Lost Messages Found In Second Hand Books

WB Gooderham is releasing a new compilation of personal inscriptions found in second-hand books

A lost art, the book dedication.  

Now that we're all (gradually) opting for practicality – ditching physical books for digital ones – the whole idea has gone out the damn window.

Not to lessen the accomplishments of the digital age, but a Kindle edition of, say, A Farewell To Arms can't compete with the tactile sentimentality that a paperback offers up. Moreso, you sure as hell can't pass it on to a friend, a lover or a family member. 

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In properly neo-luddite fashion, writer WB Gooderham has curated a brilliant and revealing collection of personal dedications found in second-hand books. 

As you'll see, they range from gaudy to sweet to awkward to witty: each immortal in their own right.

Dedicated To… by WB Gooderham, published by Bantam Press on 7th November; £9.99.