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.
Heywood Hill announced a prize drawing that will give the lucky winner the opportunity to receive one recently published hardcover book per month for the rest of the their life, totally free. But these are not just any books: they will be handpicked according to the reader’s tastes by the shop staff. To enter, readers must share which book has meant the most to them. The selection must have been published in English since 1936, the year the shop opened. Enter online between Oct. 1 and midnight on Oct. 31 for a chance to win and never worry about buying books again.
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”