Dec 16, 2008

book giveaway

win a free book and two horse bookmarks
I'm giving away a book by Rumer Godden called The Dark Horse, along with two bookmarks featuring horses I made from magazine scraps. This particular hardbound edition is an ex-library book. It has a plastic cover over the dustjacket and a torn area on the back endpage where a card pocket was removed. Otherwise, this book is in very nice shape!

Here's what the inner flap says:

The dark horse of this touching and exciting novel is Dark Invader, a magnificent thoroughbred sold cheaply and exiled from England to race in Calcutta in the early 1930s. Almost all of the people around him- Leventine, his new millionaire owner; his trainer, Jon Quillan, an ex-cavalry officer... Ted Mullins, the doting middle-aged stable lad who brought him out of England- are, like himself, "outsiders" in one way or another.

Overlooking the racecourse is a convent of courageous nuns led by Mother Morag, who... has a sharp eye for both racehorses and miracles. The dark horse becomes a favorite to win the prestigious Viceroy's Cup, but then, three days before the race, disaster strikes... A mystery ensues, and it is Mother Morag who holds the key and knows just how to turn it.

With its remarkable cast of characters, its vivid evocation of India in the last days of the Raj, and its simple but powerful story, The Dark Horse is a wonderful short novel- and more: the story is true. It happened in Calcutta some fifty years ago.

This contest is open until Tue Jan 3rd (after Christmas bustle is over) when the winner will be chosen at random and announced here. Open to residents of the US and Canada. Just leave a comment to enter, or blog about my giveaway and link back to this post for a second chance!


  1. I am intrigued with this book. I enjoy all British writers and have read a few by Rumer Godden. Thanks for this giveaway.

  2. Please enter me in this contest as the book sounds totally awesome. I just love the bookmarks, especially the seahorse.

  3. thanks for a nice contest minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

  4. Anonymous12/20/2008

    I love Rumer Godden, and I've never even heard of this book! bastet57(at)gmail(dot)com.

  5. Please enter me. I do not think I have read a book like this before. Sounds good. Thank you


  6. Wow what a great find you have here and how awesome of you to make the bookmarks to go along with the book.....we can always use more bookmarks!!!
    Please enter me, sounds like a great read!
    Thanks so much
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  7. So vintage! We have a few of Rumer Godden's books at the library where I work, but I haven't read any. Count me in for the contest.

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  8. A name has been drawn from the hat and the winner is Traveler! Congrats!


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