Get a free copy of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child

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Alan Hollinghurst’s long-awaited latest novel has been the publishing event of the summer. The hype appears justified. The Stranger’s Child has been very favourably reviewed, The Guardian comparing the author to both Henry James and Evelyn Waugh, no less:

Hollinghurst has a strong, perhaps unassailable claim to be the best English novelist working today. He offers surely the best available example of novelistic ambition squared with the highest aesthetic standards. Where so many fiction writers seem stylish but austere, or full of life but messy, Hollinghurst has his cake and eats it.

The Stranger’s Child – a country house epic spanning the years 1913 to 2008 – is Hollinghurst’s first novel since the Booker-winning The Line of Beauty seven years ago, and according to the Guardian is

…elegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable to read, and peppered with astute, apparently casual noticings.


Thanks to our friends at Picador (a Pan Macmillan imprint), we have 12 copies of The Stranger’s Child to give away to members of the Dabbler Book Club.

How to get a free copy of The Stranger’s Child
If you are already a member of the Dabbler Book Club you will automatically be entered into the draw. If you haven’t already joined, all you have to do is sign up below. It’s free.

After that, you don’t have to do anything. All members will  be automatically entered into the ballot for one of 12 free review copies, which will take place on Wednesday 17th August. We’ll email the winners, at which point you can opt out if you really don’t want that month’s choice and would rather another member got the chance.

See more information about the Dabbler Book Club here. Two copies are set aside exclusively for members of the League of Dabblers, so they will have a greater chance of winning.

We’ll be reviewing The Stranger’s Child next month, and you can contribute your thoughts (though you’re not obliged to.)

Free tickets to see Alan Hollinghurst in discussion…
Keep an eye on The Dabbler as we have some free tickets to give away to Writing on Houses – Dwelling on Dwelling, an evening of discussion on 19th September in London about the relationship between houses and literature involving Alan Hollinghurst, Andrew Motion and others – more details in the next couple of weeks.


Coming soon – more reviews, prize draws, signed copies, exclusive previews and more…
Over the coming months we’ve got some great literary giveaways exclusively for the Dabbler Book Club, including free copies, tickets to literary events and much more.

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Ts &Cs: All entrants will automatically be entered into the Dabbler Book Club. This means that you will receive occasonal emails from us about the next monthly book and other offers. However, we will not pass your details on to any third party and you can unsubscribe at any time by emailing and requesting to be unsubscribed. Winners will be drawn at random from the Dabbler Book Club members at 5pm on Wednesday 17 August 2011. The judges’ decision is final. The Dabbler reserves the right to offer an alternative prize or to offer no prize and withdraw the competition at any time for any reason. More competitions are available at Free UK Competitions
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3 thoughts on “Get a free copy of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child

    Tracy Nixon
    August 12, 2011 at 13:10

    Thank you for the little review and giveaway – sounds a great read!!!

    August 14, 2011 at 18:01

    Great give away. Always up for a bit of reviewing. Think I’m a member, hope I’m a winner!
    Ali B

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