We are delighted to be able to offer five copies of The Book of Doors by Falkirk-born Gareth Brown in our March Book of the Month competition, courtesy of our friends at Bantam (an imprint of Penguin Random House).
To be in with a chance of winning a copy of this spell-binding, mind-bending, heart-pounding book, all you need to do is answer the question at the bottom of the page by midnight on 29 February 2024. All entrants must reside in the UK and full terms and conditions apply.
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About The Book of Doors
New York bookseller Cassie Andrews is not sure what she’s doing with her life. She lives quietly, sharing an apartment with her best friend, Izzy. Then a favourite customer gives her an old book. Full of strange writing and mysterious drawings, at the very front there is a handwritten message.
Cassie is about to discover that The Book of Doors is a special book – a magic book. A book that bestows extraordinary abilities on whoever possesses it. And she is about to learn that there are other magic books out there that can also do wondrous – or dreadful and terrifying – things.
Because this book is worth killing for.
Q&A with Gareth Brown
How did you first get into writing?
I was always a bit of a daydreamer as a kid, and I loved film and television and getting lost in a story. But I never really read books until I was a teenager and someone introduced me to Stephen King. That experience changed my life – it was the first time I truly understood the power of books to take you away. From that moment on I wanted to be a writer, and I started writing almost immediately, finishing my first novel-length work when I was only 14. Naturally, my first attempts at writing were obvious Stephen King knock-offs, but hopefully I have progressed since then.
What can readers expect from The Book of Doors?
The Book of Doors is a story about a young woman, Cassie Andrews, who is living a quiet life in New York City, working as a bookseller. She comes into possession of a book that can do wonderful things – it can turn any door into every door, allowing her to transport herself anywhere she might want to go. Cassie begins exploring all this book can do, but she has unwittingly fallen into a dangerous secret world, because there are other magical books out there, and people who want them, and who would do anything to possess a book as power as The Book of Doors. It's a pure escapism novel, with magic and thrills, a bit of darkness and horror, and a group of unlikely heroes coming together to face a dreadful evil. I had a great time writing it, including all the things I love when reading novels, so I hope readers enjoy it too.
Which books have opened doors for you as a reader and writer?
The books of Stephen King, which ultimately got me into reading in the first place. I would also mention some of the best thrillers writers at work today – people like Michael Connelly or Lee Child – because I have learned so much from them about how to keep people reading and how to make a story compelling. I don't read enough science fiction, but probably one of my favourite books of all time is Hyperion by Dan Simmons – it is stuffed full of mind-blowing ideas, great characters and scenes and imagery that have stuck with me for many years. And The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester is probably up there too – a book that has more great ideas in its first few pages than most books have between their covers.