A man who returned to the UK recently, and bought a pristine secondhand copy of Richard Dawkins' book 'The Blind Watchmaker' for 50p from a charity shop, told today of his 'absolute disappointment' in the purchase, and how he now wishes he hadn't bothered.
Moys Kenwood, 55, saw the book on the shelves of the Dove House Hospice charity shop on the Orchard Park Estate in Hull, at a place his mam calls 'Mucky Shops'. He reasoned that, at 50p, he couldn't go far wrong.
He couldn't have been farther from the truth. Kenwood:
"I was very disappointed. The title had grabbed my attention. It was within my budget range for a book, and I purchased it, and ran home to read it sat in me mam's back garden, in the sunshine."
Things, however, were not what they seemed.
"The further I got into the book, the more annoyed I became. It was all about evolution, genes, DNA, and that sort of thing. There was no mention anywhere in it about anyone making timepieces, nor of anyone who had lost their sight. It was a real let-down. I wish I'd left it on the shelf!"
Kenwood was so annoyed, he later burnt the book in his mother's back garden, in a Nazi Kristallnacht-type protest. The earth was scorched.
Richard Dawkins was unavailable for comment.