GIVEAWAY: 3 top reads from the Macmillan Collector’s Library!

19th August 2018

We’ve hand-picked three iconic novels from the Macmillan Collector’s Library to devise this book-ish personality quiz. Read on for more details about each of these twentieth-century classics and then decide which book you most identify with and enter our quiz to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of all three books (UK only)…

The books produced are of an impeccable standard but remain affordable, starting at £9.99 in hardback. Each edition comes complete with gilt edges, cloth bindings, ribbon bookmarks and arts-and-crafts-style endpapers.

The Go-BetweenMacmillan Collector's Library by L P Hartley

Publication Date: 1958

Location: Norfolk, England          

Settings: Farmhouse kitchen table and English cricket pitch

Lead actress in film adaptation (1971): Julie Christie

Quote: “Grown-ups didn’t seem to realize that for me, as for most other schoolboys, it was easier to keep silent than to speak” 


Macmillan Collector's LibraryThe Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden


Publication Date: 1953

Location: Champagne region, France

Settings: Boutique hotel and champagne caves

Leading actress in film adaptation (1961): Susannah York

Quote: “I know now it is children who accept life; grown people cover it up and pretend it is different with drinks.”


The Great GatsbyMacmillan Collector's Library by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Publication Date: 1925

Location: Long Island, USA and New York

Settings: Lavish Long Island mansion and Plaza Hotel, NYC

Leading actress in film adaptation (2013): Carey Mulligan

Quote: “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

‘Whenever you feel like criticising anyone,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’”


Now take our quick personality quiz and say which summer drink and summer escape you most prefer to find out which classic book you are channeling this summer…. are you 1, 2 or 3?

1. Your favourite drink: Long Island iced tea

Your perfect holiday: a summer vacation in New York state, exploring the city get-aways

2. Your favourite drink: Chilled sparkles

Your perfect holiday: cruise through the Chunnel and whizz down the autoroute to Provence in a soft top 

3. Your favourite drink: Tea, milk first

Your perfect holiday: Staycation close to home 

Let us know whether you are 1,2 or 3 in the comments below and the first name out of the hat on 1 September (Midnight UK time) will be sent all three books (UK ONLY!).

Scroll down for the answers!









(ANSWER: The Great Gatsby)

(ANSWER: The Greengage Summer)

(ANSWER: The Go-Between)

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  1. User: Victoria Bazley

    Posted on: 01/09/2018 at 11:58 am

    I’m definitely a 2!


  2. User: Wiebke Howey

    Posted on: 01/09/2018 at 8:59 am

    Love New York, so has to be number 1!


  3. User: Sarah Pike

    Posted on: 31/08/2018 at 6:16 am

    I’m definitely a number 2 at heart


  4. User: deb barratt

    Posted on: 24/08/2018 at 9:27 am

    oh im a 3


  5. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 24/08/2018 at 6:36 am

    These sound gorgeous. I’ll go for no 1 as it’s one of my favourite books.


  6. User: TJ

    Posted on: 23/08/2018 at 7:23 am

    2. A brilliant book that I remember as a teen and would love to put in our library. Such sensory writing.


  7. User: oconnea

    Posted on: 22/08/2018 at 8:42 am

    1 sounds great, but 2 tugged at my heartstrings. Oh, and I *love* greengages. 🙂


  8. User: Joanne Gaylor

    Posted on: 22/08/2018 at 6:06 am

    Based on the copious amounts of tea I drink and the last three years of holidays in Cornwall and the Outer Hebrides, it’s definitely No. 3. And such an iconic opening line.


  9. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 21/08/2018 at 1:44 pm

    In my head I am No1 but truthfully I’m more a No2!!


  10. User: Nicole

    Posted on: 21/08/2018 at 12:42 pm

    Much decision making, mostly over the treasonous way to make tea in number 3… But alas, that is what I am.


