Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 8, 2016

Book Giveaway winner: The Last Days of Ava Langdon, by Mark O’Flynn

The Last Days of Ava Langdon

My apologies for the drawing this giveaway for The Last Days of Ava Langdon a little late.  I meant to do it last weekend but I was so absorbed in writing my review of The Memory Artist that I forgot all about it.

Anyway, I have just finished reading the book, and I can promise you that the winner is in for a treat.  Don’t be surprised if you see this novel crop up in shortlists here and there…

In case you’ve forgotten what it’s about, this is the blurb:

It’s been twenty years since Ava Langdon published her much-lauded novel The Apple Pickers, but today could very well be the day her genius is finally recognised again. Armed with a freshly completed manuscript, a yellow cravat and a machete, Ava strides out into the world in the hope of being published – and so the adventure begins. Despite being dismissed as an eccentric – or worse – by the world around her, and battling poverty and age, Ava’s internal world remains vivid; her purpose, clear.

Author Mark O’Flynn first learned about legendary Blue Mountains writer and recluse Eve Langley when he stumbled across her abandoned hut outside the small town of Leura. Though he moved on to other projects, Langley’s voice stayed with him: ‘Why did she change her name (by deed poll) to Oscar Wilde? Why the romantic preoccupation with her past? So little is known of her final days.’ O’Flynn’s fascination with her life eventually led to the creation of the irrepressible Ava Langdon.

Rich in wordplay and colourful anecdote, The Last Days of Ava Langdon is an intimate, witty and soulful conjuring of a once-great artist in her final days, which will leave the reader questioning – what passion would sustain you if everything was lost?

There were seven entries:

  • Sharkell (Sharon)
  • wadholloway (Bill)
  • MST (Michelle)
  • robinandian2013
  • Meg
  • M.D. Lonnie
  • Maree

The winner using a random number generator is

*drum roll*

Random 7No 1: The winner is Sharkell!

Sharon, I think you might have won a book giveaway once before but I don’t think I kept your address.  So you need to contact me with a postal address by June 15th.  (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met).

Thanks to everyone who entered – good luck for next time:)

Many thanks to UQP for the giveaway copy:)

If you want to purchase your own copy, visit the UQP website or order from Fishpond: The Last Days of Ava Langdon.


  1. I had to go and search her on wikipedia; the book sounds like a fascinating take on such an intriguing story and a very unusual woman. Thanks for the recommendation.


    • I think you will be pleased with the character O’Flynn has created.


  2. I love that description of what she takes with her to try and get published. A machete!! I keep wondering what use she would put it to – bashing down the publishers door maybe?? Chopping off someones head if they rejected her manuscript??


    • Actually it comes in handy for chopping the spuds – but I shall say no more..


      • now you have me even more intrigued….


  3. How lucky am I? Thank you Lisa and UQP – I am looking forward to reading this book – it sounds fascinating!


    • I know you’ll love this one! Please let me have your address, using the email down at the bottom of the RHS menu, right at the bottom of the yada-yada about copyright.


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