London bookstore offering chance to win free books for life
Imagine getting free books for the rest of your life. Well, one London bookstore is offering a chance to win just that in a drawing called the Library of a Lifetime.
The store already offers a version of this in their A Year in Books subscription, in which customers receive one reading selection per month, hand-picked for their tastes by the shop staff. The subscription costs £200 per year for paperbacks.
To give readers some ideas, the shop asked authors to share their pick, along with some commentary. See the results below:
Donna Leon chose A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth — “It’s wonderfully funny”
Kazuo Ishiguro chose The Devils by Fyodor Dostoyevsky — “Every character bonkers”
Edmund de Waal chose Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012 by Geoffrey Hill — “Homeric, Essential, Difficult”
Lucy Hughes-Hallett chose The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa — “Best-ever literary death”
Julian Barnes chose The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald — “Her Best (by a Nose)”
William Boyd chose Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov — “Unique, Mind-Boggling, Hilarious”