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    Insight Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 40 years. What makes them different is their beautiful travel photography and their focus on history and culture -- together they create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure. With hundreds of full-colour titles covering 200 destinations around the world, plan your trip of a lifetime with Insight Guides.
    Now Insight Guides are giving you the chance to win a lovely Canon IXUS digital camera, so you can snap away! Just answer the question below to be in with a chance to win. Competition ends Monday 27 May, midnight BST.

    Good luck and bon voyage!

    Update 28/5/13 -- winner: Charlotte Hodson

    Competition now closed

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    Have you seen these beauties?

    Voyager Classics publishes timeless masterworks of science fiction and fantasy. Their beautiful clothbound editions of classics from The Hobbit to Neuromancer have made us sigh. Here is your chance to be one of the three winners that will receive a full set!

    Just answer the question below to be in with a chance to win. Competition ends Monday 27 May, midnight BST.

    Update -- winners: Jeff Iovannone, Liolios Emmanouil, Hayden Andrews

    Competition now closed

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    We are going through quite a food-loving phase here at the Book Depository, so thought we'd test your literary palate with a delicious food quiz!
    The winner will receive an extremely handy KitchenAid stand mixer courtesy of the beloved Clandestine Cake Club so that they can bake up a storm. (And maybe send us a cake?)
    Just take the quiz below to be in with a chance to win! Competition ends Thursday May 23, midnight BST.

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    Update 14/5/13 Hannibal's beverage of choice is different in the book and the film adaptation. Either way, the correct answer is the same!

    Update -- winner: Vicky Conlon

    Correct answers

    Q1 According to Roald Dahl, breakfast cereal is made of:

    Those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners

    Q2 In Great Expectations Miss Havisham's wedding cake was:

    Rotten to the core

    Q3 Which of the following is not a Harry Potter delicacy:

    Cat's Pyjamas

    Q4 Fill in the Hannibal Lecter quote: 'I ate his ___ with some fava beans and a nice Amarone.'


    Q5 In Gulliver's Travels the dispute between Lilliputians and Blefuscudians is about:

    How to break an egg

    Q6 What is the special bread made by the Elves in Lord of the Rings called?

    Lembas (also called Waybread)

    Q7 Lacasa is...

    A sort of nectar famous in Oz

    Q8 "Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant" is a quote from:

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Q9 What did Marcel Proust use in In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past) to introduce the theme of involuntary memory?


    Q10 Which of the following is NOT a drink from a book? Trick question, they all are!

    Competition now closed

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    For this competition, we would love to hear from the little ones! Ask your children/siblings/nieces/etc. who their favourite book hero and villain is and share it with us! From The Little Prince and Pippi Longstocking to Lord Voldemort and the White Witch, there is a loving (or scary) place for everyone. The results will be featured (anonymously) in one of our upcoming new bookmarks.
    The winner will receive a pile of wonderful children's books tailored to the child's age. Competition ends on Tuesday May 14, midnight BST. May the best hero and the worst villain win.

    Update 16/5/13: The winner is Marnie Offord. The exciting results of our survey will be shared at a later stage.

    Competition now closed

  • Check out the shortlisted entries here!

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    40 years ago newlyweds Tony and Maureen Wheeler completed an overland trip from London to Australia. It was too amazing an experience to keep to themselves. Urged on by their friends, they created their first travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap. Within a week they'd sold 1,500 copies, and Lonely Planet was born. Forty years and over hundred million guidebooks later, Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher, with over 500 titles available across 9 languages.

    To celebrate 40 years of amazing travel experiences Lonely Planet are sponsoring this great competition. Lonely Planet books have always been known for their distinctive, evocative covers and now it's your chance to have your very own! Simply take a photo that encapsulates the spirit of your local street, village, town, city, or region and that you think would make a great Lonely Planet guidebook cover. The winner will be the entry that best conveys a flavour of a place, or a different take on the obvious; and which contains rich authoritative visual information about the destination, with a strong point of focus, bold composition, and colour. The winning image will be respectful and will have been taken with an awareness of the cultural sensitivities of the place.

    The winner will receive an Olympus PEN E-PL5 + a body cap lens + a case. They will also get a poster of their image, mocked up as a Lonely Planet guidebook cover to their destination! 10 runners up will also receive a poster of their image, mocked up as a Lonely Planet guidebook cover!

    To enter:

    • - Select your best photo.
    • - Title it with your surname and location of the photo.
    • - Head over to our Group flickr page and upload to the group.
    • - Then enter your email address, name and the location of the photo below.

    Best of luck and the competition closes Friday 3 May midnight BST. We'll compile a shortlist and the winner will be announced on Friday 17 May.

    UPDATE: 8 May - The competition is now closed. Check out the shortlisted entries here!

    UPDATE: The Winner!

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    Competition now closed

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