About 2 months ago, a package containing Rodinsky’s Room by Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair was delivered to me at my office, in an old envelope whose last addressee was somebody in the Library.
I have this book already. And I was so fascinated by the story of David Rodinsky, whose abandoned bedsit existed untouched for years above the Princelet Street synagogue, that went to hear Rachel Lichtenstein at Stamford Hill library back in 2000 or 2001. So it’s a well-chosen gift – but from whom?
It’s exhilarating to receive a well-chosen book for a gift.