Last week we ran a competition on our Facebook page to win one of five copies of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book The Signature of All Things, one of the biggest releases of 2013.
Thanks to everyone who entered (all you needed to do is LIKE and SHARE our Facebook post), and the winners are:
Cassie Lofthouse, Terry Schroeder, Maggie L’Estrange, Vicki Willenberg, Katherine Stepanic.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details to get your copies ASAP!
If your name isn’t there, don’t despair. The book is out now!
Don’t forget to check out our review here.
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks’ Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution. Alma’s mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, is conversant in five living languages (and two dead ones).
An independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, it is not long before Alma comes into her own within the world of botany. But as Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction.
The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. It soars across the globe from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam. Peopled with extraordinary characters – missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses and the quite mad – most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker, a woman of the Enlightened Age who stands defiantly on the cusp of the modern.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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