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Published June 15th 2021

Calling all book lovers! Sydney's OLDEST AND BIGGEST Book Fair is back, now in the spectacular Great Hall of Knox Grammar.

This huge, COVID-safe event will be held over four days, from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th July. There will be plenty of undercover parking available in the Borambil Street car park and in the underground car park on Woodville Avenue, just a short walk from the venue; there is also easy public transport to/from nearby Warrawee Station. Disabled access is available from the school gates on Woodville Avenue. For more information, go to:

The Knox Book Fair will be offering over 110,000 pre-loved books of outstanding quality, range and scope in more than 50 categories – including Art, Military, History, Biography & Memoir, Fiction, Literature, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Psychology, Gardening, Cookery, Craft, Science, Travel, Sport, Children's & Young Adult titles, and text books and study guides. New stock will be arriving daily.

This year's Silent Auction list is the longest the Book Fair has ever offered, including rare, first-edition, signed, collectible and previously unseen volumes. Here are just some of the unique items in store this year:

  • Drawn from Paradise, David Attenborough, 2012; signed.

  • Catherine: Intimate Portrait of a Champion, 2000; signed.

  • HRH The Prince of Wales: Watercolours, Prince Charles, 1991; first edition and signed 'Charles'.

  • My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell, with dust jacket, first edition, 1956.

  • Ian Fleming: All first editions with unclipped dust jackets.

  • Wallaby Gold: 100 Years of Australian Test Rugby; first edition and signed by 28 of the Wallaby heroes of 1991. In slipcase with gilt decoration. Limited edition 207/250.

  • Two illustrated books by Del Kathryn Barton, twice Archibald winner - Oscar Wilde: The Nightingale and the Rose; Del Kathryn Barton.

  • Dante's Inferno and Dante's Vision of Purgatory and Paradise, dated 1892 and 1893, resp.

  • Ceramiques by Picasso (1948). The text is in French, and the volume includes a tipped-in photograph, "Picasso a Vallauri", plus 26 of original 28 tipped-in illustrations of Picasso's decorated ceramic platters.

  • Joseph Lycett's, Convict Artist, in very fine condition. A lovely collection of views of early "Australia" as seen through the eyes of white settlers.

  • Beyond Sacred features works from remote Australian indigenous communities, as collected by Colin and Elizabeth Laverty. A seminal and beautiful book.

  • Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage: A full-colour publication of some of the most extraordinary botanical prints of the 18th century.

  • A facsimile of The Voyage of the Endeavour, the 1773 authorised publication of James Cook's account of a "Voyage Round the World" in the year 1770.

  • The Expedition to Earth, Arthur C Clarke, 1954; first edition and signed.

  • The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, 2002; signed.

  • The Illustrated Dune by Frank Herbert in 1978 and illustrations by John Schoenherr.

    (A full list of all items available for Silent Auction will be posted before the book fair on

    All this and so much more will be on sale at this fantastic family fundraiser, where you'll also find a breathtaking variety of printed books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, stamps and comics at unbeatable prices.

    Events like the Knox Book Fair assist Lifeline to be there for those in need at every hour of every day*, so Lifeline sincerely thanks the public for its valued support, and looks forward to seeing you there!

    Lifeline H2H thanks Knox Grammar for offering such a generous space to house the full glory of our Book Fair treasures. Face masks are strongly encouraged and all visitors will be asked to check in on arrival.

    * All proceeds from Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury's Book Fairs are an essential funding source for their many crisis support and suicide prevention services, including their 13 11 14 crisis line.

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