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My wandering book

A wonderful roadside book exchange.

Cargreen book exchange
A wonderful little book exchange in Cargreen, Cornwall.

I love book exchanges. From purpose build wooden dens of knowledge and wonder, to old telephone boxes given a new life and purpose. While exploring a beautiful little harbour-side village called Cargreen in Cornwall, I stumbled across one such book exchange.

I thought it would be a cool idea to add a copy of my novel to its shelves with a note asking the finder to let me know about my book’s wanderings. If it got passed on and the various readers played along, letting me know each time it found a new home, how far would it travel?

Still waiting…

My wandering book by Daniel MacKillican
A copy of Ama with a poem inside.

So I waited, and waited, until about two weeks had passed when I decided to return to that old telephone box… Cool! My book had been taken. So I waited, and waited some more… This was over a year ago, and I’m still waiting to hear if my book has gone any further than Cargreen. Along with the note, I also signed the book. I think the finder is hoping I will become famous so they can sell it on eBay. Oh well… I hope they enjoyed the read and one day, maybe, decide to let me know before passing it on.

The poem asked:


Hello, dear reader. I hope you enjoy the horror within. Once done reading, please don’t put me on a shelf or throw me in a bin.

Let the author know where I am in the world, then send me on my way. As he is curious to follow my journey and see how far I get each day.

Say hi through his website and let him know where you’re from, it’s easy to do at

My journey started from a lovely book exchange in Cargreen, an old red telephone box that is a wonder to be seen.

Give me to a family member, a friend, or leave me in a charity shop, anywhere and to anyone you like, so my travels don’t stop.

Many thanks, if you do play along with the author’s little game. He’s hopeful this isn’t it for me, as that would be such a shame.

Please place this note back inside the front cover, so it’s easy for my next owner to discover.

By Daniel MacKillican