Christmas giveaway [closed]
Sunday, 13 December 2009
**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED**
Right. I have ordered a turkey, bought new Christmas lights and made my first batch of mince pies; I think it must be time for a little festive competition. Free Christmas presents from my yuletide site!
Regular visitors might remember that I wrote a book this year. I believe I mentioned it. I confidently hope that it’s on all your Christmas lists, and that you’ll be buying several copies as Christmas presents for your treasured friends and relatives - I think it’s quite a good book (you can read the reviews via the link above) and even if it isn’t, it would be a nice thing to unwrap because it’s got a lovely shiny red and gold cover, terribly Christmassy.
The book has a soundtrack. There’s an early chapter about the tape I listen to when travelling to poker competitions - in my ambitious head, the songs there tell the whole story of this memoir in miniature - and they creep back as chapter titles later, for anyone who cares to notice. At the book launch, we gave away copies of this soundtrack (the songs in the book, plus a few more because I didn’t list them all). I’ve got ten copies of the soundtrack on CD to give away in this competition - plus, for the first five winners, a copy of the Australian edition of the book, which has a different cover that I think is very sweet and funny.
Because I really want the soundtrack to go to people who have read the book, there are two questions: the first is to inspire your creative thinking and help us choose a winner (you’ll have to do it in a single paragraph, due to space restraints on the comments, so keep it brilliant and pithy); the second requires you to check something in your copy (or at least nip into a bookshop, look something up, and make an enormous fuss if they don’t have any copies in stock). If you’ve asked for this book for Christmas and don’t want to spoil it by checking inside in advance, you’ll have to skip this competition, but post on here in January if you get the gift of your dreams and if there’s demand I’ll run another one.
QUESTION ONE: If you could pick only one song or piece of music to make up the soundtrack of your life, what would it be and why?
QUESTION TWO: Which two songs does Devilfish sing in chapter nine?
Obviously we won’t post the answer to question 2 if you send it in, that would make life a bit too easy. Please answer both questions if you want to have a go (you need both for a win), but we’ll only put up the answers to question 1.
We will try and get these prizes out to you in time for Christmas - no guarantees, postal delays etc - but the competition will close at lunchtime on Wednesday 16th December, in the hope of getting them posted, first class, in time to make it. Be sure to use your real email address when posting, so we can contact you for a delivery address if you win. (Your email address will not appear on the site.)