Curious Facts About Books: One

I thought I would try a blog post which is a little different today.  I have collected book facts from all over the Internet, and will present them to you over the course of a week.

  1. Hugh Lofting, the author of Dr Doolittle, believed that books should have a ‘senile’ category to counteract the ‘juvenile’ section.


    Joe Orton

  2. Playwright Joe Orton went to prison in 1962 for defacing library books with a picture of a man wearing trunks.
  3. ‘A book scorpion’ is a person who is hostile to books or learning.
  4. Joan Didion often slept in the room with the book she was working on, to feel closer to it.
  5. The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is entitled Old King Cole.  It measures 1x1mm, and the pages can only be turned with a needle.
  6. The Japanese work ‘tsundoku’ means buying many books, and then never getting around to reading them – something which I feel we are all guilty of!

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