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National Trust Book Fairs today & tomorrow Various venues
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This weekend 30 National Trust properties around the country will be holding book fairs to raise money for a number of preservation projects. Last year's fairs attracted more than 8,000 visitors and raised pounds 14,000.

Among the showcase properties running fairs this weekend will be Rudyard Kipling's house, Bateman's in East Sussex, which will also feature storytelling sessions from children's authors Mike Lacey and Ann Brown.

At Sissinghurst Castle (left), the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, browsers will be able to buy books donated by their son, the publisher Nigel Nicolson.

Bateman's, Burwash, East Sussex (01435 882302) today and tomorrow, 11am- 4.30pm, free (no entry to house); Sissinghurst Castle, Sissinghurst, Nr Cranbrook, Kent (01580 712850) today and tomorrow, 11am-4.30pm, free (gardens closed); for other properties, see www.nationaltrust.org.uk