Giveaway: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Giveaway: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta (Australian edition)As promised, we’re giving away a signed copy of this awesome book by Melina Marchetta. (My author crush. I’d ask you not to tell her, but she probably already knows, because I’ve spoken to her twice—very briefly—and was almost incoherent both times. I tried to compose myself, but it was just impossible.)

Aaaanyway. You want this book. You really do. Trust me.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win a SIGNED copy of THE PIPER’S SON, tell us your favourite song by a band and why. (Thanks to @SnarkyWench for suggesting the question!) 

Some rules: Post your answer as a comment to this post. Multiple entries are fine. By entering, you give us permission to quote your entry in future blog posts and articles. Open to international readers. The giveaway ends midnight on Monday, September 12 AEST. Wandergurl, Decadence, Envyious and I will pick our favourite answer. The winner must provide a delivery address within one week after we announce the result on the blog; otherwise, we will pick another winner.

Usually, our freebies are from review copies sent by the publisher or copies offered by the author. This time, I bought this book because it’s so awesome I want everyone to read it.

I know. I’m raising expectations and readers will be disappointed.

But no. It really is that awesome. Says I.

To give you an idea, here’s what I wrote about The Piper’s Son:

Months after I first picked up this book I was still thinking about it and digesting the story. It’s a much more accessible book than On The Jellicoe Road, but no less complex, exploring dark emotions and relationships and situations that are not easily unravelled. The story is very much character-driven, with internal and external issues colliding and creating friction and opportunities for self-destruction or healing.

But what I love most about this book—indeed all of Marchetta’s work—is that the progress towards mending broken relationships happens in almost unnoticeable increments that aren’t fully recognisable until after multiple rereads. This, more than anything else, speaks to the richness and depth of Marchetta’s prose.

I love this book.

You can read the full review here. (Pardon the squeeing.)


  1. Mary Preston says:

    SOMEBODY TO LOVE: QUEEN created this big vocals, full bodied song, but I never fully appreciated it until I heard Gloria, the girl penguin in HAPPY FEET, sing it. SOMEBODY TO LOVE grabs you by the throat & rips out your heart.

  2. A.J. says:

    The Reeling – Passion Pit
    I love songs with a bit of electronica, and hearing this song and watching the music video…I don’t know how to describe it. It’s just one of those awesome and perfect songs that makes me want to hang out with friends and do something exciting! I’ve wanted to read a book that makes me feel the way I feel when I hear The Reeling and I might have found it….Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! 

  3. Kate says:

    The 59th Street Bridge Song from Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having, this song will always pick me up. There’s such a sense of innocence about it, a bubble of happiness that can’t last, but it makes it all the more precious because of it. It also makes a great song to sing to Flybaby when she’s grisly too.
    And, you know, Mr Burns did a great spoof, “Hello lamppost, what you knowing, I’ve come to feel your power flowing.” If The Simpsons spoof it, you know it’s a great song :)

  4. Jessica C. says:

    I love There’s a light that never goes out by The Smiths. Morrissey’s lyrics are so poignant and sometimes silly. What’s not to love. :) 

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Ashley says:

    I can totally relate on the Melina author crush thing… I’m pretty much in love with her… 

    My song- Beth Hart’s L.A. Song

    This is really kind of a lie- It’s not my all time favorite song, but it’s the song I’m currently obsessed with. It just really speaks to me right now, and I’ve been playing it pretty much on repeat for days. If you ignore the fact that I don’t live in LA, don’t drink, don’t have a crappy guy treating me like crap and have no desire to ever move back to my home town, this song is currently my life.

    Well, so really, it’s just the line from the chorus- Man I gotta get outta this town, Man I gotta get out of this place.

    Melina Marchetta is soul saving. And since I’m stuck in my town for at least another year, my soul could use the lift seeing Melina’s handwriting in real life could give. :P 

  6. Liz says:

    My song is the classic ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay. Chris Martin’s beautiful voice is so soothing in this one and the lyrics are so relevant and inspiring – hasn’t everyone felt a little ‘stuck in reverse’ before? Definitely one of my all-time favourite songs :)

  7. Tora says:

    I have to say my all time favourite is R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts. The first time I heard it was in a TV drama series, My So-Called Life, and I still have physical reactions every time I hear the song accidentally on TV, radio etc. I was 15 when I was obsessed with the series, and I could relate to everything that was going on in Angela’s life. The song for me represents my high school and makes my heart ache a bit.
    Anyway I love Melina Marchetta and can’t wait for Froi!!

