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GIVEAWAY – 5 copies of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland, novel set in Australia

24th June 2018

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART by Holly Ringland, coming-of-age novel set in AUSTRALIA

Flowers, fire and fairy tales are the elements that will forever shape nine-year-old Alice Hart’s life, in The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, the remarkable debut by Holly Ringland. This evocative coming-of-age story follows young protagonist, Alice Hart, who stops speaking after a family tragedy; instead turning to flowers to make sense of the things that are too hard to say. It is beautiful evocative of its setting.

It’s been a best-selling hit in Australia, where it is set, and now you have the chance to win a copy!

How to be in with a chance of winning a copy?

Just leave a comment below about Australia, where you would like to visit, perhaps? Have you been? Which books have evoked the country for you? Do this by midnight, 7th July (UK time) and the first five names out of the hat will be sent a copy of the book direct from the publishers, Mantle Books.


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  1. User: Daisy Russel

    Posted on: 01/10/2018 at 2:20 pm

    I love to visit Australia and see the Sydney Opera House!


  2. User: Sarah Noakes

    Posted on: 06/07/2018 at 8:34 am

    I’ve never been, but think of all the books you could read on the flight! My favourite Australian book is The Cook by Wayne Macauley.


  3. User: Rae Cowie

    Posted on: 06/07/2018 at 7:37 am

    Have been lucky enough to visit the stunning wetlands of Kakadu, which teems with wildlife. A very special place. One of my favourite books set in Australia is The Silent Kookaburra by Liza Perrat.


  4. User: julie

    Posted on: 06/07/2018 at 1:27 am

    Would love to go to the opera house


  5. User: Angela Webster

    Posted on: 01/07/2018 at 7:12 pm

    I would love to visit Cairns for it’s tropical climate, city life and amazing wildlife.


  6. User: Tanja Jennings

    Posted on: 30/06/2018 at 9:25 pm

    Rottnest Island to visit the quokkas.


  7. User: Carole Kincaid

    Posted on: 30/06/2018 at 4:41 pm

    I read years ago about Alice Springs during the war and Australia left an indellible imprint on my mind. Also, I would so love to visit The Great Barrier Reef as I love fish and imagine this is one of the Best place in the world to see them.


  8. User: Margaret Barlow

    Posted on: 29/06/2018 at 4:03 pm

    I lived in WA for a number of years , but would love to visit eastern side , beautiful country


  9. User: Lynn Brown

    Posted on: 28/06/2018 at 7:10 pm

    I’d love to visit Sydney one day and see the Opera House for real.


  10. User: Helen Yendall

    Posted on: 28/06/2018 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve never been to Australia but I’d love to go. It’s the wildlife that I’m really fascinated by. Would love to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and see koalas and kangaroos and so much more!


  11. User: Di Coke

    Posted on: 28/06/2018 at 9:27 am

    I have so many Australian friends – there’s no excuse for me not to visit soon. Except the flight is soooo long!


  12. User: Sandra Ernstoff

    Posted on: 28/06/2018 at 6:58 am

    I’d love to go to the Gold Coast to see friends who I grew up with in the UK and the beautiful country.


  13. User: Cheryl Pasquier

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 9:01 pm

    I’d love to visit Uluru at sunset and see the spectacular colours


  14. User: Susan Lacey

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 8:51 pm

    I love learning about countries through books that transport me. Australia is such a huge country that it’s hard to select one or two places. Ideally, I’d love three months to explore it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart.


  15. User: Sarah Rothman

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 7:00 pm

    I would love to go to Australia, I did have a ticket booked when I was about 19, but met my husband within weeks and we were married within three months! I would love to see The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Bridge and Opera House, Bondi Beach… everywhere! Fingers crossed, liked and shared original post


  16. User: Fran Norris

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 6:23 pm

    So many wonderful sites to see but I think I’d choose The Great Barrier Reef.


  17. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 5:46 pm

    I have a recently discovered cousin in Waggawagga and hope to visit one of these days. She visited England 3 years ago and we had a wonderful family reunion on the farm where our grandfather used to live. Subsequently two of my young nephews have moved to Australia and one is to marry a girl he met in Wagga. Our mutual grandfather was sent to Australia in disgrace but that is story on its own!


