Win a trip to Rome

31 May 2017

To celebrate the release of Karen Swan’s The Rome Affair, you and a friend have the chance to experience the book’s glamourous setting on a two night getaway to Italy’s capital.

As this captivating story of two women’s adventures in Rome is brought to you by the bestselling author of The Paris Secret, you have the chance to unlock the secrets of Rome’s fascinating history, unmatched dining and picturesque streets.

The Rome Affair

The Rome Affair

1974 and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At twenty-six, she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can't change it.

2017 and Francesca Hackett is living la dolce vita in Rome, leading tourist groups around the Eternal City and forgetting the ghosts she left behind in London. When she finds a stolen designer handbag in her dustbin and returns it, she is brought into the orbit of her grand neighbour who lives across the piazza - famed socialite Viscontessa Elena dei Damiani Pignatelli della Mirandola. Though the purse is stolen, Elena greets the return of the bag with exultation for it contains an unopened letter written by her husband on his deathbed, twelve years earlier.

Mutually intrigued by each other, the two women agree to collaborate on a project, with Cesca interviewing Elena for her memoirs. As summer unfurls, Elena tells her sensational stories, leaving Cesca in her thrall. But when a priceless diamond ring found in an ancient tunnel below the city streets is ascribed to Elena, Cesca begins to suspect a shocking secret at the heart of Elena's life.

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You’ll stay right in the heart of the city at the stylish Bailey’s Hotel. Perfectly situated for exploring all that the city has to offer, this first class hotel is the elegantly transformed 19th century Palazzo and offers the ultimate hideout to experience Rome in all it’s glory.
Spend your days exploring the rich history, bustling streets, incredible tastes and beautiful sights of Rome on this unforgettable getaway for two.

The prize includes:
  • Return flights for two people to Rome
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • 2 Nights accommodation at The Bailey’s Hotel, Rome
  • Breakfast for two people in the hotel restaurant each morning
  • Rome Lonely Planet Guidebook
  • Travel insurance
To enter simply answer the following question and complete the form with you full name and contact details. Full Terms & Conditions below. You must be over 18 years old to enter and a resident of the UK. The competition ends on 10th September 2017. Good luck!


Terms and conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. By entering into this chance to Win a two night trip to Rome for you and a friend with The Rome Affair book (“Promotion”), you agree that you have read these terms and that you agree to them. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in your disqualification from the Promotion.
1.            This Promotion is run by Pan Macmillan a trading division of Macmillan Publishers International Limited a company registered in England with registered number 02063302 and registered office at Cromwell Place, Hampshire International Business Park, Lime Tree Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8YJ  (“Promoter”).
2.            To enter this Promotion you and the friend you would take with you on the trip must be: (a) a resident of the United Kingdom; and (b) aged 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
3.            This Promotion is not open to directors or employees (or members of their immediate families) of Promoter or any subsidiary of Promoter. Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants.
4.            The Promotion is open for entries between 7.00 AM on 10th July 2017 on and 00.00 on 10th September 2017.
5.            No purchase is necessary to enter this Promotion and will not increase your chances of winning.
6.            You can enter this Promotion in the following way: select an answer from the multiple choice questions on and supply your details as requested.
7.            Only one entry per eligible person. Multiple entries will be deemed to be invalid and may lead to disqualification
8.            Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid. No other form of entry is permitted. Please keep a copy of your entry as we will be unable to return entries or provide copies.  
9.            The prize for the Promotion consists of the following:
  • Return flights for two people to Rome
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • 2 Nights accommodation at The Bailey’s Hotel, Rome
  • Breakfast for two people in the hotel restaurant each morning
  • Rome Lonely Planet Guidebook
  • Travel insurance
Please note:
  • Travel is subject to availability at the discretion of the organiser, must be booked at least 3 months in advance of the travel date and excludes Christmas, New Year, Valentines, Easter, School Holidays and Bank Holidays (both UK and Italy).
  • Departure airport used will be dependent on the direct availability from the winners nearest available international airport, which may not necessarily be the closest. You and your friend must have a valid passport. Non UK passports holders may need a visa for this destination, which they should arrange with the Embassy at their own expense. Includes all taxes and surcharges. Excludes checked luggage.
  • Transfers are not private and may be shared with other passengers.
  • Hotel is classed as a 4 Star and is based on 2 adults sharing a twin or double room (winner’s choice) with ensuite bathroom on a bed and breakfast basis. Also includes Tourism Tax for the duration of the winner’s stay, payable locally to the hotel upon check-out.
  • Travel insurance is subject to normal terms of acceptance. Pre-existing medical conditions may not be covered. No age restrictions apply.
  • All prizes must be claimed and booked by the prize winner within 12 months from the date of our initial correspondence with them.
  • Holidays operated by NDL Group Ltd , ATOL licence number 5475
10.          The prizes shall be awarded as follows: the choice of winner is based purely on chance and selection will be done via a randomised computer selection process from a list of correctly answered entries.

11.  Ownership of entries: You confirm that your entry is your own original work, is not defamatory and
does not infringe any laws, including privacy laws, whether of the UK or elsewhere, or any rights of any third party, that no other person was involved in the creation of your entry, that you have the right to give Promoter and its respective licensees permission to use it for the purposes specified herein, that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your contribution or the consent of their parent, guardian or carer if they are under 18 (or the applicable age of majority), it is lawful for you to enter and that you agree not to transfer files which contain viruses or any other harmful programs.

12. The winner(s) of the Promotion shall be notified as follows: three working days after the competition closing date. The randomly chosen winner will be contacted by and prize fulfilment will be handled by a third party (The NDL Group Ltd) correspondence will take place via a letter highlighting details of the prize and how to claim it. Each winner will be assigned a personal fulfilment executive, who will be their contact in arranging every aspect of the prize fulfilment process; checking availability with desired dates of travel, packaging and dispatching all travel documents and being a simple phone call away for any questions that the winner may have in the run up to, during and after a prize has been taken.
13.          The winner will be required to confirm acceptance of the prize within 5 working days and may be required to complete and return an eligibility form stating their age and residency details, among other details. Promoter will endeavour to ensure that winner receive their prizes within 12 months of the date they confirm acceptance of the prize.  If a winner does not accept the prize within 5 working days of being notified, they will forfeit their prize and Promoter reserves the right to choose another winner. Promoter’s decision is final and Promoter reserves the right not to correspond on any matter.
14.          The name, region of residence and likeness of the winners may be used by Promoter for reasonable post-event publicity in any form including on Promoters website and social media pages at no cost.
15.          You can find out who has won a prize by sending a stamped addressed envelope, marked with the name of the competition to  The Rome Affair Competition, Fiction Marketing, Pan Macmillan, 20 New Wharf Road, London, N22 6AJ 30 days after the closing date.
16.          Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend these Terms and Conditions or change the Prize (to one of equal or greater value) as required by the circumstances. No cash equivalent to the Prize is available.
17.          All personal data submitted by entrants is subject to and will be treated in a manner consistent with Promoter’s Privacy Policy accessible at By participating in this Promotion, entrants hereby agree that Promoter may collect and use their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted the Promoter Privacy Policy.
18.          Promoter may at its sole discretion disqualify any entrant found to be tampering or interfering with the entry process or operation of the website, or to be acting in any manner deemed to be disruptive of or prejudicial to the operation or administration of the Promotion.
19.          Other than for death or personal injury arising from negligence of the Promoter, so far as is permitted by law, the Promoter hereby excludes all liability for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with the Promotion or any aspect of the Prize. All activities are undertaken at the entrants own risk. Your legal rights as a consumer are not affected.
20.          These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.