Simon Gray picture

Simon Gray in Daunt’s bookshop

Give a Book is a UK registered charity. It was set up in 2011 in memory of writer and playwright Simon Gray who loved to read and to share his reading. We facilitate the gift of books to selected charities and other organisations.

How it works: we use donations to source new books at cost price, then package and post the books to our selected charities. Every donation you make buys and distributes a book to someone who – for differing reasons – might need one.

Every £5.00 donation Gives a Book.

Where They Go

We work mainly in prisons and primary schools with partner organisations that include:



Everything else:

We also work directly with schools and prisons as requested, and give books for special events such as:

  • Maggie’s Culture Crawl
  • First Story Festival
  • Anytime is Storytime
  • Doorstep Library Read in the Park
  • Reading Together, Reading for Life

Who we are

  • Patron: Lady Antonia Fraser, DBE
  • Trustees: Joanne Barnett, Eleni Meleagrou, Sarah Moorehead, Sarah Turvey, Caroline Waldegrave
  • Executive Director: Victoria Gray

  • Director of Projects: Adeela Khan

  • Special Advisor: Anthony Gould

  • Ambassador for Give a Book: Lucy Gray Rose

  • Administrator: Olivia Loveridge

  • Project Liaison Officer: Sophia Morris-Jones

  • Social media: Helen Mumby

  • Special thanks for original design to: Dan Mogford

Give a Book is an associate of Free Word, a meeting point of literature, literacy and free expression.

Give a Book relies entirely on the generosity of those who care about giving books. We are constantly grateful for the donations that come in through the website. And we are particularly grateful to the following for their generous support:

Eric Abraham, Advent Print Group, Gordon Aldred, The Hon M.L. Astor Charitable Trust, Bellinger Donnay Charitable Trust, Bill Kenwright Ltd, Bloomsbury Publishing, Boden, The Book CollectorBooktrustJasper Britton, Bunbury Charitable Trust, Church Urban Fund, The Craignish Trust, The Daisy Trust, Drapers’ Charitable Fund, Daunt Books, English PEN, The Eranda Foundation, Everyman’s LibraryFaber and Faber, D.R.Fine Charitable Trust, Sandy & Frederick Forsyth, Forward, James Fergusson, Genesis Community Foundation, Beth Ginsburg, The Golden Bottle Trust, Loyd Grossman,  The Goldsmiths’ CompanyGranta, Clare Grumbar, Harper Collins, Audrey Hoare, Sir Simon Jenkins, Rachel Kelly, Lucy Kerbel in memory of Joan Carr, The Leigh Trust, Little Brown, The London Review Bookshop, The London Review of Books, Lund Trust, The Mackintosh Foundation, Mercers’ Company, Dan Mogford, The Monument Trust, Caroline Moorehead, Andrew Mortimer, Morrisons Foundation, Nellie Munthe, Ninja Book BoxOrion Books, Kevin Pakenham, Penguin, People’s Postcode TrustPersephone Books, Police Mutual Assurance Association, Quick Reads, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Turville, Roehampton Trust, Rosemary’s Shoebox, The Rothschild Foundation, Sage Publications, John Sandoe, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, Risby Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charitable Trust, The Royal Society of Literature, Michael Samuel Charitable Trust, ShareGift, Edward & Lois Sieff Charitable Trust, Slightly Foxed, Sonia Friedman Productions, Peter Soros, Space StationStage Spiders, The Estate of Prof Iain Stevenson, Sir Tom Stoppard, The Estate of Marc Sullivan, Steve Taylor, Sophie Ward, Wandsworth Grant Fund, The Wellcome Trust, Sheila Whitley Trust, Anda Winters, Diana de Yong Charitable Trust, Caroline Younger, Vintage, William Zachs.


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