WIN a brand new Kindle Fire with Directline Holidays – closed

So as a regular visitor to English Mum *cough* it’s fairly likely that you have an appreciation for good quality writing *cough cough*…

I bet you love a book right? What do you love? Let me guess: you love a bit of crime fiction? No? Romance? Hmmm… travel? Maybe you just like bonding with your tiddlers over Winnie the Witch…?

I bet you even carry a book around with you occasionally don’t you? You do? I’m practically psychic!

So as the book lovers that you undoubtedly are, you might, then, have noticed the news about the brand new Kindle Fire, from Amazon. This sleek and elegant device can be carried about with very little fuss. It also has the capacity to hold 1,100 books, which would otherwise take up an enormous amount of space and frankly be a bit difficult to balance too.

But y’know, times is ‘ard and Christmas is a’coming (okay I’ll stop now) and you may find it hard to justify spending £129 on a Kindle. However, the lovely, good-looking and very kind-hearted travel team at Directline Holidays have come to your rescue and are giving you the opportunity to win one, RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW! (Well not right now, obviously, they’d have to post it and stuff…)

To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me the first book you’d download onto your new Kindle Fire. New commenters: don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up straight away as it has to be approved. The winner will be drawn at random after the closing date of Saturday 10th November. No cash alternative. Open to entries from EVERYWHERE!

This competition is now closed. thanks for your entries.   The winner, chosen at random by my son is Kate Wit Wit Woo. Congrats!

763 replies
  1. Sophie Moreman
    Sophie Moreman says:

    I can’t say one, I’d have the entire Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson! I’ve already got the paperbacks but it’s the best series ever!

  2. Bridget
    Bridget says:

    The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (to make me feel younger than my years!)

  3. Monika
    Monika says:

    I’d download the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series – Days of Blood and Starlight. It comes out this Thursday! Fantastic read, can’t recommend it enough:)

  4. Zatun Begum
    Zatun Begum says:

    Well it would have to be ’50 shades of Grey’ only because I’m curious to find out what its about and too embarrassed to buy it.

  5. Lynsey Griffiths
    Lynsey Griffiths says:

    Hi I would download the new Dawn French novel – Oh Dear Silvia – as it sounded really funny when I read the reviews.

  6. Matt Griffiths
    Matt Griffiths says:


    I would download a Terry Pratchett novel. All his books help me to unwind and I end up laughing out loud! I would like to read Dodger as I haven’t read that one yet.


  7. Helen B
    Helen B says:

    “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett. It’s a children’s book, but everything by Pterry is amazing, including stuff aimed at readers much younger than me!

  8. Sarah Lockwood
    Sarah Lockwood says:

    I’d download ‘Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History’ by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio, as I saw the film yesterday and really enjoyed it!

  9. Victoria Cunniff
    Victoria Cunniff says:

    The Wind in the Willows, not read it since I was a child but its a book all ages can read. Mr Mole was always my favourite character!

  10. Susie M
    Susie M says:

    I think I’d go for JK Rowling The Casual Vacancy – I’m quite intrigued to see what her writing for adults is like.

  11. Amanda Hurst
    Amanda Hurst says:

    The twilight series…..I have got them in paperback and have read them so many times, they are now a little dog-eared. That will never happen with a new Kindle. ; )

  12. Rachel Sollick
    Rachel Sollick says:

    It would be the new Martina Cole book which is due out around now, i always get it for Xmas and have it finished by New Year!

  13. nicci cowdell-murray
    nicci cowdell-murray says:

    Because im so behind with the times i think i should down load the 50 shades books to see what all the palava is about @chanson2010 on twitter

  14. angela o kane
    angela o kane says:

    A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I read it first 16 years ago when pregnant with my first child. It was a mammoth read but well worth it. Still ranks as one of my favourite books. Would love to read it again, but would be so much better on Kindle as it weighed a ton.

  15. Moormummy
    Moormummy says:

    Sadly it will probably be one of my open University course books, but it would be a lot easier than trying to carry them with me while on placement.

  16. Wendy Bull
    Wendy Bull says:

    I would definitely download Stephen King and 11/22/63 – it is such a great read and keeps you totally absorbed – fabulous! Thanks for entering me xx

  17. Kelly Koya
    Kelly Koya says:

    My favourite book – The Africa Reich by Guy Saville. Not normally an action reader, but his is an alternative history thriller, and absolutely brilliant.

