Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy Yorkshire Day! By 'eck, tha' knows...


Today is officially Yorkshire Day, so being the proud daughter of Yorkshire parents (Ilkley Moor Ba' t'hat, tha' knows) I thought I'd celebrate with a sneaky giveaway...

Both my parents were born and raised in lovely Ilkley, West Yorkshire, before moving down to the Black Country for Dad's job when they got married. Consequently my sister and I grew up knowing that we could 'play cricket for Yorkshire one day' (allegedly), that Yorkshire was God's Own Country and that it was, officially, the 'right side of the Pennines'. We watched Emmerdale (both Farm and not) because it was filmed not far from Ilkley (where my grandparents and uncle still lived) and drank Yorkshire Tea, largely because the artwork on the box featured the Cow and Calf - the twin rock formations on the top of Ilkley Moor. We visited most holidays and certainly in our early years spent most of our free time in the lovely Dales.

This has fostered a lifelong love of the county in me and is why, when I wrote what became Fairytale of New York, I made sure that Rosie's parcel from home that her brother brings contained Yorkshire Tea, both as a nod to my heritage and also because it's still my favourite. A year after Fairytale of New York was published, the lovely people at Yorkshire Tea found out I'd name-checked them and sent me a box of goodies, including a box of 'Miranda's Tea' (see picture above) which now has pride of place on my desk!

So, if you'll forgive the tenuous link, I'm offering two signed copies of Fairytale of New York as a special Yorkshire Day giveaway... Want to win one? Just leave a comment in the box below!

20 comments:

Loretta Livingstone said...

Ooooooh, I think I'm the first to comment. Is that good?

Anonymous said...

Have a great day - would love to win a signed copy. I LOVE your books.

Pauline Barclay said...

Happy Yorkshire day to you too. I too am from Yorkshire lass, born in Bradford (Bratfor!). Since 15 I've lived in many places, but still retain my Yorkshire roots to the point my latest book, Storm Clouds Gathering is set in a Yorkshire mill town! A fabby post and sell zillions of your lovely book, Fairy Tale of New York. x

Pauline Barclay said...

Bradford (Bratfor!). Since 15 I've lived in many places, but still retain my Yorkshire roots to the point my latest book, Storm Clouds Gathering is set in a Yorkshire mill town! A fabby post and sell zillions of your lovely book, Fairy Tale of New York. x

PS Love your covers! And I hope my comments is added as it seems to disappear into the ether!

Anne-Marie M said...

I stumbled upon Miranda Dickinson books last year & now I'm addicted! I can't wait for another new book & would love a signed copy if 'Fairytale of New York' :-)

Nicki Mattey said...

Loved your Started with A Kiss book as being a birmingham girl had the birmingham christmas markets in my head.

Have your new book is already on pre order :).

My favourite book is still Fairytale of New York.

missbookworm22 said...

Aww what a fab blog post Miranda :) Happpy Yorkshire Day!! Canny wait for your new book to come..wayyy to excited hehe! xx

Anne said...

Happy Yorkshire Day! I always drink Yorkshire Tea, even though I live in Lincolnshire! Not far away though

Helen Keiller said...

Hooray for Yorkshire! Actually I drove to Yorkshire and back today (from Newcastle) to drop my daughter off at summer camp in Wensleydale. Last year when we picked her up we went over to Ilkley for the afternoon (to meet up with relatives who were on holiday), we had tea in Betty's and watched some drama students doing storytelling and games in the park opposite. It seems like a lovely place.

anne said...

Have loved all your books so far, but my favourite has been "It Started With A Kiss" It was a birthday present from a good friend and I've been hooked ever since. Can't wait for the next one!

Josefine Ejebjork said...

Fairy tale of New York is my favourite of your books. I would love to own a signed copy of it.
Thanks

Sophie said...

Not a fan of the old cuppa' but if it's good old Yorkshire tea that inspires such fab books then count me in!

Catriona Merryweather said...

A special Yorkshire Day copy of one of my favourite books EVER? Wow you are really spoiling us! Thanks for another great giveaway xx

Karen Hambly said...

Of course I wanna win! Is it open internationally? BTW I swill tea like a boss.

Carly Chick said...

Happy Yorkshire Day! I have loved all your books that have I have read so far. x

Katherineee' said...

Happy Yorkshire Day! I would love to win a book - I love your books! :)

Andrea said...

Happy Yorkshire Day! I loved this book. I was in New York for the first time about 6 months after reading it. It was fantastic to be able to wander around some of the places you mention. I can't wait for your next book!

Suzy Turner said...

I didn't know you were of Yorkshire descent, Miranda! Me too! Us Yorkshire lasses should stick together ;)
I'm originally from Rotherham, South Yorkshire but moved to Portugal when I was ten (27 years ago!)
xx

Chara said...

Awesome!

Vish said...

Love to win a signed copy..I've been in Ilkley (not anymore) for work and loved the place...Shame couldn't do walking trail of the moores..

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