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Immortal for just 71 quid.

Byline: Tony Pogson ,

As the late, great Roy Castle used to sing: "Dedication, that's the name of the game."

I'm sure he was thinking of record-breaking rather than book dedications at the time, but bear with me a second.

Not many people know this but in 1759 Laurence Sterne tried to auction off the dedication to his masterpiece, Tristram Shandy - and failed.

In 2005 two modern authors Carrie-Anne Brackstone and Laura Bushell have gone one better, thanks to the advantages of modern communications. Their book Oi Pikey, A Celebration of Cheap Living, is due out in October and they've used ebay to advertise the chance to have a book dedicated to you.

They offered a dedication that would read: "For [YOUR NAME], kind friend, generous patron, champion of the pikey cause."

Not only that, the truly dedicated would be rewarded with a signed first edition, a can of Spam and a genuine sense of self-worth.

And the going rate for all that dedication? Just pounds 71. Not much, you might think, for a kind of immortality (always assuming Oi Pikey is going to become a classic).
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2005
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