This crossed my mind this week when I got an email about the annual Amnesty International Book Sale in Blackheath, near the top of Blackheath Hill if you're walking up from Deptford or Lewisham Hill if you're walking up from Lewisham. I have been before and it is quite simply the best book sale I have ever been to. Imagine a whole church packed with books in every pew. Not just a load of Jeffrey Archer paperbacks either, but all kinds of surprizes old and new, including obscurities academic and otherwise. It is always very busy, and now I've told you too there will doubtless be a few more people to squeeze past. But hey, here's the details:
'Quality books at knock-down prices: Amnesty International Book Sale
10am-4pm Saturday 19th November, Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, London SE10 8BF
The Blackheath and Greenwich Group of Amnesty International is holding its annual fund-raising book sale on Saturday 19th November at the Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, London SE10 (10 minutes walk up Lewisham Hill from Lewisham BR, DLR & Bus Station). Doors open at 10am.
The local group has collected thousands of books from a variety of sources, including publishers and book reviewers as well as individual donors. The quality of books – many of which are brand new – is exceptionally high, and there will be plenty of bargains to be found, from second-hand paperbacks to review copies of recently-published novels.
The book sale – now in its 37th year – is established as Amnesty International’s most successful local fundraising event in the UK, raising over £200,000 over the years.
Amnesty International works worldwide for the release of prisoners of conscience, fair trials for political prisoners and an end to torture, extrajudicial executions, disappearances and the death penalty. The Blackheath and Greenwich group has done a lot of campaigning work on Human Rights in China and stopping violence against women and meets at 8pm on the second Tuesday of each month at St. Margaret’s Church, Lee Terrace, Blackheath.
For more information regarding this, contact Tom 07823 322871, firstname.lastname@example.org'