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Pages & Pages creates ‘anti-Trump’ reading list, donates to Refugee Council of Australia

Sydney bookseller Pages & Pages has put together an anti-Trump reading list and has pledged to donate $1 to the Refugee Council of Australia for every book purchased from the list.

The bookseller said in a statement that the election of Trump as US President ‘has seen a resurgence of fascism and right wing rhetoric the likes of which I didn’t think we would ever see again … but the best weapon against fascism, Nazism and hateful ignorance is knowledge and books’.

Pages & Pages said its reading list was put together to ‘help us survive and understand these strange times’ and to prevent past mistakes from being repeated.

The selected books are:

  • All That I Am (Anna Funder, Penguin)
  • The Other Hand (Chris Cleave, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • What is the What (Dave Eggers, Penguin)
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Anthony Marra, Vintage)
  • The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins, Scholastic)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood, Vintage)
  • Alone in Berlin (Hans Fallada, Penguin)
  • The Plot against America (Phillip Roth, Vintage)
  • The Man in the High Castle (Philip K Dick, Penguin)
  • The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)
  • The Unknown Terrorist (Richard Flanagan, Vintage)
  • 1984 (George Orwell, various imprints)
  • The Hate Race (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette)
  • It Can’t Happen Here (Sinclair Lewis, Penguin)
  • The Silk Roads (Peter Frankopan, Bloomsbury)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank, various imprints)
  • Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vintage)
  • Fatherland (Robert Harris, Arrow)
  • Dominion (C J Sanson, Pan).

In the US, numerous independent booksellers have organised protests and created window displays against the Trump presidency, reports the New York Times.


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