This week, we’re giving you the opportunity to win Uncommon Type – a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories by none other than two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks – and signed by the author himself!
Here’s what the media release had to say:
“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 neighbourhood 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 foray into fiction – a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour, and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.”
The extra cool thing is that in each of the stories, a typewriter plays a part (sometimes minor, sometimes central). If you’ve ever listened to our So you want to be a writer podcast, you’ll be familiar with Valerie Khoo’s love of vintage typewriters (that’s one of hers in the photo!) – and Hanks shares this passion.
It sounds like a great book – and we have a collectible SIGNED hardback edition to give away this week. To be in to win, simply tell us (in 25 words or fewer) your favourite Tom Hanks movie and why.
Our favourite answer will win the book. And everyone who enters will receive a special discount offer for our online Short Story Essentials course – so you can get typing yourself. It’s our way of saying T.Hanks (geddit?) for entering.