Lost library book's just the ticket for Liz

PUBLISHED: 17:05 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 15 June 2010

WHEN a Honiton library user discovered she had left her library book behind at her Cornish cottage holiday she agreed to pay the fine to replace it. However, Liz Mallon has now received a refund after senior library assistant Linda Isaacson found the book

WHEN a Honiton library user discovered she had left her library book behind at her Cornish cottage holiday she agreed to pay the fine to replace it.However, Liz Mallon has now received a refund after senior library assistant Linda Isaacson found the book when she stayed in the same cottage, four weeks later.The bizarre chain of events started when Liz took out a copy of Hidden Places in Cornwall for a trip to St Just.She said: "The cottage, at Penta Dowran, just outside St Just, had a bookcase with loads of lovely books in it."When my husband Steve and I left, we tidied up and put the books back and, of course, I must have put the library book back by mistake."I paid the £8.99 towards the new book and thought "oh well, maybe the next people will enjoy it'. "Little did I realise the next person would be Linda."Linda said when she went to the cottage she started to browse through the book collection.She said: "The cottage was lovely, and I was looking through the books and said "oh look, there's an old library book". I opened it up and there was the Honiton Library label with a very recent date stamp."I looked at the title again and realised it was one that a lady had recently paid for as being lost."I even sent a postcard to my work colleagues asking if I got the money! In the end Mrs Mallon got her refund and we had our book back."The book is now available again to library users, along with many other titles for your next holiday.Liz said: "I said to Linda maybe we should co-ordinate our holidays in future just in case I feel like leaving any more library books behind me.

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