A gift from Polly

A gift from David’s wife, Polly, this time. Her new book, Perfect Lives, is released later this week and you can win a signed copy.

It’s Polly’s second collection of short stories; all are intertwined, many of the characters linked in some way. A two-part video explains more, both parts to be found at Polly’s website (scroll down for the first, the videos are clearly numbered).

If you have access to it, Polly has provided a taster, along with an interview, to the current issue – that’s Issue 37 – of Aesthetica magazine.

Perfect Lives is available at Amazon, at all good book shops, and even at some not-very-good ones.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, as everyone enjoys a good raffle, please include the following with your comment: Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

There are two gifts, actually: Polly has also kindly offered a copy of the re-issued Lying in Bed, her first collection of short stories published in 2000. One of its stories, entitled ‘Daddy’s Girl’, can be heard here.

If you’d like to win that… I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

No entries will be accepted after 2pm (UK) on Thursday 4 November. Two names will be immediately selected at random, drawn in an exaggerated fashion from a red and white jester’s hat, and the paper on which all names are written – very small, in water-soluble ink – will be promptly and, frankly, joyfully composted moments after the winners have been notified, both here and by e-mail.

Good luck.

Just out of curiosity, which book, or books, are you reading at the moment or have you enjoyed reading in recent months? Christmas coming and all that.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

100 thoughts on “A gift from Polly”

  1. Following your instructions, F’Ed:

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Why? I am a short-story writer and an educator. I’m always interested in reading short stories, especially when created by the person who wrote some of my alltime favorite lyrics. A signed copy would instantly become a treasured item.

    At the moment I’m re-reading Orwell’s 1984. Here in the US, we are wrapping up what has got to be the goofiest election in modern times!! Today is election day. There are a wave of candidates who, if elected, will surely muck things up for generations (IMHO). As a group, they have been employing tactics straight out of 1984. So, to better understand where we may be heading, I’m reading that book again.

    Scary, how much Orwell got right, all those decades ago.

    1. What a book that is. What extraordinary visions George Orwell had in that brilliant mind of his.

      Good luck today, Dan.

    2. Indeed, Big Brother is rife in Britain what with all the CC Cameras and all. It is also like Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ too (another excellent novel, BTW).

      My all time favourite George Orwell novel is ‘Coming Up For Air’. I have read all his novels and a few of his polemics too.

      I have read ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ three times now it is such a captivating book. ‘The pain had receded as quickly as it had come’. I swear The Wall and The Final Cut were inspired by this album. ‘Make them add two and two’ which equals “five”, right? 😀

    3. Late last night I finished “1984.” Our election Tuesday ended with the victory of a lot of right-wing nutjobs that I don’t like, so Orwell’s anti-utopia is resonating with me right now. First and foremost among my concerns is that these people vow to block implementation of our new health care legislation, which for the first time limits the free-for-all that is our private-insurance-driven system. Ours is the only industrialized nation that does not offer universal health care to all. How is it possible to believe that not only is health care not a basic human right, but that we should be expected to pay as much as possible to a mega-corporation whose incentive is to LIMIT quality care?

      Orwell would be impressed by the way the wing-nuts have sold this lunacy to the American electorate.

    4. You know what Dan, I think the western world is going to see much more civil unrest, because citizens are realising that their governments are not really doing what the people really expect or want of a government. I think even that group which are apathetic will begin to notice the effects of governments policies and cuts.

      I could never really understand why American people had to pay and have private insurance for health care, it’s the wealthiest country in the world (or was) so where are people’s taxes going?

      I’m afraid I know nothing of the taxation system in the USA, in Britain we pay an additional tax (national insurance contribution) directly from earnings (taxes are also paid on an ‘as you earn’ basis), this pays for our world famous National Health Service and Welfare. In these times of recession, our (witless) government is trying to force cuts to that budget to finance other “priorities”. You tell me what is more important than the health and welfare of the population?

      People I hope will increasingly come to realise that their vote counts and use it effectively. Make those politicians work hard to secure our votes. The word of the day (and night) begins with B.

      Missed you in chat today Dan. 🙂 You would have enjoyed our rant about politicians.

      Yes, Orwell was ahead of his time.

      ash

  2. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    The book I am currently reading is Eric Clapton’s Autobiography. I then have Anne Murray’s ‘Chocolate Girls’ – a charming book based on life in Birmingham – to look forward to.

