Surprise, Surprise

On Tuesday of last week, I came home to a parcel. I was only stopping for a brief time before heading out again. I didn’t pay much attention to it, as I was expecting a USB cable.

Just before leaving, I opened the parcel to check I’d received the correct equipment. So imagine my surprise when I found it actually contained the following:

Picture of Good Omens with a personalised gift note

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. There was no sender’s name, only a cat’s face made up with punctuation marks. However, it didn’t take long to trace it to an American friend. Around a week before, she’d heard the BBC radio adaptation from 2014. I’d casually mentioned I’d heard this, but hadn’t read the full novel, so she’d jumped at the chance to send it.

It was an incredibly thoughtful gift, and I’m making good progress with reading it. I’m working on what to send back as I have National Book Tokens that need to be spent before the balance expires.

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Being Mugged.

A quick word to say that while Zöe Venditozzi didn’t win The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, she did come first in the public vote, even if the panel voted against it.

Kate Atkinson walked away with the mug, although Neil Gaiman initially seemed a front runner.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/oct/14/not-booker-prize-2013-judging-meeting-live