It’s been ages… sorry; I’ll make it up to you with a lovely little giveaway… from me, not from a publisher or company. And it’s inadvertently to celebrate Canada Day (which I didn’t even know was happening; thanks for telling me, Elizabeth!)
The other day I found a cheap copy of a book I adore, Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock – and I thought it would be a shame to leave it neglected on a bookshelf when I could be sending it somewhere around the world. As you can see in my right-hand sidebar, it’s one of my 50 Books You Must Read But May Not Have Heard About. It was a fairly unthorough review, but I still believe it to be a wonderful book.
Everyone in Canada has heard of Stephen Leacock, I am led to believe, but almost nobody outside of Canada has had the pleasure. I was very lucky that my Aunt Jacq put me onto him – I read a lot in 2002 and 2003, but haven’t read one for, gosh, probably a decade. Must rectify soon. But, for now, I’ll spread the joy.
Leacock was (among other things) a humorist, and Literary Lapses is a collection of humorous sketches and silliness, but with an intelligent and wry tone. I think any fan of A.A. Milne’s humour, or P.G. Wodehouse’s novels, would find this hilarious… and so I’ll send it off worldwide.
Actually, proviso. I’ll send this anywhere except Canada. Sorry, Canadians, you have easy access to Leacock, and don’t need me to tell you he’s great!
To be in with a chance of winning, simply put your favourite Canadian thing, or person, or your favourite thing about Canada, in the comments – I’ll do a draw later in the week. And I’ll start the ball rolling. My favourite Canadian person is Alanis Morissete (once I’ve taken my favourite Canadian bloggers out of the equation!) Over to you…