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Oxfam LogoThis 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.

Joanna Trollope

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:

A selection of books offered for sale by Oxfam

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins
P.L. Travers

1934 First edition published by Gerald Howe, London

The Lottery Ticket and The Begum's Fortune by Jules Verne

The Lottery Ticket & The Begum's Fortune
Jules Verne

The British Library Catalogue records this book as being published in 1919.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

Published in 1891 with illustrations by John Tenniel.

Mrs. Beeton's Household Management

Mrs. Beeton's Household Management
Isabella Beeton

Circa 1927 with 32 colour-plates and 700 illustrations.

Wild Orchids of Britain by V.S. Summerhayes

Wild Orchids of Britain
V.S. Summerhayes

1951 First edition published by Collins, London.


Emperor Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer

Emperor Fu Manchu
Sax Rohmer

Published 1959 by Herbert Jenkins, London. First edition with original dust jacket.

Fish and Chips by A.G. Street

Fish and Chips

A.G. Street

1964 edition with original dustjacket. Published by Robert Hale, London.

Fables of Aggression by Fredric Jameson

Fables of Aggression
Fredric Jameson

1979 First edition with title page illustration by Wyndham Lewis.

Midsummer Variations

Midsummer Variations

First edition of this second volume of the 3-book 1970 series - Sundial anthologies.

Ten Moral Tales by Madame Guizot

Ten Moral Tales
Madame Guizot

Circa 1852. Part of the Routledge 'Three Shilling Juveniles' series.


The Two-Move Chess Problem by B.G. Laws

The Two-Move Chess Problem
B.G. Laws

Published 1890 by George Bell & Sons, London.

Weekly Illustrated Special "Queen Mary"

Weekly Illustrated Special ‘Queen Mary’

A weekly magazine special issue from 1936.

ISBN 0233967028 Guerrillas by V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul

1975 First edition in fine condition.

Squeeze The Trigger Gently by R.A. Balfour

Squeeze The Trigger Gently
R.A. Balfour

Signed, first edition of this privately published book.

The Blue Poetry Book by Andrew Lang

The Blue Poetry Book
Andrew Lang

Published in 1891 with illustrations by H.J. Ford and Lancelot Speed.


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