Daily Bookshot: A Note to Kathleen

A Note to Kathleen, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock.

While I abhor with a passion any hint of defilement on the main pages of a book, I’ve no problem with personal messages scribbled on the flyleaf. I especially like them when I discover them in a 2nd-hand book (or not as the case may be with one of my former ‘Daily Bookshots’), and this is one of the nicest ones I’ve found. It’s a note to a friend Kathleen, urging her to lay down her dreary text-books, and pick up this gift of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

A caring thought indeed from Kathleen’s unknown friend (her (his) signature is indecipherable), and one brought with a real slice of wit. Note the closing reference to the date the note was penned – October 2006 (or is it?!), Such a comment on a copy of The Time Traveler’s Wife? Now that’s real humour right there :o)

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. I love those inscriptions. The last one I got from a used bookshop was a copy of The Idiot which has written on it: “To your beautiful soul.”

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    What a wonderful description Claire. And I can’t think of a more fitting book to have it on. A nice discovery!