  3. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

  4. I’ve been busy reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan on my Kindle. Currently at book 5: The Fires of Heaven (with 14 books in total). It’s pretty much a big fantasy saga comparable to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. If you liked the Lord of the Rings, you will like this one as well.

    Before that, I read Anathem by Neal Stephenson. One of my favorite writers.

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    1. … just a question: can you share books using Kindle? It would be quite expensive to have to buy the same book more than once for each family member that wants to read it.

      Regards

      Taki

    2. As long as everbody in the family uses the same Amazon account (= credit card number) then yes you can share. Of course, no one can stop you from sharing the actual device.

      Later this year Amazon will allow you lend e-books to friends (limited time, and depending if the publisher of the book allows it).

  5. I never win raffles, but here goes. We have a weekly beer draw raffle down the pub every week. What do I win… nothing.

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    I’m currently reading the second edition of ‘History of the Black Strat’ book. I believe a third edition is on its way. Looking forward to it.

    Just bought Mr. Nice by Howard Marks, seeing as the movie is out as well.

    1. Simon J:

      Just remind me as I am long in the tooth and tend to forget easily.

      It’s a deal.

      Jan

  6. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Last book(s) read – 1 about Syd and 1 about Arthur Lee.

    Next book to read – Keith Richards’.

    1. Excellent choice, Pete; it’s on my list, as well.

      I think I’ll go for the audio book, read mostly by Johnny Depp. They’ve been promoting it on Planet Rock and it sounds enjoyable.

    2. … so please do share your thoughts about it after reading. I was thinking to buy it…

      Thanks

      Taki

  7. Hi F’Ed

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    At the moment I’m re-reading the Doctor Brodie’s Report by JL Borges.

  8. Hey Fed,

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    And #2:

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Cheers, Howard

  9. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Thanks, Polly.

    The last book I read was “This Is Orson Welles” by Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich. The book I’m currently reading is Franz Kafka “The Trial”, because of Welles’ movie. 😀

  10. Even though I like raffles, I’ll pass on this one (it’s probably over due anyway)… as a foreigner I don’t think I’ll be able to appreciate the stories in another language. Can they be translated and published here, please? 😉

    I’ll recommend a Norwegian writer, Anne B. Ragde, and her trilogy called “Berlin Poplars” which I enjoyed recently. A beautiful and horrible story at the same time.

    Lene

  11. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    Bill Bryson’s HOME is a good romp through the history of our homes.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

  12. Hi FEd,

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    Currently alternating between, “Unseen Academicals” by the mighty Terry Pratchett & “Duncton Wood” by William Horwood.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    I usually have a copy of QI’s “Book of the Dead” open on the desk as well.

  13. 1. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.
    2. I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Currently reading Memoirs of a Fruitcake by Chris Evans and really enjoying it.

    Thanks FEd!

  14. Hi FEd,

    how nice that Mrs. Samson offers us something to read! I really love reading books (in average at least one a week) and since until now I haven’t read one of hers, I’ll try my luck:

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Last book I read was “Unter den Mauern von Bologna” by Loriano Macchiavelli but (last Sunday and it was very interesting). I ordered earlier today “The Colour of Magic” by Terry Pratchett and was discussing with my son if that would be the last printed one or not.

    I’m considering to buy an e-book reader but I still haven’t made up my mind. As soon as I find out if and how an e-book could be shared within my family, I’ll buy it. They weigh lesser than most books and they can hold a whole library, which is perfect when you’re on the road or vacations…

    Since you mentioned Christmas here’s a list of English books that I bought, read recently and can recommend:

    A Year in the Merde – Stephen Clarke
    Complete Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre
    My Uncle Oswald – Roald Dahl
    Johnny and the Bomb – Terry Pratchett
    Dark Side of the Sun – Terry Pratchett
    Andrea Camilleri (Everything that I’ve read from him was great)

    Best regards,

    Taki

    1. Andrea Camilleri (Everything that I’ve read from him was great)

      Taki,

      other people told me the same about his books.

      Shame on me, I’ve never read anything from him, but I just think I’ll do it soon.

