Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Free book prize-draw, and how you can help us

As part of World Book Night (which, although grandly titled, was, this year, just in the UK) Fiona volunteered to give away 48 copies of one of her favorite books. In total, volunteers gave away one million books across the UK to encourage people to read something new, or in many cases just to read.

We've got one copy of Alexander Masters' Stuart: A Life Backwards left, and we'd like to give it to one of you.

Stuart is the real life hero of this story, a homeless person that Masters meets and decides to tell the story of. Stuart advises Alex to tell the story backwards, and this book is the result, although it's as much about their relationship as about Stuart's life. It's moving, and funny and sometimes heartbreaking. I read it a couple of years ago when a friend recommended it and couldn't put it down.

If you'd like to be entered into the draw to receive our last copy of this World Book Night edition of this fantastic true story, please leave a comment below (we're happy to ship it to wherever you live). I'll pull a name out of the hat a week today.

In other news, we've added a page called How you can help us - any of these things would be wonderful, but we are also very happy for you to be here and benefit without ever hearing from you. Keep writing the small stones!
The first is to share the word about our work. Tell your friends about writing small stones, or Fiona's free e-book, or our free community.

The second is to buy our book, 'pay attention: a river of stones', or check out ouron-line e-courses or Fiona's other books.

The third is to put a few coins in our tip jar by using the Paypal button below. Every little counts.


  1. All good things! I'd love to read about Stuart. And, I am a supporter of all that you gently push into the universe and in my general direction.

  2. Hi Fiona, Kaspa,

    Sounds like a wonderful story, I'm very intrigued!
    Please pitch my name into the hat, I've my fingers and toes crossed.

  3. It sounds a fascinating book, one I would love to read

  4. I am avid reader always on the lookout for my next fabulous read...this fits the ticket!

  5. Kaspa and Fiona,

    I'd love to be part of the US contingent celebrating World Book SEASON with you and the UK by reading Stuart. Please put my name in the hat!

    Thanks for all you're doing to help make Earth a gentler place!


  6. I would love a copy of that book, if I get so lucky.


  7. BTW, any idea when pay attention: a river of stones will be available on amazon US?

  8. Looking forward to receiving my copies of Pay Attention. Thank you for the wonderful community you've built, and the opportunity to make these connections of spirit.
    Also, I've heard many good things about Stuart!

  9. Thanks for giving so much, you two!

    I've been slowly making my way through the river of stones book. It's wonderful! A delicious blend of moments from around the world caught between poignant prose pieces.

    Tears came to my eyes when I read the paragraph you'd written about us 'small stoners' describing one as, "A woman still in recovery from leukaemia." That's me! And my stone is at the top of the next page (p.38).

    Thanks for honouring the place where I am right now. It was a special moment for me.

    Oops, getting teary eyed again! Love to you both. You guys ROCK!

  10. I'll toss my name into the hat. :)

  11. That sounds like a great read!
    I am so enjoying Fiona's e-course, and doing my best to keep up the daily small stone habit started in January - will definitely be joining the river again in July!
    Blessings to you both
    x Kathleen

  12. It sounds wonderful...please enter me, thanks.


  13. Thanks everyone you're all in!

    kmw - we've been told that it can take over a month, but usually not more than two (!) after it appears on Lulu, before it appears on Amazon. We'll let you know as soon as it's there.

  14. The book sounds very interesting. I write small stones interspersed with my other writing in my blog and really enjoy the exercise.(Also, I have your link on my blog.)

  15. Reading makes my world revolve. The book sounds very intriguing, so please place my name into your magic hat too. Best wishes always!

  16. I'd be honoured if you would throw my name into the hat for a copy of the book!

  17. That sounds like an interesting story. Please throw my name into the hat.

  18. I am enjoying "Pay Attention-River of Stones" and be delighted to be throw my name in the hat for "Stuart".

  19. Sounds like a beautiful book, and what a great idea too that you give away all these books! I heard about the event after it had taken place, and I wished I participated. Hopefully next year. Have a beautiful week, and thanks so much for hosting this giveaway. A river of stones rocks!