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Coun­try Life has a DVD and a signed hard­back book to give away this week. ➤ The DVD is Nancy As­tor, a lav­ish nine-part se­ries about the life and times of the child born Nancy Langhorne in Vir­ginia in the United States on May 19, 1879.

Nancy As­tor would be­come the first woman to take her seat in the Bri­tish House of Com­mons, in­tro­duce a Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill that raised to 18 the age qual­i­fi­ca­tion for buy­ing al­co­hol and vote against the gov­ern­ment in May 1940 — help­ing Win­ston Churchill to be­come Prime Min­is­ter.

It is a com­pelling story of rags to riches, ro­mance and heartache that be­gins in post-Civil War Vir­ginia and fol­lows Nancy through a dis­as­trous teenage mar­riage, divorced and a sin­gle mother by the time she is 24.

Only a move to Eng­land of­fers a way out of her mis­ery. Witty and charm­ing, Nancy be­came the fo­cus for the coun­try’s most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors, in­clud­ing the man she takes as her sec­ond hus­band, Wal­dorf As­tor, one of the rich­est men in the world.

Mov­ing into the lav­ish stately home, Clive­den, Nancy en­joys life as a prom­i­nent host­ess for the so­cial elite, but when As­tor sur­ren­ders his seat in the Com­mons for a place in the Lords, a door opens that will seal Nancy’s place in his­tory for­ever.

Nancy As­tor is pro­duced by BBC TV and is also an ABC DVD. ➤ The sec­ond prize is a signed hard­back copy of Rail­ways of the Ovens & King.

Nes­tled in the shad­ows of the Vic­to­rian Alps, the ma­jes­tic Ovens and King river val­leys first at­tracted prospec­tors dur­ing the 1850s gold rush. When the rail­way age ar­rived in the north­east, iron roads were pushed through to the towns of Beech­worth, Yackan­dan­dah, Bright and Whit­field.

This book is the story of these fas­ci­nat­ing rail­ways, built to serve iso­lated set­tle­ments in the days of the horse and cart.

A fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the his­tory of the Vic­to­rian rail­ways and the north-east, it fea­tures 148 full-colour pages with more than 150 pho­tographs.

Rail­ways of the Ovens & King is writ­ten by Nick Anchen and is pub­lished by Sierra Pub­lish­ing Aus­tralia, RRP $55.

Win! Win! Win! To win these prizes, send your name, ad­dress and a day­time phone num­ber to Coun­try Life ‘Royal’ Com­pe­ti­tion, PO Box 8000, Shep­par­ton 3632 by Wed­nes­day, March 15.

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