COMPETITION: Win ‘Broken Places’ by Wendy Perriam

Broken Places by Wendy PerriamWendy Perriam’s insightful book Broken Places, released last year in hardback, is out next week in paperback format. Broken Places is the story of Eric the librarian as he battles to overcome his anxieties and reach the fabled ‘happy place’ he’s read about so often in books.

To be one of the first to get their hands on this gorgeous new edition, just tell us in the comments below what book you would put on your library shelves first… if you had one all to yourself!

Broken Places Official Blurb

You may love Eric – or want to shake him! Passionately idealistic about his work as a librarian, he’s also ruefully aware that he’s not exactly Superman. Forced to hide his mysterious background and his mortifying fears, he’s a man with secrets – withheld even from close friends. His once homely wife, now a fashionista, has abandoned him, to live in Seattle with a high-powered corporate kingpin, taking their only child, a moody minx-in-waiting, about to turn thirteen.

Yet, against the odds, Eric sets out to prove himself – indeed, even to find a soul-mate. Whether braving ‘Choco-Love’ Speed-Dating; running Wandsworth Prison readers’ groups; attending an American Church that champions the Gospel of Prosperity, or rescuing his daughter from near-rape – he finally comes to epitomize the truth of Hemingway’s words: The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

Shortlisted for the MIND Book of the Year, Broken Places combines laugh-out-loud comedy with an examination of fear: the most common – and most frequently concealed – of all our human emotions.

Praise for the Author:

‘Broken Places is a great and adventurous read. The main theme of the novel – that life is fundamentally unfair – is explored with verve, energy, relish and humour. Perriam can be very, very funny’Fay Weldon

‘Perriam writes brilliantly about fear and grief, and the lives of children in care, but she is also savagely, hilariously funny about everything to do with sex.’ The Times

Wendy Perriam‘s novel Broken Places and collection of short stories I’m on the Train! are scheduled for release 30 April 2012. Both are available to pre-order now.

Check out Wendy Perriam‘s website at

This competition is available to UK entrants only and will close at midnight on Monday 30 April 2012.

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10 Responses to COMPETITION: Win ‘Broken Places’ by Wendy Perriam

  1. Lindsay April 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Thank you for the competition. I would choose The Outcast by Sadie Jones to put on my shelf first.

  2. ursula April 27, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Thanks for this. Sound like a good read. I would start my collection with a good dictionary because we all need to increase our vocabulary!

  3. Robert Hale Book Blog April 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Suggestions in the office have included To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Children of the Revolution by Dinaw Mengestu, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot and Regeneration by Pat Barker. We’re building quite an impressive library so far…!

  4. Jack April 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

  5. Vincent April 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I may have thought of this book because I read it recently, but Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, about the North Korean famine in the 1990s, was utterly engrossing and incredibly moving.

  6. Justine Watkins April 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  7. Laura Bruce April 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    JD Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. It is nearly impossible to choose one!!

  8. Anneka April 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Hello Robert Hale blog. Bit of a tricky question, but I think a good start to any library would be A.S. Byatt’s Possession x

  9. Lynn Shepherd April 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Well perhaps a first book should be one by the ‘father of the novel’ – I vote for Clarisa. And you wouldn’t ned another one for a while after that!

  10. Duffy April 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Super difficult. I will do the right thing and go for James Joyce’s Ulysses. You would immediately need to start filling up that library with other books though…..

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