    2. … to Jan:

      I was wondering myself which surname to use, and decided on Mrs Samson, because that’s the name on the cover. I don’t feel comfortable calling people with their first name if I do not know them personally and they have asked me to do so. It’s probably not an issue in UK or North America, but yet, that’s the way I feel…

      … to Alessandra:

      Well, sometimes his wording is not the one I’d use, still where the stories take place, it’s authentic. I’m a veggie, but his descriptions of meals in his Montalbano books always made me hungry. :))

      I like to read books in the language they were written and actually he is the reason why I finally decided to learn Italian, so I bought a dictionary and one of his books in Italian, but it takes more time I have right now…

      Regards,

      Taki

    3. Taki:

      I agree with you on calling someone you don’t know by their given name until introduced as such. I’d probably call her either Ms. Samson or Mrs. Gilmour as a sign of respect and seems proper. (I think it is an issue here is the U. S. for most.)

      Jan

      P.S. I was not taking you seriously and this was not meant to be critical and I apologise if it felt that way. I enjoy reading your posts. 🙂

    4. “Mrs. Samson” is the correct title. She is married, and she goes by her original surname. She doesn’t call herself Polly Gilmour, so “Mrs. Gilmour” is a reference to a name she does not use. And “Ms. Samson” would indicate that she is not married, which is untrue.

  15. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    May the sound be with us all..

    Regards, Torben from Denmark (reading “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”, a book about The Who at the moment)

  16. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    It’ll keep her indoors quiet for a while. :!

  17. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Just finished John Fowles’s “The Collector,” and now starting “The Monster of Florence” by Douglas Preston.

  18. Bonjour Fed,

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book.

    I really like her books, and just started to read again “Lying in Bed”. I’m a book worm, and even if I’m French I liked to read in English. Don’t like the translation.

  19. Greetings, FEd~~

    Funny how even the remotest of irregulars comes crawling out from under some stone when there’s a raffle prize to be won.

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    And yes,

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Please thank Polly for her thoughtfulness in sharing her works, and I look forward to reading these stories, whether I win or not. 🙂

    I hope you are doing well and looking forward to the holidays.

    xoxo

  20. Hi!

    I know I’ve been far a long time, but from the moment I read and I enjoyed Polly’s previous books…

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    🙂

    Take care. A special hug to Michèle. 😉

    Lucia

  21. I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    A book I have read recently was Orwell’s classic “1984”. A good read and more than a little disturbing as well. I plan on reading “Animal Farm” next as it helped to inspire a certain Floyd album.

    1. As written above, I’m currently about 2/3 through “1984” myself. Am reading it for the first time since… oh, you can guess which year that was.

      Orwell was obviously a major influence on Roger, but these books are by far not the only dystopic visions out there. Fritz Lang’s excellent 1927 film “Metropolis” predicted the advent of fascism half a decade before the rise of Hitler’s Nazis. The cult 1970s film “Soylent Green” kinda looks like the modern inner-city. The 1991 Wim Wenders film “Until The End Of The World” is a nightmarish post-nuclear-holocaust vision. And let’s not forget Huxley’s book “Brave New World” and Nancy Farmer’s “The Eye, The Ear, The Arm.”

      The future really looks kinda grim in all of these works, ostensibly about the future but really fresh looks at the horrors we can see in our own reality.

  22. That’s very kind of you, Polly.

    However, like Lene, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the stories in English. I tested my abilities by trying to read and understand one of the stories that I found on Polly’s website: ‘The Rose Before the Vine’, but it was a total fiasco. :!

    Last book read: ‘Elle s’appelait Sarah’ (I think it’s called ‘Sarah’s Key’ in English) by Tatiana De Rosnay.

    Next book to read: probably ‘Le Symbole Perdu’ (‘Lost Symbol’) by Dan Brown. I really enjoyed ‘The Da Vinci Code’ a few years ago.

    1. I’ve got that book sat in my bedroom waiting for me to pick it up, Michèle. 🙂

      A couple of others by the same author to look out for, Digital Fortress and Deception Point. Gripping and fast paced. I picked up The Da Vinci Code on holiday a few years ago and enjoyed it so much, I sought out his other books.

      ash

    2. Next book to read: probably ‘Le Symbole Perdu’ (‘Lost Symbol’) by Dan Brown. I really enjoyed ‘The Da Vinci Code’ a few years ago.

      Michèle,

      did you read “Angels and Demons”? I enjoyed it even more than “The Da Vinci Code”.

