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      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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The long-lists are out now for the Dagger Awards in the UK. 

http://thedaggers.co.uk/entries/list.php?dagger=2

What titles from all the books you've read this last year would you pick as your winners?   I'll kick off with my top five 

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Cry by Helen FitzGerald

Norwegian by Night by Derek B Miller

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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That is a long longlist! :) I saw Apple Tree Yard mentioned a lot on twitter, and I've seen The Universe Versus Alex Woods on the audible website a lot. I may have to look into them a bit more. 

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They are very different reads, take you into totally different worlds but each completely gripping.  Apple Tree Yard suspenseful and intelligent and at times shocking while The Universe Versus Alex Woods is funny and poignant and uplifting.

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Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (Orion Publishing Group)

Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)

How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Little, Brown Book Group)

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld Publishers)  

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (Orion Publishing Group)  

 

This one I look forwars to in big anticipation:

The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)

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Loved Apple Tree Yard. And The Cry is on my TBR. I read the sample and it had me gripped, so can't wait to get to it. Also, I thought The Silent Wife was brilliant... excruciating at times (just wanted to shake her!) but loved it. Great ending.

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