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Oxfam Bookshop, Petergate York

This is the blog for the Oxfam book shop, on Low Petergate in York

In Store Book of the Week: The Business by Iain Banks

The trouble with writing fiction is that it has to make sense, whereas real life doesn’t. 

This week our glass cabinet has been restocked, and features railways books and a directory of York from 1957, full of cool adverts. It also had, until yesterday, two signed Iain Banks novels, The Business and Against a Dark Background. Against a Dark Background has now been sold, which is fantastic as it has helped to provide clean water for 120 people!! So a huge thank you to the proud new owner.

We do still have The Business which is also a signed first edition! Delve into the world of The Business, an ancient and powerful multinational corporation, and follow Kate Thelman as she investigates theft and oversees the acquisition of a country. A combined love story, contemporary science fiction masterpiece and tale of discovery, this novel travels the world and explores issues central to modern life, from technology to the relationship between business and politics (perhaps particularly relevant in the wake of the Davos Conference).

The Business is in the Petergate store and on sale for £70 (that’s equal to giving 70 people clean water).

Online Book of the Week: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

The trouble is, you see, that if you do know Right from Wrong, you can’t choose Wrong. You just can’t do it and live.

To celebrate our growing sci-fi, fantasy and horror section in store (two whole bookcases now!) our online book this week is this gorgeous edition of Maskerade by the late and great Terry Pratchett! Pratchett is one of the most popular fantasy writers due to his wit, creativity and incredibly insightful writing which spans 41 Discworld novels, as well as other works. He has received a knighthood for his services to literature, has sold over 85 million books, was a public speaker on Alzheimers (a disease he suffered from until his death in 2015) and remains a bestseller in the UK.

We return to Discworld in this stunning hardback edition, complete with a colour map of Pratchett’s hilarious, satirical fantasy world for another tale of the Witches, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Whilst the previous stories of the Witches has spoofed Shakespeare, Maskerade takes on The Phantom of the Opera, featuring everything from Nanny Ogg’s favourite recipes and scenes reminiscent of Scooby Doo. And if you want to get really meta, Maskerade was even adapted into a stage production (that’s a stage production of a book which satirises a musical which is all about the world of opera!)

Not only is this hardback edition beautifully bound, but it is in excellent condition and a steal for just £22! Get it here.

12th day of Oxmas: Africa by Michael Poliza

This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the twelfth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me 

twelve photographs of Africa… 

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On our last day of Oxmas, we want to show you another wonderful treasure that you can find on our Abebooks!

This gift is large format photograph book by German photographer Michael Poliza. It contains many gorgeous pictures taken by the artist in Africa, including landscapes, individual animal portraits, animals taking care of their young ones, birds in flight, huge herds in movement and other breathtaking, poetic and heartwarming  photographs that show how truly amazing nature can be.

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According to the editor:

These images embody the soul of Africa’s flora and fauna with a true artist’s eye for colour and composition.

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Africa is a source of amazing bio-diversity and home to some of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes. The sights of this awe-inspiring continent are captured with consummate skill and sensitivity by master photographer Michael Poliza. His viewpoint is shaped by his concern for the fragile eco-systems he chronicles.

The editor

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This is the perfect gift for photography enthusiasts or nature lovers. The pictures shown are only a few examples of how beautiful the pages of this book are.

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Poliza started as a child actor on German TV, then founded several highly successful IT ventures in the US and Germany and became a pioneer in the use of digital photography for illustrated books. His STARSHIP MILLENNIUM VOYAGE, around the world on a 75 ft yacht for three years was avidly followed by millions via internet. Poliza now focuses mainly on film and photography, including work for the Discovery Channel. He is now based in Cape Town.

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Michael Poliza. Source: Globetrotter magazin, September 2011

To buy this book just click here!

Or browse all of our online books: tinyurl.com/abeoxfampetergateuk

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…Eleven bags of Beer Bread flour,
Safe water for ten people,
Nine copies of Playing for Pizza,
Eight Lands of Ice and Fire maps,
Seven Grow Your Own Trees,
Six copies of The Silkworm,
Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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This was our last days of Oxmas blog post. We hope you’ve liked them and that they have helped you find Christmas presents or get an idea of what we sell at Oxfam Books Petergate!

Have a very merry Christmas and keep reading our blog for new exciting posts!

