Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Tea Cosy Fiction Challenge

What to do on these freezing days? So cold even the teapot needs to wear a hat? Bank up the fire, brew a pot of tea, put up your feet and r-e-a-d. Bliss. And what better to read than the fiction category of the Montana NZ Book Awards? The first book of fiction , too, of course - [oh those tropical waters where The Blue was swimming only a year ago...]

I am rather proud of the fact that I am exactly half way through the joint fiction lists already [total of seven books and I've read 3 1/2: see full lists below]. I've read Crocus Hour, and 10 PM Question in the fiction list and am now in the middle of the snappy blackly-humorous London world of Novel about my Wife. In the First Book category I've read Misconduct only.

If you need encouragement, here it is:

Read all seven novels, email me [marymac21ATgmailDOTcom] with a scan of the docket from the purchase of at least one of the books dated from today onwards [July 6], answer a quick quiz to show you have indeed read the books, and ....

YOU WIN a gorgeous tea cosy like the one at the start of my post made by my friend Audrey Shearer. Note, you can't be associated with the Montana NZ Book Awards in any way. Just a virgin reader with a cosy-less teapot....

LATE CHANGE: Given the fact that the Montana Awards are announced in just over a fortnight [July 27] and cold weather clearly makes people sluggish, I will accept any FIVE novels from the list of Fiction finalists and Best First Book of Fiction as entries in this competition. Btw - I have finished Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins and it is a seriously wonderful read. Do not miss it. The Rehearsal calls....

And a recent update on my progress with the Tea Cosy Fiction Challenge here.

Now here are all the books. Good luck.


10 PM Question - Kate De Goldi Longacre Press

Acid Song - Bernard Beckett Longacre Press

The Crocus Hour - Charlotte Randall Penguin

Novel About My Wife - Emily Perkins Bloomsbury

The Rehearsal - Eleanor Catton Victoria University Press


Misconduct - Bridget van der Zijpp Victoria University Press

The Rehearsal -- Eleanor Catton Victoria University Press

The Year of the Shanghai Shark - Mo Zhi Hong Penguin

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Just the inspiration I needed to choose what I'm going to read next, and buy with a book token a friend just gave me. I've read three of these so far, and think The Rehersal will be next... some velvety pleasures are just what I need!