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12:42pm on Saturday, 21st May, 2016:
Hey, look what I found on eBay!
It's a copy of the first book I got published, back in 1985. There aren't many around, because Century Communications was closed down by its parent company shortly afterwards and its inventory was pulped. I wasn't too upset by this, because this book was printed nothing like how it was written, on account of its being edited by the typesetter. Among the many assaults he made on its text, the one that best sums up his approach is where he removed one, short word, in order to avoid breaking a paragraph across a page boundary: that short word was "not"...
Anyway, I bought this for two reasons.
Firstly, I didn't have a copy myself, having lost my original either while moving house or from lending it to someone and not getting it back (probably both).
Secondly, I liked the thought that someone would have to write my name on the address label knowing that my name was also on the book cover.
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