11th day of Oxmas: Beer Bread

This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the eleventh day of Oxmas my true love sent to me 

Eleven bags of beer bread flour… 

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You have last minute Christmas presents to buy? Fear not, we have a wonderful gift idea for you!

On the eleventh day of Oxmas, we present you with yet another one of the amazing fair trade products we sell at Oxfam Books Petergate.

Our bags of delicious flavoured beer bread flours would make any bread lover happy.

We have three mouth-watering flavours:

  • Rosemary and olive
  • Chocolate
  • Chili and garlic.

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Why is it that all great recipes come from grandmothers? Barrett’s Ridge was born when our carb-loving founder, Tayrene Barrett decided to turn an old family lunch staple into a booming, proudly South African business. After all, they say you need to be passionate about what you do, right?

A few tweaks to grandma Barrett’s recipe and South Africa’s favourite beer bread was born.

Barretts Ridge website, December 2016

To enjoy this tasty recipe, you just need to add 330ml of beer to the mix and pop it in the oven!

And if you need any more convincing, a portion of Barrett’s Ridge’s profits are donated to the Ukama Community Foundation who provide daily meals to over 130 children living in the Vrygrond township.

Aren’t you looking forward to make your house smell of delicious freshly baked bread?

Just pop into our store to get this awesome gift.

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Safe water for ten people,
Nine copies of Playing for Pizza,
Eight Lands of Ice and Fire maps,
Seven Grow Your Own Trees,
Six copies of The Silkworm,
Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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10th day of Oxmas: Safe Water for Ten People

This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the tenth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me 

Safe water for ten people… 

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Safe water for ten people is one of our many Oxfam Unwrapped presents. The way it works is simple: you buy it for someone who, like you, would like to make the world a better place, and your money goes where it is most needed. In this case, it goes to providing safe water in different communities in need.

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Find out more about Oxfam Unwrapped here and here.

This life-saving gift can bring clean water to 10 people! It could be for a family facing an emergency or for a community without a nearby supply. Oxfam’s water pipes, pumps and expertise help keep people healthy. They also cut the hours that women in particular have to spend fetching water – time better spent getting an education, earning a living or growing crops.

Here is an example of how your gift can make a difference:

Despite being the chief’s wife, life was never easy for Pumulo because her village lacked a supply of clean water. Pumulo Chikote and her family live in Koba in Zambia. It used to be her and the children’s job to fetch water three times a day. This gruelling task took almost five hours. And not only was the local pond miles away, but the water was dirty and regularly made the family ill with stomach pains and diarrhoea. It’s a different story today thanks to a water pump which has been installed in the village. Now that the community can access clean water, not only is everyone healthier but they have more time for earning a living, looking after the home or getting an education. “We consider ourselves lucky people, the water is clear and free from diseases. Since we’ve had it, no one has fallen sick, and for that we are happy. We no longer have to walk and the water is tasty.”

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To get this gift, just click here or simply pop into our shop!

♪  ♫  

…Nine copies of Playing for Pizza,
Eight Lands of Ice and Fire maps,
Seven Grow Your Own Trees,
Six copies of The Silkworm,
Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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9th day of Oxmas: Playing for Pizza

This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the ninth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me 

nine copies of Playing for Pizza… 

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American Football lovers, pizza lovers, Italy lovers, this one’s for you!

The novel starts with an Rick, an American football player who can no longer get work in the National Football League and whose agent, as a last resort, signs a deal for him to play for the Parma Panthers, in Parma, Italy.

This tale of the American abroad is beautifully handled by Grisham, whose admiration for Italians, their culture and their way of life shines through every page. For those who like their football, there is plenty of it, also lovingly described. For those who don’t care for the pigskin, it really doesn’t matter, there’s too much life and laughter in this book to worry about the odd page turned over to quick slants, third downs and field goals.

Material Witness blog, 2007

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One of the many joys of working with John is the element of surprise. Who would have thought that the master of the legal thriller would write a novel about cotton farming or a novel about the excesses of Christmas? Now, John pulls another rabbit out of his endless supply of hats with Playing for Pizza, a romp about a fish out of water that had me laughing out loud.

Stephen Rubin, Doubleday president and publisher (source)

So, don’t wait, come and grab this book in our shop, or someone else will!

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… Eight Lands of Ice and Fire maps,
Seven Grow Your Own Trees,
Six copies of The Silkworm,
Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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8th day of Oxmas: The Lands of Ice and Fire

This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the eighth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me 

eight* maps from The Lands of Ice and Fire… 

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*Well, it’s actually 12 maps. But we just really wanted to stick to the song. 

