Competition for book-lovers!



Lanvin coral bracelet, detail

Lanvin turquoise bracelet detailWe’re delighted to announce a competition open to all readers. All you have to do is:

1) guess which book I’ll be featuring in my post of Wednesday 15 December, and

2) tell me the name of the book featured last month (November) on this blog that is part of a charity initiative, and which charity it supports.

The winner will be selected at random from answers (correct ones, naturally!) submitted no later than mid-day of Wednesday 15 December 2010 (UK time) via the comments or by email. The prize will be a package containing books featured on this blog (the mystery charity book, plus a book chosen from Peirene Press, Hersilia Press or Sparkling Books).

There is no truth in the rumour that comments heaping praise upon the sheer awesomeness of this blog will be favoured over others.


  1. The images above
  2. It’s in the colours (the red shown here might be a touch on the orange side, opinions differ as to the exact shade).
  3. Wrigley’s Chewing Gum
  4. Mrs. O
  5. Mayors Richard M and Richard J Daley
  6. Not quite Manolos, but just as stylish
  7. Clue no. 7 is:

Boy, didn’t he have style in his heyday!

The images show details of jewellery by Lanvin, available from Net-a-Porter and Matches.

By Marian Dougan

Published by Marian Dougan

Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster. From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group. She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options. Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.

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