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Re: Harpercollins - Gold Ring on Chain???
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David Brawn at HarperCollins had some more information for me:

The ring was a promotional item produced for the film tie-in books. It was a competition prize for an overseas book retailer, I think in Canada, and only a few were produced. It may well have been 200, as you say, though my recollection is that it was a much smaller number. Unfortunately, I do not have a record of which retailer or how many, and we did not keep any copies - in fact, I don't think I ever saw the actual item. A lot of competition-based promotions took place, including winning flights to New Zealand, but none of the marketing team who worked on the promotions are still with us.

I appreciate that isn't very helpful, but it was such a busy time. Promotional items were never intended to be of long-term interest or any financial value.


Anyone from Canada remember seeing these? It would be interesting to track down any ephemera (articles, advertising materials, etc.) that actually mention the ring. If we can find out what retailer ran the promotion I can probably dig further.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 11:27
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Hello Dior and Wellinghall

The publication of the book has been delayed a bit, but it should be out at the beginning of May at the latest. The ISBN will be 978/85858 423 2 and I know that the Nottingham bookshops have ordered a fair few copies.

I'm afraid the Nottingham Evening Post went a bit mad on the Jane Neave as Gandalf idea, but that's journos for you. There are a few comments to make on this idea, but I keep it fairly conservative. On the whole, the book is based on detailed research, and has been edited by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, who have tried to keep me on the straight and narrow as well as using my research in the corrigenda and addenda to their Companion and Guide.

There's certainly more on Jane Neave (and Edwin)here than has been published before, including some photographs, and for local interest, much on Phoenix Farm.

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I've re-listed the Dunsany, and there are also a few non-fantasy books there - seller ID is wellinghall

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Re: Having a clear-out
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Some of these have gone, but there are still quite a few left - if anyone wants to see the list before they go on eBay, just let me know - andrew at avro707 dot force9 dot co dot uk

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Re: Harpercollins - Gold Ring on Chain???
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I have attached a couple of photos of the ring and box.

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