The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd: January 2014 fiction giveaway

invention_of_wingsFrom the author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.

Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. On her 11th birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so the trouble begins...

Inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the 19th century, The Invention of Wings evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds. 

A triumph of storytelling, this book will provoke, disturb, educate and above all grip readers with its narrative power.

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Read a free extract from the book here.

About the author

Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life Of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. The Secret Life of Bees spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 36 languages. 

She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Travelling With Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. In 2008, The Secret Life of Bees was adapted into a film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith, and starring Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning. Follow Sue on Twitter @SueMonkKidd.


Headline has 50 copies of The Invention of Wings to give to Mumsnetters. To claim a copy, please fill in your details below. We'll post on the thread once all the copies have gone. If you're not lucky enough to bag one of the free books, you can always buy a copy or get the Kindle edition.  If you are selected, we do expect you to add a review or join the discussion about the book.


Apply now, this giveaway closes 12 midday, Friday 10 January




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