Win a limited edition signed copy of Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds has had booksellers and bloggers in raptures since advance copies were sent out at the beginning of the year. Powers is both a poet and a veteran of the Iraq War, and his debut novel is one of the most powerful evocations of combat and its consequences that you are ever likely to read: comparisons have been made with classics such as Michael Herr's Dispatches and Tim O'Brien's If I Die in a Combat Zone.
Private Bartle returns home after his tour in Iraq, numbed by the trauma of fighting in the heat and dust and traumatised by the death of his closest friend out there, to whose mother he'd made a solemn promise that he would ensure his safe return. Powers' poetic language contrasts sharply with the horror and absurdity of the war he depicts.
To encourage key booksellers and reviewers to read The Yellow Birds ahead of release, Kevin's publishers, Sceptre, produced a 100-copy run of a specially produced hardback edition (pictured), not available for sale anywhere.
Courtesy of Sceptre, we have one of these highly exclusive editions to give way and, making it even more special, we got Kevin to sign it when he visited the UK earlier this year.
So for your chance to win this possibly unique edition of one of the most extraordinary novels of 2012, simply answer the question below.
CLOSING DATE: MIDNIGHT, WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2012
Read our exclusive interview with Kevin Powers, in which he discusses why he signed up for military service, the difference in covering war through art and journalism and empathy as an act of imagination.
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