If you have a friend or family member that is crazy about A Game of Thrones, well, look no further to find them a Christmas present! We have this treasure on our online geek shop! Just click here to buy it!

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This Oxmas gift is a dazzling set of 12 maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realised as the one around us.

George R. R. Martin’s beloved Song of Ice and Fire series, which started with A Game of Thrones, is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes – from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between – that provide a sense of scale unrivalled in contemporary fantasy.

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The centrepiece of this gorgeous map collection is guaranteed to be a must-have for any fan: the complete map of the known world, joining the lands of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea for the first time in series history. But this is just one of many unique maps that aren’t available anywhere else. There is an alternate version that tracks the movements of the series’ protagonists throughout their vast world, along with more detailed versions of the western, middle, and eastern thirds of the world; a full map of Westeros, combining North and South; one of the Dothraki Sea and the Red Wastes; and the Braavos city map. And here, too, are fan favourites detailing everything from urban sprawl to untamed wilds: maps of King’s Landing; The Wall and Beyond the Wall; the Free Cities; and Slaver’s Bay, Valyria, and Sothyros.

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Never before has the entire scope of Martin’s universe been so exhaustively and fascinatingly depicted. The maps in this beautiful, one-of-a-kind atlas will enrich your reading or viewing experience, provide another view of your favourite characters’ epic journeys, and open up captivating new worlds – plus, they’ll look great on any castle wall.

On our online geek shop we sell sci-fi, fantasy and horror books, comics, sci-fi/fantasy boxset and film DVDs, Anime DVDs, miniature wargames and RPG rulebooks, retro console games, seminal PC games and other things appealing to geeks in York and elsewhere. Just follow the link: tinyurl.com/oxfamonlinepetergate

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… Seven Grow Your Own Trees,
Six copies of The Silkworm,
Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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7th day of Oxmas: Grow Your Own Tree

This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the seventh day of Oxmas my true love sent to me 

Seven Grow Your Own Trees… 

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This gift is the perfect stocking filler and makes a great unique present this festive season! It can even fit inside a Christmas card!

It is made by SeedCell, a British company who believes in making gardening easy and accessible for everyone.

hjkjgxwwThe packaging is natural and designed and manufactured in the UK. It is made of natural pulp material which will absorb any ground moisture once planted. As you water your seeds, it will help deliver a steady feed directly to the seed without over watering it and aiding the germination process and continuing to provide vital water to the newly emerging seedlings beneath the soil. 

The pulp made from recycled materials, like paper pulp. All of the ingredients and components have been properly tested and are kind to the soil they are planted in.

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How to grow it:

1) Use cutting compost or good quality soil in a pot with good drainage. Push the cell into soil point down, ensure the cell is fully covered with 2cm of soil.

2) Water, keep the soil moist and maintained through growing and do not over water.

3) …watch it grow into your very own little Christmas tree!

So just come to Oxfam Books Petergate and buy your Grow Your Tree!

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…Six copies of The Silkworm,
Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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6th day of Oxmas: The Silkworm

This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the sixth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me

Six copies of The Silkworm

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After #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith’s private detective Cormoran Strike returns in The Silkworm.

But who is this Robert Galbraith that you never heard about? Well let’s not pretend we don’t know, as his identity was revealed three years ago, shortly after The Cuckoo’s Calling came out: the mysterious novelist is none other than J.K. Rowling.

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After writing about teenage witches and wizards and troubled teenagers  (The Casual Vacancy), the much praised novelist produced “what feels like a traditional British crime novel albeit set in the present day, complete with eccentric suspects, a girl Friday (Oh, when will they see that they are meant for each other?) and a close friend in the police department whose life Strike saved in the war. But Rowling gives some of the old saws a new spin…” (Harlan Coben, New York Times, 23/06/14)

If you are intrigued about how well this century’s most famous children’s author can write crime, just come into our store and get your hands on a copy of The Silkworm!

We will leave you with another quote from Harlan Coben’s review:

If we can’t forget that she is a celebrity, we’re also constantly reminded that she is a master storyteller. Push aside J. K. Rowling (a gender-neutral pseudonym Joanne Rowling took so that boys would read Harry Potter) and judge the book on the merits of Robert Galbraith (a full-fledged male pseudonym with no such neutrality), and The Silkworm is still a suspenseful, well-written and assured British detective novel.

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…Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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