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AbeBooks and Penguin staging charity auction for set of 14 signed novels


I’m sure many of you remember the online charity auction we staged in conjunction with Penguin last December. We sold four special editions of books redesigned by famous designers and raised $13,000 for English PEN – a charity that supports the rights of authors and freedom in literature.

Well, we’ve teamed up with Penguin again and this time we’re going to be auctioning a one-of-a-kind collection of 14 signed novels – all of them recent bestsellers such as Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, Zoe Heller’s Notes On A Scandal and Nick Hornby’s How To Be Good. Once again, English Pen will receive all proceeds.

Penguin is reissuing 36 bestsellers in its famous retro striped cover designs on September 6 and it has taken the 14 modern fiction books from the series and got each one signed by the respective author. We’ll be selling them in a single lot.

The auction will be conducted on AbeBooks.com and AbeBooks.co.uk. It begins on Thursday 6 September and concludes on Tuesday 11 September at 1pm EST. The collection of signed books will not be available again.

The signed novels are:
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
How To Be Good by Nick Hornby
The Accidental by Ali Smith
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Any Human Heart by William Boyd
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
Regeneration by Pat Barker
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru
What a Carve Up! By Jonathan Coe
The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend

That’s a pretty decent group of writers – a set of signed books worthy of any collector’s bookshelf. I particularly loved English Passengers and White Teeth. Let’s hope we can once again raise a decent sum of money.

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