  11. User: Kara

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 1:49 pm

    Definitely a No.1, and I love The Great Gatsty – and so we beat on… ♥️


  12. User: Avril

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 1:45 pm

    You had me at tea, hot or iced


  13. User: Miriam Cheeseman

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 10:04 am

    After much consideration I am definitely a 3



    • User: David Allan-Jones

      Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 12:23 pm

      I’m always a number one


    • User: Rachel Jones

      Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 12:22 pm

      Definitely No: 3 is for me


  14. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 6:42 am

    No 2 for me, chilled Champagne & a road trip to Provence sounds heavenly.


  15. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 6:24 am

    Number 3 for me


  16. User: Roisin Murray

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 6:15 am

    No2 – am currently readin this sat in a cafe on the cote d’azur!


  17. User: Sue Harrison

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 4:19 am

    Number 2 )The Greengage Summer which is as yet unread


  18. User: Helen Marshall

    Posted on: 20/08/2018 at 4:00 am

    I have selected number 2 but each option suits me at different times. I’ve only read The Great Gatsby.


  19. User: Lynne Lacock

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 9:59 pm

    Number 2. Love Rumer Godden – and the wisdom of children.


  20. User: Lynne Lacock

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 9:54 pm

    Number 2. The wisdom of children does it for me.


  21. User: Maureen Julian

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 9:45 pm

    No 2 – I can remember reading The Greengage Summer many years ago!


  22. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 9:27 pm

    Number 2 for me, though I have never read The Greengage Summer!


  23. User: Anne Allen

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 9:18 pm

    No 2 Greengage Summer


  24. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 9:08 pm

    No 3 for me! X


  25. User: Karen

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 8:58 pm

    Number 1


  26. User: Karen

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 8:18 pm

    No 2 for me! Thank you for a lovely giveaway.


  27. User: Kaisha Holloway

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 8:16 pm

    3 – the go between!

    What a fab giveaway, thanks for the chance x


  28. User: Lorraine Rogerson

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 8:03 pm

    2. And I love The Greengage Summer. Rumer Godden is ripe for a revival, I think. Fantastic story teller and especially good at capturing the heartbreak of childhood and early adolescence. With humour and some very dark scenes.


  29. User: Rebecca Foster

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 7:49 pm

    #3 seems to fit me, so I guess I should be reading The Go-Between!


  30. User: Lynda Checkley

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 7:47 pm

    Number 2. Love a glass of bubbles


  31. User: Leila Benhamida

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 7:45 pm

    Number 1


  32. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 7:36 pm

    2 for me but my grandaughter has to read “The Great Gatsby” next term on her University course so I would love to win for her.


  33. User: jennifer bolognesi

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 7:32 pm

    One Iced Tea


  34. User: Lesley Morton

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 7:05 pm

    I knew it would be this even before I looked at the quiz questions. Just wonderful.

    2 (ANSWER: The Greengage Summer)


    • User: Jude

      Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 7:11 pm

      3 x


    • User: readerofbooks

      Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:42 pm

      Yikes – have commented twice in error! Sorry!


  35. User: Joanna Wright

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:35 pm

    Number 1


  36. User: Eileen Sullivan

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:29 pm



  37. User: Penny-sue Wolfe

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:28 pm

    2. Your favourite drink: Chilled sparkles

    Your perfect holiday: cruise through the Chunnel and whizz down the autoroute to Provence in a soft top


  38. User: Eileen Sullivan

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:28 pm

    All 3!


  39. User: Helen James

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:24 pm

    Definitely a 2!! Love any novels set in France.


  40. User: Helen James

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:24 pm

    Definitely a 2!!


  41. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:19 pm

    Definitely a number 1!
    And I loved ‘The Great Gatsby’!


  42. User: Elaine Guymer

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:14 pm

    2 for me


  43. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:09 pm

    3 – The Go-Between – Yes, that’s me!


  44. User: Teresa Majury

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:08 pm

    Merci bien ! Most definitely a 2.


  45. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 19/08/2018 at 6:08 pm

    number 2 x