BOOK WORMS: Suzie Bailey and Kay Doust with some of the items on sale at the chaity book fair at Bexhill this weekend.
BOOK WORMS: Suzie Bailey and Kay Doust with some of the items on sale at the chaity book fair at Bexhill this weekend.

Dangerous literature on sale for orphan charity

A RARE Norman Lindsay novel Redheap, still in the brown paper cover that it was sold in, will be part of a massive book sale being held at Bexhill Hall this weekend.

The book is a comedy, set in a small Australian mining town, written in 1930 but banned in Australia until 1959. It was unearthed amongst a huge collection of books as part of a deceased estate that has been donated to raise money for the charity Aussies for Orphans that supports orphans all over the world as well as an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The collection of books and furniture belonged to Pat and Bob Robinson of Dunoon who died within six weeks of each other last year. Both shared a passion for collecting books including classic authors such as Patrick White and Dostoevsky, and books that reflected their love of music and sport.

Before she died Pat offered her good friend Suzie Bailey all her horse books, on the condition that she "help clean out the office". When Bob died soon afterwards, the task changed to helping clear out the house with the help of some family members.

"They have just been so generous. Quite often families squabble over every little thing but they have been so generous in letting us take this amazing collection and sell it."

Suzie and her friend Kay Doust both work at Lismore Central vets and have been involved in fundraising for animal charities and Aussies for Orphans for some years. Later this year Aussies for Orphans are organising a 12-day tuk-tuk tour through Cambodia that will raise money for three charities they support in the area and allow participants to interact with local villagers. The charity book fair will also include furniture, bric-a-brac and second-hand clothing and will be on Saturday and Sunday, January 26-27 at Bexhill Hall from 8am-4pm.

All "reasonable offers" will be considered.


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