LETTER : Sign here

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The Independent Online
Your report on how Howard Jacobson, the author, signs books reminds me of the great man's visit to Leeds a few years ago to read from and sign copies of his Roots Schmoots ("Howard leaks his secret", 1 June). Ambivalent about buying it, we nonetheless queued for his signature and best wishes on a book of African cookery we had bought earlier.

Indeed this started a mini-craze to see which other authors we could get to unknowingly sign books that were not theirs. I still drive around with a Leeds A-Z road map signed by Barry Hines, author of Kes.

Terry Thomas

Leeds, West Yorkshire