Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Beginning with Books

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Beginning with Books

As some of you may know, this week is Christian Aid week. The event is probably most known for its door-to-door colletions, but my town's fundraising began yesterday with a market place bring and buy event. There were several stalls- plants, garden tools, board games and jigsaws, cakes, bottle raffle, and (of course) a bookstall.

I was, to be honest, quite amazed by the number of books that people donated. Somehow, despite manning the bookstall all morning, I managed to only come away with one book:

Born to be Riled by Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson, it has to be said, sometimes finds the world a maddening place. And nowhere more so than from behind the wheel of a car, where you can see any number of people acting like lunatics while in control (or not) of a ton of metal. In this collection of classic columns, first published in 1999, Jeremy takes a look at the world through his windscreen, shakes his head at what he sees- and the puts the boot in. Among other things, he explains: why Surrey is worse than Wales, how crossing your legs in America can lead to arrest, the reason cable TV salesmen must be punched, that divorce can be blamed on the birth of Jesus. Raving politicians, pointless celebrities, ridiculous 'personalilties' and the Germans all ge it in the neck, together with the stupid, the daft and the ludicrous, in a tour de force of comic writing guaranteed to have Jeremy's postman wheezing under sackfuls of letters from the easily offended.
All for only 20p!
Yes, 20p! That's how much we were selling the paperbacks for. And 50p for the hardbacks. To be honest, I thought that was maybe a little bit too cheap. But then we didn't really want to be lugging back more books than we needed to.

I was wondering- what do you tink is a fair price for 2nd hand books? Does it make any difference if the money's going to charity?

Interestingly enough, amongst the pile of  books were 4 World Book Day books-originally given away for free. Now, I wasn't really sure if we should be selling these, but since it was for charity I wasn't going to be the one to complain.

How do you feel aout 'free book' being sold by charities?
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