Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Book returned 45 years late

It’s not uncommon to return a library book late, but by half a century? Staff at Dinnington Library, close to Sheffield in the UK, couldn't believe their eyes when they received a book through their mailbox that was 45 years overdue. Alison Lawrie, the principal assistant at Dinnington Library, says the Penguin first edition copy of Quartermass and the Pit, written by Nigel Kneale, was due back on 15 October 1965. 

The identity of the borrower remains a mystery because the library records do not go back that far, and there was no a letter or note attached to the book. Lawrie has made it clear the sender should not worry about a fine. She said in the Yorkshire Post: “If the person who returned the book wants to come forward, we would love to know the story behind it.” Anyone returned any books lately?