Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who entered! I was worried I’d get no entrants and just have to buy myself $40 worth of books as a consolation (which wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, really). If I could buy all of you a book I would, but unfortunately there can only be one winner. So without further ado:
Your books will be on their way to you soon!
And for everyone else who entered, below are the answers to the clues.
This book is a biography by an Australian author and was first published in 2011. This is the book that kicked off my love for Antarctica and reading about Antarctic exploration. The subject of this biography once graced the Aussie $100 note.
ANSWER: Mawson and the Ice Men by Peter FitzSimons (I wrote about it here).
This book was first published in 1998 and is a biography by a British author who happens to have the same surname as Sam and Dean. This biography is not just about a person though – it’s also about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. I was lucky enough to meet the author and have this book signed a couple of weeks ago.
ANSWER: The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester (I wrote about it here).
First published in 1955, this was a fairly recent read for me. The author is American, and this psychological thriller was adapted for the screen in the late ’90s and starred Jude Law. The main character is excellent and is a somewhat relatable sociopath.
ANSWER: The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (I wrote about it here).
This book was first published in 1993 and is by a British person who is possibly my absolute favourite author. It’s a spy thriller that has been adapted for television and one of the main characters is “the worst man in the world”.
ANSWER: The Night Manager by John le Carré (I wrote about it here).