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GIVEAWAY: 3 copies of Cows Can’t Jump by Philip Bowne – EUROPE

10th January 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer 3 copies of the wonderful debut novel Cows Can’t Jump by Philip Bowne, a coming-of-age odyssey set across Europe and ending up at Lake Bled in Slovenia.

A story for everyone who wants to break out and follow their dreams…..

Cows Can't Jump by Philip Bowne

How far would you go for love? Winner of the Spotlight First Novel prize, Philip Bowne’s debut novel is an explosive coming-of-age odyssey. 18-year-old Billy is desperate to leave home. He’s working the ultimate dead-end job as a grave-digger. His Grandad’s engaged to a woman half his age, his Dad’s become obsessed with boxing, and his Mum’s certainly having an affair. Everything is changing, and Billy hates it. Meeting the older, mysterious Eva, though, changes everything. She’s passionate about Russian literature, Gary Numan, windfarms and chai tea, and Billy gambles everything for a chance to be with her. His scramble across Europe involves hitch-hiking with truckers, walking with refugees, and an encounter with suicidal cows. But the further he goes, the harder it is to be sure what he’s chasing – and what he’s running from. For everyone who wants to break out and follow their dreams.

We said in our review: “..Sometimes we get a debut author with a stand out talent and I think this is one such example..


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Then, in the COMMENTS below, tell us which country in Europe you are looking forward to visiting once we can all travel again!

Do so by midnight, 23 January 2021 and the first three names out of the hat will win! THIS IS A UK ONLY GIVEAWAY

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  1. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 22/01/2021 at 7:40 pm



  2. User: libcmr

    Posted on: 22/01/2021 at 6:58 pm

    Spain, as we have relatives there we haven’t seen for ages now.


  3. User: Glynis O'Halloran

    Posted on: 22/01/2021 at 2:24 pm

    I’d really like to see Croatia


  4. User: Pengwen

    Posted on: 21/01/2021 at 10:18 pm

    Cornwall,I have never been there but know it is beautiful,my friends just moved there and will show us around this beautiful place.


  5. User: Wayne Titzell

    Posted on: 21/01/2021 at 4:01 pm

    I am looking forward to visiting France again.


  6. User: Joan Clark

    Posted on: 20/01/2021 at 10:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to visiting friends in France and Spain


  7. User: Rosalyn Bolton

    Posted on: 20/01/2021 at 5:18 pm

    I’d like to go and visit my father in law in Spain.


  8. User: yoeydavis

    Posted on: 20/01/2021 at 4:16 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Poland and see the old German concentration camps.


  9. User: aspella

    Posted on: 19/01/2021 at 10:28 pm

    I’m looking forward to visiting France.


  10. User: NataliePringle

    Posted on: 19/01/2021 at 9:42 pm

    I can’t wait to go to Paris , France – my boyfriend and I have been planning to go since before lockdown.


  11. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 19/01/2021 at 3:48 pm

    Greece, for a wedding


  12. User: rincey

    Posted on: 19/01/2021 at 3:10 pm

    Amsterdam ,just love it x


  13. User: sweir1

    Posted on: 19/01/2021 at 7:33 am

    Yorkshire first


  14. User: Tina8

    Posted on: 19/01/2021 at 12:05 am



  15. User: Deborah Harewood

    Posted on: 18/01/2021 at 8:16 pm

    Cornwall UK local to begin with.


  16. User: Emma Vardy

    Posted on: 18/01/2021 at 7:18 pm

    Hmmmm. Ireland. Not far away but was due to go there at start of lockdown. Long overdue!


  17. User: Mark MacDonald

    Posted on: 18/01/2021 at 4:56 pm

    Travel to Zebre in Italy, incredible place


  18. User: Seamus68

    Posted on: 18/01/2021 at 8:33 am



  19. User: Becky Patterson

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 10:56 pm

    I’m looking forward to visiting Portugal as I was due to go to Lisbon in 2020 but the trip was obviously cancelled due to COVID.


  20. User: Compypie2020

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 8:22 pm



  21. User: Lee Clarke

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 8:11 pm

    Looking forward to going back to Lanzarote when allowed.


  22. User: Emma H

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 8:00 pm

    France where my parents are now living!


  23. User: Kathleen Marsden

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 7:47 pm

    I have a holiday booked to visit Belgium and can’t wait


  24. User: Lexa25

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 6:21 pm

    Portugal-beautiful coastline & cities


  25. User: ALG05

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 6:15 pm

    Greece – sun, sand and sea together with the villages characterised by the white houses.


