Indulge your dark side at Thame Oxfam bookstore

Oxfam Bookshop in Thame - display of banned books for sale - pictured is shop manager Dick Jennens and volunteer Liz Clarke
Oxfam Bookshop in Thame - display of banned books for sale - pictured is shop manager Dick Jennens and volunteer Liz Clarke

A CHARITY bookshop has compiled a collection of controversial literature.

Staff at the Oxfam Bookshop in the High Street put the display together from the store’s collection after a copy of 100 Banned Books was donated.

According to manager Dick Jennens the volunteers were intrigued to know the level of illicit reading and uncovered a whole range of books which for one reason or another had been banned in the past.

The texts range from those suppressed for political reasons like Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 to literature suppressed for sexual reasons such as The Art of Love and Hardy’s Jude the Obscure.

Also featured are religious texts such as the Koran, the Bible, the Talmud and historic titles such as Dickens’ Oliver Twist and Darwin’s The Origin of Species.

Books suppressed on social grounds are much in evidence such as the Diary of Anne Frank and Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee’s To kill a Mockingbird.

Dick is urging the people of Thame to come and browse the collection.

“Indulge your dark side, fantasise with your rebellious side and visit the Oxfam bookshop. You just know you shouldn’t.”

Call the store on 01844 214645.