Posted by: Lisa Hill | February 20, 2021

Book Giveaway: the Morbids by Ewa Ramsey

Some readers might be aware that this debut novel, The Morbids, by Ewa Ramsay was recently subjected to a spiteful review.  A really, really spiteful review.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here.

Rather than go Googling to find the nasty review, I’d rather you read this review at The Guardian.

I’ve ordered a copy of The Morbids for myself, to see what I think about it, and I’d like to share the experience.  So I’m offering to buy four more copies as giveaways for anyone with an Australian postcode.

To keep my costs down, I’ll be having them delivered from Fishpond, so if you enter, it is conditional on you providing me with your address so that I can pass it on to Fishpond for delivery.

If you’re interested, please comment below.  If you win a copy I’ll contact you to get your postal address.

I’ll draw the winners in a couple of days or so.

 


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  1. Read the review you recommended and am interested in reading this book.

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    • You’re No 1, Fay, good luck!

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    • Definitely interesting in reading this book. Great fight-back. There is never ever a place for a nasty review. Grandstanding reviewers have no placei n the industry.

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  2. Oh, yes please! I’d love a copy.

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    • You’re No 2, Jennifer!

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    • I sent a letter to The Age condemning that nasty review but it wasn’t published. I wondered why a person who is a first time author herself would be so spiteful about another debut author.I did suggest that there were many more books she could choose to review rather than one she disliked so much. I’ve noticed she is not reviewing for the Age at the moment so perhaps my email wasn’t a complete waste of time.
      EDIT LH: See further comments about a subsequent Tu review in The Age.

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      • Oh good for you, Bernadette!
        You know, The Age has got a problem here…
        Two of their reviewers resigned because of social media complaints that they didn’t have enough diversity in their reviewing team. Clearly, whatever other criteria there are for being selected as a replacement, being ‘diverse’ had to be one of them, and a Key Selection Criteria at that. And now they have this debacle on their hands.
        You have to wonder what was in the mind of the editor who let it be published.
        You’re No 7 in the draw:)

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        • Oops Jessie Tu is still reviewing for the Age. She has a review in this morning for a debut novel and it is full of praise which is a relief.But we shouldn’t have to hold our breath wondering if she’ll rip another book to pieces.

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          • And? Has she pulled her horns in?

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            • Definitely! Her review today of Repentance by Alison Gibbs is positively glowing.Don’t put me in the draw thanks Lisa.I’ll buy a copy of The Morbids.

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              • That’s good to hear… I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a cheer squad for both sides in this matter and maybe she and the editor at The Age have realised that they’re on the wrong side.
                You know me, I can write a negative review too, when I dislike a book, but I have never done a hatchet job on a debut author, and I have always provided links to more favourable reviews if I can find them.

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  3. I saw that pointlessly spiteful review and bought the book because of it. Glad I did. I really enjoyed it.

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    • Thanks, Bernice, let’s hope it has that effect on everybody. Do you want to enter so that you can win a copy for someone else?

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  4. I read the review and the conversation that followed. I gather that it was a bit of a disaster for both reviewer and author, though quite a few people decided, as you did, to support the author and buy the book. It sounds fascinating. I’d love to be in the draw, thanks Lisa.

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    • Thanks, you’re No, 3 Robyn:)

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    • Hi Robyn, Where did you see the conversation re the negative review? I’d like to have a look at the comments for and against.

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      • What I saw was mostly at Twitter. I don’t follow anyone who was involved, but sometimes people retweet things and that’s how I became aware of it.
        *sigh* There are exceptions to the rule that bookish people are well-behaved on social media!

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  5. Hi Lisa,

    I’d love to be in the draw – I’ve been meaning to read this book (yes, because of the controversy). And as a plus I have discovered Mark Fletcher’s thought provoking blog!

    Cheers,
    Jess.

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    • Yes, it’s interesting, isn’t it… we wouldn’t normally expect a lawyer’s blog to be, eh?
      You’re No 4, thanks for joining in.

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  6. It was a nasty review. I am still keen to read The Morbids, but less so to read A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing.

    Thank you for the giveaway, Lisa.

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  7. Thanks for this, and for being positive about the book. Would love to be in the draw.

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    • Thanks, Malvina, you are No 6!

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  8. Good on you Lisa! I am not in Australia at the moment but I will make sure to see if I can order a Kindle copy to support the author.

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    • Thanks, Karenleee, you stay safe and well on your travels…

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  9. I’d be interested to read this book!

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    • Hello Janelle, you’re No 7:)

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  10. Good for you for setting a high standard on your values, Lisa. I suppose not every reader ‘gets’ every book, but that isn’t a reason for someone in a position of power to use theirs unkindly.

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    • What struck me was that Tu seemed to have a predetermined idea of what a book should be.
      Fair enough, I have predetermined ideas about what I like too, and that’s why I avoid reading and reviewing genre fiction, YA, True Crime etc because I *generally* find it unsatisfying whereas I know that a lot of people, my readers included, enjoy it. It’s not fair IMO to critique a book, for example, for not being ‘edgy’ or ‘literary’ when it’s pitched at a market that doesn’t read ‘edgy’ or ‘literary’ books.
      And while I think it’s fair enough to be critical of books that have been nominated for the Miles Franklin, because clearly the judges’ opinion matters much more than mine and any author on that kind of pedestal can withstand some criticism (and should expect it), I think it’s just plain horrid to do it to an otherwise unknown debut author.
      Maybe Tu didn’t have a choice, maybe she was assigned the book, and unlike me couldn’t abandon it because she was contracted to review it . IMO she should have had much better guidance from her editor.

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      • Where I work certain people (who are in fairly high positions) remind their staff that criticism is a gift, even if it doesn’t feel like one. The criticism has to be fair, though.
        The reviewer being assigned the book might explain the mismatch, but you’re right when you say her editor needs to take some responsibility too.

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        • That’s true about criticism: any debut author who’s honest with herself will know that very few debut novels are flawless and she should be expecting those flaws to be discussed and for some people not to like the book. The day after I sent my little book to the publisher I wanted it back to fix this and that and more besides, but the deadline had passed and what the editor didn’t fix, went to press. I remember David (Cloud Atlas) Mitchell at an author talk here in Melbourne saying the same thing, and as an author he’s in a different league altogether!

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  11. Hi Lisa, This is incredibly kind of you! At the risk of spruiking my own blog, last year Ewa wrote a lovely piece about the her struggles writing this novel for Writers in the Attic, which you can read here: https://louiseallan.com/2020/11/16/ewa-ramsey-not-writing-made-me-the-writer-i-am-and-other-scary-stories/

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  12. It’s lovely to hear from you, Louise!
    And of course I don’t mind you ‘spruiking’ — it’s been a good reminder to me to add your blog to my Authors blogroll so that other readers can discover your Writers in the Attic’ series.
    It’s a bit disconcerting to read what she says, about fearing ‘scathing feedback’ long before her book was even in print.
    I hope she’s ok…

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  13. I hope I am not too late:)

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