180: Walk-on part in REBECCA EMIN’S next novel + signed books

ITEM: A signed copy of Rebecca Emin’s children’s novel NEW BEGINNINGS (age 8-12) and of SHAMBELURKING AND OTHER STORIES (children’s anthology Rebecca has two stories in) plus a walk-on part in Rebecca’s second novel WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE


NEW BEGINNINGS is a novel for children aged 8-12, due to be published early 2012 at the very latest. The winning bidder will receive one of the first copies of the book when it is published.

SHAMBELURKING AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of poems and stories for children aged 8-12, which was published in aid of the National Autistic Society Early Learning Program.

WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE is a novel for 10-14 year olds about a girl who has always had really vivid dreams… and then some of them start to come true.



178: Your name as a character in TABITHA SUZUMA’s next book + signed copies of her five YA books

ITEM: Your name as a character in TABITHA SUZUMA’s next book plus signed copies of her five YA books: Forbidden, A Note of Madness, A Voice in the Distance, From Where I Stand and Without Looking Back.

BIO: Tabitha Suzuma was born in London in 1975 to an English mother and a Japanese father, the eldest of five children. She went to the French Lycée, hated school, refused to work and sat at the back of the class, writing stories. When she was fourteen, she just stopped going to school – much to her teachers’ relief and her parents’ anguish. Ten years on she returned to the classroom, this time as a Year 1 teacher. At this point she wrote her first novel, A Note of Madness. She went on to write three more novels for young adults: From Where I Stand, A Voice in the Distance and Without Looking Back. Her latest novel, Forbidden, is an incestuous love story between a brother and sister. She is currently working on a book about euthanasia entitled A Time to Die.


175: Character name in JULIE BERTAGNA’S next book and a signed copy of EXODUS

ITEM: Character name in Julie Bertagna’s next book and a signed copy of award-winning EXODUS with snazzy brand new cover.

DETAILS: The EXODUS trilogy is an epic story of love and survival against the odds set in a stormy future:Mara’s island home is drowning as the ice caps melt and Earth loses its land to the ocean. In the midst of a storm surge which all but drowns her island, Mara and her people set out onto the oceans to find a new home – but tragedy strikes. Alone in the world, can Mara find hope, love and a new life on a devastated Earth?

A miracle of a novel… a book you remember for the rest of your life’ – Guardian

BIO: Julie Bertagna is an award-winning writer who lives in Scotland and is published in many countries around the world.

174: Character name in NAOMI ALDERMAN’s new novel DOCTOR WHO: BORROWED TIME

ITEM: Character name in NAOMI ALDERMAN’s new novel DOCTOR WHO: BORROWED TIME. Whoever wins will have their name appear in the novel as someone who has done a *very unwise deal* with some aliens…

DETAILS: Bank worker Andrew Brown is literally living on Borrowed Time. He’s made a deal with the mysterious Mr Symington and Mr Blenkinsop. He may have a lot of time now but he also has a lot of trouble. Fortunately, the Doctor, Amy and Rory have gone undercover at the bank and are on-hand to help before Symington and Blenkinsop cash in on their investment.

BIO: Naomi Alderman’s first novel, Disobedience, was published in ten languages; it was read on BBC radio’s Book at Bedtime and won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones’ 25 Writers for the Future. Penguin published her second novel,The Lessons in April 2010.

UPDATED 169: Your name as a character in a book in Tommy Donbavand’s new, top secret series + FULL SET of SCREAM STREET books + Scream Street posters

ITEM: Your name as a character in a book in Tommy Donbavand’s new, top secret series (he’ll tell you when it’s in, so it won’t be a secret then) plus FULL SET of SCREAM STREET books.

DETAILS: Scream Street is a series of 13 comedy horror novels (11 published so far) telling the tale of Luke Watson who, after he begins to change into a werewolf, causes his family to be moved to Scream Street – a secure location for vampires, zombies, monsters and more.


BIO: Tommy Donbavand was born in Liverpool, but doesn’t know any of The Beatles.  When he was 11, his parents moved to Lancashire and, because they didn’t trust him to forward the post, he had to go with them.

After an early career as a clown called Wobblebottom (no, really!), he joined the cast of the West End musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story where he played the Clearlake MC for a total of eight years, including stints on the UK tour and in Toronto, Canada.

Tommy then moved into the world of theatre production, where he wrote, directed and appeared in theatre tours such as Robinson CrusoeHey Diddle Diddle, and Goldilocks & The Three Bears.

As an author, Tommy’s series of comedy horror novels, Scream Street, is published by Walker Books in the UK, Candlewick Press in the USA and major foreign publishers in many territories around the world.


146: Signed proof of SAM BAKER’s new novel + character name


ITEM: Signed proof of Sam Baker’s new novel, TO MY BEST FRIENDS and Sam will also name a character in her next novel (out autumn 2012) after the winning bidder.

DETAILS: Nicci Morrison was always the first of her friends to do everything…

But she wasn’t meant to be the first to die.

Nicci has one last chance to make a difference before she leaves – by leaving letters bequeathing her most treasured possessions to her closest girl friends.

To Mona – single and searching – she bequeaths her husband David, little knowing her best friend found The One a long time ago, it’s just that Neil is married…

To childless Jo O’Hara, Nicci leaves the care of her three-year-old twin daughters. Jo however, far from longing for children, is finding it hard to cope with the fortnightly arrival of her husband’s two sons.

To Lizzie Freidman, her flatmate from college, she leaves her garden. But while Lizzie is loyally tending Nicci’s plants, the parts of her own life that are in desperate need of attention are falling by the wayside.

In death, as in life, Nicci doesn’t always know best, and she did not imagine the changes, and traumas that her letters set in motion for the loved ones she’s left behind.

BIO: Sam is editor-in-chief of Red, and author of the novels The Stepmothers Support Group and To My Best Friends (Harpercollins, May 2011), amongst others.


142: Signed copy of BLACK BOXES by Caroline Smailes + character name

ITEM: Caroline Smailes will name a character in her next novel after the winning bidder plus a signed copy of her novel BLACK BOXES.

DETAILS: Meet Ana Lewis. She is 37 years old and lives with her two children, Pip and Davie. She has just taken an overdose of pills.

By the end of this book Ana will be dead.

Black Boxes follows the final hours of Ana’s life, recording her thoughts and memories. As the drugs start to kick in, we discover the awful sequence of events which have brought her to this moment.

We also get to read pages from the diary of Pip, her teenage daughter, which reveals another side to the story and, just perhaps, a small glimmer of hope.

The second novel from the acclaimed author of In Search of Adam is a heartbreaking but impressive work, from one of the most original voices in modern fiction.

Accomplished and affecting, Caroline Smailes weaves together a catastrophic tale of mismatched lives.