55: Signed and dedicated hardback copy of Shine by Candy Gourlay

Shine by Candy GourlayITEM: Signed and personally dedicated hardback copy of Candy’s latest novel SHINE.

SYNOPSIS: Rosa suffers from a rare condition that renders her mute. She lives on the strange island of Mirasol where the rain never seems to stop. In the gloom of the island, its superstitious population are haunted by all sorts of fears … they shun people who suffer from Rosa’s condition, believing them to be monsters who could bring misfortune and ruin to the remote island. So Rosa must live a Rapunzel sort of life, hidden away in an isolated house with its back to the rest of the world, with only the internet for a social life. But Rosa has no desire to leave Mirasol. This is where her mother died and every night she lights a candle on the window sill. The islanders believe this is the way to summon ghosts, and Rosa wants her Mother back. One day she is befriended by a boy online who calls himself Ansel95 – and she quickly realiSes that this is one friendship that can take place in the real world. Can she really trust him? What does he want from her? And then Mother turns up at the front door.

BIO: Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author based in London. Her book Tall Story, set both in the Philippines and London, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2011. It has won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Children’s Book Award of the Philippines and was shortlisted for 13 prizes. Her new book is a ghost story called SHINE.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  1. Shana N-S

    Isabella loved Tall story so much & is very excited about reading Shine, so for a signed copy dedicated to her, we bid £30

  2. Argh! *shakes fist at Shana!* But fair enough, I shall retire *for now* from bidding on this.

  3. Lynda_j_graham@ hotmail.com

    Do you remember being short listed for the Ukla Book Awards Candy. We loved Tall Story! Can I make a bid for your new book ? £50

  4. Christina Banach

    I bid £60.

    • Shana N-S

      I shall gracefully bow out at this point, as I can’t match Christina’s generous offer.
      However, I’m glad that this prize will be going to someone who will value it and that the fund will be helped so much more!

  5. Diana Clements

    £100 Diana Clements

  6. Lynda Graham


  7. Oh you guys are the best!

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