EDIT: nobody? really? okay, well, I’ll leave this giveaway open and the first person who wants it gets it. meantime I’ll try to find a more popular option…
Another free book! Memoirs of a Master Forger, by William Heaney.
I found this book in a used bookstore and bought it based solely on the awesomness of the title and because the cover said something about demons. The cover looks nothing like that ^ by the way, because I have an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). ie, this copy is from before it was actually published. As it says inside:
This is an uncorrected manuscript proof. Do not quote for publication until verified with finished book. This readers’ copy is for promotional purposes and review by the recipient and may not be used for any other purpose or transferred to any third party. Any duplication, sale or distribution to the public is a violation of law.
So, um. Yeah. Please nobody arrest me. I am trying to do good in the world, really, and spread the joy of words.
Anyway. The book was published in October 2008. The amazon blurb:
William is a dissolute book-forger. A talented writer in his own right he would rather scribble poems anonymously for an asian friend (who is becoming increasingly successful as a result), and create forgeries of Jane Austen first editions to sell to gullible collectors. He’s not all bad. The money from the forgeries goes straight to a homeless hostel and William’s crimes don’t really hurt anyone. And there are reasons William hasn’t amounted to more. He did something he was ashamed of when he was a student, he drinks far too much and he can’t commit to any relationships. Oh, and he sees demons. Shadowy figures at the shoulder of everyone around him (except the woman who runs the hostel, who remains untouched), waiting for a moment’s weakness. Or is just that William can see the suffering of the world? And then an extraordinary woman, who may just be able to save him from the world’s suffering, walks into his life. This is William’s own story. But who can believe a master forger?
So my copy’s an ARC like I said, and it’s not in pristine, like-new condition (the edges are bumped around a bit) but other than that it’s fine. Let me know if you want it! Just leave a comment. If there’s more than one response I’ll figure out some clever way to choose a winner and then mail it, no charge. Easy as pie!
And please nobody call the cops on me.