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Publishers Unite to Raise £1 Million Refugee Crisis

Publishers Unite to Raise £1 Million Refugee Crisis

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28th September 2015

Waterstones, the UK’s biggest bookseller announces its ‘Buy Books for Syria’ campaign, with the goal to raise one million pounds for Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.  

From Thursday 1st October, Waterstones booksellers will sell a selection of books by bestselling authors such as Philip Pullman, Hilary Mantel, Neil Gaiman, David Walliams, David Nicholls, Victoria Hislop, Ali Smith, Lee Child, Salman Rushdie and Caitlin Moran which have all been donated by their publishers, and the full retail price will be donated to Oxfam. 

Author of the bestselling Rebus books, Ian Rankin said: “It's great to see Waterstones uniting with publishers and authors to raise money for Oxfam's work with Syrian refugees. Buy a book, help save a life.” 

James Daunt, Waterstones’ Managing Director, said: “In desperate times like these, everyone feels the need to do something, to help in some way. We are doing what we do best: bookselling, and it only feels right that every single penny of each book sold will go straight to Oxfam. We are proud to be able to transform the generosity of authors and publishers into such a substantial contribution to Oxfam’s work.” 

Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK, said: “We often speak as an industry about the power of books to change lives - our aim with this campaign is to use the power of books to save lives. I'm humbled by the way publishers and authors are collaborating to support Waterstones and Oxfam in this initiative. I hope that together we can make a difference." 

Mark Goldring, CEO, Oxfam said: “With £1m our program could 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.”  

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The Publishers Association said: ‘It has been incredible to see publishers and authors unite to make a difference in the refugee crisis. The Waterstone’s and Oxfam appeal will galvanise the industry further, to truly help those in need during this desperate time.’ 

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

Authors supporting include Mary Beard, Alan Bennett, Michael Bond, William Boyd, Bill Bryson, Tracy Chevalier, Lee Child, Julia Donaldson, 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, 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. 

UK publisher support includes Atlantic Books, Bloomsbury, Canongate, Egmont, Faber, Granta, Hachette, HarperCollins, Oneworld, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House UK, Profile, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Titan, Usborne and Walker.

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