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Win one of five bundles including a copy of our April Book of the Month, Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel, plus a limited-edition Booker Prize tote bag
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To celebrate our March Book of the Month, Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel, we are giving you the chance to win a copy of the new edition of the 2005 novel and an exclusive, limited-edition, money-can’t-buy Booker Prize tote bag. We have five bundles to give away.
Hilary Mantel’s comically sinister tale of wicked spirits and suburban mediums is a masterpiece of dark humour - and even darker secrets.
Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London’s orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists…
This new edition of the novel is part of the Collins Modern Classics series, which features some of the most significant fiction of recent years.
The Booker Prize tote bags, which are not available to buy, are designed by Leanne Shapton, who is the first art editor for the New York Review of Books, an author and illustrator, as well as having been a judge for the Booker Prize in 2018.
To be in with a chance of winning one of these bundles, simply answer the question below and enter your details below by 12:00 BST (British Summer Time) on Wednesday April 12, 2023. This competition is open to readers anywhere in the world.
This competition is a free draw, with only one entry allowed per person, and we reserve the right to disqualify any entries where we suspect one person has used a number of different email addresses. Use or attempted use of any automated or other non-manual entry methods is prohibited.
The draw is governed by our general rules for competitions, available here, but the following specifics also apply (and take precedence should there be any contradiction or ambiguity):
There will be 5 winners, selected at random from entries received by 12:00 BST (British Summer Time) on Wednesday April 12, 2023. Entries received after this time will not be eligible.
Each winner will receive a paperback copy of Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel (Harper Modern Classics edition) and a limited-edition Booker Prize tote bag.
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