Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Giveaway - The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise - Julia Stuart

Thanks to the lovely folks at Doubleday Publishing, I have two copies of The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart to giveaway!

From the publisher:

"Brimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics Chocolat and Amélie.
Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That’s right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It’s no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London.

Among the eccentric characters who call the Tower’s maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases home are the Tower’s Rack & Ruin barmaid, Ruby Dore, who just found out she’s pregnant; portly Valerie Jennings, who is falling for ticket inspector Arthur Catnip; the lifelong bachelor Reverend Septimus Drew, who secretly pens a series of principled erot­ica; and the philandering Ravenmaster, aiming to avenge the death of one of his insufferable ravens.

When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interest­ing. Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives. Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise “runs” away.

Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delight­ful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly origi­nal novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page.
 
Read an excerpt of The Tower The Zoo and The Tortoise. A reader's guide is also available.

Open to US residents, no po boxes please. Simply comment to be entered. Ends Sunday Nov 14th at 6 pm EST.

58 comments:

Linda said...

I love 'irresistable' characters, humorous situations, and whimsey. This book sounds delightful. Thanks for the giveaway.
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ritaliccious said...

I love all things British, so when I heard about this book, I knew I would want to read it.
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Kerry said...

Oh, please enter me! I've been hearing excellent things about this one.

Thanks!

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Erin said...

I love the title and cover of this book. I've also heard really nice things about it and would love to win a copy! Thanks!

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Patti V. said...

Sounds like a book I would love to win! Please enter me!

a real librarian said...

This sounds great!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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AmandaSue said...

I'd love a chance into this giveaway thanks!

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holdenj said...

I would love to win this book! I've heard great things about it. Thanks!
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I would love to read The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Colleen Turner said...

My son would just love this! Please include me in your giveaway.
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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, my friend. I'm dropping in for the usual ... to say thanks for the e-mail and that I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

gcpeach17 said...

This truly sounds enchanting. Please, enter me to win a copy and thanks for the giveaway.

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Shana said...

I'd love to win this!
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Elaine said...

Great giveaway! Would love to win this.

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Jennifer said...

My husband and I went to London and visited the tower on our honeymoon in July. Would love to read this!

Judy H said...

This looks fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

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ape2016 said...

Sounds like the type of book I love!
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Amber said...

Wow - I love Chocolat and Amelie, so I think this is right up my alley!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Attila said...

Sounds like a good book. I wouldn't mind winning it!
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Anonymous said...

I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK. ALEXANDRACHB(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM

J. Cannon said...

Wow this sounds like an interesting book! Please count me in!
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Rachel said...

I'd love to be entered! roach808 at hotmail dot com

Nicole C. said...

I would love to read this book.

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a real librarian said...

I love this!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Please enter me & thx for contest
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Jennifer Woosley said...

great! Fabulous! I have so been wanting to read it.
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rubynreba said...

Looks like a cute book. Please enter me.
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Megan said...

I'd love to win. I collect childrens' books

Julie said...

I saw this book at the store and thought it looked amazing! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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Debbie F said...

Please include me! thanks!

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minishoes1 said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks! jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

topkat said...

fun stuff

Renee G said...

Would love to read this. It sounds outstanding.
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Aik said...

I'd love to enter!

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Andria said...

It sound really cute and fun.

Anonymous said...

I've been to the Tower a few times and had no idea anyone lived there... I'd love a copy!

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Nicole D. said...

This book sounds great - would love to share it with my daughter. Thanks!

Melissa B. said...

This is like nothing I've read before. I would love to win it.

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard great things about this book.

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iplaytrack1224 said...

Sweet blog!
And thanks for the giveaway!
Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Marianna said...

Thanks for the chance!
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Kellie Conklin said...

This book sounds great. I love when there are eccentric characters, it makes everything so much more interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Cynthya said...

This book has been on my wish list since I first heard about it. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Anonymous said...

i love it

theolotto said...

Sounds like a cute story.

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George Ferris said...

Sounds like a must-read.
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Diane52 said...

I love the title and British humor.
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purango said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds like fun. garrettsambo@aol.com

kathy pease said...

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
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Becca said...

I love reading books that don't take place in America, thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

dvice said...

I'd like to read this

Atreau said...

Sounds like a great book.

Susanmeep said...

I would love this book, I have heard good things, and my daughter would love it. suelee1998 @ gmail.com

Breanne said...

I'd love to read this!

FDP 4 Life said...

sounds like a great read
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