The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Giveaway: win a copy of Anne Tyler’s ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’

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When I rejigged this blog last September I vowed I wouldn’t do any more giveaways: they were difficult to administer, the same people kept entering (and winning) and sometimes no one bothered to enter at all.

But then the people at Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction contacted me a couple of weeks ago and made an offer I couldn’t refuse: I could have five copies of one of the titles on the shortlist to give away on the blog. The catch was this: I wouldn’t know which book I’d be offered, because the shortlist hadn’t yet been announced. (The shortlist was announced last week.)

So, I was rather chuffed and excited when a package arrived at my door this morning. I won’t lie: part of the excitement was due to discovering a bottle of Baileys in the gift presentation box, but mostly it was due to the book that came with it — Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread.

I’m a huge Anne Tyler fan. I’ve reviewed a couple of her novels on this blog — Digging to America and  The Amateur Marriage — but I’ve read pretty much everything she’s ever written and would regard her as one of my all-time favourite authors. So I’m delighted I get to put her last novel into the hands of five of you lucky people!

You can read a bit of blurb about the book on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction website or check out the reviews on Naomi Frisby’s blog The Writes of Woman and Claire McAlpine’s blog Word by Word.

But here’s the catch for you guys: you can only enter if you live in the UK (huge apologies to my iIMG_2800nternational readers) and hopefully you’ll be able to read it before the prize is announced on 3 June so that you can join in a discussion I plan on hosting here a couple of days before — think of it as a bit like an online book group. If you’ve already read the book or live overseas and want to buy your own copy (or borrow one), you are more than welcome to take part — in fact, the more the merrier!

Alternatively, you can simply tweet a #3wordreview, share your thoughts on GoodReads, Facebook, Instagram et al.

To enter the prize draw, simply leave a comment below by 6pm on Friday 24 April. I’ll then select five winners at random and will pass on your details to the Baileys people so that your book can be sent out. That should give you all enough time to read the book before I post my own review at the start of June…

UPDATE — SUNDAY 26 APRIL
I used an online random number generator to select five winners (1, 8, 11, 12 & 19). Congratulations to POPPYPEACOCKPENS, LOUISE E, SARAH NOAKES, CAROLINE and ANNP. I’ll be in touch soon to find out where to send your book. Thanks to everyone who entered — and commiserations if you missed out. Don’t forget you can buy or borrow the book if you’d like to take part in an online discussion, which I plan to host here at the beginning of June.

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24 thoughts on “The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Giveaway: win a copy of Anne Tyler’s ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’

  1. Ooo count me in please – I’m working my way through Bailey’s shortlist but yet to acquire this one. I’ve just discovered Anne Tyler earlier this year – Ladder of Years, funniest & most mordant preface I have ever read – excellent novel 😁

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    • Well, if this one’s a tenth as good as Breathing Lessons or Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant then this might be the greatest giveaway I’ve yet stumbled across. I’ll keep my fingers crossed – but the hardest part will be holding off on buying it before June..,

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  2. I’m a big fan of Anne Tyler too and have read everything she’s written. I read that this is her last book as she’s decided to hang up her pen!! I can’t remember where I read that but I hope its not true….. I can’t enter as am in Sydney, but thank you for your lovely blog Kim. I’ve recently finished Academy Street which I read thanks to you – lovely, lovely book.

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  3. I finally bought an Anne Tyler book in the charity shop the other day – A Patchwork Planet (Digging To America was also there; I suspect I’ll be back for it, if it’s still there. They sell fast because they only charge 50p, and play havoc with my TBR – still, all my books do go back there too!) So I’d love to win this as I’m loving A Patchwork Planet already! And the Bailey’s and the bookmarks are v appealing! I do not drink alcohol, except for a wee Bailey’s at New Year (my Dad buys a whole bottle for me to drink one measure from! Great prize; thank you for putting up with the hassle Kimbofo!

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  4. Like you Kim, I am a huge Ann Tyler fan and although her last few novels have left me a little underwhelmed, I am hoping this is a return to form (the critics certainly seem to think so). I was waiting for the paperback to be issued but the chance of winning a copy now is too good to miss! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  5. I’d love to enter please.
    I tried a book by Anne Tyler several years ago and couldn’t get on with her writing. I’m really pleased that I tried her books again because I really enjoyed The Beginner’s Goodbye and Noah’s Compass – such lovely writing.

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  6. I have read a few of Anne Tyler’s books and really enjoyed them, but particularly would like to read this one with it being her last. Thanks for running the competition, I would love to win the book – fingers crossed!

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  7. I’m yet another great fan of Anne Tyler’s. I love everything she has written. And what an interesting Bailey’s list.

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  8. Ha! This makes up for all the times I couldn’t enter blog contests because ‘US only’ rules applied. Love Anne Tyler. She makes deep truths effortlessly readable. Hope this proves to be her latest, not her last.

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  9. I am a long term Anne Tyler fan and have recently been enjoying hearing her speak (!) – which I thought I would never do. But she’s been doing more voice interviews recently – have you heard her? She’s been on the BBC World Book Club talking about ‘Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant’ and also on Radio 4’s ‘A Good Read’ talking about ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’. I haven’t been disappointed. She sounds as warm, wise and funny as her novels suggest she might be. I would love to be included in the draw.

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  10. I’m another huge Anne Tyler fan. I have most of her other books and would love the chance to win this one.

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  11. I look forward to each new Anne Tyler novel, and hope that she wins the prize with this one. In an interview she describes the origin of the titular spool, and it makes a poignant tale. I’m sure the book itself will follow through on that promise.

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  12. I’m a huge fan of the Bailey’s Prize and like to read along every year so would love to win a copy of the Anne Tyler. Of the shortlist it’s the one that intrigues me the most!

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