The dedication in Jasper Fforde’s The Woman Who Died a Lot:
To all the librarians who have ever been, ever will be, are now, this book is respectfully dedicated.
And it features such choice quotes as:
‘Do people usually attack the chief librarian as he or she is driven in?’ I was alluding to an incident when someone fired two shots at our vehicle as we pulled off the Magic Roundabout. The vehicle was bulletproofed, but even so. ‘Usually, ma’am. The 720 percent increase in library loans caused by the government New Book Duty has caused a three-day delay on library-book availability. When the citizens can’t get the books they want, they often vent their fury at the person in charge.’
‘Do I have to talk to insane people?’ You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.
Jasper Fforde, you cheeky devil, you.