It's time for... the Page Turners First Birthday Giveaway!!!!

Page Turners is having it's first birthday on the 22nd of June 2010!!

To celebrate, I am hosting my first ever giveaway.

How to enter

Easy, just leave me a comment with the following information:
  1. Your name, 
  2. Your blog's name (and a link), and 
  3. Your email address
and you will autmoatically be in the running.

You don't have to become a follower to enter the giveaway. I'm not a fan of those sort of giveaways. I promise that I just want to celebrate Page Turners first birthday, not blackmail you all to become followers with the chance of a free book :-) Having said that, all new followers welcome, lol.

There will be no extra entries for postings and twitterings and flutterings and all that business. Some of you (like me) may not have all those things and I don't think that you should lose out because of it. So everyone just gets one entry each and it's all fair!

(Please note: the prizes will be coming from The Book Depository, so the only qualification is that you must come from a country that The Book Depository deliver to for free. You can check here if your country is on that list)

How will the winners be chosen and announced?

 I will be using to choose the winners, and the winner will be announced on the 22nd of June 2010.  I will have a Happy Birthday post where I announce the winners and then I will contact you. 

You will have 7 days to respond to my email, and then it goes to someone else. 

Most importantly, what will you win?

To celebrate my love of Australian literature, you will be able to choose one of three Australian books, which will be sent to you from The Book Depository. I have chosen three books that I have read and really loved so they come with my full recommendation. You can choose between a classic, a contemporary novel set in modern times, and a contemporary but historical novel.

These are your choices, you can click on their titles to see more details:

This is (arguably) the quintessential Australian classic. You would be hard pushed to find an Australian that hasn't heard of this book, and it is something special. I think it really captures the essence of white Australia in the era in which it is set, and the prose really evokes the feeling of the Australian bush. 

Description from The Book Depository: On St Valentine's day in 1900, a party of Australian schoolgirls set off with two schoolmistresses on a picnic to a place called Hanging Rock. Some were never to return. What began as a pleasant and happy day out ended in terror.

This is contemporary Australian novel set is modern times and is a novel that is both full of sadness and hope. 

Description from The Book Depository: Helen has little idea what lies ahead when she offers her spare room to an old friend of fifteen years. Nicola has arrived in the city for treatment for cancer. Sceptical of the medical establishment, placing all her faith in an alternative health centre, Nicola is determined to find her own way to deal with her illness, regardless of the advice that Helen can offer. In the weeks that follow, Nicola's battle against her cancer will turn not only her own life upside down but also those of everyone around her.

This is a contemporary novel about an important Australian historical figure, Ned Kelly. It is written by one of Australia's most famous and celebrated authors Peter Carey and is perhaps my favourite of these three novels. Unfortunately I read it before I started blogging and so cannot offer you my own review if it. I can however say that this is a magnificently woven story, which brings the landscape and culture of Australia alive. It is a fictional account of the doings of Ned Kelly, but it feels very real. 

Description from The Book Depository: In a dazzling act of ventriloquism, Peter Carey gives Ned Kelly a voice so wild, passionate and original that it is impossible not to believe that the famous bushranger himself is speaking from beyond the grave. True History of the Kelly Gang is the song of Australia, and it sings its protest in a voice at once crude and delicate, menacing and heart-wrenching. Carey gives us Ned Kelly as orphan, as Oedipus, as horse thief, farmer, bushranger, reformer, bank-robber, police-killer and, finally, as his country's beloved Robin Hood.



  1. Hi, I am excited to read any of this great australian books.

    Happy Birthday to your blog!!!

  2. Hi Becky!

    It's so exciting!Happy 1st Birthday to Page Turners Blog and I must say it is a marvelous way to celebrate it sharing with others. I'd love to join the giveaway. Honestly I've never read any books from Australian author *blush* And believe me, I love your review for The Spare Room *wink*

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com


  3. Happy Blogoversary. Sign me up for the giveaway. :-)


  4. Book Quoter and Kah Woei - can you please post a comment with your name, your blogs name and your email address so I can enter you in the giveaway? Cheers!

  5. What a very nice giveaway and a very Happy Blogversary to you, Becky! I like the Australian book connection and think the ones you've listed all sound great. OK, here's the stuff on me for entry:



  6. This is such a wonderful idea for a giveaway! I love how you've kept it simple, I totally understand your frustration with the usual twitterings and flutterings!

    jess [at]

  7. Happy birthday! Love your blog and would love to enter.

    Lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

  8. uh I've read a book about Australia..never. So this would be awesome!

  9. Congratulations on the anniversary of Page Turners Becky, it is an awesome blog, I love reading it.

    The celebratory giveaway sounds wonderful, especially the Australian theme. Count me in!



