COMP CLOSED ‘The Sandpit’ by Nicholas Shakespeare

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This week’s giveaway is The Sandpit – a brand new contemporary thriller by British author Nicholas Shakespeare. It involves the disappearance of a nuclear scientist in Oxford – and has been described as a sophisticated literary thriller in the vein of Le Carré, William Boyd or Graham Green. We have three copies to be won.

A quick synopsis:

When John Dyer returns to Oxford from Brazil with his young son, he doesn't expect to find them both in danger. Every day is the same. He drops Leandro at his smart prep school and walks to the library to research his new book. His time living on the edge as a foreign correspondent in Rio is over.

But the rainy streets of this English city turn out to be just as treacherous as those he used to walk in the favelas. Leandro’s schoolmates are the children of influential people, among them an international banker, a Russian oligarch, an American CIA operative and a British spook. As they congregate round the sports field for the weekly football matches, the network of alliances and covert interests that spreads between these power brokers soon becomes clear to Dyer. But it is a chance conversation with an Iranian nuclear scientist, Rustum Marvar, father of a friend of Leandro, that sets him onto a truly precarious path.

When Marvar and his son disappear, several sinister factions seem acutely interested in Marvar’s groundbreaking research at the Physics Faculty, and what he might have told Dyer about it, given Dyer was the last person to see Marvar alive.

For your chance to win a copy, simply come up with the name for an espionage-world secret society and tell us what it does in 25 words or fewer! Make it funny or go serious, it’s up to you. Our favourite three answers will WIN a copy of the book!

Entries close midday Monday 27 July 2020, Sydney/Melbourne time.

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR ENTRIES! WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED BY EMAIL AND ANNOUNCED IN OUR NEWSLETTER.

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