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Hosted by Gudrun’s Tights (Seeking the Good in Literature and Life), Mary Stewart Reading Week is now underway.

Pick up an old favourite or a new-to-you novel by the venerable Mary Stewart (truly venerable, as she’s turning 97 tomorrow – Tuesday, September 17th), and share your thoughts with everyone by posting and/or linking HERE .

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The Father Brown Stories – LISA

Greengage Summer – TRISH MEARS

The Franchise Affair – MELWYK

I’ve just emailed the winners to ask for mailing addresses, so keep an eye on your inboxes, you three.

Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy the books!

Everyone else who entered – I wish I could give each and every one of you something special in appreciation for your many kind and encouraging and thoughtful comments over the past year. In any event, a heartfelt “Thank You” must suffice for now. I’ll be doing this sort of thing occasionally, I think, so maybe next time…

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I’m drawing May 1st for three lovely Folio Society books, so if you haven’t done so already, check out the post and let me know which one you’d like to try for.

Everyone is welcome to enter, new blog readers or those who’ve been with me since the beginning, a whole twelve months ago. Just a little celebration of books and readers and the conversations we get into here in cyberspace.

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One. Whole. Year.

I’m surprised it’s gone by so quickly, but yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Leaves and Pages blog. It’s been fun, and I definitely want to keep going.

So many books, so many books …

So without any further ado, I am announcing a

BOOK GIVE-AWAY

in honour of the occasion, and as a small way of saying “Thank You” to all of the other blog readers and writers who have brought me so much enjoyment this neophyte year.

folio giveaway 2013 leaves and pages 001I have acquired three handsome Folio editions of books I’ve read and enjoyed, and much as I am tempted to hoard them away like a miser squirrelling coins, I am going to be all brave and noble and send them out into the world. (That’s why I bought them, after all. And I was thrilled when I found them – “Perfect for the Blog Birthday,” I thought immediately. They were all purchased as “second-hand” but they are crisp and clean and beautiful and all three seem to be unread. These are truly deluxe editions, and I hope they will find good homes where they will be opened up and properly READ.)

So here we go. To take part in the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post, telling me which book you’d like to try for. I’ll do the draw the old fashioned way, names on slips of paper to be drawn “out of the hat” – the winners will be announced and then we can arrange about addresses to mail them to and so on.

Anyone from anywhere is welcome to participate.

And please do – the more the merrier!

Drumroll, please…

The Father Brown Stories

by G.K. Chesterton

Originally published in 1911 (The Innocence of Father Brown) and 1914 (The Wisdom of Father Brown)

This is the full text of both books, with an Introduction by Colin Dexter and many excellent pen-and-ink illustrations by Val Biro. Clothbound with slipcover. 358 pages.

The Folio Society, 1996

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The Greengage Summer

by Rumer Godden

Originally published in 1958.

Includes a new Preface by the author added in 1993, a Foreword by Jane Murray Flutter, and an Introduction by Jane Asher (who played one of the children in the 1961 film of the novel), as well as illustrations by Aafke Brouwer. Clothbound with slipcover. 171 pages.

The Folio Society, 2000.

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The Franchise Affair

by Josephine Tey

Originally published in 1948.

Introduction by Antonia Fraser. Illustrated by Paul Hogarth. Clothbound with slipcover. 254 pages.

The Folio Society, 2001.

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Good Luck, everyone!

I’ll do the draw on May 1st, so you have a few weeks to enter.

Just a quick comment on this post, letting me know which of these grand books you’d like to own, and you’re in!

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