Saturday, 6 March 2010

Five signed Richard Dawkins books for sale

Five Richard Dawkins books, signed by the author and dedicated to the "Platitude of the Year 2009 winner" are now being auctioned on eBay. Proceeds of the auction will go to the National Secular Society.

The books were the prize offered for the most platitudinous Thought For The Day on Radio 4 during 2009. This was won by the Rt Rev James Jones, Lord Bishop of Liverpool and Bishop of Prisons, for reminding us of the contribution that Christianity played in solving the problems of Northern Ireland. The prize was forfeit as the bishop failed to attend the award ceremony during the Secularist of the Year.

These books therefore form a unique and highly collectable set. They were purchased by Roger Scotford and are being auctioned by Peter Hearty. The five books are:

The Greatest Show on Earth (hardback)
Climbing Mount Improbable (paperback)
Unweaving the Rainbow (paperback)
The God Delusion (paperback)
The Ancestor's Tale (paperback)

More details on eBay here. Bids stand at £113 at time of writing.


  1. I'm reading Climbing Mount Improbable at the moment and the chapter about the evolution of the eye, it's absolutely brilliant.

    I'm working my way through all of Richard's books. Unweaving the Rainbow is my favourite so far.

  2. Thanks for the recommendations Dan. I romped through "The God Delusion" but am finding "the Greatest Show on Earth" somewhat stickier.