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A Clockwork Orange first edition donated to charity

The first edition Clockwork Orange book
The book was found in a donations box in the High Street store of Oxfam

A first edition of cult novel A Clockwork Orange has been donated to a Worcester charity shop.

Staff at the Oxfam store in the High Street said they believed Anthony Burgess' 1962 book could fetch about £1,200 when it goes up for auction.

The book, about a teenager committing several violent acts, was found in the donations box at the store by manager Amanda Bonnick.

She said no-one in the shop had any idea who had donated the book.

'Bright purple cover'

Ms Bonnick said: "I was just going through the overspill basket for literature, which is stuff we just generally put out for about £2.50, and I saw a book that looked quite interesting.

"It had a bright purple cover and then I saw that it said, 'A Clockwork Orange', and thought, 'oh, I know that one'.

"I had a look inside and it said, 'first edition 1962', and I thought, 'well, that's not going to go out for £2.50'."

She added that she suspected the person who donated the book had not had any idea of its value.

The 1972 film version by Stanley Kubrick of the book was withdrawn by the director in the UK after concerns about its violent nature.

The book follows teenager Alex whose interests are "rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven", and shows the authorities' efforts to modify his behaviour.

The book is expected to go up for auction in June.

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