book + portmeirion-teacup giveaway

Mother’s Day might be over for another year, but I reckon us mums deserve to be treated every day.

My very talented friend and author, Kate Thompson, is about to publish her fourth Pan Macmillan novel, The Allotment Girls, so I wanted to celebrate by giving YOU the chance to win a little treat!

I’m giving away an autographed copy of Kate’s newest book, which tells the story of the gritty East End women who kept the home fires burning during the tumult of World War II:

‘During the Second World War, life in the iconic Bryant & May match factory is grimy and tough. Annie, Rose, Pearl and Millie carry on making matches for the British Army, with bombs raining down around them.

Inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, Annie persuades the owners to start Bryant & May allotment in the factory grounds. With plenty of sweat and toil, the girls eventually carve out a corner of the yard into a green plot full of life and colour.

In the darkest of times, the girls find their allotment a tranquil, happy escape. Using pierced dustbin lids to sieve through the shrapnel and debris, they bring about a powerful change, not just in the factory, but their own lives.

As the war rages on, the garden becomes a place of community, friendship – and deceit. As the garden thrives and grows, so do the girls’ secrets . . . ‘

As well as this fab novel I’m also giving away this gorgeous jumbo-sized Portmeirion teacup from their Botanic Garden range, decorated with a delightful dog rose design and worth £29.95!

To enter to win, simply fill in the Rafflecopter form. Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

T&C’s: ends 23.59, 1/4/18; UK only, prize is 1 x paperback copy of The Allotment Girls and 1 x jumbo Portmeirion teacup, RRP: £36.95; prize will be fulfilled after completion of the prize promotion; winner will be selected and notified within one month of the end date; promoter’s and winner’s details available on request; your details will not be passed on or used for any other purpose than which is outlined; promoter shall not be held responsible for prizes getting lost or damaged in transit; winner will be selected at random via the Rafflecopter form.


  1. Sadiyya Maryam - March 14, 2018 reply

    The last book I have read is The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neil! And it’s a really funnhy, laugh out loud kind of book.

  2. lovley book by kate thompson and fantastic prize to win thank you

  3. Debi Newman - March 15, 2018 reply

    The last book I read was The Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell x

  4. Tracy Nixon - March 15, 2018 reply

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  5. Lesley Bambridge - March 15, 2018 reply

    The atmospheric classic by Georges Simenon ‘Maigret’ Awesome series.

  6. Elizabeth Smith - March 15, 2018 reply

    Fangirl – it was really rather good

  7. Sue McCarthy - March 15, 2018 reply

    I don’t get time to read but my Mum reads a lot. Would love to win this prize for her.

  8. Hayley Atkins - March 15, 2018 reply

    The last book I read was ‘Under the Christmas Tree’…a collection of seasonal classic murders!

  9. Diane Cunningham - March 15, 2018 reply

    I’ve just finished reading War Widow by June Francis

  10. Michelle smith - March 15, 2018 reply

    Summer at shell cottage by Lucy Diamond

  11. DAWN WINSKILL - March 15, 2018 reply

    The last book I read was Alfie Boe`s autobiography

  12. Janet Birkin - March 15, 2018 reply

    Call The Midwife

  13. Suan Watts - March 15, 2018 reply

    The house sitter by Peter Lovesey

  14. Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman.

  15. Annabel Greaves - March 15, 2018 reply

    I read He Said She Said by Erin Kelly xx

  16. Margaret Craw - March 15, 2018 reply

    I the moment I am reading In Their Mother’s Footsteps by Mary Wood a great book x

  17. Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley

  18. Tanya Deliyska - March 15, 2018 reply

    I’m currently reading Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich.

  19. Kevin Honey - March 15, 2018 reply

    Das Boot

  20. Peggy rossiter - March 15, 2018 reply

    Dawn frenchs autobiography

  21. laura stewart - March 15, 2018 reply

    Sarah Forsyth Slave girl x

  22. melanie stirling - March 15, 2018 reply

    I read at least 2 books a week,the last one was Bring me back by B A Paris.

