Buy a Friend a Book Week — Free Book Give-away!

Buy a Friend a Book week is the brainchild of Debra Hamel, a writer and crit­ic liv­ing here. Debra star­ted BAFAB week to encour­age book buy­ing. The point is, though, that you should buy someone a book for no reas­on at all. Do it at ran­dom; at fancy; whim­mishly.

To cel­eb­rate BAFAB week, I’ll be giv­ing away two books. The first book comes from a small pub­lish­er, the second from an up-and-com­ing author.

Life is a Cabaret, by James Innes-Smith, is pub­lished by The Friday Project (read­ers of this blog may be inter­ested to know that this is where Scott Pack now resides).

James Innes-Smith’s book Reach for the Big Time was an instant hit: it cel­eb­rated the her­oes of 70s and 80s light enter­tain­ment and was beau­ti­fully illus­trated with clas­sic pub­li­city shots of each unique star. It flew off the shelves and the PR began to roll in. And then it all went wrong…

Next up is Pandora’s Sisters, by Michael Stephen Fuchs. Fuchs is the author of The Manuscript, which I reviewed for Pulp.Net as “[hav­ing] All the usu­al sus­pects: hit­men, shad­owy ‘intel­li­gence’ agents, and drug deal­ers … emerges as a high-energy, enthu­si­ast­ic yarn”.

You want to know who gave you your immor­tal soul? You want a per­son­al rela­tion­ship with God? Well, we found God. We’re all up in God. We’ve got God’s private num­ber. And so do you: imprin­ted a hun­dred tril­lion times – once in every liv­ing cell in your big drip­ping cor­pus.’

If you’d like one of these books, add your name as a com­ment to this post togeth­er with the book you’d like (only one) and I’ll select win­ners at ran­dom towards the end of the week (though you might have to wait for me to fin­ish read­ing Pandora’s Sisters). If you live in the UK, I’ll pay the post­age; if you like out­side the UK, I’d like you to pay me the post­age via PayPal (the book will still be free, though).

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

5 thoughts on “Buy a Friend a Book Week — Free Book Give-away!”

  1. what a lovely idea. The second book would be my choice. maybe i will even win! i’m feel­ing lucky. =}

  2. I’m going to go with Pandora’s Sisters. It sounds great!

    (I don’t think my e-mail address is stored in the com­ments since I chose “Other” so it’s kym­ber­lie AT neur­ot­icfish­bowl DOT com if I win.)

  3. I’ll go for ‘Life is a Cabaret’ — it sounds like a good laugh.

    I’ve nev­er heard of ‘Buy a Friend a Book’ — great idea. Though I must admit, I nev­er need any encour­age­ment to buy books. For the most part, I try to avoid book­shops unless I’m after some­thing spe­cif­ic, as I get a ser­i­ous case of “So many books! So little time!” — all those beau­ti­ful cov­ers full of deli­cious words…

    Hmm. Now what book shall I buy for a friend? Cormac McCarthy per­haps. Or Farenheit 451. Or Nora Roberts.

  4. Kudos for hav­ing this great giveaway I’m inter­ested in Pandora’s sis­ters myself. The title has me hooked!

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