Welcome Back

  Hello and welcome back to the Oxfam Balham blog! My Day as a Volunteer I have recently started here at Oxfam Balham (roughly a month ago) and I am very excited to be taking over the internet realm of Oxfam. A typical volunteer shift is four hours long (10am – 2pm or 2pm –…

A Poetical Discovery

Found inside a book today, some poetry extracts (handwritten and typed). One of these is from Andrew Marvell’s The Definition of Love which I was unfamiliar with. It has proved a nice Friday morning discovery. If you can’t see the picture very clearly these are the stanzas we found: As lines, so love’s oblique, may…

A portentous inscription…

As anyone who spends time in second-hand bookshops knows, one of the best things about other people’s books is the gift inscriptions you find inside. Often this are quite dull but sometimes you come across one that is a bit more special. We especially liked this as it is very sweet but also a little…

A list

We found this list being used as a bookmark: Hairy back! Stories about exes and not always respectful about them Essex accent Never checked I got home OK Podgy Unsettled Self-centred Way too many female friends = Gay!? Just not that into me (rude the morning after) A whole short story on a tiny square…

Even more dispatches from the world of bookselling

Today we received an unusual delivery – three Amazon book boxes addressed to ‘Oxfam’. These turned out to contain three brand-new (plastic-wrapped!) copies of a single work of fiction. We are always grateful for any donations we receive but this seems a little oddd. The dispatch note from Amazon informed that this was a gift…

Time postcard

Another peculiar little find of ours. A postcard which has a typed message but has been addressed by hand. Odd to think of someone going to all the trouble of putting a postcard in a typewriter and then getting a pen out anyway.