The Tell-Tale Heart – Jill Dawson GIVEAWAY

Giveaway now closed.

Jill Dawson’s eighth novel The Tell-Tale Heart tells the story of Patrick and of the family from which the donor of his new heart belongs.

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From Jill Dawson’s website:

‘Dear Donor Family.
A terrible truth: your good son’s heart is probably wasted on a man like me.’

Patrick, a fifty-year-old professor of American Studies, drinker and womaniser, has been given six months to live. In a rural part of Cambridgeshire, a teenager dies in a motorcycle accident. When his heart is transplanted into Patrick’s chest, two strangers are forever conjoined.

Patrick makes a good recovery, but has the strange feeling that his old life ‘won’t have him’. Discovering that his donor was a local boy named Drew Beamish, he becomes intensely curious about Drew and what shaped him, from the ancestor involved in the Littleport riots of 1816 to the bleak beauty of the Fens. Patrick longs to know the story of his heart.

I reviewed the book for Bookmunch where I called it ‘an accomplished novel by a great writer. The prose sings and I wanted to savour it but the plot’s so interesting, I found myself racing through it instead. Highly recommended’.

The novel’s won acclaim from The Times, The Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, the Literary Review, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express, the Huffington Post and Hilary Mantel.

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Thanks to Jill and her publisher Sceptre, I have three signed copies to give away. Simply leave a comment on this post. As usual, I’m accepting worldwide entries. The competition closes as 12pm GMT on Sunday 23rd March. Winners will be selected at random and notified as soon as possible after entries have closed. Good luck!


I’ve allocated everyone a number in order of entry as follows:

1. Amy Pirt
2. Claire Stokes
3. madamebibliophile
4. hastanton
5. fatmasucdi
6. Pooja Shah
7. frosthollowhall
8. marylinevp
9. Martha
10. Jamilah
11. Robin Dawson
12. Ann Bradley
13. Samstillreading
14. Alice
15. Jacqui
16. Ametista
17. Dan NW

And the random generator says:

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Congratulations to Jacqui, Martha and Claire; check your emails. Thanks to everyone else for entering.

30 thoughts on “The Tell-Tale Heart – Jill Dawson GIVEAWAY

  1. I’ve really enjoyed Jill Dawson’s previous books so can’t wait to read this one. I think she’s a really underrated writer.


  2. Having read all Jill Dawson’s other books, I’m now dying to read this one. Also I’m currently writing a novel with a transplant storyline, so am intrigued to see how Jill interprets the idea. Thanks for recommending!


  3. I’ve been following the reviews of this book, I think she’s a great writer – and I’m doubly pleased as now I’ve been led to your brilliantly-named blog! Would love to win a copy of the book it sounds thought-provoking and readable-perfect!


  4. Sounds like a fascinating read…always on the look out for new authors…thank you for the opportunity to discover this one! 🙂


  5. Ooh, this does sound interesting. I’ve met a few people who are incredibly interested in being true to their donor’s wishes. Plus, it sounds much better (read: less scary) than Poe’s story!
    Thanks for having an international giveaway 🙂


  6. What a fantastic giveaway! Jill Dawson’s a new author to me but I’ve heard so many great things about this novel. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.


  7. I’ve discovered this blog only recently in the wake of the #readwomen2014 debates online. I’m delighted that I’ve found a blog dedicated exclusively to women’s writing, as I’m trying to read more novels written by females authors and I can use your recommendations. So, thank you for your reviews!

    I’m also happy that you keep your competitions open worldwide, which is not always the case in the blogosphere. I would love to win a copy of Jill Dawson’s novel. Therefore, after lurking for a few months, I’ve decided to dive in and leave a comment. Finger crossed!


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