13 March 2008: Better Late than Never

A Finnish library user apparently thought 'better late than never' and quietly returned a book that had been on loan for more than 100 years.

The library sticker inside the cover, and the old-fashioned handwriting on it, showed the book was officially loaned out at the beginning of the last century. The library had long since lost track of the loan but was pleased to welcome it back into its collection.

The library is also keen to talk to the book's returner, but he or she chose to remain anonymous.

SaintFM thinks that may be because, if Finland's files for overdue books are about the same as St. Helena's, the fine will be in the region of £3,000.