Win a complete Matchbook Classics series box set

Novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography.

In the mid-twentieth century, the matchbox industry was booming. Companies had to stand out, so they began commissioning designers and illustrators to create tiny works of graphic art for their labels. Despite its limitations, this small canvas allowed for some big ideas: foxes skipping through Polish forests, celebrations of Russia’s space race successes and orchards coming into season. These micro-masterpieces serve as the inspiration for the new 4th Estate Matchbook Classics series.

Revolutions, mental illness, a vicarage upbringing, families caught in civil war, soldiers in Vietnam and a man who can only communicate by blinking his left eyelid: these books display a full range of the human experience and thrillingly bring it to life. Each can be considered one of the great books of our time, as unique as the matchbox that inspired its cover.

We're giving away a stunning box set of all 10 books: 

Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
Bad Blood by Lorna Sage

10 lucky runners-up will also win three books in the series.

5 Caboodle Points


Win 10 of the great books of our time

This competition ended on 16/05/2019

Terms and Conditions

1 x winner will receive the Matchbook Classics series box set, including:
Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
Bad Blood by Lorna Sage

10 x runners-up will each receive three books (randomly selected) from the series

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives, and subject to availability. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.
  • Closing date 11:59pm, Thursday 16th May 2019.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., and employees of participating bookshops.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • Entrants will automatically collect 5 Caboodle Points. Find out more about How Caboodle Works.
  • Entrants acknowledge that this competition is a game of chance, which does not involve exercising any skill or judgement.
  • Entrants agree to Book Tokens Ltd. using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details may be shared securely with a third-party in order to fulfil the dispatch of competition prizes.
  • We will contact winners by email. In the event of a winner not responding after 14 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • Book Tokens Ltd. will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.

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