THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.
Congratulations to Daniel Day-Lewis for winning Best Leading Actor at the BAFTAs this week for his star turn as President Abraham Lincoln. Will he have the same success at this year's Oscars?
To celebrate, we are giving away four copies of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Abraham Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson. All you need to do is answer the following question in the comments box below to be in with a chance of winning. The competition will close on Monday 25th of February. You can read the full terms and conditions here.
Question: Where was the alleged first assassination attempt on President Lincoln supposed to take place?
a. In a theatre in Washington
b. In Baltimore en route to his inauguration
c. At the hustings in Virginia
d. During the President's carriage ride from the Whitehouse to his private residence
Good luck! Here's a little taster of what you can expect from Manhunt, the international bestseller that Patricia Cornwell described as 'Brilliant! Absolutely haunting!'.
From 14th to 26th of April 1865, the search for Abraham Lincoln's assassin mesmerised a nation already reeling from the horrors of the newly ended Civil War. At the centre of the story is the ultimate anti-hero: John Wilkes Booth. A handsome stage actor, Booth was as famous in his day as any Hollywood star today, but threw away his fame, wealth and promise for an assassin's immortality.
Manhunt is the riveting hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunters and the hunted, as Booth led the army on a wild chase across the swamps of Maryland and into the forests of Virginia. Swanson shows how Booth, with a mixture of cunning, luck and help from sympathisers, was able to evade capture time and again; and why he refused to be taken alive when at last he was cornered by the US cavalry.
'Swanson's amazing account places you in the room as Lincoln lies dying and carries you across the countryside as Booth escapes. This historical book is almost impossible to put down'
James L. Swanson has studied and collected books, documents and artefacts connected with Abraham Lincoln's life and death since he was ten years old; Manhunt is the culmination of a lifetime's research and the author's own personal Lincoln library. He lives in the United States. Manhunt is available to buy now.
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