Oxfam Bookshop, Petergate York

This is the blog for the Oxfam Book Shop on Low Petergate in York

In-store Spotlight: Ian McEwan

Book adaptions can be hit and miss but when it comes to Ian McEwan they always seem to be a hit, whether that’s Atonement with Keira Knightley or The Child in  Time with Benedict Cumberbatch!

The latest adaption On Chesil Beach starring Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan is sure to captivate audiences!

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The novel was selected for the 2007 Booker Prize shortlist and has been described as a novel of remarkable depth and poignancy from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.

Set in the summer of 1962 On Chesil Beach tells the story of newlyweds Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) the couple struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite.

Bleecker Street films and Lionsgate

On Chesil Beach is out now and if you’re looking for another fix of Ian McEwan’s incredible writing we’ve got Atonement and The Child in  Time in store!

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Father’s Day: All Wrapped Up

Fathers Day 2018

Father’s Day gifts can be a challenge to find.  For Mother’s Day we can resort to tradition of a bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates or a handmade card.  But Father’s Day gifts can require a little more ingenuity!

We’ve come up with our top 5 last minute gift ideas for Dad, and the best thing is they can each be bought for around £5!

1)  Socks  20180606_125358

Ok, so possibly not the most thrilling of suggestions, but ultimately who doesn’t appreciate new socks?  These Gentle Grip socks from Sock Shop are just £3.99 for a pack of three!



2)  Chocolate 

Why not treat your Dad to his own secret stash of chocolate.  Our Divine 100g bars are just the thing!



3)  Books  

Dad’s love to read, and not just so they can have a sneaky snooze on the sofa while ‘reading’ the newspaper.  You’re bound to find something of interest in our non-fiction section, with many items for around £4.99.




4)  Smellies

They may not admit it, but we’re sure Dad’s appreciate toiletries too.  We now stock a range of vegan, cruelty free soaps and shampoos, which make fantastic gifts.  Prices start from just £1.69.


5)  A share in a farm….20180606_125329

No, seriously!  If you are really struggling for ideas, you could always have a look at our Oxfam Unwrapped gifts.  Why not buy a share in a farm yard for £5 and change the life of a family living in poverty.  You can pop in to see us at Oxfam Books Petergate, in York, or visit the Oxfam website to find out more about our Unwrapped Gifts.


And if all else fails you could have a look at Oxfam’s Father’s Day Gift Guide on Oxfam Online.

Whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be appreciated.  As long as Dad can still have a snooze on the sofa.


Everyone Has the Right to Pride – #YorkPride

Individuals have a basic right to a sexual orientation and to a gender identity.

Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are some of the root causes of sexism and inequality in the world. Oxfam supports partner organisations in advancing LGBTQ+ rights worldwide.

In June 2014 Oxfam attended World Pride in Toronto, Canada where they showcased the innovative work done by Oxfam partners’ in advancing LGBTQ+ rights around the world.
Oxfam organised and participated in a variety of events, including hosting  “Break Another Silence”, a speakers panel that brought together leaders from four continents to profile victories in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights worldwide.

Image via Oxfam’s website

Oxfam’s vision is a world in which people can influence decisions which affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. This is core and central to our work and approach to eliminating injustice and poverty.


Pop along to Oxfam Books Petergate to find out more, and see how we are celebrating York Pride in store!

York Pride 2018 is on Saturday 9th June.  The parade sets of from York Minster at 11:45am.  #FlagItUp


#YorkPride – LGBTQ+ authors

We’re celebrating Pride at Oxfam Petergate so today we’ll be sharing with you 10 authors you may or may not know identify/identified as LGBTQ+


  1. Virginia Woolf – English writerIMG_0353.jpg
  2.  Jackie Kay –  Scottish poet and novelist
  3. Alice Walker – American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist
  4. Oscar Wilde – Irish poet and playwrightIMG_0357.jpg
  5. Truman Capote –  American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor
  6. Tennessee Williams –  American playwright
  7. Colm Tóibín – Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poetIMG_0356 (1).jpg
  8. Langston Hughes –  American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist
  9. David Levithan – American young adult fiction author and editor
  10. Juno Dawson – British author of young adult fiction and non-fiction on LGBT issues






Join us at Oxfam Petergate where we will be celebrating York Pride in store!


Zero waste zero fuss – 10 ways to reduce your waste

2018 has been all about reducing our waste and we’ve got just the thing for you to get involved too!

Our reusable cups are finally back in stock, all at £8.99! Oxfam have also started selling our plastics bags for 10p instead of 5p all in the bid to cut down on plastic waste!

