One-off Collection of Signed Bestsellers to be Auctioned in Aid of PEN

A one-of-a-kind collection of 14 signed novels – all of them recent bestsellers such as Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, Zoe Heller’s Notes On A Scandal and Nick Hornby’s How To Be Good – is to be auctioned online for charity by and Penguin.

Penguin is reissuing 36 bestsellers in its famous retro striped cover designs on September 6 and has partnered with to auction 14 signed copies of the modern fiction books from its ‘Celebrations’ series with all proceeds going to English PEN.

The auction, conducted on, begins on Thursday 6 September and concludes on Tuesday 11 September at 6pm GMT. The unique collection of signed books, which are being offered in a single lot, will not be available again.

Last December, AbeBooks auctioned four special edition copies of classic Penguin novels that had been redesigned by famous designers and raised $13,000 for English PEN.

The signed novels on offer are:

  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • How To Be Good by Nick Hornby
  • The Accidental by Ali Smith
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Any Human Heart by William Boyd
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
  • English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
  • Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
  • Regeneration by Pat Barker
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  • The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru
  • What a Carve Up! By Jonathan Coe
  • The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  • Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend


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