Competitions

Competition – 16th October 2017 – Now Closed

To celebrate the launch of Tom Hanks’ debut book of stories “Uncommon Type” which is published worldwide on 17th October 2017, I am absolutely delighted to be able to offer 5 lucky Compulsive Reader followers a beautiful finished copy with huge thanks to Penguin Random House UK.

Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks’ first work of fiction, is a collection of stories that explores, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part – sometimes minor, sometimes central.

Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr. Hanks brings both those characteristics to his writing. Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans.

It also establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction.

Tom Hanks has been an actor, screenwriter, director and, through Playtone, a producer.
His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
This is his first collection of fiction.

About the Book:  A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighborhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.

These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour, and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. In his stories, Mr Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level.

Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr Hanks brings both those characteristics to his writing. Alternatingly whimsical, moving and occasionally melancholy, Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans. It also establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.

‘Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with as capital a W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. They move in period, location and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart, engaging and humane as the man himself. All with that extra quality of keenly observant and sympathetic intelligence that has always set Tom Hanks apart. I blink, bubble and boggle in amazed admiration.’ STEPHEN FRY.

To enter this competition – please comment below (UK postal addresses only please!)

Good luck – this Competition closes on Wednesday 18th October 2017

See Tom Hanks in conversation about Uncommon Type at the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival on 1 Nov, via Facebook Live over on @PenguinBooks.

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  • Philippa Rose
    October 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Yes Please! Would love to win this for my son who is the biggest Tom Hanks fan x

  • robscragg
    October 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Yes please! Would love a copy 🙂

  • Jules Mortimer
    October 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

    OMG!!! Yes please! I love, love, LOVE Tom Hanks <3 xxx

  • Miriam Smith
    October 16, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Oh Tracy, I would so love to read this!

  • Daniel Smith
    October 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Would love to win this! Looks a great book and would love to see Tom Hanks’ writing style!

  • Julie Smith
    October 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I’d love to read this. Yes please xx

  • Clare Vandenberghe
    October 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

    This sounds like a lovely book, please put my name in the hat! Thank you 🙂

  • Shannon
    October 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Would love to win this for my birthday!!!

  • Marie judd
    October 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Yes please.. Would be amazing. X Marie

  • Dawn Walker
    October 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Ooh I would love to read this!

    • Tracy Fenton
      October 18, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Congratulation Dawn Walker – You are a winner – message me with your home address asap.

  • Audrey Gibson
    October 16, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Yes please Tracy xx

  • greenwoodrosshotmailcom
    October 16, 2017 at 10:27 am

    This looks great!

  • Dani Kenyon
    October 16, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I’d love a copy if possible, please!

  • Kerry Foyle
    October 16, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Would love to read this

  • if only I could read faster
    October 16, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I would be so so delighted to give one of these a home!

  • Greta Halliday
    October 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Would love to win this and although I am here in Spain I do have a uk address where it could be sent to.

  • Julian Lees
    October 16, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Please, please, please pick me! I’d love to win a copy.

  • jorobertson2015
    October 16, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I thought I’d double my chances and comment on this one too. Had a tom hanks moment this morning when I said to Kenny “me and Kenny was like peas and carrots” which is what he said in Forrest Gump-except it was Jenny not Kenny. Anyway you had to be there I think…. Anyway yes I’d love to win a copy thank you xx

  • Sue Dawson
    October 16, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Would love to read this book, thanks for the chance.

  • Gul Humphrey
    October 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Yes please!

    • Tracy Fenton
      October 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Congratulations GUL HUMPHREY – you are a winner – message me with your home address asap.

  • Jodi Lancaster
    October 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Ooo me please this sounds fab x

  • Simon Caldecutt
    October 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Would love to be considered for this, thank you.

  • Donna
    October 16, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Would love to read this book, count me in x

  • Sarah Schwartz
    October 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

    This would be amazing! ❤️

  • Alison Bowley
    October 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Would love this 🙂

  • Susan Hunter
    October 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Yes please. Always admired this man.

  • Rebecca Russell
    October 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I had no idea he’d written this although I know he loves old type writers!

  • HC
    October 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Huge Hanx fan and just read a really good review so would love to win.

  • Karen Aristocleous
    October 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Yes please , Such a gentleman

  • J Reeve
    October 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Would love to read this book! I worked in desktop publishing and grew to enjoy all the different typefaces there are.

    • Tracy Fenton
      October 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Congratulations J REEVE – you are a winner – message me with your home address ASAP

  • thequietgeordie
    October 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway!

  • Jamie Clarke
    October 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I’d love to win this book.

  • June
    October 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I would love a copy for me to share with my local “Make A friend with a book” group by sharing Tom Hank’s stories with them.

  • Tracie Fenton
    October 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Yes please – love Tom Hanks!

  • Linda Tilling
    October 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I only know Tim Hanks as a brilliant actor, so would like be to read his new book. Linda

  • Catherine
    October 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    What a fab prize. Book sounds really interesting

  • Olivia Tidswell
    October 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I

  • Selina Ralph
    October 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Yes please x

  • Laura (@life_lipstick)
    October 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before, I’m normally a crime or psychological thriller girl, but I do love the sound of this!

  • Caroline Mitchell
    October 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I ADORE Tom Hanks so I’d treasure this x

    • Tracy Fenton
      October 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Congratulations CAROLINE MITCHELL – you are a winner – message me with your home address ASAP

  • Stephen Drew
    October 16, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Oooh! What an absolutely fantabulous book to win!! I’d be eternally grateful for the chance to review this book – please?

  • Alice Lawrie
    October 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I want to try something different- this would be ideal!

  • Stacey
    October 16, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I would love to win this, sounds like a good read 🙂

  • Joanne
    October 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Yes please

  • Janine Phillips
    October 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    this sounds great, I’d love to win a copy

    • Tracy Fenton
      October 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Congratulations JANINE PHILLIPS – you are a WINNER – message me with your home address ASAP

  • Jaqui
    October 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    THE Tom Hanks ? ”BIG ‘ Tom Hanks? Hollywood Tom Hanks? Fingers crossed.

  • Becca
    October 16, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Yes please! Would love to win

  • Sharon Moore
    October 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I would love to hold a book again x

  • Bee Jones
    October 17, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I should read more short stories- count me in!

  • Linda Lassman
    October 17, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I would love to win this for my Hubbie. He is a great Tom Hanks fan and he would love to read his short stories.

  • breastcancerandbaby
    October 17, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Yes please!

  • Sandra Collins
    October 17, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Sounds great!

  • Amy Bowen
    October 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I’m really intrigued by this book I think it will be good!

  • Dilys Killick
    October 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Tom Hanks is a great actor so I would love a copy of this book to confirm that he’s a great writer too!

  • lollyrugs
    October 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Would love to read this one, keeping it short & sweet thank you x

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