Overdue book donated back to library after 30 years
PUBLISHED: 16:31 22 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:31 22 October 2019
A library book checked out more than 30 years ago has been returned to a Suffolk library.
In August 1989, one library-goer in Beccles checked out 'Trance', by Derek Lambert, with the two-week loan expiring on September 1.
The book tells the story of a top fashion model found with amnesia and is described as "mixing the acid menace of a psychokiller with the hard grit of a classic police procedural."
More than three decades passed before the book was handed in to Bungay Community Library, on Wharton Street, as part of a pile of donations to the library.
Amanda King, library manager, said: "We just had a laugh about it because the lady who returned it said her daughter had been having a clear out and have her a load of books to donate to us.
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"As we were looking through them, I noticed there was a library book that they hadn't realised was there.
"When we had a look at the date we found it was due back in 1989.
"If there had been a fine it could have been quite substantial. We charge 15p a day now but it does max out and I'm sure there would have been a similar cap in place back then. "The other thing we noticed was that this hardback cost £6.99. Nowadays hardbacks are usually worth about £20.
"We'd like to see all our books come back, no matter how late. If you have got books to donate and pass on, they're welcome too."
The returnee also left a note saying they were "extremely embarrassed" and a £100 apology cheque to cover the late fee, which would have been £33 and 10 shillings.
At the time, James Powell, marketing and communications manager at Suffolk Libraries, said: "We'd always rather keep customers so if someone is embarrassed about returning a very overdue book, we'd encourage them to talk to us."
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