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Winners Invisible Woman Tickets + Movies That Matter + IT Tote Bags

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

My word, we had some popular giveaways these past two weeks!  Thanks so much to all of you for joining these contests, and now for all the winners… *drumroll*


The winners of the free movie tickets to The Invisible Woman are:

  • Deanne Boisvert
  • Karen Foster
  • Jaap Nagtegaal

The answer to the question was, of course, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (ebook available here).


The winners of the free tickets to the Movies That Matter Festival are:

  • Tania Nemtzidou
  • Myrna Wezel
  • Hoka Wen

Favorite book-based movies included The Help (several times :-) )(ebook), The Color Purple (ebook) and To Kill a Mockingbird.


The winners for the ‘IT’ tote bag are:

  • Merel Hoekzema
  • Jasmina Suljanovic
  • Tess van Brummelen
  • Angelo Fiume

And this is what you’re all reading (and ohmygosh are we going to be asking that question again for a future giveaway!  What an amazing bunch of readers you all are; our to-read piles have just grown by another meter!):

Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare (ebook here) * Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson (ebook) * I Always Get My Sin – Maarten H. Rijkens * Mendelssohn is on the Roof – Jirí Weil (ebook) * On The Road – Jack Kerouac (ebook)

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky (ebook) * What Should I Do With My Life? – Po Bronson (ebook) * Butcher’s Crossing – John Wiliams * Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * Sane New World – Ruby Wax (ebook)

IT – Alexa Chung * In One Person – John Irving (ebook) * The Exiled Queen – Cinda Williams Chima * The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (ebook) * Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

The Undead Pool – Kim Harrison * Practical Sheep Keeping – Kim Cardell (ebook) * The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M. Banks (ebook) * Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (ebook) * Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

El Principito – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry * Dear Life – Alice Munro (ebook) * I Lived on Butterfly Hill – Marjorie Agosin * Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan (ebook) * Doctor Sleep – Stephen King (ebook)

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (ebook) * The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill (ebook) * The Help – Kathryn Stockett (ebook) * Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult (ebook) * Doctored Evidence – Donna Leon (ebook)

Vintage Detective Stories – David Stuart Davies (ed.) * The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer (ebook) * Barney’s Version – Mordecai Richler * How To Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran (ebook) * Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (ebook)

Win tickets to the Movies That Matter Festival!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This year’s Movies That Matter Festival takes place in The Hague from March 20th until March 26th.  The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International, organises wide-ranging film programs in which human rights take center stage.  You can find this year’s full program here – from 12 Years a Slave to Dirty Wars to Hannah Arendt to Viva Cuba Libre and many, many more.

We are giving away 3×2 tickets to any movie* on the program!

All you have to do is mail and let us know what your favorite book-based movie is.  Please put ‘Movies that Matter’ in the subject of your email.

We will hold the prize draw and contact the winners on Tuesday, March 18th, and tickets must be picked up at ABC The Hague (at the Information Desk).

*Any movie?  Yes, any movie!  You DO still have to make reservations for the movie of your choice once you get your ticket, though.

Win tickets to The Invisible Woman!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

In 1857, the 45 year-old Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) falls in love with 18 year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), who will be his muse/mistress for the rest of his life. Years later, the new life she has made is haunted by that guilty secret relationship.

Based on Claire Tomalin’s book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (ebook), this is Ralph Fiennes second turn at directing. It premieres in Dutch theaters on March 27th.

We are giving away 3×2 tickets to The Invisible Woman!

All you have to do is answer the following question: Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas (Mrs. Frances Ternan in the movie) starred together in another blockbuster that was based on a very famous book. What was the title of that book and the name of its author?

Mail your answers to by March 17th for a chance to win free tickets! Please include “Dickens” in the subject of your mail.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom prize draw winners

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Congratulations to Sharon Prosetiko, Ana Castelo, Angelica Vigilante, Anita Kalmane, Babette Dolfin and Beatriz M. Navarrete:

you all won 2 tickets to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom!

Thanks to everyone who entered this prize draw.  Your inspiring answers to the question Which other (auto)biography by a great inspirational leader did you absolutely love? can be found below.

“My favourite (auto)biography is: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.” (ebook here)

“I really loved Barack Obama’s Dreams from my Father. It gave me a good insight into his life and background and how he came to run for president. It had good flow and was a fun read.” (ebook here)

Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey by Farley Mowat is a moving biography of one of the world’s leading primatologists and environmental conservationalists, who was murdered for her work to save wild mountain gorillas. Inspiring and an urgent call for action.”
Blogmistress’s note: this book is unfortunately out of print at the moment. We can get it through our supplier of second-hand books, though.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

“Two of my favorite inspirational leaders for which I enjoyed reading their biography were Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King, Jr.

“My favourite biography is about Erich Maria Remarque: Als wäre alles das letzte Mal by Wilhelm von Sternburg.”
Blogmistress’s note: this book is not translated into English (yet, or else out of print).

The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew.”
Blogmistress’s note: this book is unfortunately out of print at the moment. We can get it through our supplier of second-hand books, though.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

“The first biography that comes into my mind is a cinematographic one, namely the movie Papillon. Not exactly the story of a leader, but surely an inspirational one, raising strong feelings about justice, freedom and friendship.”
Blogmistress’s note: The movie Papillon is in fact based on the memoir Papillon by Henri Charrière (ebook here).

“The other biography I also loved was the The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
What other inspirational people often have in common is that they where raised decent and generally good at heart from the start, so to speak, and then grow into an influential role.
What I loved was the development of someone, who cares for nothing but himself at first, to one who is carrying millions in guidance by his own example and narrative
Also it is amazing and (hopefully) not to be seen again that such a large group of people follow the words and instructions of one man.
Good or bad, it is still just another human being.
I have yet to come across any man or leader who is truly an angel at heart.”

“The biography I most like is the one written by John Carlin: Playing the Enemy.” (ebook here)

John Hume: Statesman of the Troubles, by Barry White, is a fantastic read, and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Mandela’s life and struggles. It certainly taught me about the compassion, resilience and greatness of a man in my own country, whom I’d been brought up to think was but a boot-licker of Britain and her ‘Ulster’ Unionists.
Just as Mandela realised the need for a change of attitude in order to move forward, John Hume had grasped, early on in the late ’60s, the torch of peace, truth and reconciliation in the forgotten, apartheid statelet in Ireland, north of the border.
Statesman of the Troubles depicts Hume’s own long walk for the freedom of the ‘Blacks of Europe’ in the remaining corner of their own country still under the foot of a regime, whose repression remains unknown to others but the people of that island, in a completely objective and unbiased way. Two of the inherent qualities of Hume himself, whose humility from the beginning of his social and political career also offered ‘freedom to the jailer’.”
Blogmistress’s note: this book is unfortunately out of print at the moment. We can get it through our supplier of second-hand books, though.

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton is cautious, wary, and about as juicy as an orange. It is a valuable feminist document.
I like this book not because of the history Senator Clinton records, but because of the history she doesn’t record. She notes that she cannot give undisputed facts, ”I am responsible for the opinions and interpretations expressed in this memoir’.” (ebook here)

Last chance to win tickets to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom!

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Tomorrow (Dec. 15th) is the deadline to win tickets to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom!

Thanks to Paradiso Films we are giving away 6×2 tickets to this movie, and all you have to do is answer the following question:

Which other (auto)biography by a great inspirational leader did you absolutely love?

Mail your answer to by December 15th. Please include “Mandela” in the subject of your email.