Stuart Prebble and Ruth Ware are featured in this week’s giveway

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of THE INSECT FARM by Stuart Prebble and IN A DARK DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware



The Maguire brothers each have their own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan, it is his magnificent, talented, and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger, it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents’ garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. While Jonathan’s pursuit of Harriet leads him to feelings of jealousy and anguish, Roger’s immersion in the world he has created reveals a capability and talent which are absent from his everyday life.

Roger is known to all as a loving, protective, yet simple man, but the ever-growing complexity of the insect farm suggests that he is capable of far more than anyone believes. Following a series of strange and disturbing incidents, Jonathan begins to question every story he has ever been told about his brother–and if he has so completely misjudged Roger’s mind, what else might he have overlooked about his family, and himself?

The Insect Farm is a dramatic psychological thriller about the secrets we keep from those we love most, and the extent to which the people closest to us are also the most unknowable. In his astounding debut, Stuart Prebble guides us through haunting twists and jolting discoveries as a startling picture emerges: One of the Maguire brothers is a killer, and the other has no idea.

About the author:
Stuart has worked in television since he left Newcastle University in 1823 where he studied Anglo-Saxon as a modern language.  He joined the BBC as a journalist and on-screen reporter, and was briefly famous in the north-east – even once hosting an entertainment spectacular in Blyth. He went on to produce and edit ITV’s World In Action current affairs series, and was ITV’s first Commissioning Editor for Factual programmes.  He was nominated for the BAFTA and had to try to look happy when he didn’t win it, but was consoled by winning the RTS award for Best Factual Series. Stuart was eventually enticed to wear a suit, and rose through the ranks to become Chief Executive of ITV Digital – (which went into liquidation courtesy of Rupert Murdoch) and then ITV itself.  He left ITV in 2002 to set up an independent production company, Liberty Bell, where he originated and produced shows like the (various) Grumpies, Three Men in a Boat, the Alastair Campbell Diaries and many many more.  More recently he joined with friends to establish StoryVault Films, which makes terrific factual programmes for all the decent channels.  He also co-founded, which is a web-site dedicated to collecting personal stories.  These days he does a lot of writing, which you can find out more about elsewhere on this site.

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

In the tradition of Paula Hawkins’s instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson’s riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page.

About the Author:

Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

Her hen night was very tasteful and nobody got murdered.

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We will pick the winners on Sept 11th.