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St Andrew's and St George's West 50th Book Sale

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George Street 29-31, EH2 2PA Edinburgh GB, United Kingdom


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Sat 10am - 4pm, Mon - Fri 10am - 3.30pm

The 50th Christian Aid Book Sale takes place on 14, 16-20 May at St Andrew's and St George's West Church, George Street, Edinburgh.

It will be opened on 14 May by author Bernard MacLaverty and Christian Aid Chair Dr John Sentamu.

Since it started in 1973 the sale has raised over £2m for Christian Aid’s work to end poverty.

During Christian Aid Week, over 500 volunteers from Edinburgh and beyond work together to create the UK’s biggest fundraising event.

Over 100,000 books of every kind fill the sanctuary and both courtyards. But there’s much more than books. Upstairs in the gallery you’ll find sheet music (and more books!). Downstairs in the Undercroft Café you’ll find delicious homebaking. In the Davidson Room, hidden, at the back of the church you’ll find a treasure trove of antiques and collectables. And did we mention the toys, records, stamps and postcards?

The special 50th Sale offers an opportunity for visitors to acquire their own piece of cultural history as they browse in St Andrew's and St George's West historic church. Many Scottish authors are represented, including famous names from the past and the present. And because the sale is focused on raising funds for Christian Aid, the prices are affordable.

The Sale's patron this year is Bernard MacLaverty. Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland. After living for a time in Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay he now lives in Glasgow. He has published five novels and six collections of short stories most of which are gathered into Collected Stories (2013).

St Andrew's and St George's West Book Sale flyer 2022