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GIVEAWAY: 3 copies of The Girls From Alexandria

2nd May 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to win a copy of this fabulous novel! The Girls From Alexandria by Carol Cooper

The Girls From Alexandria

Memories are fragile when you are seventy years old. I can’t afford to lose any more of them, not when remembering the past might help with the here and now.

Nadia needs help. Help getting out of her hospital bed. Help taking her pills. One thing she doesn’t need help with is remembering her sister. But she does need help finding her.

Alone and abandoned in a London hospital, 70-year-old Nadia is facing the rest of her life spent in a care home unless she can contact her sister Simone… who’s been missing for 50 years.

Despite being told she’s ‘confused’ and not quite understanding how wi-fi works, Nadia is determined to find Simone. So with only cryptic postcards and her own jumbled memories to go on, Nadia must race against her own fading faculties and find her sister before she herself is forgotten.

Set against the lush and glamorous backdrop of 20th century Alexandria, Carol Cooper’s third novel is equal parts contemporary mystery and historical fiction: a re-coming of age story about family, identity, and homeland.


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Then tell us in the COMMENTS below what you would like to see in Egypt. Would it be the fabulous coastline, the pyramids, the bazaars? Or might you like to try the food? Do this by midnight 15th May 2021 and the 3 winners will be chosen at random. UK ONLY.

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  1. User: lowie789

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 9:54 pm

    I’d just have to see the pyramids, then snorkeling in the Red Sea.


  2. User: Su Brett

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 9:05 pm

    I would love to see parts of the Nile – perhaps on a cruise like the Agatha Christie Novels


  3. User: aspella

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 5:45 pm

    I’d like to see the pyramids.


  4. User: Locky

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 3:08 pm

    I’d love to see the pyramids too!


  5. User: Bramshot

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 2:59 pm

    I would love to be on the terrace at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan looking out at the Nile and pretending to be in an Agatha Christie novel


  6. User: motherclanger

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 11:48 am

    I’ve always wanted to see the Pyramids


  7. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 10:18 pm

    the pyramids


  8. User: sarahbox

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 9:11 pm

    I’d love to see the pyramids.


  9. User: Joyce Willis

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 8:55 pm

    I have been to Egypt but never made it to the pyramids so I’d love to see them


  10. User: Mr Mark Adamson

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 7:56 pm

    The famous bridge with all the traders on (not sure I know it’s name)


  11. User: Piglet666

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 6:59 pm

    I would want to visit Valley of the Kings , amazing sights in such beautiful scenery .


  12. User: Fiona jk42

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 6:55 pm

    I’d love to take a cruise down the Nile, visit Karnak and Luxor.


  13. User: aaron

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 6:00 pm

    Love to see the pyramids


  14. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 5:25 pm

    I would love to see the Pyramids and the River Nile


  15. User: cdmitch

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 4:16 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see the Valley of the Kings and the Aswan Dam.


  16. User: Jo Price

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 2:13 pm

    I’d love to visit the Valley of the kings and also the site of Alexandria lighthouse.


  17. User: citymousette

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 1:05 pm

    I’d like to see the sunrise over the desert. The colours emerging, the heat building and the sounds of Egypt rising from the sands.


  18. User: Glynis O'Halloran

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 12:30 pm

    I’d love to visit the coast as I have already seen the pyramids and the sphinx.


  19. User: Michelle Turner

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 11:40 am

    I’d really love to cruise the Nile


  20. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 11:28 am

    I would like to go to the Red Sea and visit some of the historic places along there, The Monestry of St. Pauls, The Monestry St. Anothony, Giftan Islands, Berenice Harbour, Ottoman Fortress and Mons Claudiansus/


  21. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 9:42 am

    I’d love a Nile cruise to see the crocodiles!


  22. User: Jan22

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 5:18 pm

    I would like to see the Aswan Dam from the river Nile and of course, The Pyramids as we sail past.


  23. User: Candyfloss

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 3:16 pm

    I would love to visit the pyramids, my mind can’t process how stuff that old is still standing! Most of all though, I’d like the chance to practice the Arabic I’ve been learning since the first lockdown.


  24. User: Lucy Wright-Booth

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 11:31 am

    I would love to see the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings!


