Authors’ spring clean sale helps charities

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A spring clean has produced a bonus for lovers of local history – and charities are also set to benefit.

Books by nine authors will be for sale at truly bargain prices on Thursday, April 7 at St Peter’s Church in Sudbury.

Local historians will be signing books at the Spring Clean History sale which runs from 9.45am to 2pm at the Kettle and Fish café session.

Proceeds will go to local charities including St Nicholas Hospice.

It follows an audit of new books stored around the town, some in homes and garages.

“We found a surprising number mostly published since the Millennium and all in pristine condition,” said historian Val Herbert who is co-ordinating the sale.

“Some are the remainder of reprints of very popular books and in other cases the print run was too ambitious.”

Authors include Edith Freeman who died in 2010, along with Allan Berry and Sudbury benefactor Tony Wheeler who both died in 2013.

Writers and illustrators taking part on the day include David Burnett, Dr Peter Cooper, Alan Cocksedge, Peter Thorogood, Robin Drury. Gill Taylor and Val herself.

She added: ‘We feel it is better to sell the books cheaply than leave the results of so much painstaking research tucked away in cupboards.

“They are the key to greater understanding of the town and its past and the more people who read them the better.” Buyers will receive a 10 percent money-off voucher from Kestrel Bookshop valid until the end of April.