To celebrate the paperback release of Grandmothers, the beautifully observed, tender and elegiac new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Salley Vickers, we're giving away a Fortnum & Mason hamper worth £100 and a copy of the book. Three runners-up will also win a copy of the book.
Grandmothers is the story of three very different women and their relationship with the younger generation: fiercely independent Nan, who leads a secret life as an award-winning poet when she is not teaching her grandson Billy how to lie; glamorous Blanche, deprived of the company of her beloved granddaughter Kitty by her hostile daughter-in-law, who finds solace in rebellious drinking and shoplifting; and shy, bookish Minna who in the safety of shepherd's hut shares with her surrogate granddaughter Rose her passion for reading.
The outlook of all three women subtly alters when, through their encounters with each other, they discover that the past is always with us and that we go on learning and changing until the very end.
Salley Vickers is the author of many acclaimed novels including the best-selling Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and The Cleaner of Chartres and two short story collections, the latest The Boy Who Could See Death. She has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, a teacher of children with special needs, a university lecturer and a psychoanalyst. She now writes and lectures full time.
"Vickers sees with a clear eye and writes with a light hand. She's a presence worth cherishing in the ranks of modern novelists" - Philip Pullman
"A fond portrait of what it is to love a child, both yours and not... a tonic for the overlooked modern grandmother" - Sunday Times
Grandmothers by Salley Vickers is published by Penguin Random House and is available online and from all good bookshops.
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Simply fill in the form and answer the question below by 11am 5 November for the chance to win a Fortnum & Mason hamper worth £100 and a copy of Grandmothers.