Monday, February 27, 2017

The Typewriter's Tale by Michiel Heyns Giveaway (US/Can only)

The Typewriter's Tale
Michiel Heyns

“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.”

Combining fact with fiction, Heyns recreates the society in the little town of Rye around the celebrated author Henry James, ‘the Master’, as seen through the cool gaze of his typist, Frieda Wroth. Admiring of the great author, she nevertheless feels marginalized and under-valued, a mere typewriter, amidst the stolid servants and chattering guests. But when the dashing Morton Fullerton comes to visit, Frieda finds herself at the center of an intrigue every bit as engrossing as the novels she types every day, bringing her into conflict with the flamboyant Edith Wharton, and compromising her loyalty to her employer.

The urbane, long-winded Henry James, the suave, witty Morton Fullerton and the voracious, larger-than life Edith Wharton: caught in a triangle of which she only gradually comes to understand the nature, Frieda tries to obey the Master’s dictum: ‘Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.’ But living, she finds, exacts a price: it takes place at the expense of other lives.

Michiel Heyns here uses his extensive knowledge of Henry James and his times as basis for a fiction in which the comic and the tragic are inextricably interwoven. Carefully researched and yet abundantly inventive, The Typewriter’s Tale brings to life a man and a period that have recently been the subject of renewed interest worldwide.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of The Typewriter's Tale—yay!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
The Typewriter's Tale is told from Henry James's typist's perspective. Which famous person's assistant would you be most interested in reading a story about?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Michiel and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

It'd be really interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at the employees of American industrialists and their elite families, such as the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, etc.

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks over at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends March 13th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!