I find it slightly unsettling that we have just the one copy of J.B.Priestley's "An Inspector Calls," in the reserve stock stacks. I find it scandalous that this one copy has half the front cover torn off and the whole of the bottom of the book both bashed and badly chewed. One of the girls upstairs practically begged a customer not to tell anyone it had come from here and sent in a panicky call for a new copy of the book to be procured.
Luckily, the customer doesn't mind waiting so the book's come down here to be removed from the catalogue. Which is how we got to see the message inscribed on the date label:
Damage on book noted January 2002
Bronwyn has moved "review the physical state of the reserve stock!!!!!" a couple of notches up the list of things that have been actively mismanaged for the past twenty years and need sorting.