Our biggest ever competition

We’re now just four weeks away from the launch of my Talking to the Dead. This is the best book I’ve ever written and the only one that has ever completely possessed me – so much so, that I more or less dreamed the plot during the months I was writing the book.

If you care to, you can read more about the book and (more especially) about Fiona Griffiths, its remarkable heroine, by going here.

Mostly though, this is a post to say that we’ve launched a competition with some monster prizes – free ticket to the Festival of Writing for one thing, a load of free books, and (best of all?) 3 places at a lunch in London with Bill Massey, a big-hitter at Orion, and a very good publisher indeed. I’ll be there too and Bill and I will offer short comments on the opening chapters of those attending.

Entry to the comp is free and simple. There’s one catch-which-isn’t-really-a-catch, namely that you are asked (but not required) to buy or pre-order a copy of Talking to the Dead. Everyone will be eligible for the prize, whether or not they buy it … but I sort of hope that if you enter the comp, you’ll want to get the book. I think you’re that sort of person.

Competition details can be found here.

The book is available for pre-order here. It comes out on 21 June.

Oh, and I really hope you love Talking to the Dead even half as much as I enjoyed writing it. It’s a crime story in terms of genre, but it’s also a narrative voiced by a very unusual and (I hope) compelling heroine. The book is simultaneously the most commercial thing I’ve ever written and the most literary. And although there is a whodunit at the heart of the book, the real mystery has to do with – but I’m saying too much. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book.

And do enter the comp. The more, the merrier.

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