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A long neglected book finally sold after 27 years in a bookstore

“We always knew its day would come.”

The purchase of a children’s biography on William the Conqueror is being celebrated on Twitter, after it sat waiting on a bookstore shelf for nearly three decades.

Joanne Ball, a part-time employee at Broadhurst’s Bookshop in Southport, England, recently tweeted about the heartwarming sale.

“I have just sold a book that we have had in stock since May 1991,” she said.

“We always knew its day would come.”

The tweet instantly went viral, getting retweeted more than 150,000 times.

It inspired other book store employees to come forth with similar stories,.

In an interview with The Guardian, Ball said that the title was bought by a man for his grandson, who had homework on the Norman conquest.

“We always had faith it would sell, as we do with all our books. We choose every book we stock individually, rather than having random batches of stock sent to us,” said Ball.

“Often books unsold within nine to 12 months are returned to the publisher, but some we keep for longer, either because they (or the subject) are personal favourites of ours, or because there are not many other titles on the subject available.

“We know that one day, someone will want that exact title, however long the wait.”

Via My Modern Met

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