Yesterday, whilst browsing the shelves of a charity shop I spotted this message in the front of a hardback:

“To my darling on our first Christmas together, loving you always, James. Christmas 1993”

So what was the story – did she hate the book, have they split up, has either party died? How did the book get to the British Heart Foundation shop? We’ll never know.

I have books inscribed by an ex-partner and I know that if they were to end up Bookcrossed or in a charity shop I’d make sure I removed the inscription.