A former student of Taunton School, in Somerset, UK, has returned a library book to his school 65 years after borrowing it. The 82 yr-old, came across the long-forgotten copy of Ashenden by W Somerset Maugham as he cleared out his shelves and spotted the stamp of his old school, which he had left in 1949. He did the decent thing and returned the book, paying his estimated dues of £1,500 at the same time to raise funds for the school. The director of the foundation was delighted to have the book back.
In a third instance, a £900 fine for a 55-year overdue book was waived by Oxford City Library in July last year. The book on Regency furniture was borrowed in 1958, when the fee for overdue books was 2d a week.
I purchased an old atlas about 20 years ago from a local library in Bushy, Hertfordshire, all stamped and official, but I've never been overdue with a book. I think you would need to be in possession of a grand home and stable surroundings to overlook something so valuable.
What would you do if you found a book that hadn't been returned on time?