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Oxford Brookes awarded archives

Oxford Brookes University Libraryís impressive collection of food and drink related special collections has been boosted further by a donation from the estate of Michael Jackson, according to a press release issued by the university.

The executors of the estate of the late Michael Jackson — Paddy Gunningham and Sam Hopkins — have donated the contents of his office to the University. Also known as "The Whisky Chaser," his books on beer and whisky have sold over three million copies worldwide and in fifteen languages.

The contents of the office, to be known as The Michael Jackson Collection, comprise 1,500 books from the expertís personal library on beer and whisky, as well as 300 copies of his own books. There is also much research material, hand-written notebooks, a selection of awards including four Glenfiddich awards for food writing, as well as photographs, press and book reviews.

Don Marshall, of Oxford Brookes University Library, said: "We are very excited to receive this gift of the books and papers of 'The Beer Hunter.í The Michael Jackson Collection will work in parallel with the National Brewing Library, already located in Oxford Brookes University Library and jointly managed by members of the Library and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. It will also complement other special collections in food and drink - one of the key areas of research excellence in the University."

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