uring and after Crimefest 2013
in Bristol, I collected, among other books, the latest novels by Kevin McCarthy
and William Ryan
. Within days of returning home, I received by mail, among other books, the latest novels by Kevin McCarthy and William Ryan.
That promotional largesse can now win you the books, as I'll send the extra copies to the first readers who correctly answer these skill-testing questions:
- McCarthy's novels are set amid the agonizing birth of the modern Irish state. The first is titled Peeler. What is a peeler? Win a copy of McCarthy's new book, Irregulars.
- Ryan's books, set in mid-twentieth-century Soviet Russia, include a notable real-life Russian writer as a character. Who is that writer? Win Ryan's The Twelfth Department.
That didn't take long, did it?
One reader in California knew both that peelers are police in Northern Ireland (named for Sir Robert Peel
, whose first name became the colloquial name for police in England: bobbies.), and that Isaac Babel
is a character in William Ryan's novels. Congratulations. Thanks to you, two Irish guys are smiling, and I save postage by sending two books to one place.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013
Labels: contests, Ireland, Isaac Babel, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Peel, Russia, William Ryan