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GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of High Wire in Nuala by Harriet Steel -1930s CEYLON

31st January 2021

Giveaway: 3 copies of High Wire in Nuala by Harriet Steel, set in 1930s Ceylon (present day SRI LANKA).


3 copies of High Wire in Nuala by Harriet Steel

Much to the delight of the locals, a colourful Russian circus rolls into Nuala, but the fun ends abruptly when, on the opening night, a tragic accident takes place.

Shanti de Silva and his wife, Jane are among the crowd to witness the accident. Or was it an accident? Inspector de Silva senses murder, and soon, he’s juggling with the evidence.

Will the trail lead to the circus’s dashing stunt rider and master of horse, Alexei Goncharov, or to Alexei’s brother Boris, its boisterous ringmaster? Throw a string of jewel thefts and some deadly snakes into the mix and the list of suspects grows.

De Silva will need to keep his wits about him to unravel yet another absorbing puzzle in this charming and addictive mystery series set in the 1930s in exotic Ceylon.

This is no.9 in the De Silva mystery series and can be read as a standalone (but of course if you love this one, you have another 8 in the series to catch up on!)


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Then tell us in the Comments below which aspects of the 1930s would have been most fascinating for you! Could it be the fashion, the manners, the music….? Do this by midnight, 13th February 2021 and the first 3 names out of the hat will be sent a copy of the book! It’s as simple as that! Remember, it’s UK entry only.

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 18/02/2021 at 9:06 am

    The winners are:


    Sara A



  2. User: aspella

    Posted on: 13/02/2021 at 12:28 pm

    The films that were being released in the 1930s would have been the most fascinating thing for me.


  3. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 13/02/2021 at 7:21 am

    Definitely the clothes and hairstyles including the sweetheart necklines.


  4. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 12/02/2021 at 11:06 pm

    I think the lives of ordinary working people at the time would have been very different to those of today. I know from my own parent’s experience of pre-war England that times were hard (unless you had money)


  5. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 12/02/2021 at 8:10 pm

    definitely the music and the dining


  6. User: reed

    Posted on: 12/02/2021 at 6:29 pm

    Superman and Batman in comic books


  7. User: spirit131

    Posted on: 12/02/2021 at 11:41 am

    The Art Deco and the fashion.


  8. User: Sofiya Lulham

    Posted on: 10/02/2021 at 11:24 pm

    Love the fashion! it’s timeless


  9. User: Bunty

    Posted on: 09/02/2021 at 3:54 pm

    I am interested in the politics of the 30s given what was to come.


  10. User: Lexa25

    Posted on: 08/02/2021 at 10:45 pm

    I’m really interested in house interiors during the 30’s. I love the style.


  11. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 07/02/2021 at 5:02 pm

    Art Deco & polite manners


  12. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 07/02/2021 at 4:51 pm

    The fashion and in the early 30s the “between the wars” freedom. Some fantastic novels set in this era.


  13. User: Amy

    Posted on: 07/02/2021 at 1:10 pm

    definately the fashion!!


  14. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 07/02/2021 at 11:49 am

    the fashion is great 🙂


  15. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 07/02/2021 at 12:37 am

    I would love the art deco decor and style


  16. User: Laura

    Posted on: 06/02/2021 at 11:34 pm

    I would find the house interiors the most fascinating in the 1930’s.


  17. User: Jimmy Milligan

    Posted on: 06/02/2021 at 10:05 pm

    The Golden Age of Hollywood


  18. User: Jane Orford

    Posted on: 06/02/2021 at 9:19 pm

    The architecture, new bigger homes being built


  19. User: LadySpirit

    Posted on: 06/02/2021 at 9:18 pm

    The politics of the pre 2nd world war years, and the fashion, of course .


  20. User: Jules00

    Posted on: 06/02/2021 at 8:52 pm

    For me the Art Deco movement would have been exciting. Film and fashion also had glamour appeal.


  21. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 06/02/2021 at 8:04 pm

    For the fashion, it’s very stylish!


  22. User: Diana Cotter

    Posted on: 04/02/2021 at 4:07 pm

    The fashion has always appealed to me – it was my mum’s era.


  23. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 04/02/2021 at 1:46 pm

    Hello, I love the manners of the 1930s. Thank you for the chance to win.


  24. User: Chilledout

    Posted on: 03/02/2021 at 6:37 am

    I’m interested in the great societal changes that started after The Great War. The empire was crumbling and countries wanted to be in charge of their own policies and leadership.


  25. User: Dinaera

    Posted on: 03/02/2021 at 3:08 am

    THE FASHION! It seemed so elegant back then, I’m in awe


  26. User: ashkrish

    Posted on: 02/02/2021 at 7:45 am

    The British colonial life in India.


  27. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 01/02/2021 at 6:44 pm

    Etiquette and male female roles – lots have changed in the last 90 years ( not always for the best


  28. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 01/02/2021 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t know much about the 1930s but I believe that wide leg trousers were fashionable at that time. I think I would have liked that as I dislike the slim fit trousers that are popular today!


  29. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 01/02/2021 at 7:38 am

    For me it would be the food. I think what people eat tells you a lot about their country and their history, and I would love to be able to make a direct comparison between what ordinary people ate then and now, both for everyday meals and special occasions. I imagine some things will have changed a lot!


  30. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 01/02/2021 at 7:34 am

    I find the popularity of the Art Deco period fascinating, although it started in the 1920s, it was the 1930s it became mainstream. I remember the mirrors in my childhood home, the dinner service, lampshades….all the things my grandparents bought that were ‘fashionable’.


  31. User: philatel

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 10:21 pm

    I don’t know much about the 1930’s – but believe there was a great deal of poverty and unemployment – so life must have been very hard. Would love to know more about that time.


  32. User: Sara Ainsworth

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 9:54 pm

    I’m a big fan of the 1930s fashion and way of life back then.


  33. User: Pat Stubbs

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 6:51 pm

    The poverty which people had to face


  34. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 6:38 pm

    For me, the most fascinating aspect of 30s life would have been Colonial life, especially in India, Burma, British North Borneo & Sarawak!
    I fear I might have become accustomed rather too well to having servants to cook & clean for me!


  35. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 6:13 pm

    1930s clothes seem so stylish


  36. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 5:58 pm

    1930’s style, clothing and general manners intrigue me.


  37. User: Emma Barham

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 5:56 pm

    Dont know too much about 1930s. Interested to know more though.


  38. User: Janine

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 5:48 pm

    Love the fashion and the music x


  39. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 31/01/2021 at 5:44 pm

    For me it would have been what was going on internationally.