It’s been a while since we announced lucky Tesco Books Blog winners, and we have more than a few to congratulate today. So let’s crack on and tell you who our first winners of 2014 are…
Way back in December Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie hit the big screens and threw audiences into the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world. To accompany the big release, there was a selection of Walking with Dinosaurs books for those huge dinosaur fans out there. To celebrate the publication of these fantastic books we gave you the chance to win a holiday to the Isle of Wight, which of course had to include a visit to Dinosaur Isle. To win this great prize all you had to do was tell us which film you love to watch with your family during the festive season, and over 300 of you weighed in on this one. But we could only choose one winner, so congrats to Jess, we hope you have fun exploring the dinosaur capital of Great Britain!
Next we gave you the chance to get your hands on the full Jodi Picoult collection and boy has this been a popular one. Over 400 of you have been telling us which Jodi Picoult book is your favourite and why. Unsurprisingly there have been a few that cropped up more than once, My Sister’s Keeper and Plain Truth to name a couple. So without further ado, well done to our winner Antonia, we’re sure this collection will keep you busy for a while!
The number one best selling author, Robert Muchamore is back with a new series, Rock War. The leading characters, Jay, Summer and Dylan are about to enter the biggest rock band battle of their lives, and there’s everything to play for. To celebrate this publication of Rock War we gave your the chance to win the party invite of the year to the series launch later this month, along with a fun-filled goody bag. To win you had to answer this simple question: What is the title of the first CHERUB book written by Robert Muchamore? and that’s exactly what you did. But of course we can only choose one winner, well done to Paul, have fun at the party!
Congrats to all of our February winners. If you didn’t win this time, be sure to try your luck with Matthew Hall!
“For those we lost along the way, I tell this story. For all the children who suffered in this terrible place. For all those I consider my brothers and sisters; the ones who died, the ones who lost their minds, I tell this for you.”
Based in Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, Little Drifters is a story of extreme hardship, suffering and abuse. It is the story of 11 siblings, abandoned by their mother and torn from their father, incarcerated in convents and then driven apart in the cruellest ways imaginable; it is the story of their ruined childhoods and their fight for justice. But more than that, it is a story of courage and survival. Here, Kathleen tells Tesco Books Blog about the experience of writing her remarkable story…
Ever since I started keeping a diary at 13 I’ve wanted to write a book about my experiences. I used to write everything in my diary, filling up dozens of notebooks over the years with my thoughts and my scribblings. The things I went through, I didn’t want to forget them. As the years passed I realized I also wanted my children to know what had happened. It needed to come out.
Back then the nuns’ power blinded everyone to the truth and that’s how they all got away with the abuse for so many years. They abused their power and position but everyone in society let them do it because they showed them such respect, just because they were high up in the church.
I’m still angry with The Reverend Mother and Sister Helen because they knew what was happening and they covered up. Their decisions still make life hard for me, my family and all the children they put through so much suffering. We are living with this today and the pain continues down the generations. I don’t think they realise that.
As a child you blame yourself but going through this process as an adult really made me understand how everything unravelled around us. It gave me a greater understanding of what went wrong. I understood why my mother did what she did now. I’m not so angry with her anymore. I can see that she was pushed to the limit. She became hard because she lived a hard life. Writing the book allowed me to forgive her.
I believe if you really want something and you never give up – even if it takes years and years, which it did for me – it will come to you.
Little Drifters: Kathleen’s Story is available in store now!
Bestselling TV cook Bill Granger brings his trademark fresh flavours and easy-going recipes to the well-loved food of Italy in his latest book, Bill’s Italian Food.
Divided into themed chapters – quick and easy suppers and deliciously stress-free meals for friends, no-fuss oven-baked comfort food, lazy weekend food and big Italian-style get-togethers – Bill’s Italian Food will bring fresh ideas to your kitchen.
From mouth-watering sausage stuffed pork loin with garlic and rosemary to summer berry and white chocolate tiramisu , Bill shows you how to create deliciously stress-free meals with an Italian flavour that will keep the whole family coming back for more.
To celebrate the publication of Bill Granger’s brand new cookbook, Bill’s Italian Food, we want to offer one lucky winner and their guest the chance to eat at the renowned Granger & Co, Bill’s critically acclaimed Notting Hill restaurant. To enter, simply answer the following question in the comments section below:
What is your favourite Italian meal?
And as a special treat for our Tesco Books Blog readers Bill has shared a few delicious recipes exclusively for you, enjoy!
Pick up a copy of Bill’s Italian Food by Bill Granger in store now!