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Become part of the story as bidding opens for our On The Shelf auction

14 Mar 2017


Our new On The Shelf auction offers the unique chance to name a character in a bestselling author’s future book. The auction, which goes live today and will close at midnight on 30 March, features a host of brilliant authors who span children’s, young adult and adult fiction:

The authors will feature the winning bidder, or their friend or family member, in a forthcoming publication. Among the list of participating authors are:

  • Former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman
  • Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child
  • Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell
  • Chocolat author Joanne Harris
  • Comedian, actor and young adult author Charlie Higson
  • Olympic medallist Sir Chris Hoy and co-writer Joanna Nadin
  • Man Booker Prize shortlisted author David Mitchell
  • Award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo
  • Tom Gates creator Liz Pichon
  • Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon
  • Literary powerhouse Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope

The auction also offers original artwork from:

  • Creator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler
  • Steve Antony, author and illustrator of the award-winning Please Mr Pandaand The Queen’s Hat picture books
  • Children’s picture book author and illustrator, Daisy Hirst

The proceeds raised will support a new initiative by the National Literacy Trust to transform school libraries across the UK, supplying them with a collection of diverse modern literature coupled with training for teachers to engage a new generation of pupils with books and reading.

What could be more exciting for a book lover than to have their name immortalised in print? I am thrilled to be able to offer the chance to be part of my next book to help the National Literacy Trust’s campaign to transform school libraries

Bestselling author Joanna Trollope

How incredible to have your name, or the name of your nearest and dearest, immortalised in a book by your favourite author! We really do have something for everyone, with such a wealth of wonderful authors and illustrators across children’s, young adult and adult literature. In addition, you will be supporting our vital work to transform school libraries and create future generations of readers. So what are you waiting for – visit and get bidding today!

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust
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