Give Away… The Borrower – Rebecca Makkai

I don’t only like to share books I love with you by writing about them, when I can I also really like to give you the chance to win some of them too. Well, thanks to the lovely people at William Heinmann I have four copies of ‘The Borrower’ by Rebecca Makkai, which I reallym really loved, to give away wherever you are in the world (as I am aware you Savidge Readers come from all over the shop). It’s a real book lovers book, so you are in for a treat.

All you have to do is answer two questions. First, which book does Rebecca recommend you all read in her Savidge Reads Grills and second, which book you have read this year would you demand all book lovers simply MUST read?

Leave the answers in the comments here and I will pick a winner when I get back from Brussels on Tuesday. Good luck. Can’t wait for your recommendations. 


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26 responses to “Give Away… The Borrower – Rebecca Makkai

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  2. KatieB

    What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to read this book – it’s being getting some great reviews in the blogosphere.

    Rebecca’s recommended read is Fun Home. My recommended read would be The Book of Human Skin by Michele Lovric. I enjoyed reading this book but it is the impression that it has left on me months after I finished it that make it one of my favo(u)rites of 2011.

    Thanks – Katie

  3. Alison

    Ooh this is exciting, I would love a copy.

    Rebecca recommends Fun Home, the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

    My recommended read is Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey. Yes its a nonfiction book but sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction! A well written and researched book that I really connected with as it is all about my local area, and linked to the history of my family.

  4. Makkai recommends Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

    I recommend 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

  5. Misha

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 I have been dying to get my hands on this book.

    One of my favorites books of 2011, which I would recommend is Great House by Nicole Krauss. Rebecca recommended Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

    Thank you!


  6. Rebecca recommended funHome.I loved Emily Alone by Stewart O`nanan an author that must be read.Thanks for giveaway.Rhonda

  7. Louise

    I’ve been ummin’ and arrin’ over this book and your review sold it to me 🙂

    A recommended read, two books have stuck with my so far this year, the first The Book of Negreos and the second Gillespie and I. Rebecca’s recommendation is Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Thanks for entering me 🙂

  8. Great giveaway, Simon, and you have certainly made me think I NEED this book!

    Rebecca recommends Fun Home bt Alison Bechdel.

    My recommendations is difficult as the two I may have picked are ones you have already read (Gillespie & I and The Attack) so I’m going for The Unseen by Katherine Webb (still on the gay theme – although that’s not what this book is about at all, but I’d be interested to know what you thought about the innocence around being gay a la 1911 as touched on in this book).

  9. Justine

    I loved your review of the book, and I would love to win a copy…

    Fun Home was the recommendation – and it’s absolutely fabulous. In fact, her Dykes to Look Out For comic strip is also really great.

    I’d like to recommend Gillespie and I by Jane Harris, who I know is a firm Savidge Reads favourite. And also, I surprised myself (I’m a feminist lefty type) by absolutely loving Riders and Rivals by Jilly Cooper – so much so that I’ve had to stop myself rushing out to buy and devour everything she’s written.

  10. Joy Codia

    I am a big big fan of all genres. It would be great if I can have a copy of this book. 🙂

    Rebecca Makkai recommended Fun Home bt Alison Bechdel.

    All book lovers must read Emperor of All Maladies. It gave me a great perspective on man’s considered greatest enemy. A must-read book for all of us.

  11. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I DO want to read this! Not least because I’m a librarian. 🙂

    Fun Home is her recommendation, and I’ve never heard of it!

    I do have a book I want to rave about to you. It’s called Fire Season by Phillip Connors, and you can read my review of it here. It’s my favorite of 2011, no question – although I also really enjoyed Hemingway’s Boat by Paul Hendrickson. My review hasn’t been published yet, nor has the book (I think it’s out this week) but perhaps I’ll remember to stop over here and rave about it to you later. 🙂 It’s not exactly a biography of Hemingway, but a focus on his mid-to-late years through the lens of his beloved boat, Pilar, and it offers a fresh new look at Papa which has gotten rather hard to come by. Fire Season is written by a seasonal fire lookout, and is a meditation on fire, the National Forest Service, isolation, life, love, nature, politics, and more; it’s a really lovely book.

  12. Bet

    This sounds like a fun book… who says librarians are boring?

    Rebecca recommends Fun Home. And I recommend We Had it So Good by Linda Grant.

  13. I remember Scott Pack enthusing over this book on his blog, and I’d certainly like a copy. So…

    The book Rebecca recommends is Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; and I’ll nominate Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Net Segnit (a novel written in the form of a walking guide) as a book that everyone should read.

  14. Rebecca recommends Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, which I’m going to look out for. I read your review of The Borrower, and made a mental note to get hold of a copy of it, so I’m thrilled you’re doing a giveaway competition. Fingers crossed…

    I’d recommend North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell for everyone to read, particularly if you live in Manchester. (Hope it’s not suppposed to be a book out this year).

  15. Rebecca recommends Fun House, a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.
    I would recommend a novel that was “hot” last year, but that I only finished recently, Christopher Tsiolkas’ “The Slap,” but also Benjamin Black’s (aka John Banville’s) ” Elegy For April.”
    Love the idea of a contest!!!!
    Abigail from Montreal, Canada

  16. Rebecca recommends Fun Home.

    I’d love to recommend any book from the Morland Series of Cynthia Harrod Eagles. I think the author does a brilliant job linking generations, eras and several centuries seamlessly together. Despite being a series you could read one book stand alone and enjoy it tremendously.

  17. gaskella

    Rebecca recommends Fun Home.
    At the risk of repeating myself – I heartily recommend The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt – a quirky western with a pair of killers that has a heart!

  18. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

    And I recommend that everyone read Who was Changed and Who was Dead by Barbary Comyns. It’s seriously creepy.

  19. Rebecca recommends Fun Home by Alison Bechde
    I recommend The Book of Lost things by John Connolly. SO good!

  20. *waves* Hi Simon! The book is Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and I’d recommend the graphic novel “A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” by Alan Moore, especially reader who love Victorian literature.

  21. Wow, thanks for a fantastic giveaway! Rebecca would like us all to read Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and I’d like you all to read Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 even though I haven’t finished it yet, because it is so complex and brilliant in the web it weaves.

  22. MJ

    Thanks for the opportunity! Rebecca recommends Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (which is great!). I want everyone to read A Happy Man by Hansjörg Schertenleib. I just finished it, and adored it.

  23. Kate, Sydney

    Rebecca’s recommended book is “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel. Earlier in the year I absolutely loved Joseph O’Connor’s “Star of the Sea” – thanks to Kimbofo’s recommendendation.

  24. novelinsights

    Rebecca’s recommended book is ‘Fun Home’ by Alison Bechdel and if I had to pick a book that I loved this year it would be Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex. Wonderful.

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