Published: 04/02/2016 17:02 - Updated: 03/02/2016 15:22

Waterstones' Syria appeal hits £1 million mark

Inverness author Ali Smith is among the authors who have helped Waterstones raise £1 million for Oxfam.
Inverness author Ali Smith is among the authors who have helped Waterstones raise £1 million for Oxfam.

Waterstones, the UK’s largest bookseller, has announced that its Buy Books for

Syria campaign has hit its target to raise £1 million pounds for Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

Since October, Waterstones bookshops across the country, including north of Scotland branches in Inverness, Aviemore, Elgin and Aberdeem, have sold a selection of books by bestselling authors including  Invernes-born Ali Smith and crime writer Ian Rankin, who has a home on the Black Isle.

All the books were donated by the authors and their publishers, and the full retail price has been donated to Oxfam.

James Daunt, Waterstones’ Managing Director, said: “Waterstones booksellers are immensely proud

to have contributed so meaningfully to Oxfam’s work with Syrian refugees, something made possible by the instinctive generosity of so many wonderful authors and their publishers, and above all that of our


Mark Goldring, CEO, Oxfam said: “Thanks to all those involved in Buy Books for Syria for making a

difference to the people of Syria. The £1m raised will have a huge impact on Oxfam’s continuing work to

help the Syrian people. It will help to provide clean water for hundreds of thousands inside the country, as well as support the many refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Europe who have been forced to flee their


Participating authors were also delighted with the news.

Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, said: "What a fantastic

achievement this campaign is.

"Waterstones getting together with authors, publishers and readers to raise money to help the people of Syria, both those inside the country and those who have had to flee.”

Bill Bryson, who recently published The Road to Little Dribbling, said of the campaign: “"I couldn't be

more pleased or impressed. It was a fantastically ambitious target and it is wonderful news that it has

been achieved."

Authors and UK publishers responded generously to Waterstones’ request for book donations. The books were stickered with ‘Buy Books for Syria’ and were displayed in all Waterstones shops.

Authors who supported the campaign include Jeffrey Archer, Mary Beard, Alan Bennett, Michael Bond,

William Boyd, Bill Bryson, Tracy Chevalier, Lee Child, Julia Donaldson, Nathan Filer, Neil Gaiman, Mark

Haddon, Matt Haig, Robert Harris,Max Hastings, Victoria Hislop, Khaled Hosseini, Marian Keyes, Lynda

La Plante, Andrea Levy, Hilary Mantel, Peter May, Ben Macintyre, Alexander McCall Smith, Caitlin Moran, Michael Morpurgo, JoJo Moyes, Patrick Ness, David Nicholls, Philip Pullman, Ian Rankin, Tom Rob Smith, Salman Rushdie, Ali Smith, David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.


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