This month Oxfam is celebrating its love of literature with Bookfest – a nationwide book festival from July 4-18 with more than 280 events in Oxfam bookshops and other venues.
Bookfest includes author readings, poetry competitions, special in-store sales, discussions, children’s events, quizzes, auctions and even ghost walks in venues stretching from local Oxfam bookshops to the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Louis de Bernieres, Vikram Seth, Anne Fine, Kate Atkinson, Mark Haddon, Carol Ann Duffy, Marina Lewycka, Howard Jacobson, Deborah Kay Davies, Terry Waite, Ruth Padel, Andrew Davies, Joanna Trollope and dozens of other writers are turning out to support Oxfam.
Oxfam has been a tremendous supporter of AbeBooks in recent years and 47 Oxfam bookshops are currently selling through the AbeBooks marketplace. We urge booklovers across the UK to check out Bookfest. Oxfam opened its first specialist bookshop in Oxford in 1987 and now has more than 130, although second-hand books can be found in nearly all of its 700 shops. In recent years, collectible books have become an increasingly important part of its business – for instance Oxfam auctioned a rare copy of A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes’ first outing, for £15,500.
Learn more details about Bookfest. Here is a small sample of what’s on offer:
1934 First edition published by Gerald Howe, London
The Lottery Ticket & The Begum's Fortune
The British Library Catalogue records this book as being published in 1919.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Published in 1891 with illustrations by John Tenniel.
Mrs. Beeton's Household Management
Circa 1927 with 32 colour-plates and 700 illustrations.
Wild Orchids of Britain
1951 First edition published by Collins, London.
Emperor Fu Manchu
Published 1959 by Herbert Jenkins, London. First edition with original dust jacket.
Fish and Chips
1964 edition with original dustjacket. Published by Robert Hale, London.
Fables of Aggression
1979 First edition with title page illustration by Wyndham Lewis.
First edition of this second volume of the 3-book 1970 series - Sundial anthologies.
Ten Moral Tales
Circa 1852. Part of the Routledge 'Three Shilling Juveniles' series.
The Two-Move Chess Problem
Published 1890 by George Bell & Sons, London.
Weekly Illustrated Special ‘Queen Mary’
A weekly magazine special issue from 1936.
1975 First edition in fine condition.
Squeeze The Trigger Gently
Signed, first edition of this privately published book.
The Blue Poetry Book
Published in 1891 with illustrations by H.J. Ford and Lancelot Speed.