Books Are My Bag are celebrating selling 1 million tote bags and they are offering book lovers the prize bundle of a lifetime – £250 National Book Tokens, a Golden ticket to the Hay Festival, a picture signed by Quentin Blake, West End tickets… see below for more details. This is the most incredibly gift ever!
Now in its fifth year, the Books Are My Bag campaign highlights and celebrates the vital role of high street and campus bookshops. Over the last four years, a million people have worn a Books Are My Bag canvas bag in support of the campaign.
One lucky book lover is in with the chance of winning a host of extraordinary prizes donated from across the book industry and beyond, including a beautiful, totally one-off Orla Kiely luxury leather bag, in the style of this year’s Books Are My Bag tote bag.
To enter, book lovers just need to Tweet #OneInAMillion saying what their favourite bookshop is and why.
The #OneInAMillion Prize winner will take home:
· An exclusive, one-off Orla Kiely leather bag
· £250 in National Book Tokens
· A golden ticket to Hay Festival
· Afternoon Tea for Two at Claridges (Hachette)
· London Zoo tickets and a copy of Zoo Quest (Hachette)
· A limited-edition copy of Alan Bennett’s ‘Keeping on Keeping On’, RRP £200 (Faber)
· A limited-edition print from Billy and the Minpins, signed by Quentin Blake (Puffin)
· A special edition ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (Vintage)
· A set of Vintage Classics Dickens (Vintage)
· A signed ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’ print by Kate Pankhurst (Bloomsbury)
· A signed first-edition copy of ‘Sparsholt Affair’ by Alan Hollinghurst (Pan Macmillan)
· A set of PanMacmillan 70th Anniversary edition books (Pan Macmillan)
· A pair of tickets to ‘The Christmasaurus’ Live on Stage at the London Apollo (Penguin Random House) – any date between 20 – 28th December
Two runners up will also be in with the chance of winning the following fantastic prizes:
A signed copy of ‘Hurrah for Gin’ by Katie Kirby, together with a bottle of Sipsmith gin (Hachette)
· A copy of Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook, ‘At My Table’ (Vintage)
· A signed copy of ‘The Pearl Thief’ by Elizabeth Wein (Bloomsbury)
· A signed copy of ‘My Name is Victoria’ by Lucy Worsley (Bloomsbury)
· A signed copy of ‘Moonrise’ by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
· Subscription to the ‘New Scientist’ magazine (Hachette)
· Haunted House tour and a signed copy of ‘Devil’s Day’ by Andrew Hurley (Hachette)
· A mounted Emily Sutton print (Bloomsbury)
· A copy of ‘Sleeping Beauties’ by Stephen King and a box set of Stephen King DVD’s (Hachette)
· A signed copy of ‘Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom’ by Monty Don (DK)
· A copy of The Creakers by Tom Fletcher (Puffin)
· A signed print of Oliver Jeffers’ new book ‘Here We Are’ (Penguin Random House)
· A Perfectly Norman print by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury)
The competition marks the 1 millionth Books Are My Bag tote bag to be worn by the public, showing their support for bookshops in the UK & Ireland.
Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services at the Booksellers Association, said: “Reaching our one millionth supporter is a hugely exciting milestone, and we’re delighted to be able to show our thanks to bookshop lovers across the UK & Ireland with this fabulous prize. It is wonderful to see the book industry coming together to support bookshops with the amazing prizes they have donated. We wish everyone the best of luck, and look forward to hearing all about our supporters’ favourite bookshops!”
Bookshop lovers will have until 7th November to enter the competition, with the lucky winners being revealed on 25th November, when bookshops across the country will offer a Saturday Sanctuary as respite from the business of daily life.
Orla Kiely, said: “I am so happy to have collaborated with the Bookseller’s Association. As a great lover of books and bookshops, nothing gives me more pleasure than discovering a new book, whether it’s a beautiful edition on a new favourite photographer, a great novel or a rare out of print edition. There is nothing more relaxing, inspiring or stimulating than reading and losing oneself in another world. We should all take time to read and importantly, to encourage our children to love books.”