‘Why on earth do you want a scanner?’ sneered Juna, my imaginary friend.
‘I have a couple of bits and bobs that I want to scan for big laughs,’ I replied. ‘Also, I want a shiny new gizmo to keep me busy in the quiet hours.’
So I finally got it set up on Saturday morning. Then I had a thought, if not an epiphany: Bookscan! Rather than throw them out, I would scan images from my curious old books and ask passers-by to try and guess the name of the book. What fun that would be!
Juna popped by post-epiphany and indulged me with a smile. Then she made me a cup of tea and gave me a haircut.
So, this is how it will work: I will post an image and ask you to provide me with the name of the book from which the image has been purloined. For example, this:
And you will reply, ‘Hold on a moment, I recognise that clever old cat. Why, that’s Magical Mr Mistoffelees, as drawn by Nicolas Bentley, inestimable illustrator and the son of the man who invented the clerihew. Which means that this is a detail from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot. And I claim my £500.’
And I will say, ‘Whoa there, turd blossom!’
And you will interrupt angrily and bellow, ‘They call me MISTER Turd Blossom!’
And I will indulge you with a smile before saying, ‘Right. Well, I’m sorry about this, but there is no prize money. However. You have done well. You have shown admirable knowledge, and for this you shall be rewarded.’
And I will give you a dried apricot.
And you will be elated.
So, without further ado, here is our first scantastic instalment of Bookscan. Simply peruse the images at your leisure, then, using your brain, arrive at the title of the book, and leave it in the comments. And if you haven't a clue, then the least you can do is have a guess. Winner gets a prize!
Not forgetting the poor old sod at the top. (Stroke.)