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GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

25th October 2020

GIVEAWAY – we are delighted to be able to offer 3 copies of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes, set across the World.

Rebecca Wragg Sykes’s book paints a vivid portrait of our adaptable ancient relatives … immersive” (Josie Glausiusz)

“One of the Best Books of 2020” (Sunday Times)

3 copies of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

Kindred is the definitive guide to the Neanderthals. Since their discovery by Philippe-Charles Schmerling more than 160 years ago, Neanderthals have metamorphosed from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins.

In Kindred, Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside clichés of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland. She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable. They ranged across vast tracts of tundra and steppe, but also stalked in dappled forests and waded in the Mediterranean Sea. Above all, they were successful survivors for more than 300,000 years, during times of massive climatic upheaval.

At a time when our species has never faced greater threats, we’re obsessed with what makes us special. But, much of what defines us was also in Neanderthals, and their DNA is still inside us. Planning, co-operation, altruism, craftsmanship, aesthetic sense, imagination, perhaps even a desire for transcendence beyond mortality.

Do check out Rebecca’s wonderful #TalkingLocationWith.. piece where she takes the reader to France in search of the Neanderthal culture and remains.



First. Ensure you are a member of TripFiction. Go to www.tripfiction.com and scroll down on the home page until you come to the JOIN NOW tab (and we DO check whether the winners are members!)

Second. Tell us in the comments below in which era in history you would like to live (at least for a few hours!). Might it be the Tudor period or Imperial Japan or Napoleon’s France? Tell us by midnight, Saturday 7th November and the first three names out of the hat will each be sent a copy. With thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing. Remember – UK ONLY!

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 09/11/2020 at 5:50 pm

    The winners are:



  2. User: Laura

    Posted on: 07/11/2020 at 10:45 pm

    I have always been interested in what it would be like living in Victorian times


  3. User: Michael Bull

    Posted on: 07/11/2020 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by Music Hall and would love to go back to the late Victorian era to see this type of entertainment when it was at the height of its success.


  4. User: FunSizedMrsW

    Posted on: 07/11/2020 at 1:37 pm

    I would like to live in the Viking Era in the Middle Ages.


  5. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 07/11/2020 at 11:12 am

    I would like to go back to Victorian times. I love the clothing of the time.


    1 Comment

    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 07/11/2020 at 12:22 pm

      Some amazing styles, aren’t there…


  6. User: Fiona jk42

    Posted on: 06/11/2020 at 10:43 pm

    I’d love to go back to Ancient Egypt, provided I was a princess not a peasant!


  7. User: zippedup75

    Posted on: 06/11/2020 at 8:31 pm

    id like to go back to 1912 when titanic sunk


  8. User: reed

    Posted on: 06/11/2020 at 7:57 pm

    I think I would go back to The Dutch Golden Age 1568–1648


  9. User: andypops

    Posted on: 06/11/2020 at 12:02 pm

    I’d like to visit the dark ages, but only if I can be a princess!


  10. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 04/11/2020 at 11:12 am

    Would love to visit woodstock in the late 60’s


  11. User: Sheena

    Posted on: 03/11/2020 at 5:57 pm

    I would like to be around the court of Henry VIII and Elizabeth 1


  12. User: chris2468

    Posted on: 03/11/2020 at 3:24 pm

    as a fan of Jean M Auel’s ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ l would love to visit (not to live there though) the end of the ice age. lf l win this book it will add more to what l have gleaned from Clan of the Cave Bear and l would be delighted to do so


  13. User: jimmyadon05

    Posted on: 02/11/2020 at 11:16 pm

    My wife is convinced that we both were Tudors in a previous life and she is obsessed with anything Tudor. It would be amazing to travel back to experience life in King Henry’s court.


  14. User: Tonymcm83

    Posted on: 01/11/2020 at 4:10 pm

    The Ice Age for me. I would love to be in the south of France when both Homosapiens and Neanderthals shared the Earth. I imagine it would be a tough life but the environment and Megafauna would be something to behold!


