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Greatest Authors | Roald Dahl 100

Greatest Authors | Roald Dahl

By Admin

Happy Roald Dahl Day Human Beans!

Today is a day we look forward to every year without fail, as it gives us the perfect excuse to shout about one of our all-time favourite authors, Roald Dahl.

And today marks 100 years of the wonderful man himself. What better way to celebrate than with an opportunity to win a phizz-whizzing prize?

We’re on a mission to find out which Roald Dahl character is loved the most by our World of Books customers, so tell us who your favourite is and why – for your chance to win two tickets to the matinee performance Matilda the Musical on 3rd December 2016.

You can tell us who your favourite character is and why in any of the following ways:

  • Head over to our Facebook page and comment on our wall – or our competition post.
  • Tell us on Twitter but be sure to include @worldofbooksltd
  • Comment on the blog post below
  • Email us your entry at

Good luck to you all! We look forward to reading your gloriumptious entries.

Please only enter if you’re able to attend on that day as tickets are not transferable. Also make sure you have a read of the fine print below.

WORLD OF BOOKS 2016 Competitions Terms & Conditions:

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully prior to participating in World of Books Prize Draw (the “Prize Draw”). By participating in the Prize Draw each participant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Terms and Conditions.

1. Eligibility for Participation: The Contest is only open to individuals (referred to as “Participants”) Participants must be (i) a resident of the United Kingdom and (ii) over 18 years of age. Participants will only be entered into the contest once and are only allowed to win a prize of two tickets to see Matilda the Musical. World of Books employees and their immediate family are not permitted to enter the Prize Draw.

2. Access to Contest: The Participants enter the Contest by telling us, who their favourite Roald Dahl character is and why. Entries can be made on the World of Books Facebook ( Twitter ( – these entries must include @worldofbooksltd) and blog ( pages as well as emailed to A purchase or transaction is not required to participate or win. World of Books does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries must not be sent through agents or third parties. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Any entries made by a person found to be using multiple Facebook/email accounts to enter the Prize Draws will be ineligible. Entries must be made by 23.59 GMT on 18/09/2016.

3. Winner is announced: Those selected to win the prize will be informed on 20/09/2016. Winners of all prizes will be notified via the channel they entered through. If the winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours of the terms of the notification, another entry will be selected and the original winner will forfeit any prize.

4. The Prize: 2 x tickets to see Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London on 3rd Dec ‘16. This prize cannot be transferred, exchanged and no cash alternative is available. The Prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and non-negotiable. The prize does not include travel or accommodation. There are no cash alternatives and the promoter’s decision is final. World of Books reserves the right to amend the prize or offer an alternative of equal or greater value.

5. Selecting winners: The winner will be selected at random by the World of Books Jury. The Jury’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to this decision.

6. Contest organizer: The Contest is organized by World of Books Ltd.

7. World of Books is not responsible for any lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegible or incomplete entries. If, for any reason, the Prize Draw is not capable of running as planned, as a result of any causes beyond the control of World of Books which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Prize Draw, World of Books reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Prize Draw and/or select winners from all eligible entries received prior to the cancellation.

8. World of Books reserves the right to (i) withdraw the competition (ii) cancel or change the promotion, (iii) cancel or refuse any individual’s entry and (iv) amend these terms and conditions at any time if circumstances make this necessary.

9. World of Books reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any Participant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Prize Draw; to be acting in violation of these Terms and Conditions; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person or contestant.

10. World of Books is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Prize Draw or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Prize Draw. World of Books is not responsible for any injury or damage to any Participant or to any computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in connection with this Prize Draw.

11. Copyright: Upon submission, contest entries become the property of World of Books and each Participant relinquishes any claims of ownership or rights therein upon submission of their entry into the Contest. Entries may be shared on the World of Books social and email channels as part of the competition.

12. This Prize Draw shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts

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The Gilmour Girls: Celebrating Female Writers

By Admin

As you may have read yesterday, the acclaimed Canadian Author and Lecturer David Gilmour (not the one in Pink Floyd) ruffled a fair few feathers when he declared that he would not use books written by women as course material. He made a solitary exception, Virginia Woolf, but his insistence that female authors were somehow inferior wasn’t particularly well received.

