Saturday, 28 July 2012

A Gallico Giveaway!

The lovely people at Bloomsbury have got in touch with me: they have eights sets of Mrs. Harris MP and Mrs. Harris Goes To Moscow to give away, and decided that the wonderful readers of Stuck-in-a-Book were the right types to receive them!  Trâm-Anh knew that I loved Gallico's novels Coronation and Love of Seven Dolls, and though somehow I've only just started Mrs. Harris series (halfway through Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris and loving it), it was always more in the way of saving-something-brilliant than uncertain-I'll-enjoy.

So, if you live in the UK and fancy the chance to win those two books (pictured below, in situ in Bloomsbury's offices - aren't they striking and gorgeous?) just leave a comment with the place you'd most like to visit, but have yet to see.  (Mine, by the way, is vague - Scandinavia.)


I know that quite a few people have trouble commenting here - if you want to enter but can't comment, email me simondavidthomas[at]yahoo.co.uk and I'll put you in the draw.

In about a week's time, I'll do a draw.  Good luck!  With eight sets of two to win, your chances are pretty good... do feel free to spread the word :)

41 comments:

  1. Prince Edward Island so I can see the home of Anne of Green Gables

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  2. ooh lovey I'd love them Simon. So many places I'd like to visit and haven't yet - right at the top of my list woud probably be Norway or Iceland.

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  3. So many places, so little time! Russia or Cuba for me.

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  4. I have read both these books and found them very entertaining, particularly Mrs. Harris goes to Paris. It is called Flowers for Mrs Harris in the vintage Penguin book series. I also read Mrs Harris goes to Washington which was funny as well. I read them last year before I started doing TravellinPenguin so have not reviewed them there.
    I am heading to South America (Chile,Peru,Boliva and ARgentine) in less than 2 weeks- why I have not been blogging as much but plan to blog up book/literature/travel experiences as I go so stay tuned. ALL the best. Pam (want to go to Mongolia sometime)

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    1. Enjoy Peru. In my opinion it is the best country in the world!

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  5. For me The Falkland Islands to see the wildlife, the people and remember those who lost their lives for UK to remain their sovereign country.

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  6. Oh dear, I seem to be the only person in the entire world who hates Mrs Harris...

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  7. Oh these are gorgeous editions! There are so many places that I would love to visit but haven't yet. Thailand, Vietnam and Japan are top of my list at the moment. I would also love to visit all the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites in America, as well as Louisa May Alcott's house.

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  8. I have Mrs Harris Goes to Paris,so I'd love to be in the draw. I am incredibly under-travelled so the world is very much my oyster. I'd like to go to San Francisco one day and I'd love to see Tuscany in the spring.

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  9. I love Mrs Harris!! I want to go to San Francisco so I can ride the tram and sing the song from Meet me in St Louis...clang clang clang with the trolley...

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  10. Sign me up! I'm hankering for Italy, myself. Rome, Florence, Campania.

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  11. What delightful editions - and I've been meaning to read some of the 'Mrs Harris' series for some time now. I am woefully under-travelled, I must admit, but I think that Argentina is top of my list of places I'd love to visit at some point - ooh - and East Hampton, New York so I can stalk the Barefoot Contessa.

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  12. I haven't read any of the Mrs Harris books, but Paul Gallico's The Small Miracle is a beautiful book. I'd like to go to Venice (haven't been there), or anywhere in Italy (I've been to a few places but would happily re-visit).

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  13. I'd love to go to Copenhagen (thanks to The Killing and Borgen I now have the mistaken belief I could even communicate in Danish). Also New Zealand because it looks so beautiful! Failing that, I'd read the Mrs Harris books anywhere!(LOVED the first 2). Thanks for the chance!

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  14. New Zealand....one day....perhaps....thanks for the draw

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  15. If I could visit anywhere it would be Russia. I've been fairly obsessed with the place and its culture since my teens but never, alas, have been lucky enough for a visit. Life and family got in the way and I think it unlikely I will ever get to go. Some of my favourite authors are Russian - Mayakovsky, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekhov - and something about the country and its people, its art and its soul seems to speak to me.

