PRH launches 'It begins with a book' Christmas charity scheme


18 November 2020
Penguin Random House will donate a book for each one purchased from a selected list at

Penguin Random House has launched a Christmas initiative where readers can donate books to foodbanks and grassroots good causes at the same time as supporting independent bookshops.

For every book bought from a selection at, PRH will donate one. PRH is working with Neighbourly to get the books to foodbanks, homeless shelters, refuges and community centres.

'At Penguin Random House, our mission is "we make books for everyone because we believe a book can change anyone", said PRH communications and brand director Becca Sinclair. 'That change can be large or small, profound or simple, long-lasting or fleeting.  Many of us have been turning to books through the pandemic, be it for information, entertainment or escapism. We want to share the power of reading and get our books into the hands of those who need them most, while continuing to honour our commitment to support independent bookshops through this challenging time.'

Books on the hand-picked list include Barack Obama's memoir A Promised Land, Richard Osman's bestselling novel The Thursday Murder Club,  Nigella Lawson's new cookery book Cook, Eat, Repeat, and Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.

Stacey Cullen, director of operations and programmes at UK Harvest – one of the causes receiving books through Neighbourly – said: 'We have taken our children’s book donations from Penguin out to the domestic refugees we support, where there are over 30 children currently living with their mothers waiting to be rehomed in a safe location. To be able to give the children a present, especially a book they can escape into, is a fabulous thing.'

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The scheme is live now up to 21 December.

To find out more, and buy books, visit the website.


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