  26. User: Laura

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 3:35 pm

    I would like to visit Andorra


  27. User: Alexa Schoolar

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve always fancied France


  28. User: Quod

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 2:24 pm



  29. User: Kelly Jones

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 2:06 pm

    Can’t wait to get back to Greece, missed it so much!


  30. User: mkinsey

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 2:00 pm

    I’m looking forward to travelling to Switzerland to visit my university friend who moved there, so this would be perfect to help me travel in my mind before I can go!


  31. User: Jimmy Milligan

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 12:32 pm

    I would like to visit Germany


  32. User: Lisa McFall

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 12:15 pm

    France – its somewhere we havent explored before


  33. User: Matt Froggatt

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 11:53 am



  34. User: FattyLumpkin

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 11:28 am

    I’m really looking forward to going back to Germany. It has been so long since I’ve been in a German speaking country. I’d love to go back to the Rhein valley and sit in a cafe in one of the pretty villages there with a good book!


  35. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 10:27 am

    Looking forward to visiting Amalfi in Italy when it is safe to travel again


  36. User: jeremyforest

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 10:15 am

    I cant wait to go to anywhere in Greece.xx


  37. User: Heather Norrington

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 9:04 am

    I’d love to visit Croatia. I’ve had lots of people recommended it but haven’t had the chance to go yet.


  38. User: Amy

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 8:54 am



  39. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 8:51 am

    I’d love to go visit Italy – It is somewhere that I have not been to enough


  40. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 17/01/2021 at 8:37 am

    La Palma, went there a few years ago and it was the most relaxing place. Would love to go back!


  41. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 16/01/2021 at 6:14 pm

    I had a trip to Slovenia booked in 2020 that was cancelled. Looking forward to rebooking to see Lake Bled and the mountains.


  42. User: Lee Fitz

    Posted on: 16/01/2021 at 12:15 pm



  43. User: Lee Fitz

    Posted on: 16/01/2021 at 12:14 pm

    Belgium the finest european country


  44. User: SusanHimsworth

    Posted on: 16/01/2021 at 11:00 am

    I am actually looking forward to going back to Portugal =) for my husbands 50th Birthday in April.. arrggg!!! do you think that will happen? haha


  45. User: MrsP512

    Posted on: 16/01/2021 at 7:59 am

    I’m looking forward to exploring Italy for the first time ever


  46. User: ray

    Posted on: 16/01/2021 at 6:56 am



  47. User: nkgreen85

    Posted on: 14/01/2021 at 7:07 pm

    I am most looking forward to visiting Switzerland, such a beautiful place!


  48. User: Snoakes

    Posted on: 13/01/2021 at 7:41 am

    Right now I would love to go anywhere, but I was due to go to Corfu when the pandemic hit so fingers crossed I get there one day!


  49. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 12/01/2021 at 7:55 pm

    Hello, I would like to vist Poland. I think it is an interesting country with a lot of history.


  50. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 12/01/2021 at 1:30 pm

    France – the culture the food the people – happy travels for all the family


  51. User: Dinaera

    Posted on: 11/01/2021 at 10:45 pm

    I’m looking forward to going to the Netherlands again!


  52. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 11/01/2021 at 2:06 pm

    That’s a difficult one to answer as there are so many places to choose from! I’d like to go to Spain, or more specifically, Barcelona, to see the Sagrada Família. I visited many years ago and I’d love to see the progress that’s been made since my last visit.


  53. User: jax

    Posted on: 11/01/2021 at 11:43 am

    I am looking forward to travelling to the South Of France to see my French penfriend that I have known since I was 15 ( over 40 years )


  54. User: philatel

    Posted on: 10/01/2021 at 10:44 pm

    I would love to go to France to visit my friend of 70+ years – we usually meet up once year but, sadly, weren’t able to do so last year.


  55. User: Janine

    Posted on: 10/01/2021 at 8:11 pm

    I’d love to go back to Gozo, Malta


  56. User: Tom Ruffles

    Posted on: 10/01/2021 at 7:44 pm

    I’m looking forward to visiting Romania, so I can finally use the language I’ve been trying to learn for the last couple of years in real life.


  57. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 10/01/2021 at 7:40 pm

    I’m looking forward to visiting Germany, almost 30 years since I hosted teenage school exchange students for my two daughters, we’re all in touch on facebook & invited to PARTY!


  58. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 10/01/2021 at 6:59 pm

    Eating tapas on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. First and only visit was in 2000 but lockdown has made me sad that I might not get a chance to see it again so I am determined to return!


  59. User: Sarah B

    Posted on: 10/01/2021 at 6:55 pm

    I can’t wait to go to Germany again as we go to a place called Zell every year for a wine fest!


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