First Chapter Series presented to Oxford Brookes
A stunning collection of hand-bound books has been donated to the Booker Prize Archive at Oxford Brookes. The seven volumes were given by Oak Tree Fine Press. The slip-cased books are presentation volumes of first chapters of selected Booker prize-winning novels, which are signed by the authors and contain original artworks inspired by the stories.
Bruce Howard, director of the Fyfield-based Press, presented the books to Dr Helen Workman, Director of Learning Resources at Brookes. Dr Workman said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have this material and add it to the collection.' The limited edition books are normally sold to raise money for HIV and AIDS charities in South Africa.
When living in South Africa, Bruce became involved with a charity working for street children: ‘When I left South Africa and came to live here five years ago, I felt I still wanted to do something.' He created the First Chapter Series with help from the writer and Booker prize-winner J. M. Coetzee. Both writers and world-famous artists agreed to take part and Gilbert and George have illustrated the excerpt from The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, while Yoko Ono has illustrated The Blind Assassin. The writer Stanley Middleton supplied the artwork for his own book Holiday.
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