Melbourne Cup readers’ sweep 2012

Still Life 4 by nessguide (via Flickr)
Still Life 4 by nessguide (via Flickr)

Get your fancy hats and fascinators ready, because it’s that time of year again!

Update: The sweep is closed and because we only got 12 entries, I’ve put everyone’s name in twice. Check the end of the post for your numbers. Good luck!

Yes, we’re using horses as an excuse to swap books. Because who wouldn’t, right? Today we’re running our annual readers’ sweep. Here’s how it works:

1. The first 24 people to comment here are in (subject to #2 below). If you’re commenter #25, that’s okay—we’ll keep the comments open, and if we get another 24 people, we’ll run a second sweep.

2. Entries close at 1.30pm (AEDT) today to give me time to allocate your horses. If a horse is scratched before I do the allocation, I’ll take the first x entries, where x is the number of horses still in the race.

3. Only participants who can supply an Australian address are eligible, but overseas readers can wear fancy hats and join in spirit.

4. I’ll assign random numbers against each participant. The numbers will correspond to horses as per this list. I’ll update this post with the horse allocations by 2pm AEDT. The race starts at 3pm AEDT (it’s race 7 on the race thingos).

5. Each participant promises to send a book to the winner. The book can be a used book as long as it’s in good condition, and it has to be a book you’d actually recommend to someone—not from your DNF pile, please.

7. If, for some reason, the winning number wasn’t allocated to anyone, then whoever has the highest placing horse will be declared the winner.

I’ll announce the winner after the race (usually just after 3pm AEDT). If you win, you’ll have to provide a mailing address to everyone who promised to send you a book. I’ll email you to get your details, then I’ll forward your details, via email, to everyone who entered, either.

Consolation prizes: If your horse comes second, third or last, of it’s scratched at the last minute, I’ll send you a book from our giveaway bag. I’ll email you to check your preferred genre.

Find your horse!

I listed everyone’s names in order, then duplicated the list and added it to the bottom. I then fed it into, which generated a randomised list. Conveniently, the list is numbered, so the numbers next to your name correspond to the number of your horse as it appears in the field list (see link above). To make life easier, I’ve also made a screen cap of the field list below.

2012 Melbourne cup sweep

 2012 Melbourne cup field


  1. Sharon Uthmann says:

    What a great idea!!  I’m willing to take part.  Not sure what book I’d be willing to give up and send to someone but maybe I’ll be the winner!! 8-)

  2. obsidiantears83 says:

    Me please. Also, I have heaps of books to offload, so I may send more than one to the winner if they read certain subgenres :)

  3. Jen says:

    Count me in, as always!

    Also, I was having issues with the mobile version too (am on my iPad) but desktop was OK on Safari. Keyboard stuffs up in comments box? Very weird.

  4. Kat says:

    Hi, guys! We got 12 entries and no horses have been scratched so far, so I’m putting everyone’s names in twice. I’ll post the list in a couple of minutes.

  5. Kat says:

    Also, a note to Annie: There’s no reason why I included your last name other than I forgot to remove it when I fed the list into!

  6. Kat says:

    Thanks to everyone for joining the sweep this year!

    Here are the winning numbers (click here for results):

    First – 14
    Second – 11
    Third – 3
    Fourth – 24
    Last – 10

    I’ll be emailing Jayne, Marg, Zja and Michelle (Jayne also got the wooden spooner) for their details, and everyone else on where to send the books.

  7. Kat says:

    Hi everyone! Just letting you all know that I just emailed you Jayne’s details. Please let me know via email ( if you didn’t receive it so I can resend. Thanks!

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