Win a bundle of VINTAGE books for summer reading!

An assortment of 12 books spread out on a red background, flatlay.

This summer at VINTAGE we are enjoying books which celebrate storytelling and are rooted in a sense of place. We have the perfect prize for book lovers who are staying at home or want to relax with a good read this summer, a bundle of 12 VINTAGE books which are immersive, gripping and page-turning. These are:

  1. There, There by Tommy Orange – One of Barack Obama's best books of 2018, the New York Times bestselling novel about contemporary America is from a bold new Native American voice, and set in a close-knit community in Oakland, California.
  2. Stranger in the Shogun's City by Amy Stanley – A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman in Edo – now known as Tokyo – and a portrait of a great city on the brink of momentous change.
  3. Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah, translated by Deborah Smith – A hypnotic, disorientating story of parallel lives unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer.
  4. Djinn Patrol by Deepa Anappara – This heartrending tale is set in a fictional city in India, where nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, and when a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use his crime-solving skills to find him.
  5. Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o – In this compelling classic of modern African Literature, Petals of Blood explores the scepticism of change after Kenya's liberation from the British Empire.
  6. Italian Life by Tim Parks – Thought-provoking, surprising and always entertaining, Italian Life is a behind-the-scenes look at a paradoxical country: a gripping account of how Italy really happens.
  7. Mud & Stars by Sara Wheeler – A wonderfully original book about contemporary Russia as seen on journeys in search of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Lermontov, Chekhov, Gogol and Turgenev.
  8. The Parisian by Isabella Hammad – An elegant novel illuminating the tangled politics and personal tragedies of a turbulent era – the Palestinian struggle for independence, the strife of the early twentieth century, and the looming shadow of the Second World War. 
  9. The Travelers by Regina Porter – Covering more than six decades of sweeping change in America – from the struggle for civil rights and the chaos of Vietnam to Obama's first year as President – James and Agnes's families will come together in unexpected, intimate and profoundly human ways.
  10. Magdalena by Wade Davis – Explores Colombia's complex past through the story of the great Río Magdalena.
  11. Braised Pork by An Yu – This is a cinematic and beautiful exploration of myth-making, connection, and a young woman's search deep into her past which takes her from the city of Beijing to the mountains of Tibet.
  12. Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman, translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler – A magnificent novel not only of war but of human life, a panoramic history which moves from Berlin to Moscow to the boundless Kazakh steppe.

This competition has now closed.


Terms and conditions apply. The competition ends on 1 September 2020


  1. By entering this free prize draw, you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.  All entry instructions form part of the terms & conditions of this prize draw. 
  2. This free prize draw is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK, except for employees of The Random House Group Limited (promoter), its subsidiary companies, their families and any other company connected with the prize draw.  
  3. Entries must be received by 1st September 12pm BST (closing date).   Entries that are illegible, incomplete, corrupted or which fail to be received by the closing date for any reason, will not be counted. The promoter is not responsible for entries delayed or lost in the post. Automatically generated entries or entries via agents or third parties are invalid and shall not be counted. Entries shall not be returned.
  4. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize.
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  6. All correctly completed entries will be entered into a prize draw which will take place on 2nd September. The first entry drawn at random by an independent person will be the winner/s.
  7. The prize is one copy of each of the following 12 books: Stranger in the Shogun's City by Amy Stanley; Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah, translated by Deborah Smith; Italian Life by Tim Parks; The Parisian by Isabella Hammad; The Travelers by Regina Porter; Magdalena by Wade Davis; Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman, translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler; There, There by Tommy Orange; Djinn Patrol by Deepa Anappara; Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Mud & Stars by Sara Wheeler; and Braised Pork by An Yu. (prize). The prize is non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  8. Events may occur which render the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the prize with or without notice. 
  9. The winner will be notified email within 7 days of the closing date (i.e. by 7th September 2020). The winner(s) must claim their prize within 30 days of the promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
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  12. Promoter may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms and conditions (in promoter’s sole opinion) or who, in promoter’s sole determination, has acted in a manner that is fraudulent, dishonest or unjust to other entrants including, without limitation, tampering with the operation of the competition, manipulating or rigging votes, hacking, deceiving, using multiple email addresses to submit multiple entries, cheating or by harassing or threatening other entrants, the panel or a representative of promoter
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  14. These terms and conditions are subject to English Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  15. The promoter’s contact details are: The Random House Group Limited, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA.

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