WIN copies of A Long Petal of the Sea for your book group!

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To celebrate publication, we’re giving one book group the chance to win a set of 10 copies of Isabel Allende’s brand new novel, A Long Petal of the Sea.

Inspired by real people and real events, A Long Petal of the Sea follows Victor Dalmau and Roser Bruguera as they flee the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and the brutal repression of Franco. To escape, they board the SS Winnipeg, a boat chartered by the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, to the promised ‘long petal of sea and wine and snow’. In Chile, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.

Fiction is the greatest tool we have for understanding humanity, giving us the power to go on journeys that we wouldn’t otherwise experience. In A Long Petal of the Sea, Isabel draws on her own experience as a political refugee to tell a story that is as relevant today as it has ever been.

To enter, simply email with a little bit of information about your book group.


Keeping your reading group active while social distancing

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With many people at home with family, flatmates or on their own, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying socially connected, and keeping your regular reading group meetings in your diary, is going to be very important in keeping up morale and supporting everyone’s mental health as we adjust to a new way of living.

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Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

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