Signed copy of ‘Convicts’ to be won

My book Convicts – New Zealand’s Hidden Criminal Past was published this week by Penguin.

It’s the sordid true story of New Zealand’s first Europeans in the early-to-mid nineteenth century – a scurrilous bunch of convicts, ex-convicts, miscreant sea captains and low-downs who Maori despised and who colonial authorities in Sydney tried very hard to keep under control.

Want it? I’ve got a copy to give away. Here’s how.

Post a link to my blog on yours and mention the book. In one line, say whether you were surprised or not to learn that New Zealand’s first Europeans were mostly – colloquially – what Kiwis call ‘scuzzy’. Let me know you’ve done it by emailing “matthewwrightnz [at sign] gmail [dot] com”. Include your blog URL. Make sure the email’s headed ‘Convicts Contest’, that’s your entry (I get hundreds of emails – don’t want to lose these ones).

If you do it a couple of times, the second a little later as a reminder to your readers, you get two entries – but no more than two.

Entries go in a draw. The contest closes midnight 28 July 2012, NZT. Next morning, She Who Must Be Obeyed will pick names out of the Baseball Cap of Capaciousness. The first wins the signed print copy of the book. I’ll let the winner know, and run a thank-you post a little later. I’ll post reciprocal shout-outs and links to the blog of the winner plus a selection of entrants drawn from the hat.

The copy of Convicts will be despatched to the winner by parcel post within New Zealand, economy post elsewhere. I’ve got regular readers in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada and the United States among other places – and yes, I’ll post there. I know some of you – but if I don’t, you’ll need to give me your address. It can be a proxy – and needless to say, I take your privacy very, very seriously, as I am sure you’ll take mine.

And if you want to buy this book in print edition right now 🙂 – click on the image of the cover top right, it’ll take you to the Fishpond online bookstore. It’s also available as a Kobo ebook – other formats coming, I’m told.

And I look forward to hearing from you.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2012