A rare first edition of Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong could make a fortune for a town charity shop - after they convinced the author to sign it.
The book was donated to Thame’s Oxfam bookshop in April, and an eagle-eyed volunteer recognised that it may be valuable.
The author’s 1993 breakthrough novel about life before and after the First World War had a limited print run.
And after doing some research staff decided to ask Oxfam to contact Mr Faulks, and he returned the book with a special inscription which reads: “To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.”
Bookshop manager Dick Jennens said: “This means the book is unique because it’s unlikely that anyone would ask to have their book inscribed that way.
“We are thrilled that Mr Faulks took the time to sign and inscribe the book for Oxfam. We expect their will be lots of interest.”
The book will form the centrepiece of the shops First World War centenary display which appears this week.