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!