I always like to hear reports of how well If I Never is doing (obviously!) It gives me an especially warm feeling when I discover that this independent bookshop or that independent bookshop is getting rid of more copies than they are of the new novel by a certain bestselling female author (who shall remain nameless – because I can’t actually remember who it was, now), or check out library catalogues and see that all their copies are out. And, of course, If I Never sightings in far-flung places usually result in my having to lay down in a darkened room for an hour or two.
Yesterday, however, I heard some news that really underscored just how well If I Never is doing. One guy I know – a book store worker who has over the past year become a friend – informed me, much to my delight, that someone had actually tried to shoplift a copy! That he had tried to conceal it in a copy of the Financial Times spoilt it somewhat (I would have personally preferred Playboy or Whack off Weekly), but nevertheless the news was greeted with a deep and all pervading sense of satisfaction, and celebrated with a nice strong cup of tea.
Anyone else tries to steal a copy, mind, and rest assured – I will send George Ruiz around to have “a quiet word”. So be warned.
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© 2010 Gary William Murning