Competition: Win a Copy of My Debut Novel

****, or, The Anatomy of Melancholy by Matthew Selwyn book cover
Today it is exactly four years since I launched this blog - I've enjoyed some great things in that time: besides my first novel having been released and my second coming along nicely, I've read all sorts of books, and been lucky enough to attend some great literary events. If you've ever considered starting a blog, take it from me, it is more than just a few webpages that Google will forget exist within days of them going live. Blogging can change your life.

Coincidentally, my novel ****, or, The Anatomy of Melancholy is coming out in hardback on the 22nd May, so what better way to celebrate my blog's fourth birthday, I thought, than by giving away a signed, pre-release copy of the hardback? 

If you've not heard about my novel before, here's its blurb to give you a taster:

Reality is overrated. Sex, love, power, life: it's gone digital. Why settle for a girlfriend with cellulite? Why spend every day working a dead-end job? These are the new days, the infinite days: plug in, get connected. Life is porn, porn is life, don't accept anything less than the electric light show that is our digital reality.

At the end of every computer screen, a mind is being formed on the material coughed up by the web that connects us all: this is the story of one of the internet's children, told from his own warped perspective. This is the millennial generation, the Y generation: we're horny, lonely, afraid, and self-confident. This is our story, our reality.

Thrillingly inventive and powerfully engaging, ****: The Anatomy of Melancholy is a timely examination of life and masculinity in the digital age, a study of loneliness and mental decay, and a satire on the consumption of literature of disaffection. Brutally honest and darkly comic, it is a very modern novel about a very modern life.

That's about all there is to say - enter below, and best of luck!


! Please note, this competition is open to everyone, 
no matter where you are in the world !

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The competition closes at midnight on 15th May 2015 and the winner will be notified by 18th May at the latest.

~ Good luck ~


Di said...

Won't try because I generally don't have luck for this kind of thing.
Why don't you simply send me the book so I can write a series of posts criticising it for you? :p

Matthew Selwyn said...

Haha, Di, well that is a tempting offer ;) (Of course, I've got a pile of review copies, so these do need a good home.)

Matthew Selwyn said...


The competition has now finished - congratulations to the winner, Viona Deconinck!

Di said...

Why not? Haha.
Anyway, I've been doing an "ask me anything" post on my blog. If interested you can have a look and give me some questions :D
Other than that there's perhaps nothing interesting there, these days I'm turning my blog into a music blog, so...

Matthew Selwyn said...

It's a bit of an acquired taste, I think - here's the Amazon link: **** at Amazon - if you think it is something that might interest you, let me know at and I can get a copy sent out to you :)

Brilliant - I shall pop over and ask you a brilliant, faux-intellectual question (like, what is your favourite book? Is it nice?) ;)

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