  18. Kathryn Duffy
    Kathryn Duffy says:

    The first book I would download would be ‘the magic faraway tree’ Enid Blyton as is my favourite and for my teaching university course I intergrated it into a piece of art work and never replaced this classic! I have been without it in my life for 6 years now! It would be so exciting to carry it around with me at all times!!! :-)

  19. Sarah Eggleton
    Sarah Eggleton says:

    I would download the new Charlie Higson book The sacrifice, Ive read them all and even though they are aimed at teens I love them!

  20. Liz Simpson
    Liz Simpson says:

    As a lover of great literature, it would have to be ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ to see what all the fuss is about, and to conceal my reading matter from those around me who think I only read worthy stuff!

  21. Julie
    Julie says:

    Sworn Secret by Amanda Jennings- I follow her on twitter and have read some great reviews, been meaning to get hold of a copy for ages!

  22. Louise Henry
    Louise Henry says:

    I’m slightly weird in that I read only non fiction, usually with some educational content. So my first download would be Dr Marilyn Glenville’s ‘Fat Around The Middle’ or anything else by her if there isn’t a kindle edition. I like to keep up to date with current thinking on health and wellbeing issues :)

  23. Rachael (Tales from the Village)
    Rachael (Tales from the Village) says:

    It would be massively big headed and very naughty to say my own book, wouldn’t it? Available in January at a Kindle near you. Tee hee. xx

  24. Sandra Owen
    Sandra Owen says:

    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Then I would wrap the Kindle Fire up and give it to my daughter for Christmas as this is one of the books she is reading for her English A Level!

    MELANIE HUNT says:

    i have been meaning to read ” we need to talk about kevin” for so long but never get around to finding a copy. so this would be my first book to download x

  26. Geraldine McCambridge Foster
    Geraldine McCambridge Foster says:

    It would have to be the new Stuart McBride book called, near to the bone. Cant wait to get my hands on it.

  27. Gary R
    Gary R says:

    Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating​ and Get More Done in Less Time
    by Brian Tracy. I’ve been meaning to buy this book for some time now but haven’t got round to it!!!

  28. Helenthemadex
    Helenthemadex says:

    Im a real book lover so its hard but one of the best books I have ever read is called Replay by Ken Grimshaw so that would be the one for me

  29. Ian Henderson
    Ian Henderson says:

    50 shades darker

    only to keep the way the wife has changed since she started reading the 1st and 2nd one and neeed her to keep it up ;)

  30. siobhan
    siobhan says:

    The first book i would download would be ‘before i go to sleep’ because i lent my copy to a friend and i am now desperate to read it a second time!

  31. gemma blake
    gemma blake says:

    First book for me would be one of the kindle daily deals. Loved getting these on my (recently deceased) kindle (sob!) great for introducing you to books you might not have otherwise looked at.

  32. Jo Young
    Jo Young says:

    I would download all the Harry Potter’s for my daughter as they’re very heavy to carry around on holiday. Especially when she wants to take at least 3 with her!!

  33. Hazel Wright
    Hazel Wright says:

    The Five People you will meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (I’ve read it once before but its top of my list of much anticipated second reads, devastatingly powerful book!)

  34. johanna munn
    johanna munn says:

    Dodger by Terry Pratchett, my 2nd would be The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. They are always so funny and my husband enjoys them too

  35. Louise O'Carroll
    Louise O'Carroll says:

    War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, what a fab prize, my books this summer melted in the heat and pages flew everywhere!

  36. Charlotte Ingham
    Charlotte Ingham says:

    I really want to start reading the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood books so I would get the first one in the series

  37. Laura foulds
    Laura foulds says:

    The first book I would download is the hunger games trilogy as its my favorite book at the moment. I’ve read them all but I want to have them permanently as I borrowed them previously.

  38. Gemma
    Gemma says:

    I would download Ken Folletts Winter of the World. Just loaned it from the library and its massive, would be so much easier on a kindle!

  39. John Gunn
    John Gunn says:

    The first book I would download would definitely be Dan Brown – The Lost Symbol. It is eye-opening and thought provoking. An awesome read.

  40. caroline Johnson
    caroline Johnson says:

    I have really enjoyed Kathy Reichs novels about Temperance Brennan. I would download her newest title: Bones are Forever.

