Want some books? The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop
24 June, 2011
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is organised by Leeswammes’ Blog and gives us all a chance to give away and win books between 25 – 29th June 2011. A win-win situation, I’d say. So do go and check out what other lovely treats are on offer. You can find a list of participants at the end of this post.
A month ago, I went to an English PEN event to hear one of my favourite Sri Lankan writers, Romesh Gunesekara, on a panel about festival boycotts. You can read about it here. I also came away with signed new paperback editions of his first novel Reef and my favourite The Match. You heard it, they’re SIGNED.
Reef was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994 and is the tale of Triton, an 11 year old who goes to work as a houseboy for Mr. Salgado, a writer, in early 70s Sri Lanka. It’s a beautifully written tale of love, family and loss in a country undergoing rapid changes.
The Match is a bildungsroman about a young Sri Lankan boy growing up in the Phillipines and then settling in Britain. It’s a tale of identity and family as he recalls a cricket match played long ago in a distant country. I think it’s one of the best novels that captures life as an expat, building a home away from home, and reminded me of when I was a child living in Bangkok and surrounded by people from all around the world. Beautiful and my favourite Gunesekara novel.
So what are you waiting for? Leave me a comment saying which book you prefer or, if you want to try for both, in which order of preference. The giveaway will close at midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 29th June and I’ll pick two winners on the 30th. And I’ll send them anywhere too. Good luck everyone!
Literary Giveaway Blog Hop Participants: