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  • blog imageblog imageDonna Hay is the author of 21 top-selling books -- including Seasons and Fast, Fresh, Simple -- translated into nine languages, the editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly donna hay magazine, host of her own television series and creator of a homeware collection with Royal Doulton. As a working mum with two young boys, Donna's simple yet delicious approach to food and entertaining has set a benchmark in food publishing and continues to inspire a new generation of cooks. Her latest book, simple dinners, comes complete with over 140 new recipes, clever ideas and speedy solutions for every day. It is food for every cook, every food-lover and every occasion.

    With thanks to Hardie Grant Books, we are offering one lucky winner a range of donna hay for Royal Doulton homeware, a versatile table and kitchenware collection that gives every day entertaining and special occasions a relaxed yet sophisticated style. The prize includes the tea story cake stand in crisp bone china, glassware cake stand dome, and white cake cooler. One runner-up will receive a copy of Donna's latest book, simple dinners. For your chance to win, simply answer the question below. Competition ends Thursday 13 December, midnight GMT.

    Update -- winner: Susan Corboy

    Runner-up: Isobel Eames

    Competition now closed

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    The Hobbit started life as a spontaneous scribble in the margin of an exam paper that J.R.R. Tolkien was marking as a way of supplementing his academic salary. It grew in the early 1930s into a fully fledged adventure story, initially to entertain his own children and ultimately as a book that would entertain millions of readers in every corner of the world. For a hobbit who was reticent even to go out of his front door, Bilbo Baggins has travelled further and more widely than even Tolkien could have imagined.
    Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...

    To celebrate the film release of The Hobbit, we are giving you the chance to win heaps of Tolkien goodies. Answer the question below to be in with a chance to win. Competition ends Friday 14 December, midnight GMT.

    Update -- winners: 1. Alexandre Maki 2. Sanna Nurkka

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    First prize

    Lord of the Rings deluxe edition, Hobbit deluxe edition

    Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Audio CD collection

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    Second prize

    Hobbit film tie-in edition, Visual companion, Official movie guide

    Hobbit clothbound edition, Art of The Hobbit

    Competition now closed

  • Win Wimpy Kid books and DVDs

    Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:57

    blog imageblog imageTo celebrate the publication of the seventh incredible book in Jeff Kinney's blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, we are offering you the chance to win one of 10 copies specially dedicated with YOUR name and signed by Jeff Kinney himself! Plus, we'll send every winner a copy of the most recent film, Dog Days, on DVD as well. All just in time for a perfect Christmas gift for Wimpy fans!

    In The Third Wheel, a Valentine's Day dance at Greg's school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he's worried he'll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn't have any prospects either but that's small consolation. Then an unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who's going to be lucky in love...

    Check out this video of Jeff Kinney introducing The Third Wheel:

    Competition ends Friday November 23, midnight GMT.

    Update -- winners:

    Helen Logan, Carolyn, Nurlan Kennedy, Kim HarrisWildman, Nikki Sleeth

    Carol Carroll, Tanya Olive, Andrew Porteous, Paula, Britt Mathisen

    Competition now closed

  • Win a pair of Killer Slippers

    Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:19

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    You know how you've always wanted slippers that look like swans? Well now's your chance to win a pair and the Killer Slippers book too so you can make your own! This is from the book's description:

    Wild and wacky but wickedly wearable, the slippers found in this delightful book are guaranteed to brighten up your day. With over a dozen awesome projects - from a pair of chugging boats to slippers truly fit for a King (or Queen) - these wondrous slippers are all designed by Nick Godlee, a top Broadway musical costume maker, to enable you to slink around your home taking on a different persona every day. With easy-to-find materials and fully illustrated instructions that are both simple and clear, along with fabulous full-page colour shots of the finished products, this magical book will bring out the fanciful fool inside us all!

    All you have to do is answer the simple question below by Monday 26th November to be in with a chance to win.

    Competition now closed

  • Put your Stetson cap on

    Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:25

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    Our new competition gives you the chance to win a signed special edition of CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-one Exam Guide and a Stetson hat!

    IT technicians recognise this classic reference as the #1 resource and test preparation guide for CompTIA A+ certification. The Eighth Edition of Mike Meyers' bestseller covers the new 2012 exam topics and new performance-based exam questions.

    Enjoy the QA with the author and check out the competition right below. Ends Thursday November 29, midnight GMT.

    1) When did you first become interested in computers/what is your first memory of them?

    Believe it or not I was around back in the early 1980s when the CPM operating system popular. I built a system using an S-100 bus and dual 8" floppy drives.

    2) What makes your books different from other A+ titles on the market?

    Because I am first and foremost an instructor, my books are written to help me teach IT.

    3) What do you do when you're not writing?

    I don't understand this question! ;)

    4) What is your favourite book/author?

    I'm a huge history fan. Right now I'm enjoying Winston Churchill's memoirs.

    blog image5) You are known for your great writing, eccentricity and your Stetson - is there a particular reason why you wear a Stetson?

    I live in hot, sunny Houston, TX. It's either the Stetson or SPF50 on my bald head!

    6) Why do you think people should take the A+ exam?

    Because the A+ is the de facto method for someone in the IT industry to show the world they have the basic skills necessary to fix computers. It's how you get in the door in the computer business.

    7) How is the 8/e All-in-One different to its predecessor?

    It's fully updated to cover the new 220-801 and 220-802 A+ exams that came out just this month.

    Update -- winner: Douglas Whitlow

    Competition now closed

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