Winning times

The Booker Talk household has been in a state of suspended excitement for the last week. I hardly ever win things in competitions or prize drawers (I suppose the fact that I don’t actually enter many of them might have something to do with that). But on the same day just over a week ago I learned that I had won, not one but two prizes.

whitehunger_web_0_220_330First to arrive was a copy of White Hunger which is a debut novel by a Finnish author called Aki Ollikainen. It’s set in 19th century Finland and follows a young woman’s journey from Finland to St Petersburg in an attempt to save her young children from starvation.  This was a give away from (a wonderful source of info if you have any plans to visit the city) and published by Peirene Press.  The book won the title of Best Finnish Debut Novel 2012 and Finnish Book Bloggers’ Best Book 2012 and is now available in English.  Have any of you read this?

Just a few days later came a mystery gift from the London Review of Books as a result of a reader survey I completed.  I’m now the owner of a canvas tote bag (much nicer than plastic carrier bags and cheaper too since we have to pay for those in Wales); a few items from their cafe and a nicely bound compendium of articles published in the LRB.

Two successes. Do you think I could make it a third??

About BookerTalk

What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on February 13, 2015, in Finnish authors and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Now don’t get greedy 😉 Seriously though, what fun bookish winnings. I’ve not heard of White Hunger but it sounds like it has potential!

  2. Glad to hear that you won the White Hunger giveaway! Even though I’ve read the book, I put a pre-order on the translation because I’ve heard great things about the translator Emily Jeremiah and want to compare the book in different language versions.

  3. I seriously wish I was in your place right now . Such a feast all those gifts are. Congrats 😀

  4. I won two book giveaways this week, and was quite excited too!

    • we should raise a glass in celebration together. I feel a bit silly really coming all over like some excited child just because i won something I could easily have gone and bought.

  5. Better play the lottery just in case. They say good things come in threes right? Or is that bad things? I always mix them up.

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