The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun and some of the authors that have visited us this year have stopped by once more to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas – first up is is Trust Your Eyes author Linwood Barclay, who is looking very festive!
Matt Dawson did not always answer quiz questions, bake pavlovas and dance the Cha-cha-cha. He played a bit of rugby too. Pretty well, in fact. A member of England’s World Cup-winning team in 2003, he also played on three tours with the British and Irish Lions. He has seen a few sights, heard a few stories.
Now to celebrate his career, Matt has published his autobiography, Matt Dawson’s Lions Tales, offering fans a dose of wonderful anecdotes and epic stories of triumph and despair. To get you started, Matt has shared the first chapter with us…
Matt has also given us a SIGNED shirt and copy of his book to giveaway. For a chance to win the fantastic prize, tell us in the comments section below…
On which BBC tv show does Matt Dawson captain a team?
It’s time for us to announce our final winners of November, and what a lucky bunch they are!
First we had author Joanne Trollope, one of the six authors re-imagining Jane Austen’s six complete works as part of The Austen Project. Joanna kicked the series off with her glorious re-telling of Sense & Sensibility, if you haven’t picked up a copy, you must! To celebrate this wonderful project we gave you the chance to win an overnight stay at the Queensbury Hotel in Bath, and to win all you had to do was tell us what your favourite Austen novel is and why – not an easy one, we know! Pride and Prejudice and Emma seemed to be favourites, and our winner Tam was of a similar opinion. Well done Tam, enjoy your weekend away!
Next we had the footballing legend that is Harry Redknapp stop by the blog to tell us about his autobiography, and how his wife Sandra was his best signing ever. To celebrate the release of Always Managing: My Autobiography by Harry Redknapp we asked you to tell us who has been your Football teams best signing, and this is when the true football fans came out. And for good reason, the ultimate football fans prize bundle was up for grabs, and out winner Steven is over the moon to have won. Enjoy Steven!
Michel Roux is an incredible French-English chef, you many recognise him from brief appearances on Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef. Michel stopped by the blog in late October to tell us about his new cook book, The French Kitchen, and to celebrate its publication he gave you lucky readers the chance to win dinner for two at his Two-Starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, in London. To win you simply had to tell us about your family’s special Christmas tradition, and with over 600 comments it wasn’t an easy task for Michel to choose. But her did, so congratulations to Hannah, we hope you have a wonderful evening being wined and dined.
Last up we had another sporting legend, Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton of the boxing world join us to talk about his book, War and Peace: My Story. This sporting hero told us the ins and outs of what to expect, and also gave you the chance to get your hands on pair of boxing gloves, signed by the man himself! To win you had to tell us what your nickname would be if you were a professional boxer! And Joey ‘The Jawbreaker’ did just that, we hope the new and improved, sweet and smashing soul taker enjoys his new gloves!
Well done to all of our winners, enjoy your prizes. If you didn’t win this time, fear not, there are plenty more chances here on on the blog. And be sure to join us on Twitter for fun giveaways and quizzes over the festive period!
Andy Murray has had a phenomenal couple of years, he was the 2012 US Open Champion, won both gold and silver at the Olympics and this year he made history by being the first man in 77 years to win Wimbledon. To celebrate his success, Andy has written his story, complete with wonderful pictures, describing his journey to becoming the 2013 Wimbledon Champion. He’s had us on the edge of our seats, wiping back tears and screaming at our TV! In his new book, Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory, you will find yourself reliving those tense moments on centre court all over again. If you haven’t managed to pick up your copy yet, here’s the first chapter to get you started…
To celebrate the launch of Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory, Andy stopped by with a signed pair of shoes and shirt for one Tesco Books Blog reader to win.
To be in with a chance of getting your hands on this fabulous prize simply answer this question in the comments section below…
It is a moment that many of us are unlikely to forget. You might have been on Murray Mound, unable to move in a busy pub, or face to face with your TV screen for the painstaking last 5 minutes of that Wimbledon Championship point – but tell us where were you when Andy Murray won Wimbledon?
As always, we’ve had some fabulous prizes up for grabs in the last couple of months. We had a little something for the chefs, comedians, football fans, music lovers, and of course our book fans!
Saturday Kitchen fans, we had the ultimate prize for you – a pair of tickets to the ‘Taste of Saturday Kitchen’ experience, plus a bottle of champers and a signed copy of Saturday Kitchen Cooking Bible. And on top of that, we had an delicious recipe for chicken with chorizo, peppers and sage from Angela Hartnett’s. We can assure you, it’s scrumptious! To win this fantastic prize you simply had to tell us who your favourite chef on Saturday Kitchen is, and James Martin was a favourite by miles. As always, we can only choose one winner, so Anna we hope you have a great day eating and drinking with the Saturday Kitchen stars!
Next we had the perfect weekend getaway for Bernard Cornwell fans to enjoy. A two night stay at The Gables, a stunning Victorian bed and breakfast in the heart of Northumberland, where much of Bernard’s epic new novel is set. To be the lucky one to win this luxurious weekend away you has to tell us what you enjoy most about Bernard’s novels, a rather easy one really! Over 400 of you left comments, but only one winner was chosen, so congrats to Sean, we hope you enjoy your weekend away!
Celebrity Juice fans, did we get it right, or did we get it right?! A trip to the studio to watch the show being filmed and see the stars Keith, Holly and Fearne in action on set, prizes don’t get much better than this! You simply had to tell us who has been your favourite guest on Celebrity Juice and why, and the top three were Joey Essex, Ant & Dec, and Gino. Chosen at random, as our lucky winners are, Gail and Nicola. We hope you have a wild time!
This December, for the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is the ultimate immersive experience, utilising state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog Dino triumphs to become a hero.
To celebrate the publication Tesco Book Blog is giving you the chance to win a holiday to Isle of Wight, the dinosaur capital of Great Britain. You’ll be staying at Luccombe Hall Country House Hotel and visiting Dinosaur Isle, including a fossil walk on the beach!
To be in with a chance of winning answer this question:
Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is set to be the biggest family film this Christmas, what is your favourite film to watch with the family at this time of year?
Get your copy of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie in store now!
The October Half Term seems likes such a long time ago now, but Hugless Douglas is still reeling over the incredible time he had in Peru, home of his idol, Paddington Bear.
He set off at the start of Half Term on the train to Heathrow Airport, made his way through security in record time, had a quick scoot around Duty Free (a bear has to look his best at all times, and discount toiletries are the best), and was relaxed and ready for his flight to Peru.
He hopped off the plane in Peru and was ready to embark on his week-long adventure. Here’s how it went….
First Hugless Douglas visited a small city named Cusco. He tells us it’s beautiful, and we believe him, look at the photographic evidence…