GIVEAWAY: The Girl on the Page by John Purcell

by |July 11, 2018

Girl on the Page by John PurcellGiveaway time! Here at Booktopia, we’re extremely excited about an upcoming novel called The Girl on the Page – written by our very own John Purcell.

Yes. Our boss has written a book!

A lot of staff members at Booktopia have read The Girl on the Page and the responses have been unanimously BIG. We have laughed. We have cried. We have felt slightly awkward about the “lashings of sex.” We have yelled “WHY????!!!!” and “HOW DARE YOU!!! after having our emotions utterly destroyed by this bold, beautiful, heart-breaker of a book.

One Booktopia staff member (who shall remain nameless) may even have been moved to physical violence.  (Don’t worry. Nobody was hurt.)

The Girl on the Page is about the consequences of selling out and what it means to write for the market as opposed to writing from life and for the soul. Speaking of souls … reading this book might just break yours. Consider yourself warned.


Thank you to everyone who entered and to Harper Collins Australia for providing the Advance Reading Copies! We ran out of copies in 20 minutes!!

To the lucky folks who got in quickly enough to get a copy, we would love to hear your thoughts. Please post your reviews on Booktopia and Goodreads.

The Girl on the Page is coming out on the 24th of Spetember and is available to pre-order now. 

Click here to pre-order your copy!

John PurcellThe Girl on the Page
by John Purcell

Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption. A punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature, from industry insider, John Purcell.

Amy Winston is a hard-drinking, bed-hopping, hot-shot young book editor on a downward spiral. Having made her name and fortune by turning an average thriller writer into a Lee Child, Amy is given the unenviable task of steering literary great Helen Owen back to publication.

When Amy knocks on the door of their beautiful townhouse in north west London, Helen and her husband, the novelist Malcolm Taylor, are conducting a silent war of attrition. The townhouse was paid for with the enormous seven figure advance Helen was given for the novel she wrote to end fifty years of making ends meets on critical acclaim alone. The novel Malcolm thinks unworthy of her. The novel Helen has yet to deliver. The novel Amy has come to collect.

Amy has never faced a challenge like this one. Helen and Malcolm are brilliant, complicated writers who unsettle Amy into asking questions of herself – questions about what she values, her principles, whether she has integrity, whether she is authentic. Before she knows it, answering these questions becomes a matter of life or death.

From ultimate book industry insider, John Purcell, comes a literary page-turner, a razor-sharp, fast-paced novel that cuts to the core of what it means to balance ambition and integrity. With lashings of sex, glamour, bad behaviour and wicked publishing insider references, The Girl on the Page is a muscular, juicy and provocative novel that is all about what really matters in life, and the redemptive power of great literature.

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Sarah McDuling is Booktopia's Senior Content Producer and Editor of The Booktopian Blog. She has been in the bookselling game for almost a decade and a dedicated booklover since birth (potentially longer). At her happiest when reading a book, Sarah also enjoys talking/writing/tweeting about books. In her spare time, she often likes to buy a lot of books and take photographs of books. You can follow her on Twitter and Instragram @sarahmcduling

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  • Carol Mason

    July 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Would be intrigued to read this exciting title

  • Tanya Berglund

    July 11, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I’d love an advanced copy of The girl on the Page.

  • Caroline Gunnulson

    July 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  • Malvina Yock

    July 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Yes please, would love a copy!

  • Janelle Pointing

    July 26, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Just read The Girl on the Page and here I was thinking I was going to sit down with a cuppa and read this gentle meander through someone’s literary journey and then it smacks me in the face. It’s gritty and doesn’t have the kindest outlook on life but well worth the read. I couldn’t put it down.

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