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Grand Designs and Conditional Love

If you have seen a competition to win a pair of tickets to Grand Designs Live on my blog, on my Facebook page and on my Twitter stream, you may be forgiven for thinking that it’s a strange giveaway to be associated with a book.
Oh no it’s not. I love Grand Designs. I have always loved it. Even when Kevin McCloud spoke posh, had hair and was polite to all the self-builders. There have been over 100 episodes to date and although I have enjoyed nearly all of them, several have stuck in my mind: the little old lady who built herself a house shaped like a snail’s shell at the bottom of her garden and broke her ankle, the couple in Cumbria who built the black hole of Calcutta underground, the man who built a boat out of recycled materials which later sank and my favourite – the loch house in Killearn.

The Loch House



I’ve never been able to get this house out of my head and even referred back to it for a few ideas when we were building our own house. No surprise then that my debut novel Conditional Love has a property theme and mentions Grand Designs and Kevin McCloud and has an entire chapter devoted to the Grand Designs Live show.
When I spoke to the Grand Designs Live marketing team, they were very excited about the book and asked to be sent a copy so that they could all read it in exchange for a pair of tickets to the show at the NEC 4-6 October. I, of course, was happy to oblige and although I can’t attend the show myself this year as it coincides with my book launch, I decided to offer the pair of tickets as a giveaway instead.
The show is a great day out. I have been several times. It’s not just for self-builders, anyone with an interest in homes will love it. There is a section for interior design as well as larger building projects, an area devoted to garden design, plus fabulous seminars, cookery demonstrations and question and answer sessions. For a chance to win the tickets which can be used on any day of the show, click here. Good luck!

Cathy Bramley
By Cathy Bramley

Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm, Conditional Love, Wickham Hall and The Plumberry School of Comfort Food. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and Pearl, the Cockerpoo. Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Luckily her husband has now bought her a Kindle with a light, so that’s the end of all that palaver.

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