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GIVEAWAY 3 copies of Unofficial Britain

26th September 2021

Giveaway: 3 copies of Unofficial Britain by Gareth E Rees

3 copies of Unofficial Britain

There is a Britain that exists outside of the official histories and guidebooks – places that lie on the margins, left behind. A Britain in the cracks of the urban facade where unexpected life can flourish. Welcome to UNOFFICIAL BRITAIN.

This is a land of industrial estates, factories and electricity pylons, of motorways and ring roads, of hospitals and housing estates, of roundabouts and flyovers.

Places where modern life speeds past but where people and stories nevertheless collect. Places where human dramas play out: stories of love, violence, fear, boredom and artistic expression. Places of ghost sightings, first kisses, experiments with drugs, refuges for the homeless, hangouts for the outcasts.

Struck by the power of these stories and experiences, Gareth E. Rees set out to explore these spaces and the essential part they have played in the history and geography of our isles. Though mundane and neglected, they can be as powerfully influential in our lives, and imaginations, as any picture postcard tourist destination.



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Enter by midnight, 9 October 2021 and the winner will be chosen at random. UK only

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 14/10/2021 at 5:22 pm


    Jo McPherson


  2. User: Jeanette Leighton

    Posted on: 09/10/2021 at 1:41 pm

    I would love to win for my dad he would find this very interesting


  3. User: Cristina McDowall

    Posted on: 09/10/2021 at 1:01 pm

    It looks intriguing


  4. User: Williamj98

    Posted on: 09/10/2021 at 10:56 am

    Been a passenger during our trips this could be interesting to pass time


  5. User: janj2301

    Posted on: 09/10/2021 at 9:50 am

    my daughter read it, said it was really good and I trust her opinion, gave her copy to a mate so I’d like one for myself


  6. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 09/10/2021 at 9:47 am

    I would like to win because the book will reveal places I’ve never even dreamt of perhaps even on my doorstep, so to speak.


  7. User: Nigelg

    Posted on: 09/10/2021 at 7:39 am

    Quite simple – it just looks so interesting!


  8. User: Sarahdo

    Posted on: 09/10/2021 at 6:19 am

    This would be a great read in our campervan


  9. User: andyszym

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 11:02 pm

    It sounds fascinating.


  10. User: Alison Latham

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 10:50 pm

    Looks a great read!


  11. User: Sandra Foreman

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds really interesting


  12. User: Fatstat

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 8:29 pm

    This looks like a fascinating read.


  13. User: Joyce Willis

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 8:23 pm

    Really different subject matter – would love to read it


  14. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 8:05 pm

    i’d love to win a copy because i love exploring new places especially special unknown surprises.


  15. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 6:20 pm

    Sounds so full of information that will be interesting to read the about different places is the UK and hopefully my local north east area too!


  16. User: Sheila Howes

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 4:32 pm

    Sounds a bit different!


  17. User: Pauline Ahern

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 1:48 pm

    because it will be a good read.


  18. User: Georgina Prince

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

    I would love to win because this sounds really interesting and unique!


  19. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 08/10/2021 at 8:57 am

    When I retire (soon), I am going to do a road trip throughout the UK and would love to visit places that are unusual


  20. User: Kay Gerken

    Posted on: 07/10/2021 at 10:03 pm

    Now that we are staying in the UK more, it looks like this book would help greatly in finding some places to visit which are ‘different’.


  21. User: Alison

    Posted on: 07/10/2021 at 4:58 pm

    This looks like a fab read


  22. User: Candyfloss

    Posted on: 07/10/2021 at 3:08 pm

    I absolutely love books like this: About real people and the places you don’t usually see.


  23. User: Caroline Shepherd

    Posted on: 07/10/2021 at 8:42 am

    I’ve always had a bit of a thing about concrete and pylons!


  24. User: Jenn Gillies

    Posted on: 07/10/2021 at 5:02 am

    I think that the narrative presented in this book is quite unique, and would help explain and enlighten so much about where we are now.


  25. User: Deborah Bird

    Posted on: 06/10/2021 at 6:02 pm

    It sounds really interesting! I love to learn about the history of places!


  26. User: Erica Hughes

    Posted on: 06/10/2021 at 4:52 pm

    Always like to explore the unusual


  27. User: Mandy

    Posted on: 06/10/2021 at 2:38 pm

    This looks so interesting. Think it needs to be one for my autistic nephews Christmas box .. he is pylon obsessed


  28. User: andyi

    Posted on: 05/10/2021 at 6:20 pm

    It would be great to learn a little bit about Britain.


  29. User: sarah parker

    Posted on: 05/10/2021 at 8:27 am

    Would be great to try out some different places 🙂


  30. User: wef1984

    Posted on: 04/10/2021 at 7:29 pm

    It looks really interesting


  31. User: Gul Akkaya

    Posted on: 04/10/2021 at 4:28 pm

    Would love to learn more about the Britain as I haven’t lived here all my life and it would be very interesting to know something unusual about many places.


