Weekly Apollo Competition

Posted in books, opportunities by Editor on October 4, 2009

Each week, Apollo Magazine gives away a book to a lucky reader who sends in an email in response to a simple question and is then selected from a pool of respondents with the correct answer. This week’s contest seems worth noting both for the book on offer and the query, which is closely related to the painting pictured below (hint, hint!). From the Apollo website:


Emily Cole (Yale University Press, 2009) ISBN: 978-0300148718, $85

This week we are offering you the chance to win Lived In London: Blue Plaques and the Stories Behind Them, edited by Emily Cole (Yale; £40). This superb book charts the fascinating history of London’s Blue Plaques while telling the story of the city’s most famous residents and the buildings in which they lived. Arranged geographically, by borough and area, this book is the first published guide for over half a century to be compiled with the aid of local government and English Heritage files. It includes new research and findings on the people and buildings commemorated, as varied as Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Mahatma Gandhi and Charlie Chaplin. In the book’s foreword Stephen Fry writes, “Part of the sport of Plaque Spotting is to encounter remarkable men and women of whom one has not heard, but whose claim to greatness one can discover. . . The presence of their plaques tells us much about them but also about the London they chose to stay in and which offered them refuge and hospitality. This invaluable book, written with insight and exemplary scholarship, is a perfect companion for anyone who has ever looked up and wondered. . .”

2288For your chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Which antiquary and collector lived at Number 14 Queen Anne’s Gate (originally called 7 Park Street)?
Clue: Most of the collection of antiquities amassed by this person was acquired by the British Museum.

Email your answers ot offers@apollomag.com using ‘Blue Plaques’ as the subject of your email. Only answers received before midday on 9 October will be entered into the competition draw.

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