The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert – Facebook Competition Winners Announced

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 promos@booktopia.com.au 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.

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The Signature of All Things

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.

Click here to buy The Signature of All Things from Booktopia,
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REVIEW: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (Review by Terry Purcell)

Click here to order The Signature of all Things.When I was handed The Signature of All Things I noted the name of the author and popped it on the pile of books marked, not urgent. Yep, I let my prejudice against the author of Eat, Pray, Love influence my decision even though it was obvious this new novel was a departure from the squillion copy selling EPL. Then, one night I overheard a couple of booksellers talking. One had taken the plunge and had read The Signature of All Things. This was a bookseller whose opinion deserved respect and she had loved it. Loved it.

The next day I picked up The Signature of All Things. It was immediately obvious to me that this was a work of historical fiction of the highest order but it was a big book and with so many other books on my pile already, I gave it to my dad. Here is his review:

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Blossom, author of Eat, Spray, Love, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Blossom

author of Eat, Spray, Love

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born and raised in Sydney, I am an autodidact. In fact most of what I know I figured out for myself. I find that if you observe life and its inhabitants closely, you can learn a lot about the world, even if your world is a small one.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

I’m now two and a bit so I can’t say, although at this point in my life I am exactly what I want to be: a perfectly satisfied house cat who has achieved enlightenment within the safe haven of my own apartment.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

Well, at eighteen weeks I thought the secrets of the universe were only to be discovered in exotic climates and on foreign shores, and now I know we hold the great secrets within us.

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

One was my first trip to the vet (was the thermometer up the bum really necessary?) and a close encounter with a shitzu (accent on the ‘shit’) which made me realise life on the outside isn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Second was coming across Blake’s poem, Auguries of Innocence—the one that begins with the lines, ‘To see a world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wildflower’. He inspired me to embrace life’s simple pleasures and understand the large through the small.

Third was seeing my flatmate get a book published. I mean if she could do it, I certainly could. And I was right.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (Now a movie starring Julia Roberts)

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, EAT, PRAY, LOVE, a global bestseller, that has sold over 8 million worldwide, is now a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts.

It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it.

A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile.

And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

Click here for more details or to buy EAT, PRAY, LOVE‘It’s what I’m giving all my girl friends.’ – Julia Roberts

‘Every woman should read it.’ – Elle Macpherson

‘I adore it.’ – Sophie Dahl

‘I loved it … I could understand her wanting to write the book and her desire to heal.’ – Meg Ryan

About Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). Her most recent book is Committed, the sequel to Eat, Pray, Love. She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in New Jersey.

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