New dates for this year’s Alex Rotary book sale

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A wedding will be the start of a new chapter for one couple, prompting the 31st Alexandra Book Sale to move its dates out by a week.

The Book Sale is usually held over five days from Boxing Day, but because the venue, the Alexandra Community Centre, has been booked for a wedding during part of that time, organisers have shifted this year’s sale to January 1-4.

Co-organiser Barry Hambleton said preparations were tracking well.

Many of the books on offer were bought last year and have been donated back for this year’s sale.

Lee Childs is one of the most popular authors, along with Wilbur Smith.

However, there were some titles people appear less keen on, co-organiser Kevin MacKenzie said.

“We struggle with these,” he said, holding up a boxed collection from the Fifty Shades series.

“We’ve had them year after year and no-one wants them.”

among the items people did want, along with titles by popular children’s authors.

Co-organiser Nola Hambleton said David Walliams was “the most popular [children’s author] at the moment”.

Books by Roald Dahl, J K Rowling and Kiwi writer Dame Lynley Dodd were also still in demand among young readers, she said.

People can give items, including books, cds, dvds, and puzzles to the sale up until just after Christmas by dropping them off at any of the garages in Alexandra or Clyde.