The surrealities of war — Win a signed copy of Paul Slater's new book

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Two well-dressed men riding a trout, three hussars astride an elongated horse, a pipe-smoking sailor in a one-man cycle-powered submarine... In illustrator Paul Slater’s world nothing is as it seems — which, if you win the signed copy of his book that we're giving away, you'll soon discover.

Paul Slater is a British artist whose beautiful illustrations you may well have seen within the pages of The Times (notably Giles Coren's restaurant column), where he has been a contributor for the past 20 years. His recent collection, Fried Eggs In Brine, is "an illustrated nonsense book", a phrase that in no way does justice to the beauty of Slater’s singularly peculiar work.

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The book depicts an imagined World War I, filled with visual paradoxes and freewheeling leaps of logic. Slater highlights the ludicrousness of war in a manner that is hilarious, ingenious and, in the grand tradition of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, very faintly disturbing. A limited run of 1000 copies has been printed, and we have a signed copy to give away. If you’d like to win this unique and extraordinary book then simply enter our competition. Max Olesker

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To enter, email your name and address to online@esquire.co.uk with "Paul Slater competition" in the subject head by midday on 27 May 2010. For a list of terms and conditions, see below.

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Competition rules

Only one entry will be accepted per person.  The closing date for receipt of competition entries is 27 May 2010.

The competition is only open to UK residents over the age of 18.

Entry to the competition and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission to use the winner’s name for promotional purposes without additional consultation.

This competition is not open to employees of The National Magazine Company Limited or our competition partners or their direct family members.

The prize winners will be selected at random by The National Magazine Company Limited.  No purchase necessary.

Only the winners will be contacted personally. A list of winners will be available by sending a SAE to Esquire magazine, Competition winners, 72 Broadwick Street, London W1F 9EP.

Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred although The National Magazine Company Limited reserve the right to change the prizes in the event of unforeseen circumstances. There will be no cash alternative.

The National Magazine Company Limited does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries.  Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

The National Magazine Company Limited’s decision is final in every situation, including any not covered above and no correspondence will be entered into.

Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them.

The National Magazine Company Limited shall be permitted to exclude any entrant at any time at its sole discretion.

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