    3. Alessandra, 🙂

      I read that one too. Have you also seen the films? I thought they were really well done. I thought the director had captured and depicted scenes very like the images I had formed in my head. (Or should that be that Dan Brown had described scenes very well in his writing? 8|)

      Apparently there is a film being made of one of the other books.

      ash

    4. Yes, Ash, I saw both “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” and I liked them very much.

      When I went to Rome for the Depeche Mode concert, last summer, I even spent the entire morning after the show walking around, looking for the strange places and symbols I had seen in the movie. :v

    5. Ash,

      ‘Lost Symbol’ has been waiting for me for quite a long time now, well, 600 pages… not so easy to find enough time to read it properly… My husband read it rather quickly but he is not busy like me with the blog… :))

      Alessandra,

      I didn’t read ‘Angels and Demons’, I only watched the film, so I can’t compare the two books. But I know that many people like ‘Angels and Demons’ better than ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (more thought-provoking, more entertaining, they say).

      As for ‘The Da Vinci Code’, I watched the film after reading the book and was disappointed by it. Not as good as the book, in my opinion. Lots of things missing. But still a good movie.

      I wonder, in general, what is better? To watch the movie after or before reading the book?

      Oh, I also spent some time in Paris around the Louvre Pyramid after seeing the last scene with Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code movie… 😉

    6. I wonder, in general, what is better? To watch the movie after or before reading the book?

      Michèle,

      For me, it’s better to watch the movie after reading the book.

      Watching the film before limits my fantasy, then I’m no more free, while reading, to imagine the characters’ faces or the places described, so I don’t enjoy the book as much as I could.

    7. I agree with Alessandra, I prefer to read the book first then see the film. I think very often there is information missing from the film. I thought Da Vinci Code was an exception to this, I recognised the book from the trailer so was really looking forward to seeing the film. I wasn’t at all disappointed.

      That was an exception though. 🙂

      I’d read the Bourne books before seeing the films, the films although really great were not quite as detailed as the books. However, the third book! Entirely different! Great read. I enjoyed the third film anyway.

      I agree with both of you on the practice of going to see the places in the book. :)) it’s exactly the kind of thing I’d like to do. Preferably with a fellow fan. 🙂

      ash

  23. I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Right now I’m reading Nation by Terry Pratchett. It really helps me to forget about all problems, the language of it is just perfect!

    And for Christmas… I’m waiting for all Earthsea books by Ursula Le Guin. My old ones are in a very bad condition, as I’ve read them about 20 times till now!

  24. It would be great to own a signed copy of one of Polly´s books but I have to agree with Lene. Also my English isn´t good enough to really enjoy the stories. I hope there will be a German translation in the future.

    Normally I´m a fan of murder mysteries like the stories written by Agatha Christie or Elizabeth George. I own almost all of their books.

    The last books I read (and I can recommend) were by David Safier: “Bad Karma” and “Jesus Loves You” – both are very funny. I also like Autobiographies, so Keith Richards is on my Christmas list.

  25. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    …and…

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Thank You.

  26. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    I actually got a book from my dad called “The Magus” by John Fowles. I’ve been told that it takes a little getting into, but once the story gets going you won’t be able to put the book down. I’m just getting to that point now and it’s beginning to really get my attention.

    Thanks to Polly for the contributions for a great raffle! Would love to get a copy of her new book (or a signed copy of the new or old one if that works out). 😉

  27. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    Having been the lucky recipient of Free tickets to see Guy in Manchester, in the last raffle on David’s site, where he kindly signed my copy of ’My Bass and Other Animals’.

    So, I might as well chance my luck at acquiring ‘Perfect Lives’, which would make a great gift for my beloved, what with Christmas coming and all that.

    I’m also loving Polly’s ‘All About Eve’ blog BTW.

    Also, is the youthful version of ‘Hallelujah’ a family affair too I wonder? I suspect it may be.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Winning a signed copy of ‘Lying in Bed’ (or ‘Perfect Lives’) would complete a trilogy of recently signed books associated with David, as I am currently reading ‘The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall’ by Gerald Scarfe, purchased directly from his own website. A fascinating and informative read it is too, with some interesting comments from David. As you would expect it is a visually enthralling experience, utilizing Gerald’s considerable artistic input to the album, live shows and movie mediums.

  28. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    I like audio books, so the one I’m listening to on the way to work is The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh. It’s a Mystery.