  25. User: sleeper99

    Posted on: 12/05/2021 at 2:35 pm

    i would like to revisit Cairo, such contrasts: pyramids, sphinx, Muhammad Ali Mosque and then you have virtually every roof unfinished (it’s apparently to save on tax – but looks awful) and the dead cow upside down in a ditch people were drinking from!


  26. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 12/05/2021 at 8:32 am

    Would like to explore every nook and cranny and ingest all of the countries culture 🙂


  27. User: Tina8

    Posted on: 12/05/2021 at 8:16 am

    I would love to visit Luxor, cruise along the Nile and look around the bazaars.


  28. User: LESLEY MFON

    Posted on: 12/05/2021 at 8:07 am

    I’d love to revisit Alexandria and the library.


  29. User: Snoakes

    Posted on: 11/05/2021 at 9:18 pm

    Egypt has always fascinated me – I would love to see the Valley of the Kings one day.


  30. User: Louise Rogers

    Posted on: 10/05/2021 at 10:40 am

    I would love to see the pyramids. I actually went on a cruise once to Egypt but I was so sick I didn’t leave the boat so saw nothing!


  31. User: Kay Gerken

    Posted on: 08/05/2021 at 10:10 pm

    Would just like a nice hotel and good weather near a beach – some respite after the last year!


  32. User: Sushka

    Posted on: 08/05/2021 at 10:04 pm

    I would love to see the pyramids


  33. User: claire

    Posted on: 08/05/2021 at 5:23 pm

    the pyramids


  34. User: Jojangles

    Posted on: 08/05/2021 at 5:16 pm

    Most definitely the Pyramids, Sphinx and Cairo


  35. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 08/05/2021 at 3:31 pm

    The river nile and the great pyramids – such a unique place


  36. User: EllieL

    Posted on: 08/05/2021 at 10:09 am

    I would love to do a Nile cruise. A friend went on one- booked by his wife- and he was dreading. Came back and said it was the best holiday he’s ever had. Egypt is special to me, it’s where my parents met and fell in love.


  37. User: chris2468

    Posted on: 07/05/2021 at 6:46 pm

    l would so love to see the pyramids and wonder at the technology they used to construct them


  38. User: pardeus

    Posted on: 07/05/2021 at 6:44 pm

    I would love to wander round the bazaars.


  39. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 07/05/2021 at 6:01 pm

    The Sphinx


  40. User: bopper

    Posted on: 07/05/2021 at 5:44 pm

    I’d love to both experience the bazaars and also the banks of the River Nile from a slow moving boat so I could just observe the many sights


  41. User: pete cleasby

    Posted on: 07/05/2021 at 5:42 pm

    I’d love to both experience the bazaars and also the River Nile from a slow moving boat so I could just observe the sights


  42. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 07/05/2021 at 1:42 pm

    I would love to see the Pyramids 🙂


  43. User: sam arnold

    Posted on: 06/05/2021 at 1:00 pm

    Valley of the Kings, the citadel of Qaitbay, and the Pyramids in Giza


  44. User: Helen Clayton

    Posted on: 06/05/2021 at 9:14 am

    I have seen the Pyramids and the city of Cairo but my regret is I missed out on Valley of the Kings while in Luxor as succumbed to the dreaded ‘belly’ issues!! Egypt is a fascinating place and would love to go back in time some decades to see the melting pot of Alexandria as it was.


  45. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 05/05/2021 at 5:50 pm

    I would like to see the Valley of the Kings, the citadel of Qaitbay, and the Pyramids in Giza. Centuries of history and fantastic architecture all in one!

    Followed by a cruise on the Nile, of course.


  46. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 05/05/2021 at 11:58 am

    It would have to be the Nile. I dream of going down the Nile on a river cruise.


  47. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 04/05/2021 at 10:18 pm

    I would have to see the Pyramids….. and then I’d head to the beach!


  48. User: Amy

    Posted on: 04/05/2021 at 6:37 am

    id love to see it all! the markets the pyramids and try all th yummy food!


  49. User: Michie

    Posted on: 04/05/2021 at 6:17 am

    I would love to take the Cruise from Luxor to Aswan so I could take in the views and see the ancient sites, all by the calmness on the water.


  50. User: Danielle Roper

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 10:13 pm

    Hi, I’m a singer in an Arabic band in the UK and would love to check out Cairo’s live music and dance scene!