  23. Ellen Stafford - March 15, 2018 reply

    The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

  24. Bordersnakes by James Crumley x

  25. Penny-sue Wolfe - March 15, 2018 reply

    The Perfectly Imperfect woman by Milly Johnson

  26. Lizzie Jordan’s Secret Life

  27. Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

  28. Thanks for the opportunity to win this prize I’m reading Testament of Youth by Vera Britain at the moment so will appreciate a lighter read to follow this book

  29. john prendergast - March 15, 2018 reply

    The last book I read was NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson

  30. Graham Ross - March 16, 2018 reply

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  31. donna hale - March 16, 2018 reply

    Not read one for a while so dont remember

  32. toni pearson - March 16, 2018 reply

    Charlie and Me – 421 miles from home by Mark Lowery

  33. The Las book I read completely was Bridget Jones mad about the boy. But I’ the middle of reading, a force to be reckoned with, like a queen and a Cecile aherne one!!

  34. Margaret GALLAGHER - March 16, 2018 reply

    It started with a tweet by Anna Bell

  35. I’ve just finished reading Aphrodite’s Tears by Hannah Fielding

  36. Sandra Clarke - March 16, 2018 reply

    Perfect People by Peter James was my last book & really enjoyed it.

  37. Angela Treadway - March 16, 2018 reply

    the chocolate lovers wedding by carole matthews x

  38. Maria blythin - March 16, 2018 reply

    one bad choice

  39. Andrea Fletcher - March 16, 2018 reply

    I am reading Head over heels by Jill Mansell.

  40. Just finished reading Over Bethnal Green by Sally Worboyes

  41. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

  42. Laura Pritchard - March 16, 2018 reply

    The Wordsmith’s Tale by Stephen Edden

  43. Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly

  44. Jules Eley - March 16, 2018 reply

    Milly Johnson An Autumn crush!

  45. Sheena Batey - March 16, 2018 reply

    The Long Song by Andrea Levy

  46. Three sisters, three queens by Philippa Gregory – I do love a bit of historical fiction

  47. Katerina Economides - March 17, 2018 reply

    Origin by Dan Brown

  48. Karen watt - March 17, 2018 reply

    Alex cross kiss the girls James Patterson

  49. Susie Wilkinson - March 18, 2018 reply

    The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight! My self-help guide for 2018!

  50. claire woods - March 18, 2018 reply

    The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson

  51. Lovely giveaway ❤❤

    The latest book is Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell.

    The last book was a Jules Verne I couldn’t get into.

    So the last book (s) I actually read all the way through was The Collected Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

  52. laura banks - March 18, 2018 reply

    james patterson sail

  53. Romilly Snowden - March 18, 2018 reply

    Bring Me Back by B A Paris. I’d definitely recommend!

  54. Lorna Ledger - March 19, 2018 reply

    The Wasp Factory, really dark and weird!

  55. Caron Twyman - March 20, 2018 reply

    My sister’s bones.
    Sorry I put my twitter handle instead of my Instagram. I’m candschampion, not @cazcham.

  56. sadie coffin - March 21, 2018 reply

    House of secrets by Sara Manning

  57. Angela Kelly - March 21, 2018 reply

    Yesterday I finished Die Last by Tony Parsons, now I’m reading an ARC of Beautiful Liars by Isobel Ashdown.

  58. Suzanne Gaulton - March 23, 2018 reply

    I’m currently reading a new one – Fairvale Ladies Book Club

  59. Karen Durrant - March 23, 2018 reply

    rereading Joanna Harris book Chocolat

  60. Ray Becker - March 24, 2018 reply

    The name of the wind

  61. Carole Nott - March 24, 2018 reply

    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by by Gail Honeyman

  62. I’m currently reading Poet Anderson, it is all about Lucid dreaming it’s great

  63. Laura Walker - March 25, 2018 reply

    Last book was Britt-marie was here

  64. Melissa Lee - March 26, 2018 reply

    I just re-read Pet Semetary by Stephen King – terrifying but I first read it when I was 14 so wanted to see if it still scared me! It did 🙂

