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    Our Book of the Week feature is now three years old! To celebrate we're giving away all the books from the past year to one lucky winner. (Crane required to carry them around not included.)

    We asked our lovely graphic designers to design some new jackets from our Book of the Week list in a minimalist style. They came up with these eight. All you need to do is discover which eight book covers we've taken the liberty of redesigning. We've listed all the books along with bigger versions of our covers on a separate page.

    We hope you enjoy our feature as much as we do. Here's to many happy returns and bookish discoveries!

    Competition closes on Thursday 21 November, midnight GMT. Good luck!

    Update 11/4/13: please don't worry if you did not get the verification message after submitting, your entries are documented and you will not be disqualified if you had to resubmit.

    Update 22/11/13 Answers:

    1. Underwater Dogs 2. The Green Kitchen 3. The Last Days of Detroit (US edition Detroit City Is the Place to Be) 4. The Divine Comedy 5. Secret Garden 6. Apocalypse 7. Heavenly Bodies 8. Bitter Greens

    Winner: Christian Edding Thank you all for participating, we hope you enjoyed it!

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    Competition now closed

    Posted by Anna Anna

    Categories: competition, books of the week

    Books of the Week

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    1. 1. No purchase necessary. Proof of entering is not proof of receipt of entry.

      2. To be eligible, entries must be received on or before the competition closing date. All entries shall become the property of The Book Depository, and their directors, officers, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies are not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

      3. The competition is open to all excluding residents of Italy. Parents/guardians must submit the entry for those under the age of 16. Images must not contain photographs of minors without an adult's consent.

      4. The prize winner will be decided by The Book Depository. The Book Depository will not enter into correspondence about the choice of winner.

      5. The competition ends as specified on the competition page -- no entry received after that time will be considered. The winner will be announced as specified on the competition page. There is one prize

      6. The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

      7. The prize winner will be notified by telephone/email. If the selected entrant does not meet all of the contract conditions, another entrant will be selected from the remaining eligible entries.

      8. The competitions are not open to employees of The Book Depository and their sponsors or their immediate families.

      9. By entering the contest, entrants, consent to the use of their names, city of residence, photograph and/or image for publicity purposes in all media carried out by The Book Depository, without payment or compensation.

      10. The decisions of the contest judges are final. The prize must be accepted as awarded.

      11. The right is reserved to terminate or withdraw this contest at any time.

      12. All entries become the property of The Book Depository, who assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the promotional period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received by The Book Depository on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. The Book Depository reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the email portion of this contest should a virus or bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of The Book Depository corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, The Book Depository reserve the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered within any way. Entrants agree to abide by the Contest Rules and the decisions of the independent judging panel, which are final.

      13. Entries must be submitted by the named entrant (or their parent/guardian for children aged 16 or under) and will be invalid if found to come from a third party. Multiple entries from a single source (e.g 'competition entry' website/company) will be disqualified.

      14. For name/county of prize winner, please send a stamped addressed envelope marked The Book Depository, Thames Central, Hatfield Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1QE. No entries should be sent to this address.

      15. Entry to the competition is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

      16. The email address and phone number you provide to enter the competition will be used by us to contact you if necessary, and will not be shared with other companies. The Book Depository will only use your email address in compliance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and in accordance with our privacy policy.

      17. The Promoters have organised these prize draws in good faith and do not accept liability relating to the prize.

    Comments

    1. Caitlin Moushall's avatar Caitlin Moushall

      I got all of them right! I'm so proud and I didn't even win - this was a really great competition - thank you!!

      Posted Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:35
    2. K. van Dam's avatar K. van Dam

      8I still don't really get 4... Though I think I did guess that one right... However I was quite convinced 8 was a beard (Or "The Gigantic Beard that was Evil"). Was actually one of the firsts I had figured out (or so I thought)... Shame... Could have stopped puzzling there :P Ah well. It was fun.

      Posted Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:05
    3. Christian Edding's avatar Christian Edding

      YES!!!! I cant believe I won a competition! I bought 8 books and entered a competition, and suddenly 60 books arrived. Thank you. Now I don't need to enter another, because I don't think I'll win again...

