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  • Win Moomins goodies

    Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:32

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    The Moomins are coming! Tove Jansson's cuddly Finnish trolls have experienced a surge of popularity lately, popping up in textiles, ceramics and toy shops around the world. But best of all, they have been appearing in new books.

    blog imageThe Moomin chapter books were first published between 1946 and 1970 -- originally in Jansson's native Swedish, with English editions appearing soon afterwards. Comet in Moominland is often seen as the first Moomin book, introducing the world to Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and the Snork Maiden. But really another Moomin story came first: Tove Jansson wrote Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen (The Moomins and the Great Flood) in 1945, but it was never published in English outside Scandinavia -- until now!

    The wonderful people at Sort Of Books have been digging up Moomin picture book gems over the last few years, starting with The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My, then Who Will Comfort Toffle? and finally The Dangerous Journey in 2010. And they've now brought the world an English translation of The Moomins and the Great Flood, in a beautiful hardback edition complete with original line drawings and sepia tints.

    blog imageThe Great Flood is a forerunner to the 8-book Moomin series, telling the tale of Moomintroll and Moominmamma venturing across strange lands in search of Moominpappa, taken to sea by the marauding Hattifatteners. It shares the same fantastical tone as Finn Family Moomintroll, with the Moomins discovering chocolate trees and marzipan pebbles, bespectacled storks and water serpents... and ultimately a very happy ending in Moominvalley.

    Image (c)Tove Jansson/Oy Moomin Characters Ltd

    Many of the ideas here are fleshed out in the later books; Sniff's love of jewels, the floating theatre adventures of Moominsummer Madness, and the childhood exploits of Moominpappa. It gives a lovely insight into the development of the Tove Jansson's ideas and artwork, and will be loved by any fan of the Moomins.

    With thanks to Sort Of Books, we are offering one lucky winner a Moomins box of goodies including:

    - The Moomins and the Great Flood

    - The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

    - The Dangerous Journey

    - Who Will Comfort Toffle?

    - a lovely Moomins mug from Arabia ceramics

    A runner-up will receive all three hardback Moomin picture books.

    Just answer the simple question below by Thursday 13 December, midnight GMT to be in with a chance to win.

    Update -- winner: Thomas Claes

    Runner-up: Melissa Jane Turner

    Competition now closed

  • 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

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