  32. User: Jo McPherson

    Posted on: 04/10/2021 at 7:20 am

    It sounds like a great read, really interesting


  33. User: Peter Beard

    Posted on: 03/10/2021 at 7:32 pm

    I want to find out what’s really in my neighbourhood. Sounds Fascinating


  34. User: Riddler

    Posted on: 03/10/2021 at 11:14 am

    I’m really interested in the margins of urban landscapes, places to have a walk in a real space.


  35. User: Pengwen

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

    A real look at life in all of Britain,warts and all.


  36. User: Sarah Noakes

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 8:34 pm

    Unofficial Britain sounds fascinating. Living a place where million pound holiday homes are right next to some of the most deprived areas of Britain makes me interested in these liminal spaces.


  37. User: Ellie F Wood

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 7:12 pm

    I’m always looking for the unexpected things, so this would be a helpful guide!


  38. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 6:59 pm

    It sounds like a really interesting read!


  39. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 6:04 pm

    For all our oddness, I love Britain and the Brits and would enjoy reading the unofficial bits!


  40. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 4:43 pm

    Looks fascinating- like to learn something new x


  41. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 3:22 pm

    I love exploring my local area and beyond to find the lesser known hidden gems. I think this book would help me discover some more.


  42. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 11:48 am

    I think it would be a great book to read to find some new places to visit.


  43. User: claire woods

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 11:30 am

    It sounds interesting.


  44. User: Heather N

    Posted on: 02/10/2021 at 7:41 am

    I’d love to read these interesting stories of ordinary life in ordinary places


  45. User: Amy

    Posted on: 01/10/2021 at 8:50 pm

    sounds an interesting read!! i love reading about local lce to visit


  46. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 01/10/2021 at 7:22 pm

    I was sold when you mentioned electricity pylons! I know it’s an unpopular opinion but I think they look beautiful and I’m always taking photos of them!


  47. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 01/10/2021 at 4:54 pm

    It sounds like fun reading


  48. User: Whizadora

    Posted on: 01/10/2021 at 3:40 pm

    I’m drawn to the title and think it would be a very interesting read!!


  49. User: Karl Foxley

    Posted on: 01/10/2021 at 3:05 pm

    I love exploring the UK and finding new and unique places that are not often promoted or discussed.


  50. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 01/10/2021 at 1:21 pm

    As it sounds an interesting read


  51. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 01/10/2021 at 10:51 am

    Now in my 70s having plenty of time on my hands, I sometimes speculate how my life could have been so different. If I’d stayed a runaway teen, chosen a criminal partner, followed the excitement of the ‘rock’ scene, I wouldn’t be the comfortable West Sussex OAP I am today. I’d love to read about Unofficial Britain.


  52. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 30/09/2021 at 8:16 am

    A little inspiration
    A beautiful read

    A joy for our family : conversation starter about britain


  53. User: sallie

    Posted on: 29/09/2021 at 4:56 pm

    always glad to find new places


  54. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 29/09/2021 at 7:27 am

    Its always good to “think outside of the box” or in this case, look beyond the obvious well known British sites. Due to the pandemic I believe more of us are appreciating our fabulous country. This book sounds fascinating.


  55. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 29/09/2021 at 3:36 am

    It seems to be am interesting combination of urban folklore, history and geography- all topics that interest me


  56. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 28/09/2021 at 4:17 pm

    This book looks like an interesting insight into the types of spaces we would usually pass by and never really stop and think about.


  57. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 28/09/2021 at 8:51 am

    From here on, I can see more and more of our holidays being UK based, and it would be interesting to learn more about the, shall we say, less picturesque parts of our travels which could sometimes be more significant than the grand parks and stately homes we are heading for.


  58. User: louise

    Posted on: 27/09/2021 at 12:19 pm

    Ah, the romance of the electricity pylon and the flyover! Nuclear bunkers are also a good place to gi and visit Seriously, this sounds like fun


  59. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 27/09/2021 at 7:05 am

    I retire soon and am going on a road trip around Britain. I need to see the places that I don’t know exist


  60. User: Yvonne (@Fiction_Books)

    Posted on: 26/09/2021 at 9:23 pm

    I love these “unofficial” guides, as they get under the skin of a place and strip them bare, so that you can see their true heritage.

    I have read a couple of similar style books about my hometown of Swindon, home to the railway works, where all my family worked. Some of the old buildings and stories of the residents are so interesting.

    On a lighter note, these “unofficial” guides are always a must when planning a holiday, just so you can plan for those unexpected not quite so nice bits that the tour guides don’t tell you about!


  61. User: philatel

    Posted on: 26/09/2021 at 7:45 pm

    I love this sort of book which encourages me to get out and about to explore areas not often talked about.


  62. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 26/09/2021 at 6:57 pm

    Love the sound of this quirky book and hoping it could inspire me to explore my local area and reappraise and reflect on nearby locations/sites/features that I might have previously dismissed.


  63. User: Janine

    Posted on: 26/09/2021 at 6:30 pm

    This sounds really interesting


Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021