Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Giveaway!

It's been a while since I did a giveaway - and this isn't even a publishers freebie, but a spare copy I had that I was going to give to a friend, who turned out to have already read it. Step forward, A Winter Book by Tove Jansson.


This wonderfully evocative collection of stories is set in Sweden and Finland, and though mostly in winter, also features stories from all the year round. I almost never feel a sense of place in what I read, but I did in A Winter Book.

And then the writing - Tove Jansson is never sentimental, but her writing is very honest, and very beautiful. Not floaty or over-wraught - I haven't encountered a style like hers, in fact, so I am at a loss to explain it - but I do know that she is one of my favourite writers, and that I love this collection. Not to mention the beautiful book itself, as are all the Sort Of Books publications I've encountered.

I wrote about A Winter Book - gosh - two and a half years ago. You can read what I wrote here, and it's got some little excerpts from the book too. But, let's face it, it's a free book we're talking about!


Pop your name in the comments, and at the weekend (or thereabouts) I'll do a draw and send A Winter Book flying off somewhere - feel free to enter wherever you are in the world. If Thomas Teal can translate this book, I can post it abroad. Ready, Steady... Go!

61 comments:

  1. Well I guess I'll be first.
    Susan in TX

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  2. Please enter me in the draw, thanks.

    Best wishes.

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  3. I read The Summer Book some time ago, and have this one on my TBR list. Please add me to the draw. Thanks.

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  4. I'm definitely in, thanks and Happy New Year. Ginny

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  5. Hi Simon, I would love to be in the draw and get better in touch with my Scandinavian heritage.

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  6. Please include me in the draw. I enjoyed reading The Summer Book some time ago.
    Best wishes, Gill

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  7. Would love to read this...!

    www.shishnit.org

    p.s. thanks for entertaining me always! I love book talk and no one in my real world ever wants to do so.

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  8. Here's hoping I win. Love The Summer Book.

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  9. Well, as long as everyone else is doing it...please enter me in the draw? The book looks very interesting and I would love to read it.

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  10. Put me on the list, too! (I never win anything, though.)

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  11. How fun! Please consider me officially entered.

    I am currently reading Miss Hargreaves and am loving it. Thanks for the review.

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  12. Oooh, I was just thinking about reading this today. I loved The Summer Book. Please put me in the draw. Thanks.

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  13. Marina McIntire28 January 2010 07:02

    I've been meaning to get hold of this one. I'd love to take it off your hands!

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  14. Please could I be entered in the draw too. Thanks, Karin

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  15. Please enter me into this draw. I read your review about this writer, and have just finished 'The True Deceiver' and I agree with you she is such a good writer.

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  16. I haven't read Tove since the Moomintrolls when I was a child so please enter me for this one Simon.

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  17. Ooh - enter me - I'm so wintered out that it would be good to have some reading to accompany it!

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  18. I love the Moomins, but haven't (yet) been able to get into Jansson's other work; please enter me in the draw!

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  19. Please add me too, Simon; I enjoyed The Summer Book, even if I didn't love it, and would like to read more Jansson (as well as The Moomins).

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  20. Oh, I would love to win this book! Sounds amazing!

    naomemandeflores@gmail.com

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  21. Please enter me, Simon. Thanks! (Love that cover.)

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  22. Oh please add me into the draw!

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  23. I'd love to be included in the draw!

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  24. Please consider my name "popped in".

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  25. Please include me in the draw, thanks!

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  26. Please add my name. Thanks! I've read The Summer Book but our library doesn't have a copy of this one.

    Pam

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  27. Me too, please. Christy in Seattle.

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  28. I love winter! Please enter me in the draw.

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  29. Hi Simon
    Count me in, please.

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  30. I would la la LOVE to win!

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  31. Please put me in too, thank you.
    Carole

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  32. Sounds like a fun read. Count me in.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  33. I would love to enter the draw, thank you, it sounds a lovely book.

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  34. this sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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  35. I'd love to read this, The Summer Book was so beautiful.

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  36. Love to discover new authors and this is one I have never read.

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  37. It sounds interesting, please include me.

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  38. This is ideal for my 'Lost in Translation' project - please include me in the draw

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  39. Well if you are really willing to send it back home (to Finland that is), I'd like to enter. I've only got one of her children's books and I haven't read any others.

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  40. please enter me - I'd love to read this book!

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  41. I'm intrigued with this book. Please count me in the draw.

    spamtrap27@internode.on.net

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  42. I love to read and this is a new to me. I would love to receive it.

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  43. I just discovered your wonderful blog and would love to enter this giveaway! Thanks :)

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  44. I would love to be entered. Thanks

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  45. I spent some time in Finland and loved it and the people - I'd love to win this
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  46. I always love a new book. This looks wonderful.

    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. Please toss my name in the hat as well.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  48. love book giveaways! please enter me.

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  49. Thanks for the chance to win
    mannasweeps (at))) gmaildotcom

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  50. Glad I made it in time for the giveaway.
    wakeupangel@gmail.com

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  51. I'd like to be added to the drawing. Thanks!

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  52. I love new books thank you for the contest

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  53. Would you include me in the draw pleae? Thank you!

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  54. Please include me in this contest and thank you very much for opening it for overseas readers.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  55. Not sure if it's too late to enter or not but I'd love to join if it's still open :o)

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  56. I hope I'm not too late, this looks like a good book.

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  57. Not sure if this draw is still going on, but if so I'd love to win this book!

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