As September draws to a close we don’t want you to miss out on two amazing prizes you could win. Today is your last chance to win a beautiful Hilary Mantel book pack or a signed copy of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl!
Hilary Mantel and Gillian Flynn couldn’t be more different as writers, but they do share a couple of traits, both selling millions and millions of copies worldwide, and garnering nearly unanimous critical acclaim.
All you need to do is buy Hilary Mantel’s brilliant new book The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, or the film tie-in of Gillian Flynn’s gripping Gone Girl by the end of the day to go in the draws!
by Hilary Mantel
Review by Caroline Baum
There’s a crisp no-nonsense tone to this collection of contemporary short stories by the woman many regard as the Queen of Historical Fiction.
Here Mantel proves she can shift from the world of royal ermine and Tudor palace intrigue to that of a twentieth century London sniper co-opting a window to take aim, an expat wife surprised by a visitor in a Saudi apartment block and a child remembering her first sighting of a not-quite-normal-looking baby.
Her writing is full of memorable descriptive observations: a girl with her hair tied in a ribbon slipped sideways so that ‘her head looked like a badly tied parcel’ .
Mantel deploys her prose with steely precision and briskness, like a very efficient matron. You are never left in any doubt as to who is the boss here and it is a wonderful experience to surrender control to her formidable talents.
by Gillian Flynn
THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT
Who are you? What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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