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(Victoria, BC – 30 August 2007) 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 - are to be auctioned online for charity by and Penguin.

Penguin is reissuing 36 bestsellers in its famous retro striped cover designs on September 6 and has partnered with to auction 14 signed copies of the modern fiction books from its ‘Celebrations’ series with all proceeds going to English PEN – an international charity devoted to the rights of authors and freedom in literature.

The auction, conducted on, begins on Thursday 6 September and concludes on Tuesday 11 September at 1pm EST. The unique collection of signed books, which are being offered in a single lot, will not be available again.

Last December, AbeBooks auctioned four special edition copies of classic Penguin novels that had been redesigned by famous designers and raised $13,000 for charity.

The signed novels on offer 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

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