You probably know I do love my books! In fact as one of The Historical Sauces I spend an awful lot of time lugging huge boxes of them around the country.

I’ve got a few lined up to review for you, but I’ve decided to this one first as the lovely people at publishers Carlton have given me 5 to giveaway!

The Little Book of Schiaparelli by Emma Baxter-Wright is published by Carlton books and has an RRP of ยฃ12.99.

The book gives an overview of Schiaparelli’s life and work, in surprising detail for such a little book (conveniently handbag sized, who needs a kindle!). It covers her early life, how she got started as a designer, her collaborations with artists in her 1930s heyday and into the faltering of the business in the post war years until her last collection in 1954.

Schiaparelli was a ground breaking designer, the original Alexander McQueen perhaps, so it’s fascinating to read about her life and work. She was a contemporary of Coco Chanel, though her work contrasted with Chanel’s simple designs. Schiaparelli loved colours and prints and collaborated with many artists, particularly the surrealists. Apart from making her a visionary designer, it also means that this book makes gorgeous eye candy. In fact the first thing I did when I got hold of it is spend my train journey home looking at the pictures!

If you’re a lover of early 20th century fashion, then it’s always interesting to look at not only what the every day woman was wearing, but the high-end couture designers that inspired the styles. Schiaparelli is fashion as art at it’s very best, and it’s astonishing how contemporary some of her more “shocking” designs still look even 80 years later.

If you’d like to get your mitts on the book then you can buy it on Amazonfor ยฃ8.44 at the moment. Alternatively you can have a go at winning one of the 5 copies that Carlton PR (that link is to their twitter feed!) have kindly offered me to give away.


I’m giving you lots of chances to get an entry, if you’re already doing one or more of these things then life is easy, just leave a comment to tell me! Each thing and EACH COMMENT is ONE ENTRY.

I pick a winning comment number using a random number generator to win so if you do all 5 of these things and only leave one comment, you’ll only get one entry, and that’s your own fault for not reading the entry requirements properly!

Of course, if you only want one chance to win then you only have to do one of them. The choice is yours. Sorry for the hoops, I tend to hope it means the prizes are more likely to go to regular readers who already do most of this stuff!



Remember, you don’t have to do them all, one will do. But more things = more winning chances

The competition is open for 2 weeks, and then I will randomly pick 5 lucky winners

 The Schiaparelli Book Giveaway will end at midnight on 4th May 2012
 The winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond with delivery details
 before a new winner will be drawn
 Winners will be drawn at random from all eligible entries
 The editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
 The competition is open Internationally