Goodnight Mister Tom: Win the classic wartime story that's now (incredibly) 40 years old

Enter our competition to win the 40th anniversary edition of the much-loved, timeless book by Michelle Magorian.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (Puffin) is a superbly written and deeply moving tale that every child will love on their bookshelf.

It's been 40 years since we first met Willie Beech: a lonely child evacuated to a tiny English village in the country just before the Second World War. He slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley, until a summons from his mother back in London shatters his new-found happiness.

We're giving away a beautiful jacketed hardback of Goodnight Mister Tom, which 9 to 12 year olds will cherish. It includes a lovely new introduction and extra material by the author to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this bestselling book.

Answer the question below and leave your details before the closing date of 11pm on Friday 2 July and you could win one of five copies of the book.  

Win a copy of Goodnight Mister Tom

Which of these also turns 40 in 2021?

Terms and conditions

1. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.

2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust.

4. Only one entry per person.

5. Entries must be submitted by 11pm on Friday 2 July 2021.

6. There will be five winners selected at random (from all eligible entries).

7. If a chosen winner does not respond to correspondence within one week, a new winner will be selected.

8. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

9. The prize will not be transferable to another person.

10. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

11. The prize is run by BookTrust of G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE. However, the prize will be sent out by a third party and by entering you acknowledge that your details will be passed on to them, solely for the purposes of administering this competition.

12. Prizes will be sent out to winners by post. However, BookTrust cannot be held responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or stolen after they have been sent.

13. Where a third party is supplying a prize, BookTrust accepts no responsibility for inaccuracy of any prize description, and the third party is responsible for prize fulfilment.

14. Due to the coronavirus situation, the prize will be sent out only when the prize provider is able to safely return to their office. There may be a delay before a chosen winner receives their prize.

15. By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement.

16. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.


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