    Lovely idea for a draw Simon and I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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  16. New England in the Fall would be my destination especially Vermont which is Dorothy Canfield's adopted state, an author I love.

    Thanks Simon for the draw.

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  17. I too would like to go to Prince Edward Island, or alternatively Trelew, Patagonia - my great-grandfather emigrated there in the 19th century, leaving his family in Wales. He planned to send for them when he had enough money, but he & his wife each made new lives for themselves, so my grandfather stayed in Wales with his mother.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win these beautiful books.

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  18. I didn't even know there were Mrs Harris books after the first two! I'm another one for Prince Edward Island, or else to see some of the sites where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived.

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  19. Hi,
    what a nice idea Simon! The place I'd love to visit is Iceland. It's not that far so hopefully one day I will have a chance.
    Good luck to everyone!

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  20. I would love to visit Egypt and to see where the Egyptian civilisation began (Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Luxor) and do the whole Nile cruise a la Agatha Christie!

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  21. I would love to visit Eudora Welty's home in Jackson Mississippi. A little nearer home I would love to visit Scandanavia.

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  22. Ah, a difficult choice... However I think if someone where to offer me a ticket to anywhere in the world, I would most like to visit some of the vast lakes and forests of Canada.

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  23. Mine is Iceland. I studied Old Icelandic (as you do) as part of my English degree, having loved the mythology and wanting to get started on the sagas. Although I wasn't the best student, I did love the sagas and cemented a life-long friendship with my friend Nick (23 years and still going) who was in my class (of three). I read all I can on Iceland, could pronounce the name of That Volcano and have recently started re-reading the sagas ... but I have still never managed to go there.

    Liz

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  24. I enjoyed the first two Mrs Harris books and would love to read more about her. The Chalet School books by Brent-Dyer were favourites when I was a child and turned me in to an avid reader. So it would have to be the Austrian Tyrol for me where the early ones in the series were set.

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  25. Very generous of you to share - after all these exotic places I think mine would be in good old Blighty - Sissinghurst.

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  26. There are two places at the top of my wishlist at the moment: Weimar and Venice.

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  27. Currently top of the list is Lapland. Hope to take my small children there next year to meet father christmas.

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  28. There are lots of places on my list, but I think I'd nominate Japan.

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  29. I'd like to go to Guernsey to visit another Chalet School location. (I've been to Austria and Hereford and South Wales are quite easily accessible.)

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  30. Oh, Simon, this is a tough call there are SO many but my first thought was San Fransisco, so I'll go that. Thanks. Barbara

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  31. Hello Simon, lovely giveaway! I would love love love to travel through France for a month or so.
    pastorjuliamodarressi@yahoo.com

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  32. What a cool offer ... Mrs Harris is an engaging companion on any of my holidays ! (could not go anywhere without a book)
    I reread them all earlier this year and my library had to get them out of archive !
    Would love to island hop in the greek isles for a few weeks.
    Many thanks, Angela

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  33. I'm entering with a UK address of a friend! the books are irresistible!

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  34. I'm surprised no-one else has picked my dream destination of India. I've read so many novels set there from Kipling and Forster via Rumer Godden to Rohinton Mistry. I want to visit and see it for myself.
    DebW

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  35. What a fab giveaway! I've always wanted to visit Venice.....maybe one day!
    Sarie F

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  36. I've always wanted to visit Venice.....maybe one day!

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  37. How exciting that there are more Mrs Harris books, and such beautiful ones! I've only read the first two - but I still haven't been to New York, so that's my choice of place to go. (If the competition is still open!).
    Katrina

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  38. I've wanted to go to Prague for about twenty years now since seeing a photo of a fascinating looking Prague junk/antique shop in a magazine. I bet it's not even there now!

    Also Sienna!

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