Welcome to another literary blog hop giveaway hosted by Judith at Leeswammes’s blog.
At the bottom of this post is a list of all the blogs taking part – hop about and enter as many as you like – everyone will be giving away things of a literary nature, books that can generally be categorised as literary fiction, vouchers and other goodies. The blog hop is running from Saturday 9th February until Wednesday 13th February.
2014 has been declared the year of reading women – and so in the spirit of that I have decided to offer books by women writers of the past – who maybe in their way helped to pave the way for women writers of today. Some of my favourite books have been written by women writing in the first half of the last century, and so my giveaway celebrates those kinds of writers. Regular readers of my blog will know I love my Virago and Persephone books and so it seems fitting to be giving away copies of those. These books are therefore all pre-loved second hand copies that I have found, they are all in lovely condition – so I hope the fact they are not brand new books won’t put you off.
Vita Sackville West – aristocratic, poet, novelist and gardener a part of the Bloomsbury Group she became as well known for her affairs with Virginia Woolf and Violet Trefusis as for her writing.
Winifred Holtby – A Yorkshire writer and journalist who worked for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War One. She died tragically early at just 37.
Emma Smith – worked with a team of documentary filmmakers in India alongside Laurie Lee – her experiences in India later going into her novel The Far Cry.
All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville West (1931)
In 1860, as a young girl of 17, Lady Slane nurtures a secret, burning ambition—to become an artist. She becomes, instead, the wife of a great statesman and the mother of 6 children. Seventy years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of her pompous children, she abandons the family home for a tiny house in Hampstead. Here she recollects the dreams of youth, and revels in her newfound freedom with her odd assortment of companions
South Riding by Winifred Holtby (1936)
Winifred Holtby’s masterpiece is a rich evocation of the lives and relationships of the characters of South Riding. Sarah Burton, the fiery young headmistressof the local girls’ school; Mrs Beddows, the district’s first alderwoman—based on Holtby’s own mother; and Robert Carne, the conservative gentleman-farmer locked in a disastrous marriage—with whom the radical Sarah Burton falls in love. Showing how public decisions can mold the individual, this story offers a panoramic and unforgettable view of Yorkshire life
The Far Cry by Emma Smith (1949)
This ‘savage comedy with a vicious streak’ (Elizabeth Bowen in The Tatler in 1949) describes the ‘second passage to India’ of ‘Teresa, whose elderly, wilful father drags her off to spare her from the clutches of her mother.
1. Anyone can enter. You do not need to have a blog.
2. You need a post-office recognised address anywhere in the world, where you can receive packages.
3. You do not have to be a follower or become a follower, although if you like my blog I hope you will! You can follow by email or by RSS (see buttons in the side bar on the right).
4. Fill out the comments box below letting me know which book you would prefer and providing me with an email address where you can be contacted should you win.
5. You can enter the giveaway until Wednesday 13th February. I will close the giveaway at 9pm (UK time). Winners will be randomly picked using random.com.
6. Note that double or invalid entries will be removed.
7. I will notify the winners by email. The winners need to answer my email within 3 days, or I’ll announce a new winner.
8. The books will be sent out as soon as possible, please note that as I am sending these out myself and incurring the expense I may need to use surface mail for winners in North America or Australia.
9. That’s it! Good luck and thanks for playing.
Thank you for visiting my blog, and good luck, and enjoy your hopping.