Last night my friend Becky and I went to see Pullman's Grimm Tales at the Oxo Tower in London. It was incredible. Five Brothers Grimm fairy tales retold by Philip Pullman, and acted out on different floors. We walked through the fairy tales as they were acted out around us, in this incredibly creepy building that had rusty lightbulbs, old photographs on the walls and eerie music playing. Old wedding dresses hung along the stairwells. In one of the corridors, seven small beds were lined up with seven small outfits hanging on the far wall. In the next room, a real person slept in a glass case, holding an apple, with candles surrounding her. There was a spindle in a corner. A lit up crescent moon. A glass slipper in a case. Chairs and lamps stuck to the ceiling. The floor was covered in woodchip and sometimes screams would emit from radios that sat along the walls. Whenever a wave of music flooded a room, the light bulbs would flicker in time to it. It was everything I hoped it would be.
Hello, folks! This month's 'Weird Things...' Book Club is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The lovely people at Arrow Publishing spied this and have very generously offered to give four copies of the paperback away to four people who are in the UK and who would like to join in with our online discussion of the book. Our discussion is on going, over on the Facebook page here, so you can join in whenever you like. (I'm really sorry if you're outside of the UK!)
If you'd like the chance to win a copy of the book, make sure that you like the 'Weird Things...' Facebook page and leave a comment on this blog post telling me about a book you've read recently and really loved.
The giveaway closes on Friday 6th at midnight, and I'll pick four winners at random using a random number generator.
Good luck! x
Thanks to Arrow Publishing for the books to giveaway. Ernest Cline’s next novel is called Armada and will be published on 16th July
Jen Campbell is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and 'The Bookshop Book.' She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto and she is currently writing a short story collection. She runs a Booktube channel over at youtube.com/jenvcampbell
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From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.