And with good reason too. Sure, we aren’t here to judge his opinions or the merits of his arguments – you can make your own minds up about that – but maybe there is a slight generalisation in all of this. After all books, authors and styles are generally a very personal thing. Much like music, films and pretty much anything else that is remotely creative.

Therefore, without adding another oar to an argument brimming with superfluous oars, it is difficult to discard a whole genre, let alone an entire gender or race. So, in the interest of fairness, here are just a few adequate books written by ladies over the last few centuries.

The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
White Teeth – Zadie Smith 
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 
Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Hotel Du Lac – Anita Brooker
The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf 
The Shipping News – Annie Proulx 
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg 
The God of Small Things – Arundhatri Roy 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

Of course, these are just a few of many, many more. But we’d love for you to share your favourite book written by a lady, or indeed a Chinese author (another one of the groups Gilmour disparaged) with us at World of Books.

Competition Time

To make it interesting, we will be giving away a choice of 5 of the above books, plus your favourite as a prize. The Gilmour Girls competition will run until midday on Monday, when the winner will be announced. So that’s six great books for just telling us your favourite book by a female author, what could be better?

Enter on Facebook, by leaving a comment on the blog below or on Twittter using the hashtag #gilmourgirls and sending to @worldofbooksltd.

You can also choose to buy any of the above books (or any others for that matter, including extremely masculine tomes) with a cheeky 20% discount, just use the code TYPT249 to take advantage (yes, it’s the same as the one from Tuesday).

Remember, this is just a bit of fun. We would of course love your opinions on female authors and Gilmour’s comments, but are remaining staunchly on the fence with this one. Opinions are opinions after all.



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Enjoy a Free Cuppa with World of Books and Teapigs

TeaPigsFBBy Admin

Tea drinkers rejoice! We’ve joined together with our good friends at Teapigs to offer a free cuppa with every order.

We believe that the only thing that makes a good book better is a nice warm brew to accompany it. Okay, sitting on a sunny beach is probably a very close second, but that is a little beyond our powers unfortunately. So that is why we are giving away a free tea temple with any order on World of Books.

Fans of Teapigs will be only too aware of their fantastic range of unusual flavours. As part of our giveaway, we have managed to secure three award-winning blends: peppermint, chocolate and popcorn.

While not your traditional English Breakfast or Earl Grey, these unique teas will tantalise your taste buds. We certainly hope that you enjoy them and it encourages you to explore more of the Teapigs range.

A Little Extra Bonus

Indeed, as part of the promotion we are giving you the chance to get 20% off at the Teapigs online store. Just enter the code WOBTP13 at the checkout to take advantage of this great offer.

But if you would like to get your hands on more than one free cup of tea, perhaps you might want to enter our latest competition. For your chance to win a whole hamper of lovely Teapigs goodies, just send us a picture of you enjoying your tea and book.

It doesn’t need to be artistic, but we certainly encourage creativity. Include your favourite mug, where you like to settle down to read or whatever else captures your imagination. As long as there is tea and books, we’re happy.

You can send your snaps via email, to, through our Facebook Page or on Twitter – using the hashtag #teaandbooks and sending to @worldofbooksltd. We will be selecting one at random on August 16th as well as sharing some of the best examples along the way.

Best of luck to those entering the competition and we hope you all enjoy a drink on us this summer.


Melvin Burgess and Hallie Rubenhold winners announced!

Thanks to all who entered the World of Books big book giveaway, we have chosen the winners out of a hat and we are happy to announce the winners!

Winners of ‘Junk’ by Melvin Burgess:

  • Liza Wiemer (WhoRuBlog)
  • Alice (notestoalice)
  • Irene (irenesophia1968)
Winners of a signed copy of ‘Mistress of my Fate’ by Hallie Rubenhold:
  • Rebecca Turton (beckyturton22)
  • Arielle Kaplan (akaplan)
  • Pam Harrison (the_tenth_muse)
Congratulations to the lucky winners!

Sorry for those who entered and didn’t win, we will have plenty of competitions in the future so keep an eye on the blog! Thank you to Melvin Burgess and Hallie Rubenhold, who were great to interview and generously gave us these copies to give away. Please bear in mind we are in the UK, so if you are a winner in the USA allow time for delivery.