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Win a copy of Glenn Patterson's acclaimed new novel with the Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph is offering readers the chance to win 100 signed copies of the acclaimed new novel by Belfast author, Glenn Patterson.

The Arts Council has teamed up with this newspaper to offer the copies of The Mill For Grinding Old People Young.

Readers just have to answer the question at the bottom of this page and email the answer and their details to: competitions@|

The book, which has received critical acclaim since its release in March, is the focus of Northern Ireland’s first One City One Book season — an initiative encouraging people to read the same book this month.

Established in Seattle, One City One Book has been promoting local novelists in cities across the world for more than a decade.

Belfast is hosting a four-week programme of tours, talks and film screenings this month — featuring Belfast Telegraph contributors Malachi O’Doherty and Ivan Little.

This is the eighth novel by the east Belfast author and documentary-maker, who was lauded by the Arts Council in 2006 for his contribution to literature.

Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “We want as many people as possible to discover and enjoy this book and this is your chance to get hold of a signed copy. All that we ask in return is that you read it and, if you like it, tell someone else about it.”

She added: “The book we’ve chosen to front this campaign is fundamentally a book about Belfast — about its people, its industry and what life was like here in the 1800s. There is something heart-warming in reading a book about the place that you come from — the joy of turning a page to discover a landmark you know well.

“We have a wonderful wealth of literary talent here and this project is all about celebrating that.”

Award-winning Irish author Colm Toibin said Glenn Patterson has become one of the most serious chroniclers of Northern Ireland over the past 30 years.

“[He is] also one the best contemporary Irish novelists,” he said.

Patterson’s latest novel is the result of six years of painstaking research, as he pored over maps, public records and newspaper reports to recreate 19th-century Belfast and its characters.

Set on Christmas Day 1897, it tells the real-life story of Gilbert Rice. Aged 85, Rice recounts his journey into manhood in a city on the cusp of great change.

The industrial revolution is well under way in 1830s Belfast, where Gilbert works at the port. When he meets Maria, a Polish exile, he embarks on a love affair that will change his world forever.


Readers have two chances to win a copy of The Mill For Grinding Old People Young — published by Faber & Faber — either through the Belfast Telegraph’s competition or tomorrow’s Arts Council Great Literary Book Hunt. One City One Book Belfast 2012 is ongoing across the city until May 31 — developed by the Arts Council and supported by Belfast City Council, Libraries NI, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Queen’s University, Faber & Faber and the Belfast Telegraph.

For more information and details of other events happening this month as part of the One City One Book Belfast 2012 programme log on to or

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