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Win a copy of a knitting novel: Casting Off by Philip I. Paris!

The lovely folks at Black & White Publishing are giving you the chance to win one of five copies of Casting Off, a story all about three ladies doing all they can to raise funds to stop their friend from leaving their care home.

4th February 2017

Based on his 2015 sell-out play, Casting Off, Philip I. Paris has written a feel-good comedy novel all about friendship, sacrifice, loyalty and of course, knitting.

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The story begins when the new owners of a Highland care home substantially increase its fees and the residents (unable to pay these new costs) devise ingenious ways to raise money, including knitting and a rather saucy chatline – what a mix!

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The story follows three friends; prim Miss Ross, worldly-wise Joan and innocent Dorothy through their fundraising journey, which often has hilarious results.

The original play, which was set over a period of three months, saw the characters knitting throughout much of the performance. This meant that a large selection of knitted items, each at different stages of completion, had to be knitted for the show.

“Producing the knitted props, as my wife Catherine will readily confirm, became an enormous task,” says Philip. “Although Catherine is a skilful knitter, she had to call on the help of half a dozen friends. As the scarves, egg cosies, tea cosies etc arrived, they all had to be logged against a scarily complex chart that matched each item to a particular actor in a certain scene.”

Left Philip Paris with Dave Smith

The 70-minute play toured to sell-out audiences during the autumn of 2015 and its book version looks to be off to the same great start! Black & White Publishing are offering five lucky knitters the chance to win a copy of Casting Off

For your chance to win a copy, simply fill out the entry form here. The competition closes on Sunday 12th February at 11:59pm, and for full terms and conditions, click here.

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For more information about Casting Off, visit Black & White Publishing here.

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