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March 13, 2008

Degrees of theft

A piece at the Guardian Books blog about stealing books, which you might remember I covered properly in my post on bibliokleptomania at the Descant blog. I’ve stolen quite a few books in my time, not so ashamedly. I think I stole my copy of Happiness is a Warm Puppy from a dentists’ office, and Love Story from a desk in my geography class when I was twelve. During the last month I have actually stolen a copy of The Animals of that Country by Margaret Atwood, or rather I liberated it, for it was being ill-treated by its former carers, stuck on a shelf with Barbara Cartlands and its cover torn off. I promise you that they will never even know that it is missing. And that I only steal from those weird sad dump-off libraries that nobody loves. And that once I committed the utter opposite of book stealing, which was donating my books to a charity shop and then deciding that I couldn’t live without them and buying my books back again.

One thought on “Degrees of theft”

  1. Crissy Calhoun says:

    i stole a collection of short stories by roald dahl from my grade school library and i still feel pretty bad about that. but i REALLY liked it. and still have it and love it so… one day in purgatory should resolve me of that.

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