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84 years later: Briton returned to the library a book that his grandfather borrowed in his youth (photo)

The man did not want to owe the library and paid a late return fee of £18.

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Earlsdon Carnegie library staff in the Earlsdon suburb of Coventry, UK were surprised when a man walked in and returned the book they had taken 84 years ago. The Briton turned out to be a law-abiding loyalist and paid a fine for late return of the book, which has grown to £18 all the time. The Daily Mail writes about the curious case.

Back in 1838, a certain Captain William Harrison took the book “Red Deer” by the English writer Richard Jeffreys from the library and had to return it before October 11 of that year. However, for unknown reasons, the book remained with Harrison and languished on a shelf until the death of the captain in 1957.

84 years later: Briton returned to the library a book taken by his grandfather when he was young (photo)

84 years later: British returned to the library the book that his grandfather took in his youth (photo)

Harrison had a daughter, Anna, but she did not return the book to the library. It was only after her death that Captain Harrison's grandson, Paddy Riordan, discovered the book among his grandfather's belongings and quickly returned it. At the same time, he calculated the amount of the fine and brought the money with him – only 18.27 pounds sterling, counting at the then rates of $ 1 per week.

84 years later: Briton returned to the library a book that his grandfather took in his youth (photo)

84 years later: The Briton returned to the library the book that his grandfather borrowed in his youth (photo)

“Here's something you don't see every day … we got a copy back “Red Hart” by Richard Jeffries – only 84 years and two weeks overdue!” a library employee wrote on Facebook.

84 years later: Briton returned to the library a book taken by his grandfather when he was young (photo)

84 years later: British returned to the library the book that his grandfather took in his youth (photo)

Meanwhile, The Red Deer was not included in the Guinness Book of Records for the most overdue library book, since the book Scriptores Rerum Germanicarum Septentrionalium, Vicinorumque Populorum Diversi (Various Historians of the North Germans and neighboring peoples) holds the world record. She was taken by Colonel Robert Walpole, father of the first British Prime Minister Robert Walpole, in 1668 while a college student. The book was returned to the Houghton Hall library only in 1956, after 288 years.

84 years later: Briton returned to the library a book that his grandfather took in his youth (photo)

84 years later: Briton returned to the library a book that his grandfather took in his youth (photo)