Published: 07/10/2015 17:19 - Updated: 07/10/2015 17:47

Top writers support book chain's Oxfam initiative

Ali Smith is among the critically acclaimed and bestselling authors supporting Waterstones' Oxfam initiative.
Ali Smith is among the critically acclaimed and bestselling authors supporting Waterstones' Oxfam initiative.

Waterstones’ Inverness bookshop in the Eastgate Shopping Centre is joining the company's shops around the country to sell a selection of books donated by publishers and bestselling authors with every penny of the full retail price of each book sold will be donated to Oxfam.

Authors taking part include Philip Pullman, Caitlin Moran, Lee Child, David Nicholls, Hilary Mantel, Neil Gaiman, David Walliams, Victoria Hislop and Salman Rushdie, as well as authors with north connections, in Inverness-born Ali Smith, author of the critically acclaimed The Accidental and How To Be Both, and crime writer Ian Rankin who has a home in Cromarty on the Black Isle.

"It’s great to see Waterstones uniting with publishers and authors to raise money for Oxfam’s work with Syrian refugees," Rankin said.

"Buy a book, help save a life."

Ali Smith has also spoken up in support of the initiative, commenting: "I support this initiative with heart, mind and soul."

UK publishers taking part include Atlantic Books, Bloomsbury, Canongate, Egmont, Faber, Granta, Hachette, HarperCollins, Oneworld, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House UK, Profile, Pushkin, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Titan, Usborne and Walker.

"We’ve all been moved by the images we’ve seen on the news of the refugee crisis and we’re proud that our bookshop now has the opportunity to come together with the local community and the Oxfam Syria Crisis appeal to help to alleviate the suffering of those affected," Waterstones Inverness manager Peter Sim said.

"The books that have been donated are some of the best around and would be a joy to sell in any circumstances — with all the proceeds going to such a good cause, we can’t wait to get cracking."

Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam pointed out that if the initiative raised £1 million that would enable the organisation to deliver clean water to another 150,000 people in Syria, or support to tens of thousands of people in Jordan over the next year.

"This help is urgently needed as the conflict in Syria shows no sign of ending," he added.

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