    Happy Blog Birthday!

  10. Happy Blogoverary!!!!

    I love your giveaway! I've never read anything about Australia and would love to do so. My husband took me to Australia for our honeymoon and I loved it!
    melissa.waldron.08 [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. Congrats on blogoversary! The books sound really interesting!

    bookworm1858 AT hotmail DOT com

  13. Happy Almost Blogaversary!



  14. Congratulations on your first year!

  15. Happy First Birthday. I just had to enter for the opportunity of an introduction to an Australian author.

    Clicking my name will take you to my blog address where you can contact me. Not leaving email here for spam is then a problem.

  16. Never heard of any of these books..they sound really good.


    Coffee Books and laundry


  17. Happy birthday Page Turner blog!

    My blog address is:


  18. Definitely Peter Carey's Kelly Gang! I'm hot on the Aussie Author trail, and coincidently today I just got Carey's "My life as a fake" back from the library!! I'm definitely in!

    biblojunkie dot jovenus at gmail dot com

  19. Happy birthday! And I'm in for The Spare Room.

    BTW, your readers are invited to enter the giveaway I have going on at Colloquium until midnight (Pacific time) June 15, 2010! I am giving away a free copy of "This One is Mine" by Maria Semple!


    jhsmail at comcast dot net

  20. Happy blog-birthday! :) I just had to enter this great giveaway as I'm participating in your Aussie Author Challenge and still haven't found a fourth book!

    hildesr [at] gmail [dot] com

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Yay! Happy Birthday!

    aliteraryodyssey (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. Happy Blog Birthday!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some awesome looking books! :D

    Name: Becky

  23. Congrats for sticking around for a year ;)


  24. Happy Birthday to your blog :D All the three books look very interesting.

    Name: Quigui
    Email: quigui.i [at]

  25. Ooops, clearly not paying attention, sorry! :)

    aronebur at hotmail dot com

  26. Congratulations on your blogoversary!
    All of these novels sound great, but I'd love to read Peter Carey's telling of the Ned Kelly story; when I was in Australia many (many) years ago I went to the Old Melbourne Gaol and got a photo of Ned Kelly's "armor" and the plaster mold made of his head after he was executed (yep, I'm a bit morbid)

    At any rate I love hearing about books from other countries so I am going to check these out regardless.

    My blog is at
    My e-mail is sweiner1169 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Thank you for the generous giveaway opportunity

  27. Hello! I am new to your blog, happy blogiversary! What a great giveaway! I am currently listening on audio book, Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River which is about Austrailian history and am really loving her way with words. I'm adding you to my Google Reader. Thanks!

    Name: Amanda
    Blog: Life and Times of a "New" New Yorker
    Email: nycbookgirl at gmail dot com

  28. count me in :)

    congrats on the anniversary! go aussie blogger go!
    discordspuppet at gmail dot com

  29. Nice selection. I remember reading, and then re-reading the passage where the girls disappear. I barely even noticed. It was so seamless.

    Happy first bloggy birthday!


  30. Happy birthday to your blog! How exciting!

    I'm not sure if I've read any Aussie authors before. I'm sure I must have done, but nothing springs immediately to mind!

    I'd love to enter:


    from Words, Words, Words


  31. Happy blog birthday, Becky! You know my penchant for Aussie Lit, so I couldn't pass this one up.

    The Literate Man (


  32. Hi Becky!

    Rachel from And the plot thickens... here!

    Happy Anniversary! Great comp by the way, great to see some Aussie lit getting put out there!

    I am thinking of running my first competition soon and I agree, I hate those comps that make you follow to enter. Glad to see you just want to share good books :) Let me know how you go and if you have any tips for when I run my comp!!

  33. These sound fantastic! I feel like I should really get around to reading more world literature, including Australian.


  34. Happy blog birthday! I don't remember how I came across Picnic at Hanging Rock, but I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    theintrovertedreader at gmail dot com

  35. Happy Birthday-what a fun giveaway-I am excited to learn about some Australian books-I have a prize box going on on my blog-leave a comment and enter to win a book of your choice from the box.

  36. oops I forgot the email above-chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

  37. I remember seeing the movie of Picnic at Hanging Rock quite a few years ago. I know it created quite a stir and a lot of interest in Australian film makers.

    I have never had the opportunity to read the book, so I would love to get my hands on it.

    Thank you for celebrating with us.

    I don't have a blog at the moment but I hope that doesn't disqualify me.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  38. I hope you will ship to me. If not I totally understand!

  39. What a great giveaway - and happy Blogiversary!!!!

    Sheila Bookjourney


    journey through books @ gmail dot com


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