South West Wales

Lost library book returns after 10,000 mile trip to Australia

A book presumed lost by a Swansea library has been returned after ending up in Australia.

A copy of the Rough Guide to Sicily was taken out from Oystermouth library in January and was found abandoned in a hotel room on the Italian island.

The woman from Melbourne who found it later posted it back to Wales when she was back in Australia.

The note she sent with the returned book said: "One of your naughty borrowers left this book behind."

Steve Hardman, Swansea council's library service manager, said: "Books borrowed from our libraries across the city tend to end up in all corners of the world, especially at this time of year when many people have either been overseas or are planning trips.

"The vast majority of our books are returned but some inevitably get misplaced or forgotten about - that's human nature and it's very rarely intentional.

"But it's even rarer that a misplaced book is returned from the other side of the world by someone who didn't even borrow it in the first place. In fact, I can't remember something like this ever happening before."

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