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About bookvolunteer

I'm passionate about books, about Oxfam and about making the world a better place. When I'm not filling the shelves in Oxfam Wilmslow, I might be found reading the books I've bought in the beautiful surroundings of North Pembrokeshire.

A new beginning – Wilmslow’s best sellers

Recent book customers at Oxfam Wilmslow may have noticed brightly coloured postit notes on the end papers of our books on the shelves. We have been removing these at the cash desk, counting them and recording the figures. As a result, we … Continue reading

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The End. What I have learned from writing 400 posts on this blog.

My intention in starting to write this blog was to let readers know that Oxfam Wilmslow (or perhaps Oxfam in general) was interested in books. We weren’t interested only in the revenue from sales, but enjoyed researching them, loved reading … Continue reading

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What are you looking for when you are tempted into a charity bookshop?

Occasionally, I am looking for something specific: an author, a title or a subject. But often I’m hoping to be surprised by a curiosity …  something that becomes an impulse-buy. Today’s suggestion is a little something that might be difficult … Continue reading

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100 years of Fashion Illustration, featuring designs by Grayson Perry

I went to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy last week and basked in the colours of Grayson Perry’s ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’. Grayson Perry has now joined  Danny Dorling and ‘The Gentle Author’ of ‘Spitalfields Life’  as … Continue reading

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Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Today’s story comes from a big battered volume. It must have been a lifetime’s labour of love and was published in 1880 by J P Earwaker. The work was dedicated to his father, James Earwaker of Brocklands, Alderley Edge. “Alderley … Continue reading

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To Harrods for Satin Pantaloons

Every November, when I was a child, my parents had anxious communication with cousins in a remote Pembrokeshire village. We needed to know what to buy my great aunt for Christmas. Every Christmas the answer was the same and it … Continue reading

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Isn’t there something delightful about a Pax Ting?

This thin little book does a good PR job for the Guides. I was astonished and impressed to see that the first Girl Guide World camp was held in Hungary in July/August 1939. With the imminent threat of war there … Continue reading

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What does Rolls Royce mean to you?

I hadn’t given this question much thought until we had the Wilmslow motor show here last summer. It was a successful event: a sunny day, thousands of people, pubs, bars and cafes full and, of course, some great motoring attractions. … Continue reading

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Will you buy these books to remember a passing era or because they are cheaper than wallpaper?

This pile of  books is testament to the printing trade: a trade that has changed beyond recognition in recent years. The volumes are beautifully produced by the best professionals and are a reminder of how things used to be done. … Continue reading

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Can you tell if these books were written by a man or a woman?

Joan Butler , as we read on the inside flap, was “Author of ‘Team Work’, ‘Unnatural Hazards’, ‘Mixed Pickle’, ‘Trouble Brewing’ etc., etc.”. What exactly does that ‘etc etc’ mean? Having read these two novels, I’ve come to the conclusion that … Continue reading

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