  65. Michelle Ferguson - March 27, 2018 reply

    The last book I read was friend request

  66. Helen Whitehouse - March 28, 2018 reply

    Molly’s Christmas Orphans by Carol Rivers

  67. ADEINNE TONNER - March 29, 2018 reply

    The last book i read was then she was gone by Lisa Jewell

  68. Ruth Harwood - March 29, 2018 reply

    Deadhouse Landing by Ian C Esslemont

  69. Joanna Emery - March 30, 2018 reply

    Million Love Songs: The laugh-out-loud and feel-good Sunday Times bestseller

  70. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

  71. paula cheadle - March 31, 2018 reply

    Mary Berry’s autobiography

  72. sheri Darby - March 31, 2018 reply

    The Avignon Quintet by Laurence Durrell

  73. Victoria Prince - March 31, 2018 reply

    The last book I read was The Secret of Spiggy Holes by Enid Blyton (I was reliving my childhood!)

  74. Abi Jervis - March 31, 2018 reply

    Behind her eyes

  75. Laura Harrison - April 1, 2018 reply

    The Wedding Date – Mira T Lee

  76. Adrian Bold - April 1, 2018 reply

    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  77. last book i read wasnt for fun it was to research an academic essay, so would love some new light reading

  78. Sarah prescott - April 1, 2018 reply

    Paper Hearts and summer kisses by Carole Matthews.

  79. jamie banks - April 1, 2018 reply

    flowers in the attic

  80. Allan Fullarton - April 1, 2018 reply

    Das Boot

  81. Shaun Heathcote - April 1, 2018 reply

    my wife would love this set

  82. Cerys John - April 1, 2018 reply

    It was called ‘No Fixed Abode: a Journey through homelessness’. Excellent read!

  83. kate tibbs - April 1, 2018 reply

    Last read Mary Wood Proud of You. Love to escape into a good book and big fan of Portmeirion too.

  84. agatha christie the moving finger

  85. Nicole Farao - April 1, 2018 reply

    The last book I read was Origin. I love a good book. It gives me a chance to escape to a different world for a while. 🙂

  86. Jeanette Leighton - April 1, 2018 reply

    Was a long time ago with 2 little ones I don’t get much time I think it was 21 days , about a girl who was kidnapped a real life story

  87. Miss Tracy Hanson - April 1, 2018 reply

    Just finished One by One again written by Chris Carter. It’s a crime/thriller with a bit of gore, but he’s very good and I’ve read all his books so far and enjoyed them all (apparently writing a new one now).

  88. Natalee Gosiewski - April 1, 2018 reply

    the rough riders loreli james

  89. JULIE WARD - April 1, 2018 reply

    Lonely Girl by Josephine Cox

  90. Lauren Old - April 1, 2018 reply

    Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

  91. Kim Neville - April 1, 2018 reply

    Surprise me by Sophie Kinsella

  92. Danielle Spencer - April 1, 2018 reply

    Looking for Clara by Simona Grossi

  93. Sharon Martin - April 1, 2018 reply

    custard tarts and broken hearts

  94. Marina Owen - April 1, 2018 reply

    Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number.

  95. Simone Griffin - April 1, 2018 reply

    50 shades of grey

  96. Karen Painter - April 1, 2018 reply

    I’ve been enjoying reading The Postcard by Fern Britton

  97. janine atkin - April 1, 2018 reply

    sleeping beauties by stephen king

  98. Love Notes for Freddie by Eva Rice

  99. Carol Boffey - April 1, 2018 reply

    The shining by stephen king

  100. Rachel Craig - April 1, 2018 reply

    Cheer Up Love Adventures in Depression with the CRAB of HATE by Susan Calman.

  101. James Travis - April 1, 2018 reply

    Harry Potter

  102. Last book I read was The Last Tudor, quite a good read (swiped it off ym partner!)

  103. Craig Hindle - April 1, 2018 reply

    Great site

  104. Christine Hindle - April 1, 2018 reply

    Hope I win prize

  105. SHIRLEY EVANS - April 1, 2018 reply

    The Revenant

  106. Natalie Crossan - April 1, 2018 reply

    Lonely Girl by Josephine Cox

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