Friday 1 August 2014


There's a nice piece on the AbeBooks website about the strange things people have used as bookmarks and forgotten about - everything from forty $1,000 bills to a rasher of bacon (at least it wasn't a fried egg).
It puts me in mind of the time I opened a book and found some chap had cut off the end of his trouser-leg to use as a bookmark. 'Well,' I thought, 'there's a turn-up for the book.'


  1. Yes, it's an old Tommy Cooper gag. I have no shame.

  2. I borrowed a book from the library and was delighted to find the previous reader's bookmark. It was a letter inviting him to a meeting with his manager to discuss his absenteeism and persistent lateness for work. Stapled to the letter was a computer print-out of all the dates he missed or was late, together with the excuse he had supplied. I felt sorry for both sides - for the company (a well-known retail outlet) having to go through all this rigmarole and for the employee, who clearly hated his job. The book, by the way, was a biography of Primo Levi. I occasionally wonder about the outcome of the meeting. I enjoyed his excuses, I must say.

  3. Wow - that's quite a find. I like the way he casually left it all in a library book too. Let's hope he was destined for better things...