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If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, now is your chance to meet her, courtesy of the Chorleywood Literary Festival, which starts on Monday.

On Thursday, the best-selling author will be the star at a literary lunch in the stunning Tudor surroundings of Chenies Manor House, and we have a pair of tickets to give away. And, after lunch, a luxury night for two at the five-star Grove Hotel resort, in Hertfordshire, on Thursday night. The winner will be treated to an overnight stay for two in one of the Grove’s West Wing deluxe rooms, with complimentary breakfast, and dinner in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, The Glasshouse – and, for your bedtime reading, a complimentary copy of Picoult’s new novel; a prize worth more than £550. Over-18s only. Travel expenses are not included. For your chance to win, tell us: What is Jodi Picoult’s latest novel? Email the correct  answer to by noon on Tuesday 11 November 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email the same day. One entry per person. Our usual terms and conditions apply, these can be found at The promoter of this competition is Chorleywood Bookshop (chorleywoodbookshop, who are responsible for all administration of the competition.

Peter May is still recovering from his recent Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award for Entry Island (above), we hear. He wasn’t expecting to win, he tells us, and he never usually wears a suit. But when he heard that the Awards were a glamorous do, he thought he’d better improve his outfit. His kilt no longer fitted, owing to over-indulgence, so he raced to a shop in his local town in France and was kitted out in a smart wool and silk suit, which prickled throughout the awards. We hope that winning was some consolation. He also insists that he does go to Specsavers, and the specs he was wearing were courtesy of them.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has begun, with thousands of people trying to write 50,000 words of a novel by the end of November. The “productivity” app, Stop Procrastinating, has surveyed 1,000 writers and found that the things that most distract them from writing include: sex, dating sites, tiredness, staying late at work, and chocolate. Perhaps it should be called NaNoNo WriMo. And while we’re at it, please can we join the party for NoMovember?