  51. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 9:55 pm

    I’d love to see the Nile & also try authentic Egyptian food


  52. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 9:00 pm

    Pyramids for sure, but I’d love to see everything


  53. User: Laura

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 7:00 pm

    I would love to visit the pyramids of Giza


  54. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 6:09 pm

    Hello, I would like to visit the Orman Botanical Garden in Egypt as it looks very beautiful.


  55. User: lakes

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 5:47 pm

    It would be amazing to visit Egypt and incredible to see the pyramids!


  56. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 5:15 pm

    I’d love to see the Pyramids of Giza and The Valley of the Kings. I also like the idea of going on a camel ride but I’d probably refuse if the camel decided to spit at me!


  57. User: Smithy77

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 4:34 pm

    A trip to Cairo to see the pyramids


  58. User: milli

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 1:33 pm

    A return to Luxor would be amazing! So much to see.



    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 10:10 am

    I’d love to go to The Valley of The Kings. Egypt is on my bucket list.


  60. User: Hattie Norman

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 8:14 am

    If possible, I would like to visit Anwar Sadat’s grave site. I know many people in Egypt hated him. I remember seeing him assassinated on television. I could not believe it had happened. I think Anwar Sadat met with President Carter for Peace talks concerning the Middle East? Surely, he had a palace too. I would love to see it.


  61. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 8:06 am

    I remember as a child asking my Dad if he’d seen the Pyramids when he was a serviceman in Egypt, “Seen them?” he said, “I was up & down the ruddy things in that heat looking after the radio equipment at the top!”
    I still think of him whenever I see a Pyramids picture.


  62. User: Hattie Norman

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 8:05 am

    I would love to read and win The Girl From Alexandria by Carol Cooper. I am interested in what happens and why a person disappears. In this book. I also like the fact that the one sister is seventy years old. Plus, I’m in the mood for a travel book that takes place in Egypt.


  63. User: Faith76

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 7:12 am

    The Pyramids


  64. User: Annie Thomas

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 7:00 am

    It’s got to be the pyramids. My first trip out of the uk aged 23 (!) was on our honeymoon to Egypt. We arrived in darkness and the next morning opened the curtains and there they were. Absolutely stunning.


  65. User: Emma Harvey

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 6:44 am

    I’ve been on a diving holiday to Egypt and that was pretty special so I would love to go back and see all of their key heritage sites.


  66. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 6:42 am

    I’d love to try the food – I try cooking things like Ful Medames at home but never having tasted the real thing in its home country I’m not sure that what I’m doing is right. A few years ago, Dave Myers of the Hairy Bikers filmed a programme about food in Egypt and I’ve wanted to have an experience like his ever since.


  67. User: Katrina Adams

    Posted on: 03/05/2021 at 6:11 am

    I have always wanted to see the Pyramids and I would also like to see the River Nile.


  68. User: philatel

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 10:50 pm

    I would love to revisit Egypt and see the pyramids – due to a real mix up when we were there, we never got to Cairo so I’ve always felt that I’ve missed out!


  69. User: AuntDahlia

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 10:42 pm

    The beautiful landscapes along the Nile


  70. User: Riddler

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 8:14 pm

    Would love to travel down the Nile on a boat


  71. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 7:49 pm

    I would love to see the Pyramids and explore them, though I don’t think they let you go inside.


  72. User: Grizelda

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 7:30 pm

    I once worked in a travel agency where we had a poster of St Catherine’s monastery on the wall – so it would be something to stand and look at the same view in real life, some 30 years later.


  73. User: Louise

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 6:50 pm

    Would like to go back to Alexandrua and trace Durrell’s Alexandrua Quaryltet and TELawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom


  74. User: Lynn Evans

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 6:48 pm

    I’d like to see Pompey’s Pillar and the catacombs in Alexandria.


  75. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 6:36 pm

    Valley of the Kings!


  76. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 5:45 pm

    Having seen a lot of Egypt already, I would like to go to Alexandria to see how it differs from the rest of Egypt – and to be by the sea! ‍♀️


  77. User: Janine

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 5:27 pm

    I went to Cairo and Hurghada years ago, now I would love to go on a Nile Cruise


  78. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 02/05/2021 at 5:08 pm

    Probably the mask of Tutankhamun to get the full effect as opposed to simply looking at pictures.


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