Dawn Foster’s books ‘forever'

Journalist's collection to be sold at King's Cross bookshop

Thursday, 7th October 2021 — By Richard Osley

Dawn Foster

Dawn Foster died in July

A COLLECTION of books which belonged to a campaigning journalist who died aged only 34 are to be put up for sale with a special imprint inside.

Dawn Foster was one of the firmly left-wing voices to secure regular airtime on mainstream news channels.

She had written for several newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian – in which she campaigned on housing and welfare issues.

Housmans’, the radical bookshop in King’s Cross, has now announced that her books have been donated and they will be running a sale next week.

“Dawn read widely across the political spectrum, and this large library of several hundred books reflects that breadth,” the shop in Caledonian Road said.

“The books are predominantly contemporary political titles, as well as including lots of excellent fiction titles.”

It said it was grateful that Ms Foster’s estate had passed the collection to the shop.

Always a lively contributor, she would often clash with right-wing commentators on news programmes and had a large following on social media.

She told friends that her Guardian column was cancelled after she wrote a piece questioning what Tom Watson was offering as the then deputy leader of the Labour Party.

When she died following an illness in July, even people she had never met said they were grieving.

Somebody painted “Dawn Foster forever” on the front of Times columnist and 500 Questions quiz show presenter Giles Coren’s home in Kentish Town after he tweeted what appeared to be offensive messages about her death.

The books have not been catalogued and will be made available for browsing and  buying at Housmans’ from 11am on October 16.

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