  18. User: Jess Dimovski

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 3:05 pm

    I would love to visit Melbourne someday. Thanks for the chance.


  19. User: Sylvia Robbins

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 2:27 pm

    I loved the book ‘A Town Like Alice’ by Nevil Shute and all the Australian ‘soaps’ of the ’70s and ’80s.


  20. User: Irene Wright

    Posted on: 27/06/2018 at 11:09 am

    Drove from Sydney to Melbourne on the Coast Road in February this year. Wonderful country to visit again but wouldn’t want to live there. UK is my home now and forever.


  21. User: JulieM

    Posted on: 26/06/2018 at 10:22 am

    Sounds like an enchanting story and would love a copy. All my mum’s family are in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney) I have been once, 35 years ago, and would love to go again to take my two children to meet all their family ‘down-under’. Perhaps reading this book will give me the incentive to make a trip happen!?


  22. User: Melanie Martin

    Posted on: 26/06/2018 at 10:20 am

    I would love to go to Tasmania, it sounds like such a magical place.


  23. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 26/06/2018 at 5:45 am

    I’ve just just read The Dry by Jane Harper so discovering another Australian author would be great.


  24. User: Fran Norris

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 9:12 pm

    Have never been to Australia but medic programmes show just how immense the country is and the need for air transport in emergencies.


  25. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve just been reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper and it really showed how remote and inhospitable some areas of the country can be


  26. User: Loma Wood

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 11:13 am

    I have found lots of cousins out there when I had my dna done. One set up one of the first boarding schools in the country. It has been an eye opener knowing I share genes with people down under!


  27. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 8:37 am

    My recent favourite books set in Australia are The Dry, & Force of Nature by Jane Harper. Both darn good stories. I was fortunate to win a holiday to Sydney & the Blue Mountains many years ago…we loved every minute.


  28. User: Jackierob01

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 8:00 am

    I have many happy memories of Australia. Probably my favourite places were Sydney harbour and the Whitsundays. Hoping to visit again soon.


  29. User: Pam Smith

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 8:00 am

    We were lucky enough to visit Australia 2 years ago. It’s an amazing country with so much to do, I’d love to go back


  30. User: Penny-sue Wolfe

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 5:36 am

    I must admit I have not read any Australian literature or visited so my impressions of Oz are based on shows like Neighbours!! I would love to win!


  31. User: Sue Harrison

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 4:30 am

    Would love to experience Ayres Rock and its special atmosphere( respectfully)


  32. User: Sheila Sayer

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 12:16 am

    I have family living in different parts of Australia. We have been asked to go over to visit with them. I would love to see the Kangaroos and visit different places with my cousin, who would show us around.


  33. User: Sheila Sayer

    Posted on: 25/06/2018 at 12:14 am

    Love to Win this gorgeous book.


  34. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 10:02 pm

    I have friends and family in Melbourne so that would be my No1 destination. Love them very much but not too keen on the size of the bloody spiders!!


  35. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 9:50 pm

    Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney is a wonderful book that shows family life in Australia.


  36. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 9:11 pm

    I have never been to Australia but would like to visit Uluru, the Sydney Opera House & The Great Barrier Reef!
    The book that gave me a great sense about life in Australia was Nevil Shute’s ‘A Town Like Alice’. I have read it several times now & still enjoy it, even though it was written back in 1950!
    ‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’ sounds a brilliant read, right up my street as a former child psychotherapist! 🙂


  37. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 9:09 pm

    Would so love to read this – born in Aus with family there dating back to the 1880s. Visited twice since I left. Currently reading Queen of the Dark Things which is partly set in Aus.


  38. User: Allana Turner

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 9:04 pm

    I’d love to visit Australia – in particular Sydney for the Opera House and Bondi Beach, the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, and Noosa National Park.


  39. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 9:00 pm

    My husband used to live in Perth WA and we visit every few years x


  40. User: Hannah

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve never been but I’d love to go to visit friends in Melbourne


  41. User: Julie ryan

    Posted on: 24/06/2018 at 8:55 pm

    Would love to visit Australia and see the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Opera House.