We’ve also come up with 5 ways that you can  help reduce your waste:

  1. Carry a reusable water bottle/coffee cup – you can pick up one of our coffee cups for less than a tenner
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  2. Carry a fold-up reusable bag or tote bag for shopping – we have a range starting from £3.99
  3. Say no to single use plastic cutlery
  4. Say no to single use plastic straws
  5. Use eco-friendly cleaning products – we sell toilet roll, washing-up liquid, hand wash and laundry liquid with prices starting as low as £2.19
  6. Make a meal plan – the average UK family throws away 24 meals a month
  7. Shop more in charity shops – you can find everything from books to furniture
  8. Think before you throw – check whether rubbish can be recycled either at home or at a recycling bank
  9. Compost your food waste!
  10.  DONATE! You can donate your unwanted books, toys, clothes, DVDs, games, wedding dresses, mobile phones, soft furnishings and homeware!

To find out more about what you can donate check out the Oxfam website and to find out where you can donate check out our donation page here on the blog!


Good books & sunshine!

It’s bank holiday weekend and the sun is shining – a.k.a the perfect time to get out in the garden with a book! We’ve been scouring our shelves for the perfect reads for sunny days and we’ve managed to narrow it down some of our top picks!

  1. Hidden Talents, Erica James
    Join Dulcie Ballantyne and her creative writers’ group and read along as they’re writing skills and friendships develop.
  2. Can We Still Be friends, Alexandra Shulman
    Summer of 1983 and best friends have left university to embark on adulthood. Three very different girls with very different paths ahead.
  3. Crosstalk, Connie Willis
    Join Briddey Flannigan in this rom-com meets sci-fi as realises that love – and communication – are far more complicated than she ever imagined.


  4.  On the Road to Mr. Right, Belinda Jones
    Join Belinda and her best friend Emily on a journey of revelations and surprises, of cactus kisses and errant snowploughs, but above all it’s a journey in search of love
  5. Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella)
    At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London’s swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip.
  6. Sunset, Celia Brayfield
    Placido’s Beach Bar, the ultimate beach bar – although there is no beach at the end of the bay and few let their dreams bring them to this one-boat fishing village


  7.  Second Chance, Jane Green
    A warm, witty, and wise story of friendship, of family, and of life coming full circle.
  8.  The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
    Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighbourhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it.
  9. Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Sophie Kinsella
    Becky’s back – she’s the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbour is a fashion designer but can everyone’s favourite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?


  10.  Artichoke Hearts, Sita Brahmachari
    Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic and outspoken family where it’s not always easy to be heard.

We’ve got a little something for everyone – a bit of classic chick lit, some sci-fi and some teen fiction! Pop on over and see if you can spot any more books perfect to sit in the garden with!


Seriously good chocolate

You may know by now that we’re big chocolate lovers here at Oxfam Books Petergate and we’re big believers that books and chocolate go hand in hand!

Starting on Wednesday 2nd May until the 29th May Divine chocolate bars are 2 for £3.50* – on any combination! You can pick up 2 bars of your favourite or maybe even try something new?


From Deliciously Dark Smooth Hazelnut to Creamy White with Strawberries there’s plenty to choose from, so make you grab some chocolate to go alongside a new book!


…How divine

* Any combination of Divine Chocolate 90g or 100g bars. Offer is subject to availability and excludes previously reduced items.



Avengers Infinity War

It’s the movie everybody and their dog is talking about, the superhero movie of the year  – Avengers Infinity War!


All of us here can’t contain our excitement, whether we’ve seen it or not! We’re very proud of our huge range of comics we have both in store and online and we’ve been adding to our Marvel display since Infinity War came out!


Maybe you need to refresh your memory on all the characters or are just eager for some more superhero action pay us a visit! We’re open 7 days a week and our online store is open 24/7!

And remember #ThanosDemandsYourSilence


Exploring the Antarctic

Ever wanted to explore the Antarctic like British Royal Navy officer and explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott? How about exploring the Antarctic from the comfort of your bed?

…Well with our new window display you can do just that!

We’ve been so intrigued by the scientists at the Natural History who have revisited Scott’s findings in order to compare his samples to some more recent ones, doing so has provided some new insights into climate change, since Scott and his crew returned home since over a hundred years ago!

During its three-year voyage, Captain Scott and his team discovered more than 500 new marine animals including types of shrimp, star and shellfish and mapped hundreds of miles of unknown coastline.










With these books you don’t have to face the brisk cold of the Antarctic, just pop in store and curl up at home with your new book(s) and a nice cup of tea!

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