Must. Give. Away. These. Books.

I found three of these four books yesterday at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Used Book Sale. This was the first time I have been to the annual sale and I was quite happy as you can see in this other post. I have copies of each of these but given the rock bottom prices ($2 a piece) I couldn’t pass up buying them. Especially since I know it is hard for many of you to find them.

So, I am giving them away.

Here are the rules:

  1. Simon T. gets first dibs at one of those Provincial Lady books. I know it is one of his favorite books and he may not have this edition. Simon: The multi-colored one has a dustjacket, the lavender one does not. Oddly enough, the one with the DJ is white not lavender. If Simon decides he doesn’t need another copy, I will give it away to someone else.
  2. Sign up for the random drawing by making a comment on this post letting me know which one you most want and a second choice.
  3. I will ship anywhere in the world except for the UK. These titles are too easily available there.
  4. Deadline to sign up is Monday, April 4, 2011.

31 thoughts on “Must. Give. Away. These. Books.

  1. Tiffany Norris March 27, 2011 / 8:20 am

    Sure! Would love to win Diary of a Provincial Lady or Someone at a Distance. Thanks–good find!


  2. Amy March 27, 2011 / 9:36 am

    Ooo! I'd go for Someone at a Distance or Crampton Hodnet, since I already have Provincial Lady on hand.


  3. Frances March 27, 2011 / 11:29 am

    My first Pym would make my day. Many thanks for your generosity. I hope as I make my way further through my Reader that there is a post of the lovelies you are keeping for yourself.


  4. ~Tessa~Scoffs March 27, 2011 / 11:45 am

    I've already read every novel of Barbara Pym and I have the toast crumbs to prove it. I would love a copy of Provincial Lady or Someone at a Distance. I have relatives in Chevy Chase, maybe I need to get over there and support their high school, too!


  5. LifetimeReader March 27, 2011 / 11:57 am

    What great finds! I'd be thrilled to win any of these, especially the Pym and Someone at a Distance.


  6. rhonda March 27, 2011 / 11:58 am

    would love Crampton Hodnet or Someone at a distance.Love your new armchairs!!


  7. motheretc March 27, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    Wow – I'm amazed that these books are turning up used! I would love Crampton Hodnet or Provincial Lady.


  8. Mystica March 27, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Diary of a Provincial Lady would be my first choice. Second would be Crampton Hodnet (even the words are quaint!). Thank you ever so much for sharing.


  9. verity March 27, 2011 / 1:01 pm

    Bviously I'm not entering but I'm so glad you're giving away Crampton as it is a much under read Pym. Luckily Virago are reissuing it in Jan :)


  10. CW March 27, 2011 / 1:30 pm

    What a lovely and generous giveaway! I'd fancy Someone at a Distance or Diary of a Provincial Lady.


  11. StuckInABook March 27, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    Oh wow, thanks so much for first dibs! I would love the multi-coloured DoPL, if that's ok? I've never seen that edition on this side of the pond, and I do love it… I'm something of a collector of various editions, and would love this. Thanks so much!


  12. Aarti March 27, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    Ooh, fabulous! I would love Someone at a Distance of Diary of a Provincial Lady. I wish those books were easy to find in the US!


  13. JoAnn March 27, 2011 / 3:47 pm

    Obviously I'm shopping at the wrong used book sales! Would love the Pym. Such a generous giveaway, Thomas.


  14. mel u March 27, 2011 / 4:51 pm

    I would be so thrilled to win any of these works-very generous of you!


  15. Karen K. March 27, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    I would LOVE another Barbara Pym, so Crampton Hodnet would be my first choice. My second choice would be either of the beautiful Provincial Ladies. How generous of you!


  16. Gypsy Rose Creations March 27, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    Putting my hand up to be entered please. I dont have any of these. Thanks so much!


  17. Steph March 27, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    What a ridiculously generous giveaway! It's so kind of you to benefit those of us bloggers whose local book sales are not quite as rich with gems as yours!

    I'd love to be considered for the Whipple, but my second choice would still make me equally glad (Diary of a Provincial Lady).


  18. Farheen March 28, 2011 / 2:00 am

    It is so strange that I've never come across these books in Karachi. Maybe I should look harder.
    Haven't read any of these authors so I don't know what to choose. I have heard of Dorothy Whipple so she'll be my first choice.


  19. Bibliophile March 28, 2011 / 7:05 am

    My first choice would be Crampton Hodnet, because every other member of my online reading group has been raving about Barbara Pym. Second choice would be Diary of a Provincial Lady. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  20. Birdie March 28, 2011 / 2:28 pm

    Ooooh, I'd love any of these, especially the Dorothy Whipple. I've heard such good things about her, but have been unable to find copies of her works in local libraries (or at my uni!)


  21. Emily Barton March 28, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    I've got Provincial Lady but would love a chance to win either of the other two. Thanks!


  22. Nadia March 28, 2011 / 4:35 pm

    Wow! Great giveaway! I would love the Whipple – I just read a recent review of that book and it sounded amazing!


  23. sel March 28, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    What a terrific giveaway! I'd go with Someone at a Distance for my first choice (it's been on my TBR for years now), and any copy of Provincial Lady for my second choice (added to my TBR just a few months ago). Thanks!


  24. Amanda March 28, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    PYM! with Whipple for a second choice. You are blessed by the book-finding fairy!


  25. Stranger March 29, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    Thanks for doing this! I can't justify bringing in more Delafield (domestic harmony and all of that), but would love Crampton Hodnet or Someone at a distance.


  26. michelle March 29, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    Wow, thanks for such a generous giveaway! What joy it must be to find these gems in a high school used book sales, and at such rock bottom prices too! WOuld love to add a second Pym to my Some Tame Gazelle (which by the way, also happened to be compliments from your generous giveaway during the Virago week this earlier year). Second choice would be Dorothy Whipple. Thanks again!


  27. Daniel-Halifax March 30, 2011 / 10:39 am

    I'll take any! And have a heart, I'm in Italy where english literature consists of high school requirements and dan brown, AND i've almost finished the stack i packed. per favore signore!


  28. Sandra March 31, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    I'd love a chance to read Barbara Pym's book. Our library doesn't have a single copy of her work and I want to read her. The Whipple would be my second choice, none of those in the library either. Thank you for entering me.


  29. Deborah March 31, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    Ah, I'd love a chance at the Pym or the Diary of a Provincial Lady! Many thanks for sharing your wealth.


  30. Jill April 1, 2011 / 1:22 am

    I am green with envy that you find Persephone books in secondhand shops and sales; I can't even get them new in bookshops. I would love to be included in this delightful book lotto. Thank you for your generosity Thomas.


  31. Thomas at My Porch April 4, 2011 / 9:56 pm

    Thanks to everyone for entering. I just posted the winners today. And instead of four lucky winners, there were actually six.


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