  29. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Social and pleasure reading, I’ve been reading Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories to a relative in hospital. Looking for a nice box set of Chronicles of Narnia for the same person.

    Work reading, earth science book about plate tectonics, volcanoes, continental drift.

    ash

  30. Fed said:

    Two names will be immediately selected at random, drawn in an exaggerated fashion from a red and white jester’s hat, and the paper on which all names are written – very small, in water-soluble ink – will be promptly and, frankly, joyfully composted moments after the winners have been notified.

    I think you should get someone to video this on their phone and show us how you are drawing these tickets fairly and post it for us to see Fed. (Only so we know you did it fair and square.)

    I want some of whatever Fed’s on. :))

    ash :))

  31. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

  32. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I find myself more often enjoying myself with a good book and a glass of wine. You know it comes with the age? When you are not suffering from chronic lack of money (in other words; you have money to buy food) you find out that there is no more time left to do something; lack of time. Take time for yourself.

    This morning when I drove to work I was listening to Bryan Ferry’s new album. I was really moved by the “Tender Is The Night” song. It has got a magical feeling. It also made me happy when I realised that they are speaking Finnish in the beginning of the song. Minimalistic magical song.

    Greetings from rainy, gray Finland.

  33. I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Last book I read was yet another cookery book: Amaretto, Apple Cake and Artichokes – The Best of Anna Del Conte.

  34. 😀 Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    Indeed I also love the chance to have my name honored in your compost bin! :))

    I love giant rambling novels. I’m currently reading the biggest, most rambling novel of all by Marcel Proust. I’m only 200 pages in, and too terrified to look ahead! I keep tea and Petite Madeleines close by for comfort.

    Mon dieu, Michele, I can’t imagine what I’m missing in translation.

    1. Marcel Proust. Are you talking about ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’? It’s a novel consisting of seven volumes. Wow, I’m impressed! You are braver than me, I never read it in its entirety. Just what I was forced to read in school, so I hated it. :))

      “Ma petite madeleine de Proust” is a common expression here (linked with involuntary memory, of course). 😉

      BTW, is that ‘In Search Of Lost Time’ the translation of ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’? Or something else?

    2. BTW, is that ‘In Search Of Lost Time’ the translation of ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’? Or something else?

      It is. It’s also known as ‘Remembrance of Things Past’.

    3. Right on all counts, Michèle and Fed! Have you read it, Fed?

      You may have to place me in a cork-lined room once I’ve finished this whale of a book!

      I almost forgot:

      I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    4. Have you read it, Fed?

      You may have to place me in a cork-lined room once I’ve finished this whale of a book!

      I haven’t read it… but that cork-lined room sounds very peaceful. 😀

  35. FE’d and all:

    I’ve been out of the loop for quite a while so feel a bit odd about adding my name to Polly’s lovely gift. Still can not pass it up either as I enjoyed her other books and this would fit nicely on my shelf with the other two.

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    Have currently been reading Stieg Larrson’s brilliant ‘Millennium trilogy’ Saw the first two films as well. The third just opened here and hope to get to it before it leaves. Still need to read book three. Another good read (although very shocking and sad) was Jon Krakauers’ “Where Men Win Glory” (I think that was the title. Anyway was about Pat Tillman, who was killed by ‘friendly fire’… what an awful thing to call what amounts to a screw up.)

    All my best to you,
    Jan

  36. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    The last book I read was Greg Iles’ The Devil’s Punchbowl which was excellent.

    Most of my reading material consists of articles in Rolling Stone Magazine by Matt Taibbi, Tim Dickinson, etc., although the subject matter is often enough to cause a mental meltdown! 8|

    One of the most fascinating stories I’ve read of late is an article in the New York Times about ‘Annie’ of the Fulton Fish Market.

    Take care! 🙂
    Gabrielle

  37. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Just read Dr. Henry Lee’s “Five Famous Cases”, the man is amazing at blood spatter analysis, but he does warn that he is a little long winded in describing the forensic analysis process.

    Also read Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” with my daughter for her inspiration to write a scholarship award winning letter!

  38. Not sure I understand the rules enough to win, however:

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I have a friend who’s surname is “Raffle” and whose wife owned a newsagent and stocked books amongst newspapers and sweets. Name of shop was “Raffles” but they never sold books of raffle tickets.

