WIN A Signed Copy Of Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

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I know lots of you love Margaret Atwood’s work so I’ve teamed up with Virago Books, publisher of books by women and a perfect match for this blog, to bring you a Margaret Atwood competition. There are nine competitions running on nine blogs across this week and next and each have a prize bundle which includes a signed copy of Margaret Atwood’s short story collection Stone Mattress, published in paperback last week, and something related to one of the stories from the collection.

I chose ‘The Dead Hand Loves You’ which means my prize bundle includes a nail varnish set. Why? Because it’s a story about a story about a sentient hand (no, that isn’t a typo); nail varnish is brilliant, and, having spent many a half hour painting my male friends’ fingernails in my parents’ kitchen, I don’t consider it a gendered prize.

To whet your appetite, here’s the opening:

The Dead Hand Loves You started as a joke. Or more like a dare. He should have been more careful about it, but the fact was he’d been blowing a fair amount of dope around that time and drinking too much inferior-grade booze, so he hadn’t been fully responsible. He shouldn’t be held responsible. He shouldn’t be held to the terms of the fucking contract. That’s what had shackled his ankles: the contract.

And he can never get rid of that contract, because there wasn’t any drop-dead date on it. He should have included a good-only-until clause, like milk cartons, like tubs of yoghurt, like mayonnaise jars; but what did he know about contracts back then? He’d been twenty-two.

He’d needed the money.

If you want to be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below before 4pm UK time on Friday 2nd October. A winner will be chosen via random number generator soon after the closing time and the winner notified by email. UK only, this time, I’m afraid. Good luck!

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And if you fancy a personalised Stone Mattress ebadge, like mine above, then head over to the Virago site where they’re giving them away.

I’ve allocated everyone a number in order of entry so, for example, Cleo is #1, Jaime Walker #15, Georgina #28 and lindarumsey #46. And the random number generator says…

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Congratulations, Rhoda K! Check your email for information as to what to do next.

Thanks to all of you for entering. There are eight more opportunities to win across eight more blogs. Information on the Virago website as to the blogs and the additional prizes.

Thanks to Virago for the prize.

97 thoughts on “WIN A Signed Copy Of Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

  1. I haven’t yet read this one by Margaret Atwood, but I definitely would love to get around to it. I’m absolutely ecstatic about the prize though, I’m a HUGE Margaret Atwood fan! Thanks for having this competition!

  2. I haven’t yet read this one by Margaret Atwood, but I definitely would love to get around to it. I’m absolutely ecstatic about the prize though, I’m a HUGE Margaret Atwood fan! Thanks for having this competition!

  3. Pick me and I promise to paint my husband’s nails! (I might even let him read the book if he submits without a struggle.)

    My three-year-old son has been known to go in for a bit of toenail painting, too. With gusto. I’ll send you a picture…

  4. Pick me and I promise to paint my husband’s nails! (I might even let him read the book if he submits without a struggle.)

    My three-year-old son has been known to go in for a bit of toenail painting, too. With gusto. I’ll send you a picture…

  5. Ah awesome! I adore Atwood and this collection is so classique Mags. Love the fact that you’ve decided to include nail polish 😂😂😂😂

  6. Ah awesome! I adore Atwood and this collection is so classique Mags. Love the fact that you’ve decided to include nail polish 😂😂😂😂

  7. I’ve loved Margaret Atwood ever since reading Edible Woman and Lady Oracle back in the day and sold lots of her when I worked in the Silvermoon Bookshop.

  8. I’ve loved Margaret Atwood ever since reading Edible Woman and Lady Oracle back in the day and sold lots of her when I worked in the Silvermoon Bookshop.

  9. My daughter introduced me to A Handmaid’s Tale when studying it at school and I’ve read everything else by Margaret Atwood apart from stone Mattress. I would be over the moon should I win this

  10. My daughter introduced me to A Handmaid’s Tale when studying it at school and I’ve read everything else by Margaret Atwood apart from stone Mattress. I would be over the moon should I win this

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  13. I’m currently my first Margaret Atwood book, and loving it! Cant wait to read some more of her work.

  14. I’m currently my first Margaret Atwood book, and loving it! Cant wait to read some more of her work.

  15. My favourite author! I’m making it my mission to read everything she’s written. Currently reading The Heart Goes Last and really enjoying it 🙂 Great prize!

  16. My favourite author! I’m making it my mission to read everything she’s written. Currently reading The Heart Goes Last and really enjoying it 🙂 Great prize!

  17. Love Margaret Atwood – consistently brilliant fiction. With long winter nights approaching – would love to have this to read whilst curling up in my PJ’s!

  18. Love Margaret Atwood – consistently brilliant fiction. With long winter nights approaching – would love to have this to read whilst curling up in my PJ’s!

  19. Is it 4 p.m. UK time yet? Sorry, I live in Alaska and am a bit stupid about world time zones. I’m a huge Atwood fan, especially her earlier works. “Bodily Harm” and “Wilderness Tips” are my favorites. I’ve read them both at least six times and still love, love, love them. Cheers and happy weekend.

  20. I loved the Handmaid’s Tale when it came out, but can’t remember much about it now. Time for a reread I think!

  21. I loved the Handmaid’s Tale when it came out, but can’t remember much about it now. Time for a reread I think!

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