3 ultra-rare books will be sold through an online auction as part of this weekend’s Lifeline Canberra Bookfair, which kicks off today!

In what is a first for the mental health organisation, a 1st edition copy of The Handmaid’s Tale, signed by author Margaret Atwood herself, will be up for auction.

Also available for bidding will be 2 Lewis Carrol books: an 1870 hardcover edition of Alice in Wonderland accompanied by a signed Easter card, and a 1st edition printing of Through the Looking Glass with a spelling mistake.

Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie Leeson said it’s going to be a major weekend for the organisation, with books, DVDs, vinyl, games, and puzzles all available.

“Every handful of books is a bargain for the individuals that are supporting us,” she said.

“It’s around $26 for a life changing call, and it all adds up when you come down to the book fair and grab a handful of books.”

She said the book fairs raise a major portion of the funding needed for Lifeline Canberra to maintain its crisis support and suicide prevention service.


“We fund it to the degree of around 4%,” she said, “so the 3 book fairs that we run every year are the lifeblood of our organisation, and they do fund the crisis support line directly.”

The book fair runs until the 17th, with a full list of open hours available on the Lifeline Canberra website.

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