Wednesday, 23 September 2009
RIGHT. This has been tricky because there were lots of excellent submissions and only three prizes. I ended up throwing it open to the floor at my Tuesday game tonight and a handful of us collectively decided the winners. To see the original submissions, read the thread called FREE BOOKS.
To win a signed copy of my new book I asked you to tell me: if you were going to write a story about the passion in your life, what would it be about and what would it be called?
The first winner is the one that most convinced me it was a real passion, as deep as mine for the game of poker. That is Random Reader, whose love of maths is so vast and sweeping that he couldn’t fit it into a blog post and actually set up a whole separate web page for his answer. Nevertheless, within the blog post he did manage to fit an excellent joke about maths. Random Reader: I like your style, and your priorities. (For the joke, see the original FREE BOOKS thread).
The second winner explained that his passion wasn’t actually a deep or long-standing passion, and yet whose idea seemed the most quirky, likable and worth following up - also, his title was the one that made Ashley* laugh most (*a player in my Tuesday game. You’ll find him in the book, drinking a lot of coffee. But he only had three cups tonight). That is Steve, who has decided he wants to make a vegetable patch and then try to grow enough wheat to provide the flour for a loaf of bread. His title, based on his wife’s response to the idea, is You Ain’t Growing Any F***ing Wheat In My Garden.
And the third winner is someone whose submission didn’t actually seem to involve much passion at all - in fact, he promised “lots of ennui” - but we thought he had the most ambitious book in mind, with the most intriguing style summary. That is MarkP, who promised the autobiography of a Brummie industrial electrician moving between various jobs, which would be, he claimed “One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich meets On The Buses.” That sounds like an ambition very worthy of a prize.
So: you three will all be sent emails (assuming you used your proper email addresses when submitting) by my lovely assistant Phoebe, asking where to send the book and to whom you would like it signed.
Thanks to all for your excellent replies. There may be another competition in a few days, or possibly in October, to win a different prize…. watch this space.