  8. Liz says:

    One of my absolute favorite song is “That Girl” by McFLY. It’s about this girl who catches a guy’s eye and he tries to be friendly with her; he thought they hit it off well, but in the end, the next time he visits her, she’s with another guy, and the guy loses the girl. :( The song is very summery, bouncy, happy feeling whenever you listen to it (Despite that it has a sad ending), and–it’s my go to song (always number one on my iTunes list)! Whenever I’m frustrated or anxious about something, or maybe even sad, this song is always, always, always on repeat. It makes me feel a lot better.
    In a way the song is like one of my best friends who knows how to make me smile instantly. There’s an uplifting line in the song that’s one of my favorite quotes, “They tell me every day that it will be ok.” I tend to live by it because in the end, everything will be okay and there will be another chance. Optimism is key!

  9. Chachic says:

    Oh wow, a SIGNED copy of The Piper’s Son? And it’s an Aussie edition too. I wants it, my precious! I love love love Melina Marchetta. :) Hmm I don’t exactly have a favorite song of all time but a song that I recently discovered and loved is Three Rounds and a Sound by Blind Pilot. I found out about it from the playlist of the book Saving June by Hannah Harrington (which I also loved). I like both the melody and lyrics of the song even though I’m not even sure if I fully understand what it’s trying to say, I just think the song is beautiful.
    Thank you so much for having this giveaway and making it an international one!

  10. quentaris says:

    “Calling occupants of Interplanetary craft” by The Carpenters – quite apart from the fact that you are now running to google to find out what on earth this song is, it kind of suited my very weird personality when i was a teenager. The more unlikely the song, the more i liked it. I also loved “She’s got medals”, “laughing gnome”, “we are hungry men” and “please mr gravedigger”. Look them up, yes i was a strange teenager lol. These were old songs when i was a teenager so that made me stranger.
    I’ve now introduced my kids to these songs and they love them as much as i do. The world may have a problem lol.

  11. Bring Me To Life, by Evanescence. Romantic fantasy with a rock-grunge edge. Love it! Another fave is a secret one, but I’ll share – I’m exposing my inner cowgirl when I tell you this: Backwards, by Rascal Flatts. Awesome irreverent look at country songs! And for a truly romantic one? Bless the Broken Road, again by Rascal Flatts. Okay, I’ve just outed myself. I’m a closet Rascal Flatts fan – but let’s keep that between us, otherwise Paula Roe will never let me hear the end of it.

  12. Okay, now for the why part: Bring me to Life – that just blew my socks off the first time I heard it. I’m a sucker for a rock ballad, but this one is just so paranormally fantastical, it fires my imagination.

    Backwards: It makes me laugh. All those times I listed to my mum’s country albums and wanted to burn them, and this one just makes country FUN! So now I’m a closet country fan (careful when typing this too fast, I’ve had to erase a rude word twice, now!).

    Bless the Broken Road: Sample of a lyric: God blessed the broken road, that let me straight to you. How could you not love this song? I’m not prone to swoon, but I’m pretty sure I could work up a pretty good attempt if the right guy said this kind of stuff to me. Are you reading this, DH???!!!

  13. Loony Linh says:

    For me, the best song is ‘I Don’t Want To Be In Love Alone’ by Miss A (A Korean Girl Group), which is actually in English. It is really lovely because they sing about how lonely they are in a loveless relationship, and just want the partner to tell them if they don’t want to continue on. Doesn’t sound so good from my ba summary but it really is amazing <3


  14. Jenny Snell says:

    I love ‘Angel’ by Vancouver based singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. It is an exquisite piano ballad with the most beautiful lyrics. I get goosebumps everytime I hear this song and along with tears also a great sense of comfort. What more can I say………….the book sounds great and thanks for the opportunity to win.

  15. Chandra says:

    I love the song “That’s What You Get” by Paramore. Paramore has been my favourite band for years now, I just really love their music, but That’s What You Get just makes me want to jump around everytime I hear it, no matter what my mood, it’s one of those songs that can instantly pick me up if I’m feeling down. It’s also got meaning behind it, like I know what the lyrics means, it’s not just random words strung together that sound good but don’t make any sense. I love how Paramore have the ability to do that with their songs, particularly with That’s What You Get, where it sounds awesome but fans can also relate to the lyrics. It makes them so much more real. I also really love the music video for That’s What You Get, It’s so simple but again, just wants to make me dance. I also love all the love that Hayley Williams is giving the camera, she’s just so bubbly and infectious and awesome and so is the rest of the band. There’s also a bit in the music video where the instruments have stopped playing and they’re just chanting the chorus and Zac Farro(drummer) is dancing so awkwardly and I love it. :D

  16. Bella says:

    It would have to be Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys because I usually listen to Irish Folk and sometimes a little bit of rock can’t hurt.

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