Reading For A Good Cause This Christmas

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A love of reading won’t just keep you entertained this Christmas — it could also help a good cause near you.

Publisher Penguin Random House UK has come together with online retailer and Neighbourly, one of the UK’s first B Corporations, to support grassroots good causes across the country, including food banks, homeless shelters, and community centres.

Under this new initiative, ever time a member of the public buys one of a specially curated list of Penguin books via, a copy will be automatically donated to an isolated or vulnerable person.

The campaign will run between Monday 16 November and Monday 21 December 2020.


  • “Ghosts” by Dolly Alderton
  • “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood
  • “Sentinel” by Lee Child and Andrew Child
  • “Burnt Sugar” by Avni Doshi
  • “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo
  • “Troy” by Stephen Fry
  • “V2” by Robert Harris
  • “Invisible Girl” by Lisa Jewell
  • “Us Three” by Ruth Jones
  • “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman
  • “That Reminds Me” by Derek Owusu
  • “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy


  • “A Life On Our Planet” by David Attenborough
  • “Poor” by Caleb Femi
  • “The Roasting Tin Around The World” by Rukmini Iyer
  • “Be Antiracist: A Journal” by Ibram X Kendi
  • “The Bookseller’s Tale” by Martin Latham
  • “Cook, Eat, Repeat” by Nigella Lawson
  • “Vesper Flights” by Helen Macdonald
  • “The Lost Spells” by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
  • “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy
  • “Agent Sonya” by Ben Macintyre
  • “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
  • “Flavour” by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • “Just Us” by Claudia Rankine
  • “English Pastoral” by James Rebanks
  • “Entangled Life” by Merlin Sheldrake
  • “The Wild Silence” by Raynor Winn


  • “Kay’s Anatomy” by Adam Kay
  • “The Puffin Keeper” by Michael Morpurgo
  • “Never Show a T-Rex a Book!” by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
  • “Serpentine” by Philip Pullman

Click here to order your book today, and support a good cause this Christmas.

For more on charities supported by “The People’s Friend”, visit our Helping Others pages.

Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.