A.S. Byatt’s Booker prize winning novel Possession (1990) opens with the dramatic discovery of drafts of two previously unknown letters in the pages of a long ‘undisturbed’ book in the London Library. The letters are in the hand of a (fictitious) famous Victorian poet. The person who finds the letters is a research assistant to an eminent professor. On a shockingly unscholarly impulse, this very junior academic steals the letters, and his act of momentary madness leads him on a journey of scholarly investigation, and of self-discovery. Such stories are only found within the pages of a book, not in real life. Or are they?