Saturday, September 01, 2007

Campbell Tops List of Dumped Books

Tony Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell has just won an unexpected literary accolade. His memoir The Blair Years which sold 55,000 copies and which his publishers describe as:
... the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever read
tops the list of books most frequently found dumped in hotel rooms, according to UK hotel chain Travelodge, the Guardian reports. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows weighs in at number 10.

Last year's winner was Paris Hilton, and celebrity memoirs seem to be by far the most dumped books.

Wonder what would happen if a similar study were carried out in hotel chains here? Some of the larger hotels have a mini-library of left behind books for guests, but these always seem to be novels in German or some Scandinavian language, well-thumbed and liberally anointed with suntan cream.

I applaud the Sucasa Apartments on Jalan Ampang which encourages guests to leave their books behind to be sold for charity in the shop. I got some great bargains there some years back including a very nice paperback edition of Midnight's Children to replace my first one which didn't come back to me.

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