  15. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 31/10/2020 at 5:43 pm

    Between the wars, in a big Downton-esque country manor. That said, it was not a great time for women…


  16. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 30/10/2020 at 9:04 am

    Swinging 60s be amazing


  17. User: Snoakes

    Posted on: 29/10/2020 at 11:54 am

    I’d love to go back to ancient Greece and meet Pythagoras


  18. User: willowcat

    Posted on: 28/10/2020 at 9:30 pm

    I would like the 1920’s.


  19. User: Annette Oliver

    Posted on: 28/10/2020 at 4:26 pm

    The Tudor period, Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare


  20. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 9:12 pm

    Hello, I would really like to live in rural Victorian Britain, just to see what it was like!


  21. User: Emma Harvey

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 7:54 pm

    The 1960s Summer of Love!


  22. User: Jeremy

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 7:10 pm

    I would have loved to go to the 1940,s to watch the Battle of Britain.


  23. User: Kelly Jones

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 5:34 pm

    I would love to go back to the Ancient Greeks and see the birth of the Olympic Games


  24. User: Kathleen Marsden

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 3:35 pm

    The Georgian period


  25. User: onlyhumanjelly

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 2:09 pm

    I’d love to be a viking for a couple of hours, I couldn’t cope without a shower every morning!!


  26. User: Jessica Jacob

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 2:07 pm

    I’d love to be a viking for a few hours, I couldn’t cope with any longer because I’d need to wash my hair but that would be so cool…


  27. User: Neil Barrett

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 1:55 pm

    Not that far back – I like creature comforts. The 1920s and 30s – Weimar Berlin.



    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 1:35 pm

    Ancient Egyptian time; It would be great to see the Pharoahs and how they built the pyramids


  29. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 11:59 am

    the greek era


  30. User: spacebeagle

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 11:40 am

    I would have loved to see the 1840’s so I could go and watch Micael Faraday’s lectures at the Royal Institution. a Self taught genius who gave so much to science and learning.


  31. User: Quod

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 8:37 am

    The 1920s


  32. User: Megan Kinsey

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 8:24 am

    I’d love to visit the Genji period in Japan (1860s) for a bit! Inspired by a Takashi Matsuoka book I read recently.


  33. User: dogs

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 8:09 am

    I would have loved the Renaissance era throughout Europe amid a great flourishing of ideas, art, architecture and philosophy.


  34. User: Tracey Beck

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 7:06 am

    I would love to visit the Ancient Egyptians and see what the pyramids looked like when they were built.


  35. User: Mrs Alaine Smith

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 12:52 am

    Stonehenge in its heyday. What really went on there?


  36. User: Ben Moloney

    Posted on: 27/10/2020 at 12:26 am

    During the Italian Renaissance!


  37. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 10:12 pm

    The Tudor period, especially the Anne Boleyn years as that time fascinates me. It would have been exciting to be a fly on the wall!


  38. User: philatel

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 7:54 pm

    I think the 1920’s would be fun – Charleston, etc. This is the year that my Mother was born!!


  39. User: Heather Norrington

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 6:15 pm

    I love Jane Austen’s novels, so I think it would be fascinating to go back to the Regency period.


  40. User: halcyondaysnow

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 4:46 pm

    I would have liked to have lived in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and danced the Charleston with the flappers, or accompanied Hemingway on his travels.


  41. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 2:21 pm

    The Roman era


  42. User: Erica

    Posted on: 25/10/2020 at 8:38 pm

    I’d love to life for 24 hours in the 1920’s so I can dance the Charleston in those lovely outfits. I think the music and fashions were great. I fancy myself as a flapper girl!


  43. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 25/10/2020 at 6:46 pm

    Am fascinated by the Tudors so would love to pop back in time but only for a short while.


  44. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 25/10/2020 at 6:37 pm

    Oh, how can I choose?? I have a soft spot for Stuart England during the Civil War, but then Tudor England was a tumultuous time, not fun but would be interesting!


  45. User: Janine

    Posted on: 25/10/2020 at 6:17 pm

    I think Tudor times would be really interesting x


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