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WIN 1 of 18 copies of fantastic Korean English Literature Books – GIVEAWAY

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This month we became a bit of a book nerd! Thanks to Mongji’s beautiful calligraphy bookmark last month, we were inspired and delved straight into a great collection of Korean – English literature. We’ve rounded up three of the best novels for you: The Vegetarian by Han Kang, Vaseline Buddha by Jung Young Moon and I’ll Be Right There by Kyung Sook Shin.

From the recent Man Booker prize 2016 winner about a convert to vegetarianism in taboo Korean society to free flowing narration on the surrealist mind and exploration – there’s something here to tickle even the most picky literary tastebuds!

Which is why we’re giving you the chance to WIN these books to add to your must-read bookshelf:

We have 4 x copies of The Vegetarian, 4 x copies of Vaseline Buddha and 10 x copies of I’ll Be Right There to give away! 

All you have to do is enter below – leave a comment telling us which book you’d like to win and boost your chances by entering in any of the other 3 easy ways. The competition closes on 5th November midnight so get entering!

Korean Book Giveaway


Read more about the books up for grabs here:

1. The Vegetarian – Han Kang

Multi award winning book and winner of the most recent Man Booker prize 2016, The Vegetarian is set in modern day Seoul. This is the visceral and enthralling story of Yeong- hye, a young woman who suddenly decides to stop eating meat after experiencing a nightmare. Korea’s meat loving food culture contradicts this, and as such this book dictates the difficulties to becoming a vegetarian in a society where vegetarians are scarce and the difficulties of navigating taboo in a beautifully poetic way. Read our full review of The Vegetarian here!

2. Vaseline Buddha – Jung Young Moon

What kind of stories form when you allow your mind to wander without boundaries? Follow Jung Young Moon’s nameless narrator on a free- flowing journey through a variety of memories and experiences, some which are real, and some may not be! This stylish literary exploration starts with an anecdote of unwittingly spotting a burglar in the night, and touches on the intangible and surreal, as the author sets the scene of many internal musings and deftly describes different images stored in the mind. Blending seamlessly from one story to another, ‘Vaseline Buddha’ is a book with a unique take on everyday life, one which will make you think and smile in equal measure. Read our full review of Vaseline Buddha here.

3. I’ll Be Right There – Kyung Sook Shin

A coming-of age story, set in 1980’s South Korea; during the time where student protests and tear gassing were the norm. Yung Joon’s deep interest in literature is cleverly incorporated within the story, through poetry and examples of her favourite writers. Every character and setting in South Korea is described in great depths, drawing us into the story. Read our full review of I’ll Be Right There here.



  • Choi Mari
    1 year ago

    I have read two books from Shin Kyung Sook (Please lookafter mom and I’ll be right there) and liked them both a lot.

  • Izzy Moruzzi
    1 year ago

    I’d like to read I’ll be right there! 💖💖

  • Tina L
    1 year ago

    So excited that you have a copy of The Vegetarian to give away – flicked through it in a bookshop a few weeks ago and was intrigued by the synposis! Would love a copy to enjoy properly 🙂

  • Mar Bonet
    1 year ago

    I’ll Be Right There by Kyung Sook Shin seems like a pretty good book!

  • Fran Moruzzi
    1 year ago

    I’d like to read The Vegetarian- something completely different from my own experience as a meat lover! 🐖🐄❤

  • Gummi Cat
    1 year ago

    I’ll Be Right There & Vaseline Buddha were the toughest contenders for me. To be honest, I would like either one of these two books if I win! Pick either for me and I will be a very happy camper, lol.

  • Summer
    1 year ago

    Seem like such interesting books!

  • Paula Bridge
    1 year ago

    The vegetarian sounds like a fascinating book! I would love to read it!

  • Isabelle
    1 year ago

    Thank you for this opportunity! This is awesome! <3

  • Gabriella
    1 year ago

    I love reading! It’s one of my greatest hobbies!!! I can’t wait to be absorbed by ‘Vaseline Buddha’!! I hope I get the chance to acquire a great read!!!

  • Sierra
    1 year ago

    I’d like to win The Vegetarian! Sounds like a really interesting read and the reviews for it are stellar.

  • Sarah Livingstone
    1 year ago

    I’ve read please look after mother by Kyung Sook Shin and really enjoyed it, I’d love to try more by this author!

  • Livina Tanovic
    1 year ago

    I’ll Be Right There is the one I would really love to win! They all look good but this one intrigued me the most 🙂

  • Deama T
    1 year ago

    Would love to read any of these books 🙂 all sound great! 😁

  • Camila López
    1 year ago

    As a book geek this makes me utterly excited!

  • Nazihah Bakir
    1 year ago

    The Vegetarian has always been on my list TT but I never got the chance to read it

  • Honey
    1 year ago

    Vaseline Buddha and I’ll Be Right There sounds like they would be very interesting to read so I wouldn’t mind either of those two if I were to win ☺️

  • Priyanka
    1 year ago

    Would love to read The vegetarian since I’m one and I always wonder how I’ll manage when I go to Korea.

  • Mackenzie
    1 year ago

    The Vaseline Buddha sounds really interesting. (All of them do actually)

  • Sherin
    1 year ago

    I would love read I’ll Be Right There – Kyung Sook Shin, the thoughts about that book resonated in me. I love first person narratives, of different people especially. It would also be nice to read about Korean cultures, after having seen so many dramas.

  • AMF
    1 year ago

    I would LOVE to read “I’ll be right there” or “Vaseline Buddha”, each one sounds so interesting and a page turner! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Julia Lee
    1 year ago

    Honestly all three of these books sound really cool! I think I’m most interested in “I’ll be right there”, but really I’d read any of them!

  • Sun
    1 year ago

    Lovely! What a great giveaway! I’d love to win the vegetarian 🙂 Sounds like an amazing read and would love to learn the Korean take on it as its not that common there! Xx

  • marlival
    1 year ago

    I would like to read The Vegetarian! It looks interesting and I would like to learn a little about it (because I’m from another country) I wish I could have the opportunity to have one😊

  • Tina K
    1 year ago

    Oh this is a really difficult decision.
    I think each of these 3 books is very interesting. All of them sound great.
    If I had to choose one I would like to read “The Vegeterian”.
    My second choice would be “I’ll Be Right There”.

  • Dan
    1 year ago

    I would love to win The Vegetarian!!! 😀 Thank you for having a giveaway!!

  • Jenny
    1 year ago

    Oh, that is a tough choice as I would love to read all three of them, but since I have to pick one I would go with ‘Vaseline Buddha’

  • Caz S
    1 year ago

    I’ll Be Right There and Vegetarian both look fantastic! The Vegetarian in particular looks like it’d provide such an insight into the Korean psyche!

  • Lexi
    1 year ago

    I would be grateful to win any of these books. It would be interesting to read writing from authors that I would not usually come across, and experience.

  • Angela
    1 year ago

    Thank you for this!

  • Henry Harris
    1 year ago

    I’ll be right there immediately grabs my attention, It’s captivating yet a book I would have never thought about reading!, in addition if I don’t win ill definitely have t pick it up (Vaseline Buddha at that too!)

  • Claire O'Sullivan
    1 year ago

    I would love to read I’ll Be Right There . Just finished the amazingly Vegetarian … hungry for more

  • justgraceless
    1 year ago

    I’d love to read I’ll be right there~!
    Seems like an amazing story!

  • Joanna
    1 year ago

    The Vegetarian sounds interesting! Thinking of Korean BBQ…

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