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February 05, 2024

 WIN Aladdin's Gold

Our ten winners for our Aladdin's Gold Summer Reading Catalogue competition have been drawn. We had hundreds of entries and here's what some had to say:

"It was a fun puzzle."

"I certainly know my way around your catalogue after a lazy Saturday afternoon attempt at your Aladdin's Gold puzzle! (Christmas list now sorted...)"

"We cracked the code!"

"I managed to come up with this over dinner and I am so excited! Fingers crossed and good luck to all the other participants!"

"Many thanks for such an interesting puzzle, great fun."

"I’m glad the competition returned this year, it’s a fun way to spend my afternoon."

"Fantastic competition – even without the possibility of a prize. Thank you."

"Love this puzzle, such a great idea."

"It was so clever and such a lot of fun solving all the clues!"

"Oh this was lots of fun, and just a little tricky!"

"I had a blast figuring this out:)"

"Had an absolute ball deciphering this one. I cannot remember the last time I did a puzzle even remotely like this. Hopefully it's right, otherwise my brain must've performed some extraordinary mental gymnastics to make it all fit! Regardless of the outcome, please keep chuffing along and sending out those catalogues! Love the personal touch and references to staff picks."

"You had me stumped for a while!"

"This was really fun, greatly enjoyed it."

"Love your work and had a lot of fun with this."

Now to announce our winners...(drumroll please)...

  • Romany W
  • Anne S
  • Ann R
  • Natacha S
  • Wendy L
  • Karen G
  • Donald S
  • Carolyn N
  • Tessa S
  • Anthea P


The puzzle solution was: Letters: E S U Y B S A R A E T E B R   Unscrambled answer: ABBEY'S TREASURE 

Thanks to everyone who entered and we hope to see you enter again later this year. (pssst! Make sure you're a subscriber to our eNews because you'll get an extra entry when you enter our next Aladdin's Gold competition - double your chance of winning!) JOIN OUR eNEWS HERE


Ten $100 Gift Vouchers to be won!

Here's how it works:
  • 14 clues are spread throughout our catalogue.
  • The answer to each clue relates to one book on the double-page spread.
  • Write down the first letter of the book's title (ignoring the word 'The' in the title).
  • When you have all 14 letters, unscramble the letters to complete the two-word answer.
  • Email your answer to with subject Aladdin's Gold.
  • The last day for entries is Wednesday 31 January 2024.
  • Ten winners will be drawn randomly from correct entries on Monday 5 February 2024.
  • Entry is only eligible to residents of Australia.
  • One entry per person.
  • Full conditions of entry are shown below.


Conditions of entry

  • Receipt of entries in the competition commences Wednesday 1 November 2023 at 12.01am and closes Wednesday 31 January 2024 at 11.59pm.
  • To enter: Email with the correct answer to the Aladdin’s Gold competition question shown in our 2023 Summer Reading Catalogue (available in store at 131 York Street, Sydney and online at
  • Entry is only eligible to residents of Australia.
  • One entry per person.
  • The promoter is Abbey’s Bookshops Pty Ltd, 131 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone 02 9264 3111 ABN 86 000 650 975
  • The promoter’s business directors, management and employees, their immediate families, their retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies cannot participate in the draw.
  • Ten winners will be drawn at random by Abbey’s Bookshop staff on Monday 5 February 2024.
  • The total value of prizes is $1,000 consisting of ten Gift Vouchers for $100 each redeemable at Abbey’s Bookshop, Language Book Centre and Galaxy Bookshop (all at 131 York Street, Sydney) or on
  • Gift Voucher prizes are not redeemable for cash but are transferable to a person of the winner’s choosing.
  • Winners consent to publication of their first name and last name initial on our competition web-page and across our social media.
  • The results of the competition will be published on the website from Monday 5 February 2024.
  • The prize-winners will be notified on the day of the draw via email.
  • Gift Vouchers will be emailed to winners as soon as is practicable after the draw.
  • If a winner of a prize is not contactable and the prize remains unclaimed or if a prize is not accepted, a second chance draw will take place on Monday 19 February 2024 at Abbey’s Bookshop, 131 York Street Sydney.

 Abbey's Summer Reading Catalogue