Caboodle Firsts: Get one of 100 copies of The Paris Library before it's out!

The Paris Library

We're giving 100 Caboodlers the chance to read Janet Skeslien Charles' The Paris Library, before it's out in June. 


Based on the true World War II account of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is the unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together.

PARIS, 1939 
Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and working at The American Library in Paris for the formidable director Dorothy Reeder is all she has ever dreamed of. The Library and its thriving community of students, writers, diplomats and book lovers provide her with a safe haven. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes. The Nazi 'Library Protector' changes the rules overnight, declaring a war on words and making the librarians risk their lives to do their jobs.

Under the courageous guidance of Miss Reeder, Odile and her fellow librarians defy the authorities to make sure all their subscribers, even those deemed no longer desirable, get access to books and remain part of their community, whatever the cost.

Choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey - choices that will put many of the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come.

The Paris Library illuminates a seldom-seen slice of history: the role of women and their fate during the war. It also recounts the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us.

Praise for The Paris Library:

'A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives' Jill Mansell

'I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp . . . charming and moving' Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key

'An irresistible, compelling read' Fiona Davis, author of The Chelsea Girls

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This competition ended on 09/04/2020

Terms and Conditions

100 x winners will receive a copy of Janet Skeslien Charles' The Paris Library

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Thursday 9th April 2020.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted. Entrants may not win more than one prize.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives, and subject to availability. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize. In exceptional circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to foreclose the competition without notice.
  • As the prizes are sent to winners prior to publication, the cover may differ from the image shown, and may be uncorrected proof copies. 
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • Entrants will automatically collect 5 Caboodle Points. Find out more about How Caboodle Works.
  • Entrants agree to the Promoter using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details will be shared securely with a third-party in order to fulfil the dispatch of prizes.
  • We will contact winners by email. In the event of a winner not responding after 14 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner, or foreclose the prize. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • Winners will receive the prize to the address they provided upon entering.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, incorrect, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Automatically generated entries or entries via third parties are invalid and shall not be considered.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for prizes not being received due to the entrant providing an incomplete, invalid, intelligible, incorrect postal address.
  • The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Promoter will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.

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