  41. Ges Southwood
    Ges Southwood says:

    Still Standing: The Savage Years by Paul O’Grady as his previous books have made me cry with laughter & they bring so many memories of my own childhood even though he is a few years older than me. (sorry Paul)

  42. Rachel Vass
    Rachel Vass says:

    Great prize, thanks so much.
    So many books to choose from, not sure where to start but I think I would go for a classic – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  43. georgina davies
    georgina davies says:

    CHARLES DICKENS – GREAT EXPECTATIONS, been watching oliver twist today and really wanna read more of the classics xx

  44. Hel Jones
    Hel Jones says:

    The Hunger Games for my son. He loves reading but isn’t goof at keeping his books tidy! A kindle would help him and me with that! :-) thanks for a great competition x

  45. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    I would download Anna Karenina. I read it years ago and it taught me so much about marriage and relationships. I’ve been meaning to re-read it for a while.

  46. Trina
    Trina says:

    I’ve got a list of books I want to read as long as my arm at the moment – but I think I’d probably go with Victoria Pendleton’s autobiography as a first read.

  47. Anita Rea
    Anita Rea says:

    Ooooh I don’t know. But looking is half the fun right? One extreeme or the other, either some factual science book or else a paranormal romance book…maybe both :)

  48. Susan Davies
    Susan Davies says:

    I would download the book Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe as I enjoyed the first book so much I can’t wait to read the sequel.

    Many thanks

  49. AJ Barter
    AJ Barter says:

    I’ve taken to reading free classics. Have just got hold of “The Ladies Paradise” by Emil Zola, because its what the BBC “The Paradise” drama series is (loosely) based on. So if I haven’t finished it, that would be the first one to download.

  50. Motwoosotdot
    Motwoosotdot says:

    It would definitely be Jamie’s 15 minute meals! I would to have an electronic place to store cookery books – I’m out of room in my kitchen!

    VICKY KIRK says:

    I’d download Christmas Chaos by Jennifer Connor, a light hearted book that would entertain me in the lead up to Christmas.

  52. Lucy Ferguson
    Lucy Ferguson says:

    Hi there, i have always wanted to read American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis, therefore this would be my first download


    Lucy x

  53. CAROLE D
    CAROLE D says:

    I would have to download my favourite ever book, The Great Gatsby – have read it many many times in paperback but would love to read it again on a Kindle Fire for a new experience! :)

  54. Emma Jackson
    Emma Jackson says:

    So many great books out there to choose from but I just really want to read Terry Pratchett’s latest Dodger because he makes me laugh out loud ^_^

  55. Linda Thorn
    Linda Thorn says:

    Books are treasures when its cold
    Books are treasures when you are old
    They put a spring in a step
    So many books I have read.
    But the best,
    Its got to be Indiana jones and the Temple of Doom
    Passageways leading into rooms
    uncovered from thousands of years,
    Remains of the lost city of Atlantis and people proving it did exist.

  56. D.J.Kirkby
    D.J.Kirkby says:

    I want a Kindle Fire ever so very much! I would download The Further Adventures of an Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington (because I’m an intellectual, don’t c’ha know?).

  57. Kim
    Kim says:

    Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel would have to be first as I am itching to read it but waiting for the paperback… I’d make an exception for a shiny new Kindle!

  58. rachelradiostar
    rachelradiostar says:

    Without a shadow of a doubt the first book I would download would be my favourite Stephen King
    The dark half.
    It’s a brilliant story about how a writer’s altar ego somehow comes alive!! George Stark. Not a very nice guy. I think are the first words in the book.

    Rachelradiostar is MY writing altar ego MUUHAHAHAHAAA!!
    However, fortunately, I’m NOTHING like George Stark! I’m lovely :-)

    Good luck everyone! Crosses fingers and wishes on a star it’s. me!!

  59. Linda Thorn
    Linda Thorn says:

    Its got to be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,
    To read of the mountains glistening,
    And through a wardrobe a wonderland out of sight!
    Windows Cold as cold could be,
    The Witch in all of her glory.
    The silver trunks of trees glowing at night
    Snow covered landscapes very bright,
    To imagine the streams not flowing covered in ice,
    Until the passing of time.

  60. RubbishWife
    RubbishWife says:

    It would absolutely have to be…
    My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.
    If it wasn’t copyrighted, I’d pinch his title and use it myself!

  61. Julie Goodswen
    Julie Goodswen says:

    The latest Michael Connolly – alays a gripping read. I usually end up nibbling at my nails and needing to shape them all over again!