Amnesty International Book Sale at the Church of Ascension, London
This past weekend I took a lovely stroll down Dartmouth Row in Blackheath to the Amnesty International UK Booksale. Having read online that there would be over 20,000 books on sale, I had to see for myself.
Did I mention the almost unbearable heat that I battled to get there? The dear lady glowed all afternoon...hand me a fan and draw the curtains.
There were books on pews, tables, in boxes and scattered in places on the floor. Although I expected find a number of previously loved titles, I was struck at how many recent publications I found. Imagine my excitement when I discovered a copy of The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monica Roffey, whose opening sentence of chapter one is currently one of my favourite lines. I snaffled it up for £3....yes I love book sales!
Spotted, a gem amongst the 20,000 titles
Last year the Blackheath and Greenwich chapter of Amnesty International raised £11,700 and fingers crossed they are hoping to better that figure this year. All books, I was told were donated from members of the public including publishers and book reviewers. The dear lady on the desk chuckled when I asked if there were indeed 20,000 books in the church at that very moment.
A variety of Vamp Literature on sale
Don't you love reading the handwritten messages inside donated books? I do - its one my favourite things to do in dusty bookstores and sales. I opened one particular vampire book which had a 2009 Christmas message scrawled....mmm clearly untouched. I wonder what Geraldine would have made of Katie passing it over so soon, perhaps they were no longer besties.
How about you...once you've finished reading the latest bestseller - do you keep it? Or do you pass it onto family and friends or charity?
Photos courtesy yours truly.
I'm generally a horder of books but I think there may be a cull coming up soon.
AI UK Greenwich and Blackheath will hold their next big booksale on 20th November. If you are interested in browsing, buying or donating, please check their website for details.