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GIVEAWAY: 5 copies of “A Different Kind of Madness” – set in Ceylon!

24th March 2019


We are delighted to be able to you offer prizes of 5 copies of “A Different Kind of Madness” by Pauline Schockman, excellent fiction set in 1960s Ceylon

A Different Kind of Madness

Colombo, September 1964. As the newly independent island nation of Ceylon struggles with racial divides, Greta van Buuren faces both the upheaval of her future and the re-emergence of her past. Greta and her family are Ceylonese Burghers, a group of mixed racial origin, whose privileged position in society is coming to an end.

Soon she must decide whether to stay, or to leave Ceylon forever.

A Different Kind of Madness explores the madness of a family and a nation caught at a moment of transition, neither knowing how or whether they will survive the change. It is a great read.

How to enter:

Just leave a comment below telling us what you associate with SRI LANKA (Ceylon as was). Would it be tea plantations, beautiful beaches, wildlife, elephants….???

Do this by midnight UK time on Saturday, 6th April and the first 5 names out of the hat will be sent a copy of the book by the publisher. INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!!

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 07/04/2019 at 6:04 pm

    The 5 winners are:

    Peter H
    Julia C
    Judy G
    Sue E
    Fran N


  2. User: Alison Vaughan

    Posted on: 04/04/2019 at 8:50 am

    Sandy beaches and elephants


  3. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 31/03/2019 at 3:33 pm

    My colleague Sanu – a diminutive mini powerhouse of a woman who talks with great love for Sri Lanka. Lovely to read the comments and see how global we are, with many comments mentioning colleagues or friends.


  4. User: fiona jk42

    Posted on: 29/03/2019 at 7:42 pm

    My colleague Sanju whose husband was killed by a stray bullet at the start of the Tamil Tigers insurgency, leaving her to bring up their children on her own.


  5. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 28/03/2019 at 1:33 pm

    Ceylon and tea plantations are forever entertwined in my mind.


  6. User: Judy

    Posted on: 27/03/2019 at 12:11 pm

    Tamil Tigers


  7. User: Teresa Mcgovern

    Posted on: 27/03/2019 at 8:44 am

    Sapphires and cricket.


  8. User: Julian Lees

    Posted on: 27/03/2019 at 3:33 am

    Tea and tropical flowers.


  9. User: ALYSON READ

    Posted on: 26/03/2019 at 7:08 pm

    I remember doing a school project on Sri Lanka many years ago. It was the elephants!


  10. User: burrum

    Posted on: 26/03/2019 at 2:06 am

    Seeing the place name of Ceylon takes me back to my primary school days here in Australia, where one of my class mates came from Ceylon and this would date back to the 1960;s. I can still remember her name – Charmaine.
    So the name evokes something different to me from beaches, tea plantations.


  11. User: Santhi Saravanan

    Posted on: 26/03/2019 at 12:07 am

    Cinnamon! Nothing comes close to Ceylon cinnamon


  12. User: Lesley Morton

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 9:51 pm

    The beautiful scenery, the hustle & bustle of street markets. The wonderful smells and the fabulous food. Especially egg hoppers ! I hope to return one day.


  13. User: Kasey Clark

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 6:20 pm

    I associate tea with Ceylon and Sri Lanka!


  14. User: Linda Diffin

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 4:27 pm

    Ceylon conjures up exotic images for me. I would love to read this book to learn more about this beautiful country.


  15. User: Jackie ROBINSON

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 1:03 pm

    Tea plantations


  16. User: Denise Price

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 12:56 pm

    Tea, elephants and beautiful sapphires.


  17. User: Mrs Julie hounsome

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 12:54 pm

    Elephants, and beautiful sunsets


  18. User: Audrey Hartley

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 11:19 am

    Beautiful scenery, people & stunning wildlife. And !!


  19. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 10:11 am

    It has to be the lovely subtle tea. So refreshing.


  20. User: Susan Lacey

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 9:27 am

    Ceylon sapphires – I just love the blue tones and chose one for my engagement ring. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


  21. User: Peter Hayhurst

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 9:12 am

    My sister used to live there so my best recollection is a trip to Kandy. Stunningly beautiful.


  22. User: Karenn Scott

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 8:46 am

    I am reminded of Sunday morning quizzes with my mum – all the capital cities! Have never forgotten that Ceylon’s capitsl is Colombo!!


  23. User: Helen Marshall

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 8:00 am

    Elephant sanctuary and lush vegetation along with beautiful beaches – this is mainly my imagination but I hope reality is similar!


  24. User: Sue Evans

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 7:05 am

    Beautiful temples full of Buddhas, elephants roaming the roads and the romanticism of the mists swirling through the tea plantations early morning!


  25. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 5:17 am

    Curry and cricket!


  26. User: Jess D

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 12:08 am

    When I think of Sri Lanka I think of the tea plantations. I love the tea from Sri Lanka. I also think about the lush scenery and I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance.


  27. User: Jess Dimovski

    Posted on: 25/03/2019 at 12:06 am

    When I think of Sri Lanka I think of the tea plantations. Thanks for the chance.


  28. User: Maureen Julian

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 11:08 pm

    Elephants, tea plantations and beautiful stamps.


  29. User: Sarah Boyce

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 10:47 pm

    One of the best holidays I’ve ever had! Beautiful place, wonderful people….I want to go back!!


  30. User: Leila Benhamida

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 10:40 pm



  31. User: Helen Marshall

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 10:31 pm

    The elephant sanctuary is my first thought but closely followed by lush vegetation and beautiful beaches – never having been this is partly my imagination but I hope it’s close to reality!


  32. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 9:45 pm

    Tea plantations


  33. User: Fran Norris

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 9:13 pm

    Tea! When Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon I collected stamps and the island ones always depicted an exotic location


  34. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 9:13 pm

    The National cricket team.


  35. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 9:11 pm

    Tea plantations and elephants say Sri Lanka to me.


  36. User: julie ryanj

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 8:30 pm

    tea plantations and elephants and beautiful scenery.


  37. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 7:51 pm

    Sri Lanka is a jewel of an island state in the Indian Ocean, that & the fact its plantations export delicious tea is sadly my sum knowledge. I’d love this book to educate me.


  38. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 7:23 pm

    I visited Sri Lanka in 1983, just before the civil war kicked off. There were already armed soldiers patrolling in Colombo.
    The first thing to come to mind when I remember being in Sri Lanka is not elephants, tea plantations or beaches, although we saw all of those, it is the beautiful rock paintings at Sigiriya.


  39. User: Bonnie Karoly

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 7:17 pm

    I think of wildlife and tea associated with Sri Lanka. I would love to read this book.


  40. User: Helen Clayton

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 7:08 pm

    Tea for sure plus fabulous scenery and above all-those Sri Lankans I’ve met have been friendly people and great cooks!


  41. User: Julia Caturova

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 7:01 pm

    Exitic food and warm weather


  42. User: Evelyn Vernolini

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 6:58 pm



  43. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 6:56 pm

    Elephants and cricket!


  44. User: Judy Guffey

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 6:54 pm



  45. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 24/03/2019 at 6:50 pm

    I think of tea, beautiful plants and amazing scenery x