      Posted Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:57
    4. Lyubomir Gizdov's avatar Lyubomir Gizdov

      That was a fun competition! I did not win, but I got them all right. It took me some time and it was entertaining, so I hope for more competitions like this in the future. :)

      Posted Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:49
    5. hodgeheg's avatar hodgeheg

      I thought 6 was Map of Days and 4 was Trick of Treat. I felt quite confident about those two answers too...

      Posted Sun, 01 Dec 2013 15:09
    6. Margé's avatar Margé

      Congrats to Christian Edding!!!! Marvelous competition - please more like these! Although I did get the 3rd one wrong I enjoyed this little brainteaser a lot!

      Posted Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:23
    7. Caroline O'Donovan's avatar Caroline O'Donovan

      Thank you Colleen

      Posted Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:17
    8. Colleen Baran's avatar Colleen Baran

      #4 has 9 red circles like the nine circles of hell in Dante's Divine Comedy.

      Posted Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:40
    9. Caroline O'Donovan's avatar Caroline O'Donovan

      Same here. I dont understand no. 4, if anyone could explain it would be great.

      Posted Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:06
    10. cornelia sima's avatar cornelia sima

      @Janet McKnight no. 3 is the logo of OCP - the ones who created Robocop. Police officer that was turned into robocop served in the Detroit police dept, hence the Detroit book. no. 8 - check the description of Btter Greens. It makes reference to Rapunzel The one I don't understand is no. 4 :)

      Posted Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:11
    11. Janet McKnight's avatar Janet McKnight

      Can anybody explain the answers?? I don't get 3 or 8 at all! :-(

      Posted Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:22
    12. Colleen Baran's avatar Colleen Baran

      I just looked at this on the iPad and found that it is now showing "Detroit is the place to be" but when I looked at it on my computer (when I was submitting) it had showed "The last days of Detroit" in that spot. Which book is in the contest?

      Posted Fri, 22 Nov 2013 02:58
    13. Maria Messruther's avatar Maria Messruther

      I found some easy and some difficult fingers crossed i got them right I enjoyed having to think about what the books could be and during it i found some books I must read.

      Posted Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:55
    14. Sandra Costa's avatar Sandra Costa

      Loved the brain teaser! More please :D

      Posted Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:08
    15. Stefan van der Sterren's avatar Stefan van der Sterren

      First I was like ???, then the first one hit me and it went pretty smooth from there on out. Was a very nice challenge :)

      Posted Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:54
    16. Margé's avatar Margé

      More competitions like these, PLEASE :) Super fun little brain teaser!!!

      Posted Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:20
    17. Wendy Timms's avatar Wendy Timms

      That was super fun... Not confident at all (gave it my best - what a wonderful selection of books) but cannot wait to see the answers - PLEASE post the answers at the end of the comp!

      Posted Wed, 20 Nov 2013 01:08
    18. Olga Naidenova's avatar Olga Naidenova

      It all very much depends on the designers sense of humor ...

      Posted Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:47
    19. Sharon's avatar Sharon

      I love Agatha!!!

      Posted Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:20
    20. Elaine Firmin's avatar Elaine Firmin

      Fantastic competition! Will the answers be posted so we can see if we got them right? :))

      Posted Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:10
    21. Trudi Sommers's avatar Trudi Sommers

      Soooo much fun, finally got them......I think!

      Posted Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:52
    22. Samantha Low Choy's avatar Samantha Low Choy

      A fun way to read up on lots of books. Makes you read way more carefully... I loved that some required persistence and others were ambiguous. Thanks to clue from a reader re: referring to other books!

      Posted Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:41
    23. Luigi Pagano's avatar Luigi Pagano

      Quite challenging and a lot of fun. Clever clues.

      Posted Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:11
    24. Aroha Body's avatar Aroha Body

      This has definitely been the most enjoyable BD competition I have participated in to date! I hope to see more challenging competitions like these in the future. :)

      Posted Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:48
    25. Katie Mitchell's avatar Katie Mitchell

      Oh my! Number 4 all makes sense now!

      Posted Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:37

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