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Library book returned after 40 years

Date 11 Dec 2007

A Croatian man has returned a library book 40 years after he took it out - and told staff he never had time to read it. Ante Matic borrowed Rudyard Kipling's book The Light That Failed from Zagreb City Library in 1967. He only handed it back this week when the library announced an amnesty on overdue borrowed books.

A library spokesman said: "He handed it in and said he'd not even got round to reading it over the last 40 years because he had always been too busy."

The spokesman added that Mr Matic was lucky the library had an amnesty at the time or he would have faced a £730 fine.

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