Hello – and welcome to Mary Hocking week.
As many of you know I have been trying to raise the profile of this often forgotten author, so I am hoping a lovely week of Mary Hocking chatter will go some way at least to doing that. I have just finished reading A Time of War (1968) a book I thoroughly enjoyed, totally immersing myself in the world of a fleet-air training station and the young Wrens who live and work together, the men in their lives and the losses they endure. I shall be posting a review in a couple of days. I now already on to my second read for Mary Hocking week.
I am very much looking forward to hearing what other people are reading either here or on Twitter and if you’re on Facebook there is an as yet small but enthusiastic little group: Mary Hocking readers – and I know of several people, most of them not bloggers who have already begun reading and will probably be sharing their thoughts there. We welcome new members.
So a reading week needs a nice shiny giveaway, doesn’t it? – but of course Mary Hocking books are all out of print. So I have bought three second hand editions; books that could provide an introduction to people who haven’t read any Mary Hocking yet. The giveaway is open to everyone – whether you have read Mary Hocking before or not. However, please note – UK postage costs have gone crazy, so although I am opening the giveaway worldwide, I can only afford to pick one winner from outside the UK and the book will be sent surface mail. So I will do one random draw for people outside the UK, and a second draw of two winners for those of you from within the British Isles. These are the books on offer (click on the title tosee my original review);
A Particular Place (1989)
The Very Dead of Winter (1993)
An Irrelevant Woman (1987)
Please leave a comment below if you would like to be entered for the giveaway letting me know where in the world you are, and which of the three books you would like – and leave an email address where I can get hold of you if you win. The giveaway will be open all week and I shall draw the winners on Sunday 7th June using Random.org .
Bloggers; if you review any Mary Hocking either this week or in the coming weeks please post the link either here or at the bottom of this post so I don’t miss it. A round up of Mary Hocking week will follow in due course – those of you who don’t blog, please I still want to hear from you, what were your experiences of reading Mary Hocking, and will you read more?