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Overdue book returned decades late to library in the wrong country

A copy of To Sea in a Sieve by Peter Bull was returned to Scotland's Shetland Library 38 years late. The book was turned in last year at a library in Suffolk, England. Photo courtesy of the Shetland Library
A copy of "To Sea in a Sieve" by Peter Bull was returned to Scotland's Shetland Library 38 years late. The book was turned in last year at a library in Suffolk, England. Photo courtesy of the Shetland Library

June 7 (UPI) -- An overdue book was returned to a Scottish library 38 years late after being dropped off at a library 750 miles away in England.

The Shetland Library said staff from the Bungay Community Library in Suffolk, England, hand-delivered the book, To Sea in a Sieve by Peter Bull, to the Shetland facility 38 years after it was due to be returned.

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"It's quite aged, as you would expect," Catherine Jeromson, support services librarian at the Shetland Library, told the Shetland Times. "It was due back on 12th July 1983 -- which pre-dates myself."

The book was returned to the Bungay Community Library, 750 miles away from Shetland, last year. Officials said it had been brought in by a woman who found it at an estate sale in Suffolk.

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