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 international 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.