    Ian

  39. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Just about to read (as soon as the postman delivers it) Tom Baker’s autobiography “Who on Earth is Tom Baker.”

    It seems that he has had a very interesting life. Apparently he was once a monk, and used to be married to Richard Dawkin’s wife Lalla Ward. I also read that Prof Dawkins and his wife were introduced to each other by Douglas Adams, an amazing author (sadly missed), and friend of Pink Floyd.

  40. Bonjour,

    Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    The last book I read: Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer (but in French).

  41. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Currently reading “Canuck Rock” – a history of Canadian popular music by Ryan Edwardson. 🙂

    1. That sounds good, Chris. I’ll look out for it.

      Have you, or anyone else, read the Neil Young biography by Jimmy McDonough called Shakey? I’ve been meaning to read it for ages.

  42. i love u mr gilmour. you are legend. you are my heart. you are number 1.

    my name is iman from iran. 😉

  43. I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book.

    I enjoy reading constantly and one of my favourite authors happens to be Wilbur Smith. What an incredible imagination of story telling and history to boot.

    Good Luck Polly! 8)

  44. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Just finished reading Uncle Tungsten, the autiobiography of Oliver Sacks, but I have to say I prefer his other books, there was a bit too much chemistry and not enough about himself…

    Currently reading ‘The Child Thief’ by Brom, a retelling of the Peter Pan story, but darker. I can highly recommend it!

  45. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    Right now I’m reading ‘For the Roses’, keeps me interested for a short while. It’s about a group of homeless boys who find a baby girl left in a dumpster and take her into their family on the street. Going to great lengths to keep her a happy baby. Then it jumps to 20 some odd years later… leaving all the in between to wonder about.

    When I went to England about 7 years ago, I brought ‘Out of The Picture’ with me thinking it would take me the whole time I’m there to read it as I’d be going out exploring. On the first night, a couple of hours after I started, done. Polly’s writing keep my interest from beginning to end, so of course I’d love to be able to read her next book, and a signed one would be the icing on the cake.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

  46. Indeed I do enjoy a good raffle and I’d very much like to win a signed copy of Polly’s new book, please.

    I enjoy raffles so very much, I’d be delighted to enter another to win a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

  47. And you, FEd, what are you currently reading, please?

    NOOOOOO, don’t reply: “All these boring repetitive comments”… 😉

  48. And the winners are…

    Sami, who wins a signed copy of Polly’s new book, and Alessandra, who wins a signed copy of Polly’s first book.

    Congratulations to you both. 🙂

    Please let me know where we need to send them. An e-mail is on its way.

    1. That’s great! 😀

      It’s the first time I win a raffle in all my life.

      Thank you very much, Polly and many thanks to you, FEd, with your magic jester’s hat. :))

    2. Thank you very much indeed. I got a broken toe right now and I am on sick leave, so this really cheered me up.

    3. Alessandra and Sami,

      Congratulations to you both.

      At least now I know that I will have to go out and purchase my own copy of ‘Perfect Lives’.

      Do you know if Polly is doing any ‘signings’ anywhere FEd?

  49. Very happy for you both, Sami and Alessandra. I’m sure you’ll enjoy very much Polly’s gift. 🙂

  50. Congratulations to the book winners!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to try my luck in a raffle, FEd!

    Taki
    Who got some inspiration for books to buy in this blog entry

  51. Congratulations to Alessandra and Sami. And thanks to Polly for her generosity in sharing her work with us.

  52. Congratulations, you two! Once I’m done listening The Orb (words can’t express how much I love this: it’s magnificent!!), and between volumes of Proust, I’ll sample Polly Samson’s books!

    This leaves one glaringly unanswered question:

    What are Mr. Gilmour and Ms. Samson reading at the moment?

  53. Thank you everyone for your congratulations. 🙂

    My best wishes, Sami. I hope you’ll be better soon.

  54. Just wanted to mention that I haven’t been able to find Polly’s new book in the US – either at Amazon or Barnes & Noble – or Border’s, too. Amazon offers it only in ‘kindle’ form…

    Anyone know of a different way I might obtain one in the US?

    Did see one on eBay; being sold from Australia! LOL.

    Congrats to the winners, too!!!! 😛

  55. Polly’s book arrived this morning and I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Some time has passed since I read an entire book in English, so it will probably keep me company for several days. 😀

    Thank you very much, Polly and FEd. 🙂

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