to get your hands on a copy for your own sweet self, just tell us which of McEwan’s novels is set in Berlin…

The Sellout isn’t just one of the most hilarious American novels in years, it also might be the first truly great satirical novel of the century…”, “…is a work of genius, a satirical opus on race in 21st-century America…”, “…may end up being the smartest, funniest, and most important novel of 2016.” Paul Beatty’s Booker longlisted book may well be one of the best reviewed books of the year so far at any rate. If you’d like a chance of winning a copy, tell us who said the following about the book: “I fell apart with envy, hysterics, and flat-out awe…”

Another book longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize is Wyl Menmuir’s The Many and those lovely people at Salt books have agreed to give us three copies to put in the hands of our readers. If you would like to bag a copy for yourself, tell us which blasted hole of a town Wyl Menmuir was born in (thankfully he doesn’t live there now).

Eimear McBride arrived on the scene a couple of years back with A Girl is a Half-Formed and now she is back with her sophomore work, The Lesser Bohemians, and as you’d expect it is also getting some pretty laudatory reviews. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a copy of your very own, tell us which five prizes her debut earned…

‘This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver’ – so said The Independent about A Manual for Cleaning Women, a new collection of Lucia Berlin’s stories. To be in with a copy fill in the blank from the LRB review: “The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in mind of is the late…’ who?


Margaret Atwood has two books out this month – one of them, Hag-Seed, is the latest in Hogarth’s Shakespeare series, and is Atwood’s reimagining of The Tempest – and one is a graphic novel. You can be in with a chance of winning Hag-Seed if you tell us what the graphic novel is called…

Like Jonathan Franzen (and lots and lots of other people) we like Nell Zink a lot and we are super pleased that there is a new Zink book out – Nicotine. We have three copies to give away and you can win one if you tell us what year Zink was born.

Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing has secured its place on the Booker shortlist for this year and we have three copies to give away. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a copy, tell us the title of Thien’s debut novel published in 2006…

A not too distant future in which we face a new set of challenges is more often than not what we’d expect from speculative fiction – but Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus is nonfiction and it’s earning some pretty terrific reviews. If you want a chance to win, tell us what subject Harari began his career as a researcher of…

Last but by no means least, as any regular reader of Bookmunch will know, a new TC Boyle is a major cause for celebration and The Terranauts looks set to be one of his best. You can win a copy if you tell us who or what is a biosphere…


The deadline for these comps is the last day of October. Please send your answers to (and remember to include your name and address so we can send you a prize if you win).









Coming soon on Bookmunch

Wood Green by Sean Rabin

Himself by Jesse Kidd

Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood

Cove by Cynan Jones

All that Man Is by David Szalay

Glue Ponys by Chris Wilson

Utopia by Thomas More

Cormorance by Nick Hayes

The Terranauts by TC Boyle


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