The Tome Raider

20 July 2010

In the hierarchy of British villainy, a book thief must rank pretty high. A certain Mr William Jacques, a Cambridge graduate, was found guilty and will be sentenced today for stealing rare books from libraries. In particular, he stole valuable volumes from the collections of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library in London.

He apparently smuggled out the books under his tweed jacket. Yes, a tweed. How very stereotypically British, a tweed-donning villain who steals books. Could there be a film or two in this story?

Update: Mr Jacques is sentenced to serve three and a half years in prison.