[closed] Win The Chimes by Anna Smaill

I bought four books the other day. Which means the pile beside my bed is starting to teeter. Which means I have to get rid of some of the books I’ve already read. Either that or I have to build a new room on the house. Hmm, I’ve always wanted a library…

the_chimesSo, I’ve decided the first book I’m going to let go is The Chimes by Anna Smaill.

I chose this one because I won it (thanks Hachette NZ!) during my favourite thing to do on Twitter on a Friday: #RāmereShorts

So, as a thank-you, I decided to pay it forward and let someone else win it.

(If you’re curious, here’s the tweet that won.)

Why you want to win The Chimes:

1) Dude, it’s been longlisted for the Man Booker.

2) Beautiful, lyrical writing (see point 1.) Music is a living, breathing part of the manuscript and infuses the prose.

3) An original concept. This is dystopian as you’ve never read it.

4) I did not dog-ear the corners or squash biscuit crumbs in between the pages. (Okay, that only goes for *this* copy.)

Enough, already! Tell me how to enter

It’s easy-peasy. All you have to do to get in the draw is leave a comment on this post completing one of the following statements:

Option A: “The last New Zealand book I read was…”

Option B: “I want to read The Chimes because…”

Option C: “If I could store a memory in an inanimate object, the memory/object would be…”

Ts and Cs

* I’m happy to post anywhere in the world (sorry, Mars Rover), though I can’t guarantee how soon it’ll arrive.

* Comments are moderated.

* Be sure you include your correct email address. I won’t spam you, I promise, I just need some way to contact you if you win.

* One entry per person please. All valid entries will go in the draw and then I’ll random.org it.

* Contest will run for a week. So, I’ll draw it next Thursday night, my time. Basically, if comments are closed, it’s over.

And the winner is…

Thanks for entering. This competition is now closed. The winner is comment #7. Congrats Alayne. 🙂



  • September 3, 2015 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I think the most recent NZ book I read was Playing Friends by Marilyn Duckworth. But it may have been Is she still alive by Tessa Duder, or it might have been Inheritance by Jenny Pattrick.
    Our local book fridges are full of treasures. 🙂

    • Amy
      September 4, 2015 - 7:55 am | Permalink

      That’s a great collection of books, Elisabeth.
      I love the focus on older women.

  • September 4, 2015 - 4:22 pm | Permalink

    The last NZ book I read was “Dirty Politics” by Nicky Hager. Like reading a history book except that the people in it are all still doing their thing.

    • Amy
      September 4, 2015 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Ooo, I’ve been too scared to read that one. I’m worried I’ll lose all faith in our politicians.

  • Lara
    September 4, 2015 - 4:22 pm | Permalink

    The last NZ book I (re) read was The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde – I keep coming back to her rich language. It seems a truly spring read for me as I begin to wonder when we will see the Godwits -spying the Black Swans slowly paddling around the harbour, little finches flitting between the first blooms of the broom and gorse

    • Amy
      September 4, 2015 - 4:29 pm | Permalink

      I love books that keep pulling you back. And yay for Spring.

  • Rebekah Purdy
    September 5, 2015 - 1:18 am | Permalink

    Oooh, this looks great! I’d love read The Chimes because I’m a huge fan of Dystopian books and am always looking to read new authors!!

    ((HUGS)) and thanks for the contest (will post this to twitter as well).

    • Amy
      September 5, 2015 - 9:51 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Rebekah!

      It’s definitely not like other Dystopians.

  • Kelley Hively
    September 7, 2015 - 2:39 am | Permalink

    If I could store a memory in an inanimate object it would be my wedding ring!

    • Amy
      September 7, 2015 - 7:13 am | Permalink

      Ooo, that’s a good one. 🙂

  • Winston moreton
    September 8, 2015 - 12:06 am | Permalink

    Last NZ book was “The Antipodeons” by G McGee about a 3 generational kiwi link to Italy. Relevant for me because like Mcgee I was there in the 70’s playing rugby and visiting my name sake uncle who is buried in the Commonwealth cemetery at Faenza and because I am in Lazio today. That’s a triple parallel there

    • Amy
      September 8, 2015 - 7:14 am | Permalink

      That’s a great connection. And a great reason to read.

  • Alayne
    September 9, 2015 - 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Latest nz book..,, perky the pukeko series. I have twin 3 year olds do books that they can relate to are a must.

    • Amy
      September 10, 2015 - 7:47 am | Permalink

      So it would be nice to read something for yourself? 🙂

  • September 9, 2015 - 10:05 pm | Permalink

    The last NZ book I read was Invisible City by AC Buchanan.

    • Amy
      September 10, 2015 - 7:48 am | Permalink

      Ooo, gotta love a bit of spec fic.

  • Matt Packard
    September 9, 2015 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi Amy. The last NZ book I read was Stonedogs, written by Craig Marriner. Delving into a fictional world of NZ gangs in Rotorua and one persons experiences with them, plus the style of writing in the book made it an interesting and eye opening read.

    • Amy
      September 10, 2015 - 7:56 am | Permalink

      Books that play with narrative structure can be challenging, but if they pull it off, it’s totally worth it.

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