Five! Giveaway result

22 July, 2014


Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving comments.

I asked a friend to pick a name out of a plastic cup and the lucky winner of chasing bawa‘s 5th birthday giveaway is ………….. MAGDALENA! Congratulations!

Let me know what you would like to read and I’ll wing it over to you asap.

Revenge 2

To celebrate the paperback publication of Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, Vintage Books has kindly handed over a bundle of books by Ogawa to give away to a lucky winner.

The winner of this wonderful prize is MEE!


Congratulations and please e-mail me your address whereupon I will fly to the post office and send off the bundle. Enjoy the books!

Thank you all for kindly commenting and RTing about the giveaway. I’m a little surprised that not more of you commented for the books but I do realise that the giveaway was only open to UK readers (sorry!) and perhaps many of you have already read Ogawa’s novels? I do hope that you will all give Yoko Ogawa’s books a try if you haven’t already – Ogawa certainly writes about contemporary Japan in an interesting way.

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa is published in paperback on 3 July (Vintage, £7.99). To coincide with the paperback release of Revenge, Vintage will be reissuing The Diving Pool, The Housekeeper and the Professor and Hotel Iris in paperback.

Revenge 2

To celebrate the paperback release of Yoko Ogawa’s beautiful and edgy collection of intertwined stories, Revenge, Vintage Books has kindly offered four of Ogawa’s books to one lucky reader of chasing bawa.


I loved both The Housekeeper and the Professor and Revenge which were so different from each other and yet left an indelible impression and have my mitts on The Diving Pool and Hotel Iris which I’ve heard are a little darker and subversive. Perfect reading for summer and #ReadWomen2014, no?

So if you have yet to try Ogawa’s work, make sure you leave a comment and I will pick a winner on July 3rd. The giveaway is open to UK readers only. Good luck! If you can also let me know your favourite Japanese book, film, manga or J-drama, that would make me a happy bunny too.

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa is published in paperback on 3 July (Vintage, £7.99). To coincide with the paperback release of Revenge, Vintage will be reissuing The Diving Pool, The Housekeeper and the Professor and Hotel Iris in paperback.

Four giveaway winner

23 July, 2013

cake 2013

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and I do hope you will continue to enjoy my blog!

As usual, I got my friend to pick a name from a bowl and the lucky winner of the giveaway is RHONDA – congratulations! You seem to be on a winning streak here on chasing bawa! Let me know what you would like and the book will be on its way.

Thank you all for participating!


15 July, 2013

cake 2013

chasing bawa turned FOUR yesterday. We share our birthday with one of my best friends which also happens to fall on Bastille Day. Win, win, win.

First of all, a big THANK YOU to all of you who continue to read, comment and lurk – it really means a lot to me. Although I started this blog mainly for myself, my interactions with you all have made blogging so much more than just a creative outlet for me and I feel blessed to have made so many new friends, some of whom I’ve actually met too! I’m looking forward to another year of discovering new books with you and sharing my thoughts and grumbles.

And second, since birthdays usually involve presents, pop your name in the comments and I will pick one lucky reader who can choose a book they’d like to read from The Book Depository up to the value of £15. I will pick a name next Monday, 22nd July.

Please let me know if you don’t want to be included in the draw otherwise your name’ll go in the hat. And please note that the giveaway is only open to the countries to which The Book Depository offers free delivery (which should be most of you, I think. If not, SORRY!)


Bristol House

Thank you for entering the giveaway for Beverly Swerling’s Bristol House.

As usual, I got a friend to pick a name out of a cup with eyes closed and the winner is: RHONDA!

Congratulations! Please e-mail me your address and I will forward it to Viking who will send you a copy of the book.

Happy reading!

Bristol House

Tudor England, the Jewish diaspora and the ghost of a Carthusian monk.


Viking have kindly offered to give away a copy of Bristol House to one lucky reader. If you want to know what the book is about, you can read my review here.

This giveaway is only for those of you living in the US. So if you live in the States and would like a shot, do leave a comment and I will pick a name from a hat in exactly 1 week’s time (6th June 2013) and it shall be yours.

Good luck!

Three: Giveaway winners!

31 July, 2012

Thank you all for your lovely wishes and participating in the giveaway. Winners were picked from my lovely Thai Celadon bowl. Names were put in as requested for each book separately.

Chinoiseries wins Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki.

Amritorupa wins The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt.

And Gaskella wins What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt.

Congratulations to all three and e-mails have been sent.

And good luck to everyone next year!


14 July, 2012

chasing bawa is THREE today!

I’m flabbergasted that three years of blogging has passed by in a blink of an eye, which shows how much fun I’m still having writing and discussing my reading with YOU! I have to admit my pace is a little slower this year but I figured that as my reading habit depends on my mood, I’ll just see where this takes me as I want to continue doing this as long as I can. Of course, feel free to give me a gentle kick up the backside if you think I tarry too long.

And as a big THANK YOU to you all for visiting chasing bawa, I’m giving away these:

A secondhand copy of Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki which I picked up in my local charity shop. I read this a few years ago and loved it. It’s still in print but do you know how rare it is to find second hand? I just had to grab it for one of you!


I went to see Siri Hustvedt give a talk at the Southbank Centre this week and had to grab these two books which I got SIGNED.

I haven’t read them yet but I will soon. I know there’s a lot of love for her amongst her readers and listening to her speak, I can understand why. Her lecture was pretty intense, very intellectual (her interests lie not only in literature but psychology and phenomenology) and also touched upon issues such as the disparity between gender in what is supposed to be the level playing field of literature, something which always crops up in the media when it comes to prize time. Interesting indeed. She’s also a lovely, approachable person and I even had a brief conversation with her (a first for me!)

This giveaway is open internationally, so let me know which book you’d like (or all three) and I’ll pick a name out of a hat in a fortnight’s time.

In exchange, why don’t you tell me your favourite book so far this year? Go on, I’m curious.


Congratulations! Once I’ve received your address the book will be on its way!

Thank you everyone who commented and good luck next time. I do hope that you’ll get a chance to read Banana Yoshimoto’s The Lake regardless and look forward to seeing what you all think of it.

Thank you once again to Melville House Publishing for kindly sending me a copy to give away.