Win a copy of Kill-Grief by Caroline Rance

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A few days ago I reviewed the brilliant, but disgustingly realistic Kill-Grief by Caroline Rance. I am now pleased to announce that I have a copy to give away, so you can experience the gore and smells for yourself!

To enter, just leave a comment below before midnight GMT on 12th August.

The competition is open to EVERYONE, no matter where in the world you live.

I have never read a book which captures the squalor of 18th century England so realistically, so I asked Caroline a few questions about her research in the comments section of the review. Some of you may have missed them, so I’ve copied them here:

Do you enjoy reading about the medical procedures of this time period?

I loved doing the research. The starting point was the actual records of Chester Infirmary in the 1750s – these showed how the hospital was run, and I used some of the names of real-life staff. For the more gruesome aspects, I read 18th-century surgical textbooks and visited medical history museums to see things like the instruments used. I find all that stuff really interesting.

How did you manage to capture the smells so realistically?

I think I must have an unusually strong sense of smell, as that’s often what I notice first about a place. I find modern life quite smelly too, so it was fairly easy to imagine the smells in all the new situations Mary finds herself in.

Did you visit any sick people to observe their pus? LOL!!!

I have seen a fair bit of blood and pus while looking after horses for the past 20 years, so had some first-hand experience of that!

Thank you Caroline! I am impressed by your sense of smell, and look forward to reading your next book about a Victorian freak show.

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  1. Estelle says:

    Wonderful competition – please put my name down :)

  2. Simon S says:

    Ooooh yes please, me, me, me hahahaha. This does sound very up my street in a slightly gorey strange way!

  3. Sandy says:

    You know I love gore. Please enter Sandy Pusspoo Nawrot for this engaging read!

  4. She says:

    Yes, yes, yes! This is so exciting! Please enter me in the drawing!!!!

  5. Mel says:

    This very nice of you. Please include me-I have been a student of 18th century English life for over 20 years.

  6. YAY! I have been thinking about this book ever since you reviewed it the other day! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll win!

  7. Violet says:

    Victorian freak show sounds sooo good. I’ll be looking out for that book. I had read the authors response in your comments section and like you was impressed. I already won your last giveaway, so I won’t enter this one. All the best to the other though for what looks like a fantastic book.

  8. Irene says:

    Oooh, I would love a free copy of Caroline’s book :) ) been dying to read it but feeling very poor these days – what I need is a doze of life in the old days so I can put things in perspective!

  9. Wanda says:

    I would very much love to win this book!

  10. Linna says:

    I love historical novels. I would love to read this book. :D

  11. I would love to read and review this.

  12. I think this one sounds wonderful, even if it is a little gory. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. Gary says:

    Please count me in!

    Please count me in!

    Please count me in!

    (Do I get any bonus points for being over the top?)

  14. Swati says:

    Please add my name too.

  15. CarolineC says:

    Please add my name to the draw, thanks.

  16. Juliette says:

    This book simply sounds too good to miss! I would love to have a chance to read it.

  17. Strangelove says:

    Do count me in.

  18. Edu Chico says:

    Sounds like a great book!
    Good interview!
    Count me for it!

  19. Sounds suitably visceral! Please count me in.

  20. Raelena says:

    count me in please!

  21. Renee G says:

    Would like to read this.

  22. Sue says:

    Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing it!

  23. Mil says:

    I’m in for this one!

  24. Jafantunes says:

    This one sounds great!

  25. Rob says:

    Sounds suitably gruesome to me. Count me in

  26. MariaD says:

    Must be a great read!

  27. Caty says:

    Still on time for this great giveaway!
    catarina.magoito AT gmail DOT com

  28. Susy says:


  29. Carol says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book, It is not even in Canada yet so that is why I hope you will enter my name into the competition,


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