We are a small, family-run business here at LinenMe, and when one of our team has a success we like to celebrate it. Which is why we are offering 5 lucky readers the chance to win a copy of our colleague Lulah Ellender’s new book, Elisabeth’s Lists: A family story. Lulah has been working on this book for the last two years and raising her four children alongside. Her book tells the story of her long-lost grandmother Elisabeth’s life through a book of lists she left behind.
Elisabeth’s Lists is a beautifully produced book, designed to look like a family photo album or vintage notebook, and would make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. So, if your mother, or someone you know, is a list-maker or interested in the everyday lives of people during the most extraordinary time in history, join our giveaway for a chance to win a copy.
To be in with a chance to win a book all you need to do is leave us a comment, along with a special memory or wish connected to your mother before 11th of March. On 11th of March we will select five at random and a stunning copy of Elisabeth’s Lists will be winging its way to you.
Elisabeth was a diplomat’s daughter whose childhood was spent constantly on the move, living in Persia (now Iran), Belgium, Latvia and China. She married a dashing young diplomat named Gerry in 1939 and continued this nomadic life in the Foreign Office. Elisabeth died of cancer when Lulah’s mother was only nine years old. Her story had been passed down in fragments and family legends: Elisabeth being shot in the head by Chinese bandits and Gerry gouging out the bullet with his door-key, chases down mountain passes to escape secret police, glamorous cocktail parties and dances at Buckingham Palace, Elisabeth’s struggles with depression. When Lulah’s mother gave her a hardback journal that had belonged to Elisabeth Lulah suddenly wanted to weave these stories together. Like family heirlooms, precious linens that have been passed down through generations, recipes and family rituals, the book of lists became Lulah’s connection to her grandmother.
The journal was full of handwritten lists, spanning Elisabeth’s life between 1939-1957. It had traveled with Elisabeth to civil war-torn Madrid, wartime England, the dusty hills of Lebanon, the humid mangrove swamps of Brazil and the pomp of 1950s Paris. It contained lists of things she had to ship overseas, family Christmas presents, the eggs their chickens laid during the war, and a list of Elisabeth’s beloved brother’s belongings that she had to sort through after his suicide. Lulah was intrigued by what drove Elisabeth to keep all these lists, and she set out to reconstruct the fascinating life of this woman she never knew. As she began researching Elisabeth’s life she was told that her own mother had been diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Her search for Elisabeth became a way to rebuild her grandmother at the same time she was losing her mother. Her book is about mothers and daughters, love and loss, home and rootlessness. And above all it is about the ties that bind us, even beyond death.
When we come together we are happier, and we place great value on the community around us, including our treasured customers of LinenMe. We want our products to help you tell your own family’s story through our linen. Whether that’s a first grown-up bedlinen set for your teenager who is leaving home, or the linen tablecloth that will be the backdrop for countless meals and gatherings, or the blankets you snuggle under with your loved ones for film night. This is a celebration of mothers, daughters, sons and families everywhere, however flawed and complicated.
COMPETITION UPDATE! WINNERS ANNOUNCED:
Thanks so much to all of you who left such moving, interesting and poignant comments with memories of your mothers. What an amazing bunch of women, who all deserve to be celebrated today, and every day.
We have selected five lucky winners who will each receive a beautiful copy of Elisabeth’s Lists in the post. All the comments were so lovely that we have selected randomly because it was just too hard to choose. Some winners also came from our Facebook page.
So, here they are!
Sophia Tennant Hosein
We will be in touch with these five winners for delivery details. If you would like your copy signed by the author be sure to let us know. And if you weren’t one of the fortunate winners, you can buy the book here, here and in all major bookstores.
Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day, however you are spending it.