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We're giving away signed copies of John Wardley's autobiography, Creating my own Nemesis, as well as Tales from the Towers: The Unofficial Story Behind Alton Towers.

Update: The competition is now closed. Congratulations to Zara, who won the prize draw and will therefore receive signed copies of the two books!

John Wardley is the creator of Alton Towers' most famous rides, including Nemesis, Oblivion and Air. He is also the man responsible for bringing the theme park concept to Britain, having designed Chessington World of Adventures. His autobiography tells the fascinating story of how he came to be involved in the industry, and how those world-famous attractions were built. You can read our review of it here.

Tales from the Towers, meanwhile, tells the full story of how Alton Towers developed into Britain's most popular theme park. Starting from its origins as a country estate, it follows the development of the site into a tourist attraction over a period of two centuries, and contains everything you could ever need to know about the park.

For your chance to win the signed books (one of each), simply leave a comment on this post using the form below by 11.59pm UK time on Thursday, November 28, 2013. We'll announce the winner shortly afterwards. Remember to leave a valid e-mail address so that we can contact you.

Good luck!

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The theme park industry is awesome and brings me a lot of joy! So I'm very curious what stories go behind those wonderfull Wardley rides and how Alton Towers has become what it is today.

I love Alton Towers and most theme parks. But what I love most is knowing all about them, how they work, secrets that none of my friends know. I love reading my disney world trivia books and would love to have some about alton towers too :D

me and my wife love alton towers cant wait to again next year

Still the best. You guys need to open another great park in the South West.

I love theme parks, especially love Alton Towers and I'm intrigued by its history. What a novel idea writing a book about it! :-)

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