By LAURA FREEMAN
“Keep a diary”, is the advice attributed to both Mae West and Margot Asquith, “and one day it will keep you.” Keep, too, the books of great men and women and do not neglect to have them signed. This is the postscript the late Anthony Hobson, bibliophile, expert on antique bookbindings and author of almost 200 reviews for the TLS, might have added.
Hobson’s collection helped him out of financial crisis on more than one occasion. It was his mentor, Cyril Connolly, who advised: “Do not hesitate to ask authors you meet to sign their books for you”.